ARC Industry Forum Europe 2016
Industry in Transition: Smart, Safe, and Sustainable Manufacturing

March 2-3, 2016 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

New and emerging IT technologies combined with innovative process technologies and product development, come together in innovative forms of physical manufacturing.  This merger of technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), industrial data analytics, machine learning, and new computing architectures with additive manufacturing or modular and mobile production, is supported by new electronic and informational processes.  These initiatives are known as Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrie 4.0, Smart Manufacturing, etc.  They have opened up the possibility for new business models, which can radically change the way industrial enterprises do business.

connected-enterprise-275px.jpgThe business environment is increasingly dynamic and volatile.  Companies face global and regional cycles of growth and recessions as well as rapid changes in regulations, energy and raw materials availability, markets, and competition.  New business models, enabled by Connected Manufacturing, and Connected Supply Chain Networks, as well as leading edge technologies, will help companies remain competitive, and become leaner, agile, and more flexible.

Information and automation technologies need to be implemented to boost productivity, flexibility, and responsiveness.  They also introduce challenges such as cybersecurity and the convergence of operations and information technology (OT/IT).  Processes that require little human intervention need systems that empower humans with the information they need, when they need it, so they can focus on problem solving and decision-making.  Virtual collaborative workspaces will address organizational complexity, bridge distance, and facilitate remote intervention and mobility.  Simulation and knowledge management systems help to preserve and develop know-how.

Process plants with continuous or hybrid manufacturing processes will leverage connected assets, combined with third-party services.  Smart machines and equipment can support reliability, efficiency, and safety in plants by enabling predictive asset analytics.  This will improve uptime and asset lifecycle performance or produce small batches of specialty materials.  Production units will become modules, featuring ‘Plug&Produce’, enabling fast reconfiguration and optimization of production lines.

Discrete manufacturers will be able to produce customized products quickly and cost-efficiently.  Soon, smart cyber-physical components communicate directly with machines, while background processes will trigger re-ordering and address potential deviations.

Which strategies can industrial enterprises adopt to position themselves, taking advantage of the latest technologies, while prioritizing their investments wisely?  Join us at the Annual ARC Industry Forum Europe to learn from your peers how an information-driven strategy can position you to succeed and determine how to approach critical technology decisions.


The schedule for the forum is as follows.

Wednesday, March 2

8:30 AM Registration and Morning Coffee/Tea 
9:00 AM​ Welcome Address
Uwe Grundmann, ARC
How Megatrends Are Shaping the Future of Industry
Florian Gueldner & David Humphrey, ARC
​9:15 AM

Industry 4.0 in the Supply Chain of Arla Foods: Current PackML Case And Future Opportunities
Arne Svendsen, Arla Foods

10:00 AM​ Executing Engineering Projects at Kaneka Belgium Using Asset Information Management (AIM)
Bert Van Baelen, Kaneka
​10:30 AM Coffee/Tea Break​
11:00 AM​

Asset Lifecycle Management & Connected Smart Machines
Moderator:  Stefan Miksch, ARC
Edwin van Dijk, BlueCielo ECM Solutions
Brendan Kelly, HubHead
Edward van den Boogaard, Huntsman
Bert Van Baelen, Kaneka
Bernd Heuchemer, Siemens

Moderator:  Thomas Menze, ARC​
Jens Wiesner, German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI)
Andrey Suvorov, Kaspersky Lab
Dirk Seewald, Phoenix Contact CS
Thierry Rouquet, Sentryo
Stefan Woronka, Siemens

​12:45 PM
1:45 PM​

Energy & Sustainability

Moderator: Florian Gueldner, ARC
Karl-Heinz Niemann, University of Hanover
Johannes Kals, University of Ludwigshafen

MESA – IT/OT Convergence, Modularization & IIoT Implications

Moderators: Valentijn de Leeuw, ARC & Michel Devos, MESA
MESA Experts:
Fabrice Chausserais
Uwe Kueppers
Michael Schwarz
Jan Snoeij
Reinoud Visser

