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      Sunday, March 29

      12 p.m. Golf event at Charleston area golf course
      1 p.m. Concurrent guided historical tour of Charleston
      6 p.m. Cocktail reception at Charleston Place

      Monday, March 30

      7:30 a.m. Breakfast and registration
      9 a.m. Manufacturing Summit opening and welcome
      9:30 a.m. SESSION: Plant-to-Enterprise Connectivity
      Driving plant-floor information throughout the enterprise has never been more important. Thanks to an array of new tools and strategies, it's also never been easier. But how do you change not just your technology but also your culture to meet the challenges of collaborative manufacturing? Our experts will look at how to change the way your organization interacts, in person and online.
      Invited Speakers: Mary T. Bunzel, IBM
      10:30 a.m. Break
      11 a.m. SESSION: Energy and Sustainability
      There has been no more volatile issue for plant managers in the past two years than energy. The discussion continues to evolve past just energy usage into creating a sustainable manufacturing environment that utilizes all energy resources without creating waste. We'll look at how such plants turn energy from a cost center into a profit center.
      Invited Speakers:
      Darrin Wikoff, Life Cycle Engineering
      Rod Ellsworth, Infor
      12 p.m. Lunch
      1:30 p.m. SESSION: Workforce Development and Future 30
      Plant Engineering readers have identified workforce development as the number one issue facing them - ahead of energy, taxes and foreign competition. The issue is getting more attention, but it's also becoming more critical. The Plant Engineering Future 30 program recognizes young engineers age 40 and under to honor our future leaders, bringing together all the key stakeholders - manufacturers, educators and future leaders- to look at how this issue needs to be addressed.
      Invited Speakers:
      Bill Wilder, Life Cycle Engineering
      Elaine Seat, University of Tennessee
      Eric Luyer, IBM
      3:30 p.m. End of afternoon sessions
      2008 Product of the Year Awards Segment
      6 p.m. Cocktail Reception
      6:45 p.m. Dinner
      7:30 p.m. Keynote speech: Bobby Harrell, Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives
      8 p.m. Presentation of the 2008 Product of the Year awards

      Tuesday, March 31

      8 a.m. Breakfast
      9 a.m. Presentation of the 2008 Top Plant awards
      10 a.m. SESSION : Enterprise Asset Management
      It's never been more important to keep your plant running efficiently and effectively, especially if capital improvement budgets are being cut. We'll focus on the technology and strategy behind effective asset management, and how it can drive greater productivity and lower costs throughout your organization.

      Invited Speakers:

      Mike Poland, Life Cycle Engineering
      Mary T. Bunzel, IBM
      11:30 a.m. Box lunch and board bus to Alcoa Plant Tour
      Plant Tour: Alcoa's Mt. Holly facility produces primary aluminum and ingot products. It's one of the world leaders in efficiency and one of four facilities Alcoa has located in South Carolina. We'll tour the facility to get an inside look at this fascinating process and study how Alcoa maintains its facility and its standing as a world leader in aluminum production.
      3:30 p.m. Return from plant tour (approximate time)


    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.
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