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Presenting the Nineteenth Annual ARC Industry Forum

Industry in Transition: The Information Driven Enterprise for the Connected World

February 9-12, 2015 - Orlando, Florida

Download ARC Industry Forum 2015 BrochureNew information technologies such as Internet of Things, predictive analytics, wireless, additive manufacturing, cloud computing, mobility, and 3D visualization are beginning to disrupt and radically change the way industrial enterprises do business.  Departing from the characteristic industry conservatism, leading companies now recognize that they must embrace new information and automation technologies to maintain a competitive edge. 

The business environment is increasingly dynamic and volatile.  New business models such as “Industry 4.0”, “Industrial Internet”, “Connected Manufacturing”, and “Connected Asset Value Networks” are emerging.  In addition to a host of potentially disruptive technologies entering the marketplace, companies also face rapid changes in government regulations, energy and raw materials availability, markets, and competition.  By deploying leading edge technologies, today’s companies can thrive. 

Information and automation technologies will play a greater role in the production process than in the past.  The target is to increase productivity, flexibility, and responsiveness by automating all industrial processes that don’t require human intervention and empowering humans with the timely, in-context information they need to improve performance on the plant or factory floor and manage the business. 

Industrial Internet of Things

Process plants with continuous or hybrid manufacturing processes will leverage connected assets, together with third-party services, to improve uptime and asset performance.   Discrete manufacturers will be able to produce customized products quickly, cost-effectively, and in small quantities.  Soon, smart, cyber-physical components incorporating embedded systems will be able to actively tell machines what procedures to execute next.  Background processes will trigger actions to ensure that individual component parts are re-ordered in time and any potential deviations are addressed and communicated to managers, executives, or customers as appropriate.

Leading industrial enterprises will take advantage of enhanced product connectivity to offer new value-added services to customers, and even change business models from ‘selling and supporting products’ to supplying the value delivered by products as a service to users. 

What strategies can industrial enterprises adopt to help position them to take advantage of the latest round of technology changes while prioritizing their investments wisely?  Join us at the Nineteenth Annual ARC Industry Forum to learn from your peers how an information-driven strategy can better position you to succeed and determine how you can best approach critical technology decisions.


Who Should Attend

ARC's Industry Forum is a must-attend event for:

  • CEOs, COOs, and Presidents
  • CFOs, VPs, and Directors of Finance
  • CIOs and CTOs
  • VPs and Directors of IT
  • VPs, Directors, and Managers of Operations
  • VPs, Directors, and Managers of Engineering
  • VPs, Directors, and Managers of New Projects
  • VPs, Directors, and Managers of Procurement
  • VPs, Directors, and Managers of Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Directors, Managers and Architects of Automation and Enterprise Integration
  • Plant Managers and Supervisors
  • Production Managers and Supervisors

In past Forums, over 50% of the attendees have titles like Chairman, CXO, President, Vice President, Director, or Partner.


Benefits of Attending

Top ten reasons for attending ARC's Industry Forum:

  • Learn about new technologies, new practices, and emerging standards
  • See the latest product releases from leading suppliers
  • Hear how others are solving some of your most challenging problems
  • Discuss your issues and ideas with peers, suppliers, and ARC Analysts
  • Network with colleagues and develop valuable relationships with peer and supplier executives
  • Expand your knowledge by attending sessions from many exciting programs
  • Discover new ways to breakdown cultural, organizational, and contractual barriers
  • Collaborate with peers on shared problems like limited capital, aging workforce, etc.
  • Impress your boss and colleagues with new fresh ideas to improve performance
  • Inject your requirements into supplier product roadmaps

Attendee Testimonials from Previous Forums

"I’ve had the opportunity to present at an ARC Forum.   This experience allowed me to gain tremendous visibility to my company’s technical needs, and the ARC experience offered, both at the event and after the event, a great opportunity to network with an impressive array of industry experts and solution providers.   I highly recommend the ARC Forums.  ARC Forums put you in the position to solve your company’s challenges, which in turn, will enhance your personal and business success."

