NMW conference: Compliance, Ethernet, machine vision


Control Engineering involvement at National Manufacturing Week, March 20-23, Rosemont, IL, includes a booth with IAN; moderating the following sessions on Ethernet, machine vision, and regulatory compliance; and an awards ceremony (invitation only) for winners of the Editors’ Choice Award and Engineers’ Choice Award (to be announced March 21).

2A11: Industrial Ethernet: Seven-protocol Review and Roundtable
Tuesday, March 21, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Industrial Ethernet has become the most-installed industrial communication network at the hardware level, with potential to be a unifying force ending fieldbus wars. However, at least seven industrial Ethernet protocol options have emerged. What are the attributes and performance parameters of each? Which should be used for what applications? Which can go wireless? Is there a best answer? Drop in on as many sessions as you can, bring your scorecard, and don't miss the closing roundtable, where representatives from each will question each other, field questions from the moderator from Control Engineering magazine, and from the audience.

10-10:50 a.m. Introduction; IAONA (Industrial Automation Open Network Association), which is collaborating on common issues for five of the protocols; EtherCAT Technology Group, Martin Rostan, executive director; questions.

11-11:50 a.m. EtherNet/IP by ODVA and ControlNet International (invited); Ethernet Powerlink Standardization Group (EPSG, invited); questions.

1-1:50 p.m. High Speed Ethernet (HSE) by Fieldbus Foundation, Richard Timoney, president and CEO; Modbus TCP/IP by Modbus IDA (invited).

2-2:50 p.m. Profinet by Profibus Trade Organization Carl Henning, deputy director, PTO Profibus and Profinet North America; SERCOS III by SERCOS North America, Joseph Biondo, manager, Bosch Rexroth Corp.

3-3:50 p.m. Roundtable: All, with statements, discussions, and audience questions.

3A13: Integrating Machine Vision: Tips and Tricks
Wednesday, March 22, 2006, 2-2:50 p.m.

System integrators explain, through their hands-on expertise, integration tips and tricks for machine vision. Specific application examples will illustrate what to do and not to do. Quantified benefits from specific applications will be included. Speakers: Sam Hammond, chief engineer, Innoventor ; Ken Brey, technical director, DMC Inc. ; Scott Shaw, president, Automated Control Systems Inc.

Compliance Integration: Controls, Plant, and Enterprise
Wednesday, March 22

Compliance laws influence controls, the plant floor, the enterprise, and the systems and people that work with each. This 1/2-day tutorial panel will address key issues touching each of these areas, with question-and-answer time; followed by a roundtable discussion integrating all three panels, for a package of four 50-minute sessions. What’s at stake includes life, limb, jail time, and a whole lot of costs and efficiencies.

3M11: Compliance: Controls, 10-10:50 a.m.
Tools to help at the automation level: The session will cover 21 CFR Part 11 (electronic signatures) and the Bioterrorism Act, including specific tools and strategies to improve compliance at the control system level, without getting buried in regulations, costs, and hassles. Speaker: Dennis Brandl, founder, BR&L Consulting Inc. Moderator: Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering.

3M12: Compliance: Plant, 11-11:50 a.m.
Complying with the National Electric Code. The NEC provides an effective, up-to-date electrical safety standard for the protection of workers. OSHA uses this standard as a reference when enforcing its regulations. Does your plant comply with the NEC standard? What can happen if it doesn't? Can Code compliance actually save you money in the long term? Learn how to protect your plant's workers and its bottom line.
Speaker: Vince Saporita, vice president, technical sales and services, Cooper Bussmann . Moderator: Jack Smith, senior editor, Plant Engineering.

3M13: Compliance: Enterprise, 2-2:50 p.m.
Compliance without craziness: An overall strategy for meeting all regulatory requirements. This session touches on Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA, and other requirements. Surveys show that companies that have an enterprise-wide compliance strategy will spend one-tenth the amount of companies that treat each compliance requirement separately. This panel of experts will discuss how to develop a strategy to encompass all compliance requirements, the role IT should play, how to control costs and not impede efficient plant operations, and how to leverage compliance requirements to improve processes. Speakers: Evan Tegethoff, practice manager, strategic security solutions, Forsythe Technology; Steve Kiser, CEO, SecureInfo.com . Moderator: Nancy Bartels, editor, Manufacturing Business Technology .

3M14: Compliance: Roundtable, 3-3:50 p.m.
This closing session on Compliance will engage prior session panelists, the audience, and moderators to discuss intersections of each at the controls, plant, and enterprise levels. Editors from Control Engineering, Plant Engineering , and Manufacturing Business Technology will moderate, ensuring participants take away a better understanding of laws, regulations, and how technologies and processes can help to assure full compliance with regulatory and legislative requirements.

Editors’ Choice Award/Engineers’ Choice Awards
To see winners of the Editors’ Choice Award, go to “ Seal of Approval Best Technologies of 2005 .”

Mark T. Hoske , Control Engineering

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