A wealth of information

This year's summit showed attendees how to improve and grow globally


With an emphasis on maintenance, automation, safety, and economic growth, the 2011 Manufacturing/Automation Summit delivered a wealth of information to attendees.

The wide range of topics included:

The content was so good that we’ve created a synopsis of the two days of sessions. More of that content will be available this month at PlantEngineering.com with a series of session videos that will show the speakers and the presentations. More knowledge can be gained in September at the 2011 Manufacturing/Automation Virtual Summit, a live online event that will bring these presentations to life in a global interactive format.

Jack Smith, a former Plant Engineering managing editor and the president of BIT Writing and Editing Services, sat in on the two days of knowledge and produced the articles that follow. We thank Jack for his persistence and effort in capturing the essence of the Manufacturing/Automation Summit.

We’ve also provided Talking Points for your organization: key takeaways from the sessions designed to get the discussion started in your own organizations.

Perhaps the biggest lesson from the Manufacturing/Automation Summit is that manufacturing is leading the rebound in the U.S. economy. Those manufacturers poised to reduce operational costs, better manage their operations, and look for opportunities in the global market will be the ones best equipped to grow along with the market.

2011 Manufacturing/Automation Summit: Voices of experience

Maintenance as a profit center

Ford, GM work together toward recovery

Integrate maintenance, automation for success

Navigating the global manufacturing landscape

Managing the risk of arc flash

The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2017 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
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.
SCCR, 2018 Maintenance study, and VFDs in a washdown environment.
Welding ergonomics, 2017 Salary Survey, and surge protection
2017 Top Plant winner, Best practices, Plant Engineering at 70, Top 10 stories of 2017
Product of the Year winners, Pattern recognition, Engineering analytics, Revitalize older pump installations
Control room technology innovation; Practical approaches to corrosion protection; Pipeline regulator revises quality programs
The cloud, mobility, and remote operations; SCADA and contextual mobility; Custom UPS empowering a secure pipeline
Setting internal automation standards
Knowing how and when to use parallel generators
PID controllers, Solar-powered SCADA, Using 80 GHz radar sensors

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

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Control Systems Engineer; Robert Bosch Corp.
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