2009 Manufacturing Summit: New strategies, solutions to meet challenges

With manufacturing struggling in 2009, new ideas and new strategies are needed to help manufacturing leaders do their jobs better, faster, safer and more productively. To help lead this effort, Plant Engineering magazine brings the 2009 Manufacturing Summit to Charleston, SC on March 29-31 at the Charleston Place Hotel.

03/01/2009


With manufacturing struggling in 2009, new ideas and new strategies are needed to help manufacturing leaders do their jobs better, faster, safer and more productively.

To help lead this effort, Plant Engineering magazine brings the 2009 Manufacturing Summit to Charleston, SC on March 29-31 at the Charleston Place Hotel. The event will feature two days of seminars from industry leaders on critical manufacturing topics.

Also at the Manufacturing Summit will be the presentation of the 21st annual Product of the Year awards at a gala dinner Monday, March 30. Bobby Harrell, speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives, will deliver the keynote speech.

On Tuesday, March 31, presentation of the 2009 Top Plant awards will be made. The 2009 winners are Square D Corporation, Columbia, MO, and Quality Float Works, Schaumburg, IL.

Sponsors of the 2009 Manufacturing Summit include Platinum Sponsor IBM, Gold sponsors Life Cycle Engineering and Schneider Electric, Silver sponsor Infor, and the University of Tennessee.

“One of the considerations in choosing Charleston for this year’s Summit was a state-wide commitment to manufacturing excellence,” said Plant Engineering editor Bob Vavra. “Three of our previous Top Plant winners %%MDASSML%% BMW, Spirax Sarco and SEW Eurodrive %%MDASSML%% are based in South Carolina. The state also has an admirable record in attracting and retaining manufacturing to the state.

“We know these are challenging economic times, especially for manufacturers,” said Vavra. “We have priced the Summit so that plant managers and their staffs can attend the two days, gather tremendous insight into major issues facing manufacturing, see 50 of the best new products in manufacturing, hear from some of the top manufacturers around the country and return to work with actionable strategies to help their operation immediately.

The event begins March 29 with a golf outing and, for the non-golfers, a tour of historic Charleston, followed by an evening cocktail reception.

On Monday, March 30, the seminars begin with a morning session on plant-to-enterprise connectivity. That will be followed by a session on energy and sustainability, featuring speakers from Infor, IBM and Life Cycle Engineering.

After lunch, there will be a session on workforce development, featuring speakers from IBM, Life Cycle Engineering and the University of Tennessee. The Product of the Year awards dinner will follow.

On Tuesday, March 31, a breakfast meeting will feature presentation of the Top Plant Awards and a speech from Jamie McDonald of Schneider electric, a past Top Plant award recipient. The final session of the Summit will feature a look at enterprise asset management, presented by IBM and Life Cycle Engineering.

The final Manufacturing Summit event will be a plant tour of Alcoa’s Mt. Holly, SC facility that will include a box lunch.

Registration for the Manufacturing Summit is $195 per person, which includes all seminars, meals and events excluding the Sunday golf and city tour events. To register, contact Susan Beck at (630) 288-8494, or sbeck@reedbusiness.com .



Plant Engineering 09 Manufacturing Summit

Sunday, March 29

Noon

Golf outing or historic walking tour of Charleston

6 p.m.

Cocktail welcome reception

Monday, March 30

7:30 a.m.

Registration

8:45 a.m.

Welcome and opening of 2009 Manufacturing Summit

9 a.m.

Session: Plant-to-Enterprise Connectivity

11 a.m.

Session: Workforce Development

1:30 p.m.

Session: Energy & Sustainability

6 p.m.

Cocktail reception

6:45 p.m.

2008 Product of the Year dinner

Keynote : Bobby Harrell, speaker of South Carolina House of Representatives

Tuesday, March 31

8 a.m.

Breakfast and Presentation of the 2008 Top Plant awards

Keynote : Jamie McDonald, Schneider Electric

10 a.m.

Session: Enterprise Asset Management

11:30 a.m.

Box lunch and tour of Alcoa Plant, Mt. Holly, SC



Top Plant
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America.
Product of the Year
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
System Integrator of the Year
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories.
October 2018
Tools vs. sensors, functional safety, compressor rental, an operational network of maintenance and safety
September 2018
2018 Engineering Leaders under 40, Women in Engineering, Six ways to reduce waste in manufacturing, and Four robot implementation challenges.
July/Aug
GAMS preview, 2018 Mid-Year Report, EAM and Safety
October 2018
2018 Product of the Year; Subsurface data methodologies; Digital twins; Well lifecycle data
August 2018
SCADA standardization, capital expenditures, data-driven drilling and execution
June 2018
Machine learning, produced water benefits, programming cavity pumps
Spring 2018
Burners for heat-treating furnaces, CHP, dryers, gas humidification, and more
October 2018
Complex upgrades for system integrators; Process control safety and compliance
September 2018
Effective process analytics; Four reasons why LTE networks are not IIoT ready

Annual Salary Survey

After two years of economic concerns, manufacturing leaders once again have homed in on the single biggest issue facing their operations:

It's the workers—or more specifically, the lack of workers.

The 2017 Plant Engineering Salary Survey looks at not just what plant managers make, but what they think. As they look across their plants today, plant managers say they don’t have the operational depth to take on the new technologies and new challenges of global manufacturing.

Read more: 2017 Salary Survey

The Maintenance and Reliability Coach's blog
Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
One Voice for Manufacturing
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Blog
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Machine Safety
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
Research Analyst Blog
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Marshall on Maintenance
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
Lachance on CMMS
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
Material Handling
This digital report explains how everything from conveyors and robots to automatic picking systems and digital orders have evolved to keep pace with the speed of change in the supply chain.
Electrical Safety Update
This digital report explains how plant engineers need to take greater care when it comes to electrical safety incidents on the plant floor.
IIoT: Machines, Equipment, & Asset Management
Articles in this digital report highlight technologies that enable Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies.
Randy Steele
Maintenance Manager; California Oils Corp.
Matthew J. Woo, PE, RCDD, LEED AP BD+C
Associate, Electrical Engineering; Wood Harbinger
Randy Oliver
Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
Data Centers: Impacts of Climate and Cooling Technology
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
Safety First: Arc Flash 101
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
Critical Power: Hospital Electrical Systems
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
Design of Safe and Reliable Hydraulic Systems for Subsea Applications
This eGuide explains how the operation of hydraulic systems for subsea applications requires the user to consider additional aspects because of the unique conditions that apply to the setting
click me