Presenting ARC's 21st Annual Industry Forum in Japan
Driving Digital Transformation in Industry and Cities

July 9, 2019 - Tokyo, Japan

To navigate successfully through today’s global wave of digital transformation and make disruptive technologies work for them, manufacturers, municipalities, utilities, and all other organizations will need to roll out just the right mix of technologies at just the right time.  They will need to drive and manage change in processes, people, ecosystems, and technologies while keeping safety and cybersecurity at the forefront.

At this unique event, successful global leaders will speak of their strategies, technologies, and business practices on these topics:

  • How will disruptive technologies change existing products, plants, and cities? 
  • Can cybersecurity threats be overcome? 
  • How will machine learning, artificial intelligence, and open source solutions transform operations? 
  • How will a digitally-enhanced workforce stem the loss of tribal knowledge?
  • How do connected products create opportunities in aftermarket services? 
  • What steps can organizations take to foster innovative thinking?

 Over 200 top industry executives will get together to explore best practices for success in manufacturing.  Join us at the 21st Annual ARC Japan Forum in Tokyo to learn more about how digitizing factories, cities, and infrastructure will benefit technology end users and suppliers alike. 

ARC Industry Forum Japan 2018



Following is the schedule for the forum.  

Session 1:  Global Trends and Visions
​9:30 AM Opening Remarks
Shuji Abe, VP & GM ARC Japan, ARC Advisory Group
Keynote Presentation 1: "Driving Digital Transformation in Industry and Cities"
Uwe Grundmann, GM European Operations, ARC Advisory Group
Keynote Presentation 2: "DX Vision and Challenges - Mitsubishi Chemical’s Digital Transformation Examples"
Takayuki Aoyama, Senior Manager, DX Promotion Group Production Technology Dept., Mitsubishi Chemical
10:35 AM Coffee/Tea Break

Session 2:  Digital Transformation Journey

10:55 AM "Secure Industrial Cloud Connectivity - Making Secure, Real-time Bidirectional Connections from Analog Pressure Gauges to an Industrial Cloud System without Using VPN"
Iwao Kobata, President, Kobata Gauge
Yoshikuni Fujita, President & Representative Director, BellChild
"The Next Generation Smart Factory by Digital Technology with Data Linkage - Case Study: Improvement of Equipment Utilization, Reduction of Maintenance Cost, Improvement of Product Quality"
Makoto Endo, Manager, Manufacturing Control Division Manufacturing Dept. 3 Manufacturing Technology Sec., Yokogawa Manufacturing
12:15 PM Lunch

Session 3: Cybersecurity Progress and Challenges

1:15 PM "Countermeasures of Cybersecurity for Functional Safety from the Standardization Viewpoint"
Koji Demachi, Convener of IEC TC65/WG20, Secretary of IEC SC65A Japan National Committee, Manager & Technical Coordinator, Standardization Dept., Marketing HQ, Yokogawa Electric
"A Pragmatic Defense Against Modern Cyberthreats in OT"
Terence Liu, Vice President, Trend Micro
2:25 PM Coffee/Tea Break
Session 4:  Advanced Solutions and Applications
2:55 PM​ "Creating, Managing and Leveraging Digital Twins"
Anne-Marie Walters, Industry Marketing Director – Process & Resources, Bentley Systems    
"Time Has Come for Intelligent Wearables in a Field"
Sadao Ueno, Business Development Manager, Honeywell Connected Enterprise, Honeywell Japan
4:05 PM Coffee/Tea Break
4:25 PM "What Are the Drivers and Challenges for AI?"
Hajime Sugiyama, Industrial IoT Evangelist, Lead Global e-F@ctory Alliance coordinator, FA Systems Group - Overseas Marketing Div., Mitsubishi Electric
5:00 PM Special Invited Lecture: "'Beyond' Blockchain as an Industrial Tool"
Kenji Saito, Senior Researcher, Keio Research Institute at SFC, Keio University
6:00 - 7:30 PM​  ​Buffet Party


Featured Keynote Speakers

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

Uwe Grundmann

Uwe GrundmannGeneral Manager, European Operations
ARC Advisory Group

Uwe is responsible for managing ARC's operations in Germany and Europe. He has over 20 years of experience in the manufacturing industry with deep knowledge in automation and enterprise applications. He established the ARC Advisory Group in Europe. Before joining ARC, Uwe was head of the Software Marketing and Sales team at Rockwell Automation in Gruiten, Germany. His responsibilities included strategic development of new product-based businesses. With his outstanding market knowledge he established new, successful business fields within the German sales operation and opened new channels for product and system sales. He was an active member of the OPC European Steering Committee and helped the OPC foundation to perform their tasks. Uwe has published numerous articles in technical publications and presented papers at a number of conferences.