Industry Experts:
Arne Svendsen, Arla Foods
Wim Hultink, FrieslandCampina
Denis Benoist, LVMH
Jean Vieille, Syntropic Factory

3:30 PM​
Coffee/Tea Break
  Smart Manufacturing, Machine Learning, and Analytics Operations Management
​4:00 PM An IT Perspective on a Corporate Asset Management Implementation from Scratch to Perfection
Edward van den Boogard, Huntsman

Setting New Standards for MES at FrieslandCampina Chesse, Butter & Milkpowder
Wim Hultink, FrieslandCampina
Reinoud Visser, Atos

​4:45 PM

Performance-based Digital Transformation
Jean Vieille, Syntropic Factory

Implementation of MES Quartis Optima in the Cosmetic Industry
Denis Benoist, LVMH
Fabrice Chausserais, Bodet Osys
5:30 PM​ ARC Wrap-up
David Humphrey & Florian Gueldner, ARC
6:30 PM​ Evening Reception
6:45 PM​ Networking Dinner

Thursday, March 3

8:00 AM Registration and Morning Coffee/Tea
8:20 AM​
Welcome Address
Uwe Grundmann, ARC

Improved Availability and Damage Avoidance at Water Treatment Plant Using Asset Analytics
Speakers from FAG and Mitsubishi Electric
8:50 AM​
Smart Manufacturing
Jan Snoeij, MESA
​9:30 AM​​ Customization and Mass Production Favored by New IoT-Enabled Economic Models
Alessandro Bassi, Bassi Consulting
  ​​Open & Advanced Automation

​​Industrie 4.0 & Industrial Internet of Things

10:15 AM​ ​​How Open Standards Create the Soft Infrastructure for Industrie 4.0
Uwe Steinkrauss, OPC
Eelco van der Wal, PLCopen
​​Asset Analytics - Zero Surprises, Using Predictive Analytics to Improve Plant Performance
Maurice Jilderda, Campione
​10:45 AM​ ​​Coffee/Tea Break
​11:30 AM Ubiquitous Data - Where May We Get?
Johannes Kals, University of Ludwigshafen
​12:00 PM Plenary Session​ Organization, Collaboration & Human Factors:
30 Years Experience - Is There an App for That?
Maurice Wilkins, ISA
12:30 PM​ Lunch
1:30 PM​

Plenary Workshop:
Industrie 4.0 & Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in Practice
How can users achieve these visions TODAY?

Moderator: David Humphrey, ARC
Alessandro Bassi, Bassi Consulting
Thomas Rienessl, B&R
Klaus Koch, CAT
Diederik Mols, Honeywell
Uwe Steinkrauss, OPC Foundation
Philippe Mack, PEPITe
Eelco van der Wal, PLCopen
Bernard Flament, Prayon
Kai Bergemann, Rockwell Automation
Dirk Kozian, Schneider Electric
Hans De Leenheer, TrendMiner

3:30 PM​ Coffee/Tea Break
4:00 PM​ Energy Optimization Thanks to Analytics and... People
Bernard Flament, Prayon & Philippe Mack, PEPITe
​4:30 PM ARC Wrap-up
Florian Gueldner, ARC
5:00 PM Forum Ends


Mercure-Hotel-Amsterdam-City-sm.jpgThe Forum is held at the Mercure Hotel Amsterdam City.

Mercure Hotel Amsterdam City
Joan Muyskenweg 10
1096 CJ - Amsterdam
Phone (+31) 20 6658181
Fax (+31) 20 6948735
Email [email protected]

The Mercure Hotel Amsterdam City is set in a beautiful location by the river and provides easy access to the ArenA and the center of Amsterdam.  Ample, enclosed parking is available and you can also reach the city center by public transport in just 10 minutes.