ARC European Leadership Industry Forum
Managing Digital Transformation in the Age of AI, Open Architectures, and Sustainability

May 6-8, 2024 - Sitges (Barcelona), Spain

Accelerate your operations with open platforms, eco-systems, edge and cloud solutions, and cybersecurity strategies.

register todayARC’s European Industry Forum is part of our successful series of worldwide conferences in Europe, America, and Asia. Participants are invited to attend exclusive presentations and workshops on strategies and case studies from the digital front lines. 

TransformationARC industry analysts and other automation experts from the end user and supplier communities will analyze and discuss trends and drivers for the following topics:

  • AI and Machine Learning
  • Asset Management 
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital Services
  • From Edge to Cloud: Future Architectures
  • Industrial Data Management 
  • MES Success Stories
  • Module Type Package (MTP)
  • Open Automation 
  • Operations Management
  • Startup Innovations
  • Sustainability and Energy Management

As we adapt to the new normal, industrial innovation is accelerating. A renewed focus on sustainability, the circular economy, and climate change is sparking innovation and powering transformational and technological change throughout the industrial sector. Resilience has become a priority for many companies in all industries. Digital leaders have now validated their strategies against the real-world challenges brought on by the aftermath of the pandemic and new geopolitical unrest and are accelerating their innovation and transformation initiatives. The power of disruptive technologies is full speed ahead!

For more information about participating, sponsoring, or speaking at the event, please contact ablech@arcweb.com

Agenda

Following is the preliminary schedule for the Forum.  Sessions and times are subject to change.  All times are CET (Central European Time).

Monday, May 6

10:00Digital Transformation Council Meeting  
Valentijn de Leeuw, ARC
UniversalAutomation Annual Membership Assembly  
Greg Boucaud, UniversalAutomation.org
12:00Welcome Reception and Registration
13:00Keynote 
The ARC Analyst View: An Overview of the Trends that Are Reshaping the Industrial World 
Florian Güldner, ARC 
13:30Keynote
Prabhu Soundarrajan, ISA 
14:00Keynote
14:30Networking Break 
15:00Discover UniversalAutomation.org Projects, Use Cases, and Products
(open-door session) 
Moderator: Greg Boucaud, Universal Automation.org 

Forum participants can meet experts from UAO member companies to discover and discuss current projects, possible use cases and product innovations from the organization’s ecosystem.
 
15:30Future Automation Architectures
Everything Software-Defined: The Future of Automation Architectures 
David Humphrey, ARC 

vPLC Case Study
Oliver Narr, Siemens
Sustainability and Decarbonization
Where Is the Sustainability in Process and Safety Instrumentation? 
Peter Kwaspen, Shell 

SiGREEN - Unlocking the Power of Product Carbon Footprints from Reporting to Competitive Advantage 
Florian Albrecht, Siemens 

Achieving Sustainability Goals with Automation
Prabhu Soundarrajan, ISA 
17:00Innovation Corner
18:30 
19:00Evening Reception

Tuesday, May 7

8:00Registration and Morning Coffee
9:00Keynote
The Future of Automation at Nestlé
Danilo De Faria, Nestlé
9:30Keynote
View from the City: How Financial Analysts View Automation Markets 
Andre Kukhnin, UBS
10:00Networking Break
10:30Cybersecurity
Moderator: Thomas Menze, ARC

How Is APL Changing Industrial OT Security 
Karl-Heinz Niemann, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hannover
 
Panel Discussion: CRA and NIS2 
Michael Metzler, Siemens 
Digital Services
Moderator: Alexey Grechko, ARC

Case Study 
Sergio Torres, RS Industria

The Path to a Downtime-free Future in the New and Complex Energy Landscape 
Natasha Nelson, Schneider Electric

Virtual Commissioning as a Booster for Interdisciplinary Collaboration 
Michael Schaaf, SIG Combibloc Systems
 
TBD 
Marco Turdo, HIMA Group
12:00Lunch
13:00Industrial Data Management
Moderator: Stefan Miksch, ARC

From HART to Cloud: Providing Meaningful Data from Existing Field Instrumentation 
Sven Giesecke, CodeWrights 
Panel 
Mathieu Cura, Optimistik 
Andreas Faath, VDMA
Open Process Automation
Moderator: Valentijn de Leeuw, ARC

