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Presenting ARC's Fifteenth Annual Orlando Forum

ARC World Industry Forum:  Driving Innovation, Sustainability and Performance


February 7-10, 2011 - Orlando, Florida

Sustainability and Production Management Solutions

Today manufacturers are faced with some of the most critical challenges in the industry’s history.  The environment in which they compete is changing rapidly, with many of the trends being driven by the global marketplace, not just the US economy and traditional competitors and customers.  The result is unprecedented pressure on these companies to maintain profit margins and market positions, to say nothing of achieving growth objectives.  This is made even more challenging when faced with increasing incidents of adulterated and counterfeited products.

While consumer product manufacturers look for growth in emerging markets, they are still faced with major challenges in their larger and more mature markets.  In these more mature markets they are currently seeing zero growth, rising costs, fluctuating commodity prices, waning pricing power, accelerated regulatory and customer requirements, continued reduction in household purchasing power, and a growing percentage of sales from a limited number of powerful and demanding retailers.  As the pace of change continues to increase, the future looks even more challenging.  While process and product innovation remain vital, faster and flawless execution is likely to be a key to future success or survival.  Operational excellence is a must.

To meet these challenges, most senior executives are focused on three major top line initiatives:  margin protection, manufacturing sustainability, and product safety.  They are finding answers to questions like:

  • How do I address the fluctuating price and availability of commodities?
  • How do I reduce my energy and other utilities costs and ensure the long term availability of these resources?
  • How do I reduce my manufacturing cycle time?
  • How do I come up with new ideas or equipment that is multi-tasking, more reliable, and that can reduce change over time?
  • What does it take to develop a successful OEE program?
  • How do I find and evaluate new technology that will support innovation and speed time-to-market?
  • How do I keep up with the increasingly rapid changes in business and regulatory requirements and new technology?
  • How do I improve product tracking and tracing?
  • What are the best metrics to support future manufacturing requirements?
  • How do I support my ever expanding manufacturing and business automation systems and networks?


Who Should Attend

This forum program is a must-attend event for:

  • Operations, engineering, IT, purchasing, supply chain, brand, and automation managers and executives in the consumer goods, life sciences, discrete, and other industries who are involved in or responsible for protecting their product from counterfeiting, improving product tracking and tracing, or involved in packaging or converting machinery and operations.
  • Technology and service suppliers involved in the CPG, life sciences, and other consumer facing industries.
  • OEMs and machine builders seeking innovative new ways to improve their businesses and find out what leading packagers are asking of their suppliers.
  • Third-party companies that provide services to the consumer products and life sciences industries.


Executive Speakers

The following executives are among those presenting for this program.  Click on the speaker name to view their bio.

Head of Strategic InitiativesABB
President, Power Products Division North AmericaABB
Group Operations DirectorAVEVA
Market Development ManagerB&R Automation
Sr. Vice President & Chief Information OfficerBechtel Group
Vice President, Operations Product ManagementBentley Systems
Associate Technical FellowBoeing
Plant ManagerCardinal Ethanol
Sr. Director, Manufacturing & Engineering ServicesCliffstar
Sr. Manager, Research & Innovation SupportCoca-Cola
Global Director, Planning & Strategic SourcingCP Kelco
Vice President, Advanced MaterialsDow Chemical
Director of ITFurniture Brands
General Manager, Software and ServicesGE Intelligent Platforms
Manager of Research Services, Manufacturing Research CenterGeorgia Institute of Technology
Senior Productivity EngineerInSinkErator
Exec. Vice President, Global Business Development Intergraph
Founder & CEOInvistics
Sr. Director, Global Sustainability and TechnologyKeystone Foods
Brand Protection ManagerMonster Cable Products
Founder and CEOOSIsoft
Vice President, Industry ServicesPackaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI)
Section Head, Corporate EngineeringProcter & Gamble
Sr. Vice President, Manufacturing & Consumer Industries SAP
Executive Vice President & Global Head of Industry BusinessSchneider Electric
Strategic Business DirectorSiemens PLM Software
Sr. MES Project ManagerStone Technologies
PresidentThe Haymarket Group
Sr. Engineering Services ManagerWaters
Director of EngineeringZarpac


Agenda details for this program are shown below.  Times and sessions are subject to change.

Anti-Counterfeiting Workshop
In this workshop, ARC, key technology providers and users will discuss the the extent of counterfeit product in the market place, how and where counterfeting is occurring, and technology provider solutions and strategies that are being deployed to counter this menace. 
Tools for Virtual Integration of Electrical, Controls & Machinery to Improve Performance
ARC Advisory Group is proposing the formation of a community of manufacturing end users, equipment suppliers, engineering services suppliers, and technology providers across multiple vertical industries that will focus the application and adoption of digital manufacturing technologies. The intent of this community of users would be to identify common interests and goals, share potential benefits, develop industry & product requirements with the intent to influence suppliers and industry standards groups.
The goal is the seamless virtual integration of electrical, controls, and software design information with the other engineering design information (mechanical, process, modeling & simulation, etc.) to improve business efficiency through design knowledge integration throughout the design and manufacturing life-cycle.  This is a focus on manufacturing process (batch processes, continuous processes, machine equipment processes) designs and management rather than product development.  All interested parties are encouraged to attend this meeting.
Tools for Virtual Integration of Electrical, Controls & Machinery to Improve Performance Contd.
Continuation of above workshop
General Session #1

Several senior executives from major corporations will share their experiences with the attendees.

