Presenting the Nineteenth Annual ARC Industry Forum
Industry in Transition: The Information Driven Enterprise in a Connected World
February 9-12, 2015 - Orlando, Florida
New 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.
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 World 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 World 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."
Statistics & Modeling Services Director, Fundamental Problem Solving Director
"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."
Vice President, Global Brand Protection and Supply Chain Integrity (Retired)
"ARC’s Forum provides a great opportunity to network, along with interesting presentations about top notch topics."
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."
General Supervisor, Process Control Division
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
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
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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.
Please use one of the following methods to register for the Forum:
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.
For information on nominating a speaker for the forum, please visit our Speaking Opportunities page.
For information on opportunities for sponsoring the forum, please contact your client manager or contact us.
The following companies have attended recent ARC forums:
Air Products & Chemicals
AMEC Natural Resources
American Axle & Manufacturing
Archer Daniels Midland
Ashland Water Technologies
B&R Industrial Automation
Bristol Myers Squibb
British American Tobacco
CH Robinson Worldwide
China Yangzte Power
Church & Dwight
City of Des Moines
City of Lakeland
City of Orlando
Cognizant Technology Solutions
Connacher Oil and Gas
DC Water and Sewer Authority
Del Monte Foods
Descartes Systems Group
Dominion Virginia Power
Emerson Process Management
Flint Hills Resources
GE Intelligent Platforms
Georgia Institute of Technology
Goodyear Tire & Rubber
Greater Cincinnati Water Works
HART Communication Foundation
Hirschmann Automation & Control
Honeywell Process Solutions
Idaho National Laboratory
Independen Belgian Refinery
Innominate Security Technologies
Johnson & Johnson
Joy Mining Machinery
Kongsberg Oil & Gas Technologies
M.G. Bryan Equipment
MGM Resorts International
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Mohawk Fine Papers
Momentive Specialty Chemicals
North West Redwater Partnership
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oniqua MRO Analytics
Orlando Utilities Commission
Pacific Gas & Electric
Pacific Northwest National Lab
Paper Converting Machine
Procter & Gamble
Profibus & Profinet International
Public Service Co. of New Mexico
Red Arrow Logistics
Richie Media Productions
Robotic Parking Systems
Sasol North America
Savannah River Nuclear Solutions
Selas Fluid Processing
Shaw Power Group
Shell Exploration & Production
Shell Global Solutions
Siemens Westinghouse Power
SKF Reliability Systems
Skkynet Cloud Systems
Tata Consultancy Services
Telecom Industry Assoc.
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Toyota Motor Manufacturing
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
Universal Parks & Resorts
Vallourec & Mannesmann do Brasil
Ventyx, an ABB Co.
Walt Disney World
Wurldtech Security Technologies
Wunderlich Malec Engineering
Yanbu National Petrochemical