Manufacturing Summit drives knowledge, honors excellence.

Cutting-edge knowledge at PLANT ENGINEERING event.


PLANT ENGINEERING ’s Manufacturing Summit brought together industry leaders and manufacturing managers from around the country and overseas this past Monday and Tuesday in Chicago for two days of information on cutting edge issues.

It also brought together the 2006 PLANT ENGINEERING Product of the Year and Top Plant award winners. During a gala banquet, Baldor Electric received the 2006 Grand Award as the outstanding Product of 2006, as voted on by readers. Toyota of Georgetown, KY; Square D of Lincoln, NE; and BMW of Spartanburg, SC, received their Top Plant awards for 2006.

The banquet’s 140 attendees heard from keynote speaker Dave Petratis, president and CEO of Schneider Electric North America, about the challenges and opportunities in manufacturing in the coming years. Petratis cited the pace of change in manufacturing, the competitiveness of American manufacturing in a global economy and the need to provide abundant and sustainable energy sources as key issues for manufacturing moving forward.

The Manufacturing Summit highlighted hot topics including manufacturing execution systems, wireless monitoring and energy efficiency. Panelists from companies such as Invensys, Apprion, Atlas Copco, Baldor, Rockwell Automation, GE Fanuc and others discussed those issues in roundtable formats. Coverage of the presentations will be available in print and online in the May issue of PLANT ENGINEERING magazine.

Coverage of the awards dinner and a recap of the 2006 Product of the Year awards will appear in print in the April issue of PLANT ENGINEERING and online at .

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.
Welding ergonomics, 2017 Salary Survey, and surge protection
2017 Top Plant winner, Best practices, Plant Engineering at 70, Top 10 stories of 2017
Pipe fabrication and IIoT; 2017 Product of the Year finalists
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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