General Session #2
Top industry leaders will discuss key challenges facing our industry including topics such as: process safety, energy optimization, sustainability, and operational excellence.
Anti-Counterfeiting and Brand Protection Solutions

Today, almost any brand or product can be counterfeited or compromised.  This session will discuss covert and overt anti-counterfeiting technologies and approaches used to counter this growing menace.  Presentations will include information on the latest technologies and experiences with anti-counterfeiting and brand protection methodologies including inks, hand held spectral analysis, taggants and coatings, microtext, smart phones, RFID, advanced optics and holograms, etc.  Those attending will learn best practices, methodologies, and strategies for anti-counterfeiting and brand protection, including covert, overt, physical, digital, and other technologies. 

Anti-Counterfeiting and Track and Trace Solutions
The US government estimates that between 5 – 7% of branded products are counterfeited.  Counterfeit products are everywhere today and can include everything from golf balls, cigarettes, watches, clothing, food, medicines, household goods, toys, fertilizers, etc.  Many counterfeit products are unsafe and are a real and growing threat to consumers.  The session highlights some of the track and trace technologies, best practices and strategies that help prevent counterfeit products from entering the supply chain. The session will cover the track and trace technologies and best practices that manufacturers and brand managers might want to consider before purchasing Anti-Counterfeiting and Brand Protection (ABP) technologies or solutions.  Track and trace, serialization and ePedigree (for pharma) solutions that are being deployed for ABP will be the primary focus of this session.
Margin Improvement and Cost Management Solutions
Manufacturing companies are under significant pressure to offset rising input costs, such as raw materials, packaging materials and energy. Additional automation has been and is being deployed to better control the process and reduce labor costs, reduce inventories and improve product yields.  New information management systems are being deployed to generate more innovative approaches to further improve productivity, increase manufacturing reliability, and improve manufacturing responsiveness to changing customer demands.  With limited budgets and the prospect of continually sales growth, companies are focused on getting more out of their current assets. Leading companies achieving tremendous benefits from recent deployments of new OEE, production management, data analysis, mobility solutions, and other automation and process technologies. 
Manufacturing Sustainability Strategies and Solutions
For many companies, sustainability means having significant corporate level programs to demonstrate they intend to convert to more renewable resources, reduce green house gas emissions, and reduce their carbon footprint.  There is a common belief this is the socially correct thing to do, and that shareholders demand sustainability.  Walmart and many other customers expect their suppliers (food, beverage, CPG, high tech, discrete, and other manufacturers) to achieve significant improvement in support of their sustainability initiatives.  However, these manufacturers face a more immediate pressure — the high cost of energy, limited water resources, and the “producer payback” initiative that is already enforced in most industrial nations.   Energy and waste reduction programs and modeling and optimization solutions have now become an integral part of the manufacturing and supply chain operations of leading companies.
Speed, Innovation, Quality, and Cost:  Benefits of Connecting PLM to the Plant Floor
Effective end-to-end product lifecycle management requires close connectivity between product design systems and machine tool and plant floor systems.  The lifecycle begins with concept and innovation, moves through product design, production design (including automation and controls), and manufacturing.  Today's integrated end-to-end solutions support a process chain from product design through part and process planning to execution on machine tools and production equipment.  Consistently achieving the desired product quality requires that the design and production systems remain aligned, while needed changes are introduced at various points throughout the process as suppliers change, errors are caught, requirements evolve, and refinements are made.  Manufacturers need to close the loop between factory operations and product design and manufacturing process engineering, with better information flow in both directions and better simulation tools. 

This session will feature leading manufacturers that are using these end-to-end product and process solutions and will focus on benefits such as reducing time-to market, improving quality, and reducing costs. 
OMAC Session 1

OMAC, The Organization for Machine Automation and Control, sponsors an annual session on best practices, technology, and standards development in manufacturing machinery (converting, CNC, packaging, etc.) and line operations (packaging operations management, OEE, etc.).  Here you will hear from experts with real life experiences.

Workforce Development

The Automation Federation is pleased to present a session at the 2011 ARC Forum that will discuss the AF Workforce Development Initiative and the focus of this Initiative on the Automation Competency Model developed by the Automation Federation and The US Department of Labor in 2009.  The session will feature Dean Ford, Steve Pflantz, and Jerry Gipson, who will discuss the Automation Competency Model, how it has been a catalyst to focus attention on the importance of the automation profession, and what it means for the future of manufacturing.

OMAC Session 2
OMAC, The Organization for Machine Automation and Control, sponsors an annual session on best practices, technology and standards development in manufacturing machinery (converting, CNC, packaging, etc.) and line operations (Packaging Operations Management, OEE, etc.).  Here you will hear from experts with real life experiences.
Industry Standards Update
Several executives will provide an update on the latest industry standards.
John on Consumer Packaged Goods