Lloyd Colegrove
Statistics & Modeling Services Director, Fundamental Problem Solving Director

Dow Chemical 


"ARC's Forum is an excellent place for attendees to explore the critical issues facing our companies.  As a speaker on the topic of Brand Protection and Counterfeiting and as a participant, I have benefitted from networking with industry peers.  I highly recommend ARC's Forum to product manufacturers and technology users."

Ron Guido
Vice President, Global Brand Protection and Supply Chain Integrity (Retired)

Johnson & Johnson 


"ARC’s Forum provides a great opportunity to network, along with interesting presentations about top notch topics."

Andreas Wernsdörfer
Vice President, Automation & Electrical Engineering



"It’s my first time to attend ARC’s Orlando Forum and I would have to say — to say the least actually — it has exceeded my expectations."

Ashraf Ghazzawi
General Supervisor, Process Control Division

Saudi Aramco 


Keynote Speakers

The following executives will give the Forum's Keynote Presentations.

Peter HolickiPeter Holicki
Corp. Vice President, Manufacturing and Engineering and Environment
Health & Safety Operations
Dow Chemical

Peter joined Dow in 1987 in Stade, Germany, where he held a variety of roles.  In 1997, Peter obtained responsibility for Dow's King's Lynn operations in the UK.  Between 2000 and 2002, Peter held the position of production leader for the Aromatic Derivatives Complex in Terneuzen, The Netherlands, where he ran multiple hydrocarbons plants, and led the Terneuzen Responsible Care Leadership Team.  In 2002, he was appointed Olefins business director for Europe, Middle East and Latin America and from 2006 until 2009 he was the site leader of Dow Terneuzen.  Peter served as Global Manufacturing Vice President Hydrocarbons and Vice President for Manufacturing & Engineering Europe, Middle East & Africa from 2009 through 2012.  In October 2012 through 2013, Peter was named Vice President of Operations for Europe, Middle East and Africa and the Ethylene Envelope.

Gregory TouhillGregory Touhill
Deputy Asst. Secretary, Cybersecurity Operations and Programs
Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, National Protections and Programs Directorate
Department of Homeland Security

Brigadier General (retired) Gregory J. Touhill focuses on the development and implementation of operational programs designed to protect our government networks and critical infrastructure systems.  He retired from the US Air Force in July 2013 after a distinguished career culminating as the Chief Information Officer and Director of Command, Control, Communications, and Cyber Systems at U.S. Transportation Command — one of the nation’s 10 combatant commands.  As the Senior Cyberspace Operations officer, he led the command’s cyberspace defense mission and oversaw a $500 million information technology portfolio.  He is the co-author of "Commercialization of Innovative Technologies, Bringing Good Ideas to the Marketplace" and the upcoming "Cybersecurity for Executives, A Practical Guide".  He maintains the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Acquisition Professional in Information Technology and Program Management, and the American College of Corporate Directors Professional Director certifications.

Stephan BillerStephan Biller
Chief Manufacturing Scientist
General Electric

Stephen is responsible for GE’s global advanced manufacturing strategy and the development of GE’s Brilliant Factory initiative across GE businesses to increase speed and productivity.  Prior to being named to this position in April 2012, he was a Technical Fellow & Global Group Manager for Manufacturing Systems at General Motors’ R&D.  Stephan has been granted nine patents, developed 22 trade secrets, and co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications.

Partial List of Speakers

The following executives are also among those who will present at the Forum. 

Carrie SchallerManufacturing Engineering IT DirectorDow Chemical
Don BartusiakChief Engineer, Process Control EMREExxonMobil Research & Engineering
Ed CrawfordPCN Security Team LeadChevron
Ed HanschkeDirector, Automation Project ServicesSolaris Managment Consultants
Eric CosmanSystems ArchitectDow Chemical
Eric LauProcess Specialist AutomationSuncor
Gregory TouhillDeputy Asst. Secretary, Cybersecurity Operations and ProgramsU.S. Department of Homeland Security
Harvey IveyGeneral Manager of DesignSouthern Company
Hussain A Qahtani Manager, Process & Control Systems DepartmentSaudi Aramco
Ibrahim HamadCorporate Information Security OfficerDolphin Energy
Jacob WarrenProcess Control Group Project LeaderBraskem America
Joop PeetersShared Service M&E LeaderStyron
Laurent DionGlobal Quality DirectorHoneywell Performance Electronic Materials
Mark RubergDirector, Corp Business CollaborationsPromach
Peter HerweckCEO, Process Industries and DrivesSiemens
Peter Holicki Corp. Vice President, Manufacturing & Engineering & EH&SDow Chemical
Reinhold AchatzCTOThyssenkrupp
Sandy VasserFacilities I&E ManagerExxonMobil Development
Shadrach StephensI/E Maintenance Group LeaderDow Chemical
Stephan BillerChief Manufacturing ScientistGeneral Electric
Thomas SteckenreiterSr. Vice PresidentBayer Technology Services