Jacco Opmeer, Shell 
Don Bartusiak, COPA 
Dominic de Kerf, Cargill 
Pieter Nijdam, Waternet
Antoon Tuerlings, Yokogawa (for BASF) 
NN, ExxonMobil
14:30Networking Break
15:30Industrial Communications
Moderator: David Humphrey, ARC

Ethernet-APL Update 
Karl-Heinz Niemann, University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hannover
 
Building the Future of Industrial Communications with PC UA 
Peter Lutz, OPC
AI in Automation
Moderator: Fabian Wanke, ARC

Panel 
Yves Lostanlen, AI Redefined 
George Hancock & Ivan Scattergood, Octaipipe 
Boris Scharinger, Siemens 
Nicolas Spiegl, UReason
OPAF Workshop
Moderators: 
Valentijn de Leeuw, ARC
Mohan Kalyanaraman, ExxonMobil 

Don Bartusiak, COPA 
Demetrius Whye, Intel 
Luciano Botto, Nova SMAR 
Ravindra Jagasia, R.STAHL 
Domenico Napoli, Schneider Electric 
Amol Bhusari, WoodPLC 
17:00Networking Break
17:30Plenary Discussion
Co-Existence of New Technologies: MTP, NOA, OPA, UAO 
Moderator: Florian Güldner, ARC
 
Panel: 
Franco Cavadini, Gr3n 
Sølve Raan, Kongsberg 
Jacco Opmeer, Shell 
Andreas Faath, VDMA 
Sathyamurthy Sundaram, Voith
18:30 
19:00Evening Reception

Wednesday, May 8

8:00Registration and Morning Coffee
9:00Keynote
Living in the Digital Decade: Reflections on Digital Transformation in Industry 
Andreas Geiss, Senior Advisor
9:30Keynote
How Nova Industria Brasil Is Helping the Sugar-Energy and Biofuels Sector with Digital Transformation     
Libanio Carlos de Souza, Vice President, CEISE Br - The National Center for Industries in the Sugar-Energy and Biofuels Sector
10:00Networking Break
10:30MES Success Stories
Moderator: Valentijn de Leeuw, ARC

Uwe Kueppers, MESA

Value Chain Optimization Case Study: Vulcan Mozambique 
Charl Marais, 4Sight Optimisation
Asset Management
Moderator: Constanze Schmitz, ARC

Unleashing Brownfield for the Future: Achieving Efficient Digitalization in the Process Industries 
Adoni Gonzalo, Siemens 

Connecting People, Process and Technology for a Successful APM Implementation 
Johan Ferket, Stork 

Panel: 
Anastasia Zisidou, Dow 
Martin Mayer, Zeta
O-PAS: The Standard of Standards & Industry 4.0
Moderator: Luciano Botto & Libanio Carlos de Souza, Nova SMAR
 
This practical experience is limited to 20 participants to ensure an efficient, hands-on experience session for all. Contributing companies: 
Coalition for Open Process Automation (COPA) 
Collaborative Systems Integration (CSI) 
ExxonMobil 
Intel 
Nova SMAR 
R. Stahl 
The Open Group
12:00Lunch
13:00Forum Ends

 

Featured Speakers

The following executives are featured speakers at the Forum.

Danilo de Faria

Global Digital Manufacturing Leader
Nestlé

Danilo de FariaLeading global Operations Technologies and Digital in Manufacturing at Nestlé, Danilo has 25 years of experience in the food & beverage industry in different areas. He has had leading positions in technical assistance, project management and corporate strategic groups. He is passionate for challenges and the exploration of new technologies, bringing all potential from Industry 4.0 solutions, identifying and leveraging their benefits to the company's needs while contributing to its ambitions and objectives.

Jacco Opmeer

Principal Automation Engineer
Shell

Jacco OpmeerAs Subject Matter Expert on Process Automation Systems, Jacco works on Shell’s global automation strategies. He co-leads the Open Process Automation Forum with a focus on creating a healthy business environment through the adoption of a fit for purpose O-PAS standard. In addition, Jacco is Executive Board member in the International Process Automation Users' Association WIB. Jacco has 35 years of experience in the process industries in engineering, operations and maintenance.