Takayuki Aoyama

Takayuki AoyamaSenior Manager, DX Promotion Group Production Technology Dept.
Mitsubishi Chemical

After joining Mitsubishi Chemical in 1993, Takayuki engaged in instrumentation control of petrochemical plants . While working in the equipment engineering and maintenance department, he created leading examples by proactively utilizing and advancing field digital communication as well as plant maintenance. In the advanced process control projects of large petrochemical processes, he adopted multivariable model predictive control from overseas, which contributed to Mitsubishi Chemical gaining knowledge and experience in utilizing it by itself. He also introduced and actively promoted SIS, although awareness was relatively low at the company at that time. As a result, the plants could access SIS as standard technology. Currently, he is striving to promote DX technology overall to Mitsubishi Chemical plants in Japan.

List of Executive Speakers


The Forum is held at KFC Hall.

6-1, Yokoami-1,
Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0015
Phone: +81-3-5610-5801

Format of the Forum Sessions

Presentations and discussions will be in both Japanese and English with simultaneous translation.


Business casual attire is suggested.

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Previous Attendees

The following companies have attended previous ARC Forums

ABB Bailey Japan
ABB Japan
Allied Telesis
Amazon Web Services
Automation News Company
APM Solution
Asahi Glass
Asahi Kasei
AspenTech Japan
Bayshore Networks
Beckhoff Automation
Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems Japan
Business & Technology Daily News
CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA)
Chemical Daily
Chugai Pharmaceutical
Cisco Systems
Cosmo Energy Holdings
Dell EMC
Deloitte Tohmatsu Risk Service
Edgecross Consortium
Emerson Japan
ExxonMobil Research & Engineering
FieldComm Group Japan
Fuji Electric
Heavy & Chemical Ind. News Agency
Hino Motors
Hitachi High-Tech Solutions
Honeywell Engineering

Honeywell Japan
IBM Japan
Idemitsu Kosan
ike llc
Industry Control Solution Lab
ISA Japan Section
Iwai Kikai Kogyo
j5 Japan Co
Japan Robot Association (JARA)
Japan Electrical Manufacturers' Association (JEMA)
Japan Electric Measuring Instruments Manufacturers Assoc (JEMIMA)
JFE Engineering
JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy
Kanazawa Engineering Systems
Keio University
Kogyo Gijutsu Sha
MHPS Control Systems
Mitsubishi Chemical
Mitsubishi Chemical Engineering
Mitsubishi Electric
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems
Mitsui Chemicals
Mitsui E&S Engineering
Mitsui Sugar
Morinaga Milk Industry
Motoyama Engineering Works
Nagoya Institute of Technology
Nippon Paper Industries
Nippon Sheet Glass
Nippon Shokubai
Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering
Nomura Research Institute
NPO 3D-CAD Engineers' Association

NS Solutions
NTT Communications
Omega Simulation
Osaka Gas
Osaka University and Kobe University
SANS Institute
Schaeffler Japan
Schneider Electric Systems Japan
Shinkawa Sensor Technology
Showa Denko
Showa Shell Sekiyu
Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE)
Stratus Technologies
Stratus Technologies Japan
Sumitomo Chemical
Sumitomo Heavy Industries
The Chemical Daily
The Heavy & Chemical Industry News Agency
Tokyo Electron Device
Tokyo Gas
Toshiba Digital Solutions
Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions
Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems
Toyo Business Engineering
Toyo Engineering
Toyota Industries
Waterfall Security Solutions
Wind River
Yaskawa Electric
Yokogawa Electric
Yokogawa Solution Service