Agenda by Industry

Following is the schedule for the Forum by industry focus.  Times and sessions are subject to change

Process includes Chemical, Mining, Metals, Cement, Glass, Paper, and Water & Waste.

Monday, February 9

9 AM - 12 PM  Oil & Gas Process Power CPG/Food Life Sciences Auto/Aero
Cyber Security Workshop I: Automation Federation Cyber Security Seminar


12 - 5 PM
Cyber Security Workshop II: For IT, Automation, and Engineering Managers    
Cyber Security Workshop III: We Have Chosen Our Framework for Industrial Control System Cyber Security, Now What?
1 - 4 PM
Developing the Future Workforce Leaders in an Evolving Manufacturing World
The Roadmap to Sustainable Reliability
Introduction to Leading National and International Organizations that Are Advancing the Industrial Internet of Things
12-6 PM:  Supplier Press Conferences
6-9 PM:  ARC Welcome Reception

Tuesday, February 10

7 - 8:30 AM:  Networking Breakfast
8:30 – 10 AM:  Industry in Transition: Keynote Presentations
10:30 AM – 12 PM:  Industry in Transition: Executive Panel
12 - 2 PM:  Lunch
2 - 3:30 PM  Oil & Gas Process Power CPG/Food Life Sciences Auto/Aero
The Automation Challenge Continues  
Managing Industrial Cyber Security Risks - Part 1          
Winning the Battle for Uptime: Creating and Sustaining a Proactive Culture in Enterprise Asset Management      
Industrial Internet of Things: The New Frontier                        
Bringing Predictive Analytics to Industrial Internet of Things Applications
4 - 5:30 PM
Integrated Control and Electrification  
Use Enterprise Recipe Management to Quicken Production and Reduce Costs      
ALIM and Data Governance Foundation for Projects    
Building a Secure-by-Design Industrial Internet of Things
Designing the Smart Connected Product for Industrial Internet of Things
6 PM:  Evening Reception

Wednesday, February 11

7 - 8:30 AM:  Networking Breakfast
8:30 – 10 AM:  Industry in Transition: Keynote and Executive Panel
10:30 AM - 12 PM  Oil & Gas Process Power CPG/Food Life Sciences Auto/Aero
Modern Process Automation Systems Offer More than Just Process Control    
Operator Training Simulators, Immersive Training Simulators, Augmented Reality, and Gaming
Plant Design Lifecycle: The Information Continuum from CapEx to OpEx
Industrial Internet of Things Bears Fruit with Connected Services for Plant Assets                       
Managing Industrial Cyber Security Risks - Part 2  
12 – 2 PM: Lunch
2 - 3:30 PM  Oil & Gas Process Power CPG/Food Life Sciences Auto/Aero
Best Practices for Developing Organizational Structure for Securing and Managing Automation                     
Workforce Improvement through Targeted Training  
Connected Asset Performance Management: Where Industrial Internet of Things Gets Real  
Connecting Far-Flung Sites and Devices    
​​MTConnect for Internet of Things

4 - 5:30 PM
Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence: Business Results from Manufacturing Intelligence, Analytics, and Industrial Internet of Things - Part 1
Maximizing Benefits through Control and Information Convergence
Remote Monitoring and Diagnostics with Industrial Internet of Things    
Internet of Things in the Supply Chain  
Machines as a Service Enabler  
6 PM:  Evening Reception