Dominic De-Kerf

ISA 95 L2 Architect, Corporate Smart Manufacturing
Cargill

Dominic De-KerfDominic started his career in 1991 as a local automation engineer. He became part of central engineering in the mid 90s and was involved in building factories in Turkey, Germany, and China. The company was acquired by Cargill in 2003 and Dominic became the best practice lead for automation for the starch business in Europe and moved more corporate roles in automation.  He has more than 30 years’ experience in the industry and is involved in ISA, NAMUR, and other industry associations.

List of Executive Speakers

Attendee Testimonials from Previous Forums

The ARC European Industry Forum in Barcelona was a success! It truly revealed where process control is heading. The event was not just about discussing new topics and themes in the automation industry. It also had great content showing how users can make the change.

Shell

We are happy to sponsor the ARC Forum because of the great opportunities to meet other industry professionals and end users. Attending the Forum was a great opportunity to share ideas and learn about best practices and market trends. I can only encourage other companies to attend ARC Forums.

universalautomation.org

… fantastic presentations!  Kind of a mix of future ideas with tensional delivery of them now.  Really nice Forum and I think you got a great mix of expertise here.

Milacron

ARC's Forum in Barcelona was a great opportunity to discuss ABB’s vision for the future of automation and engage with other industry leaders to showcase the building blocks available to build our vision starting now.

ABB

ARC’s Forum is an excellent event to gain in-depth knowledge and best practice examples.

uhlmann

The ARC forum is a great opportunity for Voith to learn about benchmarks and upcoming standards and get connected with other IT/OT experts.

voith

“ARC's forum is a very good opportunity to learn much more about the IT/OT transition. We all know the technology is available and we have learned that important success factors are people, culture, and security.

Philip Morris International

Location

sitges hotelThe Forum is held at the Meliã Hotel in Sitges (Barcelona), Spain.

Meliã Sitges 
Joan Salvat Papasseit, 38 
Barcelona - Sitges 08870 
Spain 
www.melia-sitges.com

Attendees should make their own hotel reservations at this dedicated link. ARC has contracted a limited number of rooms (including breakfast and local tax) at the Meliã Sitges at a rate of €190, based on availability.  Note:  Please make your hotel reservations by contacting the hotel directly.  Beware of any offers from third parties selling room reservations pretending to be calling on behalf of ARC or the hotel.

Overlooking the Sitges marina and the Costa del Garraf, the Meliã is within easy access of Barcelona international airport and walking distance from the historic center of Sitges.  Hotel amenities include complimentary fitness facilities, free WiFi internet in public areas and rooms, and an indoor car park.

To Register

Forum Fee

Forum fees are as follows:

Ticket TypeRegistration by March 13, 2024Registration after March 13, 2024
DTC Members*450 EUR550 EUR
End Users550 EUR650 EUR
Suppliers1,150 EUR1,450 EUR

All fees are net, excl. VAT.  The fee includes lunch on both days, a Welcome Reception before the Forum convenes, and all program materials. Group rates are available.  

*If you are a technology end user, we encourage you to join the Digital Transformation Council and register as a DTC Member.  DTC is an end user only community. For more information on the DTC, please visit Digital Transformation Council

Registration Methods

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitutions may be made at any time at no additional charge. The registration fee is fully refundable up to 3 weeks prior to the Forum date. A 50% cancellation fee will be assessed after that date.  All cancellations must be received in writing.

Speaker Opportunities

For information on nominating a speaker for the forum, please visit our Speaking Opportunities page or contact ablech@arcweb.com.

Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on opportunities for sponsoring the forum, please visit our Forum Sponsorship page or contact ablech@arcweb.com

Previous Attendees

The following organizations are among those who have attended previous Forums:

