Schneider’s Petratis to deliver Manufacturing Summit keynote

Plant Engineering magazine will host its Manufacturing Summit in Chicago from Sunday, April 1 to Tuesday, April 3. This unique event will bring together the top leaders in manufacturing strategy and product development with plant managers throughout the country. The Summit is designed to help plant managers learn about the latest in technology and techniques that will help their plants run bett...

01/01/2007


Plant Engineering magazine will host its Manufacturing Summit in Chicago from Sunday, April 1 to Tuesday, April 3. This unique event will bring together the top leaders in manufacturing strategy and product development with plant managers throughout the country.

The Summit is designed to help plant managers learn about the latest in technology and techniques that will help their plants run better, faster and smarter. This is accomplished through bringing plant managers from around the country together with product managers and top industry leaders to exchange new ideas and highlight success stories in manufacturing.

The Summit will be highlighted Monday, April 2 with a gala banquet honoring the 2006 Product of the Year recipients and the 2006 Top Plant award winners. Dave Petratis, president and CEO of Schneider Electric North America, will deliver the keynote address.

Representatives from Toyota of Georgetown, KY; BMW of Spartanburg, SC; and Square D of Lincoln, NE will be on hand to receive the 2006 Top Plant award, and the winners in the 17 Product of the Year categories will be on hand to receive their awards. Also handed out is the 2006 Grand Award, given to the product which received the most votes from readers in the exclusive Plant Engineering online balloting.

On Tuesday, April 3, a breakfast Roundtable discussion will feature the plant managers from the three Top Plant winners to discuss how to build and maintain excellence in manufacturing today.

There will also be three education tracks for plant managers at the Summit:

  • Manufacturing Execution Systems : How MES is being deployed on the plant floor, and how plant managers can best benefit from the new technology.

  • Wireless monitoring : What can plant managers gain from more measurement points on the plant floor, what are the new standards on the horizon, and what are the challenges and opportunities of wireless monitoring?

  • Energy efficiency : The energy price spikes of last summer showed again why the prudent use of energy is important. Experts from all segments of the energy spectrum will take a look at what plant managers can do to manage energy costs on the plant floor.

    • “We believe it’s important at this crucial time in manufacturing in America to bring our readers together with the best minds in the industry and the best new products of the year,” said Bob Vavra, editor of Plant Engineering . “Through this exchange of great ideas, we hope to foster a great deal of discussion and communication about the ways manufacturing in America can grow and develop.”

      “Our awards dinner has always been a must-attend event for the industry,” said Plant Engineering publisher Jim Langhenry. “By incorporating more knowledge tracks and bringing in top speakers from around the country, we expect that our readers will come away with a great deal of knowledge about the best products and the best strategies to improve their plant floor operations.”

      More details about the Manufacturing Summit are available at www.plantengineering.com .



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.
June 2018
2018 Lubrication Guide, Motor and maintenance management, Control system migration
May 2018
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
June 2018
Machine learning, produced water benefits, programming cavity pumps
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
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

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.
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.
Maintenance & Safety
The maintenance journey has been a long, slow trek for most manufacturers and has gone from preventive maintenance to predictive maintenance.
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.
click me