Maintenance, safety and systems get attention at 2011 Summit

With a focus on maintenance, systems management and safety, the 2011 Manufacturing/Automation Summit will deliver a wide range of content with some of manufacturing’s top experts

03/15/2011


With a focus on maintenance, systems management and safety, the 2011 Manufacturing/Automation Summit will deliver a wide range of content with some of manufacturing’s top experts.

The 2011 Summit, hosted by Plant Engineering and Control Engineering and sponsored by IBM and Hannover Messe, will be March 20-22 at the Hotel Sofitel in Chicago. Registration is now open by going to www.plantengineering.com/summit.

The Summit includes presentation of the 2010 Engineer’s Choice Awards from Control Engineering on Sunday March 20, the 2010 Product of the Year awards on Monday, March 21, and the 2010 Top Plant award to Toyota Material Handling on Tuesday, March 22. Douglas Woods, president of the Association for Manufacturing Technology, will deliver the keynote at Monday’s Product of the Year dinner.

The true value of the Summit is in the knowledge sessions, and this year’s event delivers some of the best knowledge on key issues facing manufacturing professionals. The sessions include:

Monday, March 21, 9 a.m.: Maintenance as a profit center

Presenter: David Cline, Harland Clarke

You have just acquired a competitor and are absorbing its work in-house. Suddenly, you find yourself unable to take on all the work because you don’t have enough equipment capacity. To make things even more difficult, your CEO and Board of Directors reject your request to purchase additional machines and proclaim, “You have to get better with what you have.” This is the scenario that played out for Harland Clarke, but Lean thinking brought the company success. In fact, the company’s Lean journey allowed it to not only meet and exceeded the needed capacity to complete the acquisition, but gain an additional 23% efficiency over the next two years.

Monday, March 21, 10:30 a.m.: The way back for Detroit

Presenters: Vishal Shah, Ford Motor Company; Dave Reiber, General Motors; Mary Bunzel, IBM

How do you change the world’s two most famous automobile brands? The first step on the road to recovery for Detroit’s auto industry was to recognize the depth of the problem. It wasn’t just about making better cars; it was about making cars better. That forced fundamental changes in the way Ford and GM worked with their employees – and, as it turns out, with each other. Representatives of those two car companies will offer a frank assessment of the challenges and achievements in that recovery.

Monday, March 21, 1:30 p.m.: The intersection of automation and maintenance

Presenters: Augie DiGiovanni, Emerson Process Management; Sloan Zupan, Mitsubishi Electric

The intersection of automation and maintenance is where information from intelligent equipment can inform and guide maintenance activities. Enabling greater connection between equipment and people delivers actionable knowledge that can be used to improve uptime and productivity. Among the issues to be discussed are work processes, metrics, use of smart devices and approaches for gathering information and analyzing data.

Tuesday, March 22, 8 a.m.: Global Manufacturing Forum

Presenters: Marco Siebert, Hannover Messe; Mary Bunzel, IBM; Richard Clos, Accenture

In a growing global manufacturing environment, U.S. manufacturers must grow. At the same time, the world is taking another look at U.S. manufacturing as it searches for quality products and efficient operations. How should U.S. manufacturers reach out to the global audience? And how can they better compete on the world stage?

Tuesday, March 22, 10:00 a.m.: Arc Flash LIVE

Presenters: Lanny Floyd, DuPont; Joe Weigel, Schneider Electric

An extension of Plant Engineering’s successful Arc Flash University series brings together two of the nation’s most respected experts to discuss the regulations, trends and issues surrounding arc flash. It promises to be a fascinating and important presentation.



Top Plant
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2017 Top Plant.
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.
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Electrical standards, robots and Lean manufacturing, and how an aluminum packaging plant is helping community growth.
April 2018
2017 Product of the Year winners, retrofitting a press, IMTS and Hannover Messe preview, natural refrigerants, testing steam traps
March 2018
SCCR, 2018 Maintenance study, and VFDs in a washdown environment.
April 2018
ROVs, rigs, and the real time; wellsite valve manifolds; AI on a chip; analytics use for pipelines
February 2018
Focus on power systems, process safety, electrical and power systems, edge computing in the oil & gas industry
December 2017
Product of the Year winners, Pattern recognition, Engineering analytics, Revitalize older pump installations
Spring 2018
Burners for heat-treating furnaces, CHP, dryers, gas humidification, and more
April 2018
Implementing a DCS, stepper motors, intelligent motion control, remote monitoring of irrigation systems
February 2018
Setting internal automation standards

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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