2018 Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 | McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

Join Control Engineering, Plant Engineering and Hannover Fairs USA for the Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit, part of the Industrial Automation North America (IANA) pavilion at the 2018 IMTS Show at McCormick Place in Chicago. This one-day summit is designed to bring plant managers, control engineers, and manufacturing business leaders together to highlight plant improvement opportunities and deliver strategies that manufacturing personnel can take back to their plants and implement immediately. Sponsored by: BeckhoffInfor Global Solutions, StratusUL.

2018 Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit Agenda

REGISTRATION: 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

LUNCH: 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

KEYNOTE: 12:30 p.m.: Global manufacturing: The race to serve 7 billion potential customers, and how to win the race.

In a global, competitive manufacturing environment, how can American manufacturers compete? The same way they’ve lifted the U.S. economy out of the Great Recession: By being smarter, leaner (and Leaner) and using technology and data to point the way to a better manufacturing strategy.

SESSION 1: 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.: Cybersecurity: How far do we need to go?

The problem of security for (IIoT) is one of the most discussed issues as manufacturers look to deploy this technology solution. We’ll look at the real issues, perhaps debunk a few myths, and talk about the common-sense ways manufacturers can secure their data and their operational integrity. The presentation will be led by Dr. Richard Soley, chairman of the Industrial Internet Consortium, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OMG (Object Management Group) and executive director of the Cloud Standards Customer Council.

SESSION 2: 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.: Embrace your robot: A guide to the future.

No longer a science fiction story, robots are real, valuable to manufacturing, and winding up in more plants than ever. How can you find the best way to utilize robots in your plant? Listen to our experts who will discuss the practical ways robots can enhance manufacturing—and all the ways humans are still vital to your operation. The panel will be led by a representative from the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), a CFE Media Partner.

SESSION 3: 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.: IIoT in discrete manufacturing: Managing the process.

When it comes to IIoT, manufacturers in discrete industries, particularly in the metal-forming and CNC industries, have a different set of expectations from those in the process industries—and a different set of challenges. We’ll talk with industry experts to look at how to get the most out of IIoT, and how to use data to improve operations, supply chain and safety.

SESSION 4: 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.: Maintenance and IIoT: Follow the numbers.

The data generated by IIoT can point a maintenance professional to a problem on the plant floor— if he’s looking at the right numbers at the right time. More sophisticated analytics are helping maintenance teams focus on the right data at the right time, and we’ll talk with them on how this strategy can lead to more uptime and better safety. The presentation will be led by Sal Spada, research director for discrete manufacturing for ARC Advisory Group.

COCKTAIL AND NETWORKING RECEPTION: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
After a great day of information, continue the discussion in the lobby. Cocktails, light snacks, and conversation about the day’s events will follow.


View the 2016 Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit sessions on-demand

The 2016 Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit (GAMS), presented by CFE Media, brought together experts from all areas of the Industrial Internet of Things (lloT) to look at not just the current state of lloT but also at the potential benefits of deployment for the manufacturing industry. Sponsored by: Beckhoff, Advanced Technology Services, Inc., FORCAM, SAP and Radwell International, Inc.

2016 Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit Agenda

12:00pm – 12:30pm: Lunch and networking
Sponsored by: Advanced Technology Services, Inc.  

12:30pm – 1:15pm: Keynote: Jack Nehlig, President of Phoenix Contact USA and winner of the 2015 Plant Engineering Top Plant Award

1:30pm – 2:30pm: Session 1: Cloud-Based Manufacturing: Who Will Rule the Clouds? 
An overview of industry attitudes toward and adoption of lloT in manufacturing.

  • PANELISTS:

    • Rob McGreevy, VP Operations, Schneider Electric
    • Rich Carpenter, Product general manager, GE Automation and Controls

2:30pm – 3:30pm: Session 2: Robotics: Rise of the Machines
An industry overview on the adoption and use of robotics in manufacturing.

  • PANELISTS:

    • Jose Rivera, CEO, Control System Integrators Association
    • Rick Vanden Boom, automation systems group manager, Applied Manufacturing Technologies
    • Michael Lindley, vice president, business development, Concept Systems Inc.

3:45pm – 5:00 pm: Session 3: How Maintenance and Big Data Can Coexist

  • PANELISTS:

    • Sal Spada, analyst, ARC Advisory Group
    • Franz Gruber, CEO, FORCAM
    • Aurelio Banda, CEO, Beckhoff Automation North America
    • Chris LeBeau, Global IT director, ATS

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Hannover Fairs USA, Inc.

Industrial Automation North America

International Manufacturing Technology Show


Vew the 2014 Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit on-demand

The convergence of manufacturing, technology, automation and information is driving a new way of analyzing and understanding what’s happening on the plant floor. Today, manufacturing takes place in real time, and the tools you need to improve productivity, safety and reliability have changed, and continue to change almost daily.

The 2014 Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit, presented by Control Engineering and Plant Engineering, in partnership with Hannover Fairs USA, delivered a day of content and information focused on how manufacturers are using these tools and strategies today to affect change in their own plants. 

Sponsored by MolexSAP, and iQagent the 2014 Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit took place Wednesday, Sept. 10 as part of the Industrial Automation North America (IANA) pavilion at the 2014 IMTS Show at McCormick Place in Chicago.

2014 Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit Agenda

Access the 2014 Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit Sessions.


View the 2012 Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit on-demand

With the landscape of manufacturing changing on a continuing basis, information is needed on the best ways to adapt to those changes. The Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit provided strategic knowledge to attendees looking to get ahead on some of the most important issues in manufacturing.

Sponsored by Beckhoff, Molex, and SAP, the inaugural Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit took place Sept. 12-13, 2012 as part of the Industrial Automation North America (IANA) event at IMTS 2012 at McCormick Place in Chicago. The IANA event was presented by CFE Media and Hannover Messe.

Watch the three keynote presentations and six educational sessions from industry experts.


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