Thursday, February 12

7 - 8:30 AM:  Networking Breakfast
8:30 - 10 AM  Oil & Gas Process Power CPG/Food Life Sciences Auto/Aero
The Importance of Technology and Partner Selection for Greenfield and Brownfield Projects
​​Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence: Business Results from Manufacturing Intelligence, Analytics, and Industrial Internet of Things - Part 2

OMAC Machine Tool Working Group Update      
10:30 AM - 12 PM
Process Control and Safety Systems:  Separate, Interfaced, or Integrated?      
OMAC Packaging Working Group Update
12 PM:  Forum Ends with Boxed Lunches


Innovations Showcase

New industry solutions are on display at the Innovations Showcase.  The Showcase provides an excellent opportunity for executives to assess the potential for emerging applications in production management, interoperability, virtual manufacturing, process improvement, asset management, operations management, supply chain synchronization, and more.  Exhibits have application scenarios for attendees to see how emerging technologies are applied to help solve issues across all industries.

The Showcase is open during the Monday Evening Reception and during breakfasts, breaks, and lunches.  It is held adjacent to the forum where refreshments are served.





The Forum is held at the Renaissance Orlando Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
6677 Sea Harbor Drive
Orlando, Florida  32821

To make hotel reservations, please use this dedicated booking website for ARC's Forum:  This website allows you to make, modify, or cancel your reservations, as well as take advantage of any room upgrades, amenities, or other services offered by the hotel.  Alternatively you can call 888-789-3090 and refer to 'ARC Forum 2015'.  ARC has secured a room rate of $195 per night depending on availability if reservations are made by January 25, 2015.  Our room block fills quickly, so please make your hotel reservations now.

The Renaissance is just a short shuttle or taxi ride from the most popular Orlando attractions and within easy access of Orlando airports.  For transportation options and directions, visit the hotel's transportation page (Mears Transportation Group is the preferred company for all transportation needs).  Hotel amenities include complimentary 24 hour fitness center use; transportation to SeaWorld Orlando, Discovery Cove, Aquatica, and Universal Studios Orlando based on shuttle schedule; and public area wireless Internet.

Orlando Visiting Information
Please contact Orlando's Visitor Information Center at 407-363-5874,, for information regarding current events in Orlando.  For discounted attractions in Orlando, please visit Orlando Convention Aid website.  Their on-line travel guide offers discounts to restaurants, golf, attractions, nightlife, shopping, and more, including making dinner reservations for you.


To Register

Forum Fee

The Forum fee is $2,195 if registered by December 31, 2014.  After that date, the fee is $2,495.  The fee includes breakfast and lunch each day; receptions on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings; and all program materials.  Group rates are available.  Please call 781​-471-1175 or contact us for more information. 

Registration Methods

Please use one of the following methods to register for the Forum:

Register On-line

Call 781-471-1175 or contact us.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitutions may be made at any time at no additional charge. The registration fee is fully refundable up to three weeks prior to the Forum date. A 50% cancellation fee will be assessed after that date. All cancellations must be received in writing.


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Speaking Opportunities

For information on nominating a speaker for the forum, please visit our Speaking Opportunities page.

Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on opportunities for sponsoring the forum, please contact your client manager or contact us.


Previous Attendees

The following companies have attended recent ARC forums:

Aera Energy
Agilent Technologies
Air Liquide
Air Products & Chemicals
Akzo Nobel
Alliance Pipeline
AMEC Natural Resources
American Axle & Manufacturing
Anglo American
Applied Materials
Applied Technologies
Aquarius Software
Aramco Services
ArcelorMittal Dofasco
Arch Coal
Archer Daniels Midland
Arthrex Manufacturing
Asahi Electronics
Ashland Water Technologies
Aspen Technology
Automation Federation
B&R Industrial Automation
Baker Hughes
Bayer CropScience
Beckhoff Automation
Bedrock Automation
Bentley Systems
BHP Billiton
Boise Cascade
Bosch Rexroth
Bristol Myers Squibb
British American Tobacco
Cardinal Ethanol
Cambell Soup
Celanese Chemicals
Cenovus Energy
CF Industries
CH Robinson Worldwide
Chemtech Engenharia
China Yangzte Power
Church & Dwight
Cisco Systems
City of Des Moines
City of Lakeland
City of Orlando
Cognizant Technology Solutions
Connacher Oil and Gas
Consumers Energy
Continental Mills
Cooper Industries
Dakota Gasification
Dassault Systèmes
DC Water and Sewer Authority
Del Monte Foods
Descartes Systems Group
Dolphin Energy
Dominion Virginia Power
Dow Chemical
Dow Kokam
DTE Energy
Duke Energy
Dust Networks
Electro-Matic Products
Elkay Manufacturing
Elipse Software
Emerson Process Management
EQUATE Petrochemical
Ergon Refining
Evonik Degussa
FDT Group
Fieldbus Foundation
Flint Hills Resources
Ford Motor
Fractionation Research
Freeport McMoran
Gallus Pharmaceuticals
GE Aviation
GE Intelligent Platforms
GE Energy
General Dynamics
General Mills
General Motors
Georgia Institute of Technology
Goodrich Petroleum
Goodyear Tire & Rubber
Goss International
Greater Cincinnati Water Works
HART Communication Foundation
HCL Technologies
HIMA Americas
Hirschmann Automation & Control
Honeywell Process Solutions
Husky Energy
Idaho National Laboratory
ILS Technology
Independen Belgian Refinery
Inductive Automation
Industrial Defender
Industrial Evolution
Innominate Security Technologies
International Paper
Iscar Metals
JDA Software
JHP Pharmaceuticals
John Deere
Johnson & Johnson
Joy Mining Machinery
Kepware Technologies
Keystone Foods
Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies
Kraft Foods
L&T Infotech
Lakeland Companies
Lakeland Electric
LifeCare Services
Lockheed Martin
Lopez Foods
M+W Automation
M.G. Bryan Equipment
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
Manufacturing Connection
Marathon Electric
Mark Andy
Maverick Technologies
Mentor Graphics
Met-Mex Penoles
Mettler Toledo
MGM Resorts International
Minnesota Power
Mitsubishi Electric
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 
Mohawk Fine Papers
Momentive Specialty Chemicals
Monster Cable
Morgan Stanley
Mori Seiki
Motiva Enterprises
Mynah Technologies
Nalco Champiion
North West Redwater Partnership
Northwest Analytics
NOVA Chemicals
Nucor Steel
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Okuma America
Oniqua MRO Analytics
OPC Foundation
Opto 22
Orlando Utilities Commission
Owens Corning
Pacific Gas & Electric
Pacific Northwest National Lab
Palmer Foundry
Paper Converting Machine
Parker Hannifin
Patti Engineering
PCN Technology
Petro Rabigh
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
Phoenix Contact
POSC Caesar
Pro Mach
Procter & Gamble
Profibus & Profinet International
Public Service Co. of New Mexico
Quiet Logistics
Rackspace Hosting
Red Arrow Logistics
Reliance Industries
Rich Products
Richie Media Productions
Robotic Parking Systems
Rockwell Automation
Ryder System
Sans Institute
Sasol North America
Sasol Synfuels
Sasol Technology
Saudi Aramco
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions
Schneider Electric
Schnitzer Steel
Selas Fluid Processing
Shaw Power Group
Shell Exploration & Production
Shell Global Solutions
Siemens Energy
Siemens Industry
Siemens Westinghouse Power
SKF Reliability Systems
Skkynet Cloud Systems
Smurfit-Stone Container
Sony Electronics
Southern Company
Stone Technologies
Suncor Energy
Sustainable Plant
Tata Consultancy Services
Telecom Industry Assoc.
Tetra Pak
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Toyota Motor Manufacturing
Trend Micro
U.S. Corrugated
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
Universal Parks & Resorts
Valero Energy
Vallourec & Mannesmann do Brasil
Ventyx, an ABB Co.
Walt Disney World
Waters Corporation
Wells Enterprises
Wipro Technologies
Woodward Governor
Worley Parsons
Wurldtech Security Technologies
Wunderlich Malec Engineering
Yanbu National Petrochemical