ABB
Abbott Healthcare Products
Accenture
Accruent
Adamos
Adisseo
Aditya Birla Group
Adlink Technology
AFD Armaturen
Air Liquide
Air Products & Chemicals
Airsprite Technologies
Aker Process
AkzoNobel
Alcoa
Aliseca
Allergen Pharmaceuticals
Alpha Steuer-Mess-Regeltechnik
Alstom Energy
Amazon Web Services
Analog Devices International
Anapur
Andritz
Aramco
ARCA-Regler
ArcelorMittal
Arkema Group
Arla Foods
Arm
Ashcroft Instruments
asimovero AI
AspenTech
Astrée Software
AT&T
Atomiton
Atos
ATS
Aucotec
Audi
Automa
Avebe
AVEVA
AVI
AVR Rotterdam
Axoom
Azbil
B&R Industrial Automation
Bahrain Petroleum Company
Balluff
baramundi Software
BARTEC
Basell Polyolefine
BASF
Bayer
Baxter
Bazan
Beamex
Beckhoff Automation
Belden
Bentley Systems
BlueCielo ECM Solutions
BN Automation
BoA Merrill Lynch
Bodet Osys
Bosch 
BP
BrainCreators
Braskem
Buckeye Partners
Buerkert Werke
Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der
   Informationstechnik
Bunge Ibérica
C&M Engineering
Cargill
CAT
CC-Link
Celanese
Certec
Chemieanlagenbau Chemnitz
Chugai Pharmaceutical
Cisco
Clariant
Cloostermans
CLPA
Coca-Cola
COMAU
Colonial Pipeline
Continental Automotive
Control Chain Group
Control Engineering
COPA-DATA
CoreTigo
Covestro
Crédit Suisse
Croda
Croon
CTE
CyberX
Daimler
Danisco
Darktrace
Dassault Systems - Delmia
DataForum
DCN Shiram
DDC
Deutsche Messe
Doosan
Dow
DSM
DuPont
Eastman Chemical Company
EDF Group
Edutaining
Ei³
EKS Engel
Elan Software
Electrolux
Eli Lilly
Emerson
Endress+Hauser
Engie
Enginyers Industrials de Catalunya
Eni
Equinor
Ericsson
Esso
ETH
EtherCAT Technology Group
Eurasian Metals
Eurial Ultra Frais
Euriware
European Commission
EUtech Scientific Engineering
Evonik
Exida
Exxaro Resources
ExxonMobil
Farsoon
Festo
FieldComm Group
Finze & Wagner EMSR
Firmalyzer
Flowserve
Fluke
ForgeRock

Fraunhofer IITB
Friesland Campina
F-Secure
Future Capital
G&O Automation
GE  
GeCma Components
Georgia-Pacific
GlaxoSmithKline
Goeller Verlag
Gönnheimer Elektronic
Grace Manufacturing
GRAF Synergy
Grenzebach
group ips
GSE Systems
HACH
Harting Deutschland
Hatch Associates
HD Technology
Heidelberg Cement
Heineken
Henkel
HFW
HHLASky
Hilscher
HIMA Paul Hildebrandt
Hirschmann
Hitachi
HiTec Zang
Hochschule Ludwigshafen
HOERBIGER
Honeywell
Horizon Power
HP
Huawei
HubHead
Hudson Cybertec
Huethig
Huntsman
iBanx
IBM
ICT Automatisering
IEEE
Ifak
IKF SIL
Industrial Analytics
Industrial Digital Twin Assoc.
Ineos Köln
infoPLC
infoteam
Infor
Infracor
InfraServ
Inlean Engineering
inmation
Intel
Intergraph
International Flavors & Fragrances
Introsys
Invite
IPCOS
Irdeto
ISA
Istec International
iTAC Software
ITandFactory
Iveco Magirus
James
JGC
Johnson & Johnson
JTI (Group of Japan Tobacco Inc.)
Kaeser
Kaneka
Kaspersky
KBC Advanced Technology
Kiel Engineering
Knick
Koch Pac Systeme
Kongsberg
Konradin Verlag Robert Kohlhammer
Kontron
Krohne Messtechnik
KUKA
Kuwait Petroleum Europoort
L&T
Landesumweltamt NRW
Land Rover
Lanxess
LeiKon
Lenovo
LEONI Kerpen
Liebherr
Linde
LIRA
Logica
Lonmin
LSEC
Lubrizol
Lukoil-inform
LVMH
LyondellBasell
M&M Software
M.A.C Solutions
MACTek
Magion Industrial Software Solutions 
Magna Automotive
MAN
Mars
Matrikon
Merck
MESA
MES Consult
Messe Duesseldorf
Metso Automation
Microsoft
Milacron
MiRO Karlsruhe
Mitsubishi Electric
MM Software GmbH
Molex/Woodhead Connectivity
Moxa
MPDV Microlab
MRO Software
MTL Instruments
Multi-Tech Systems
Multivac Sepp Haggenmüller
NAMUR
National Digital Twin programme
NEC Electronics
Neste Jacobs
Nestlé
NextNine
Nidec
Nigeria LNG
Nissan
nnaisense
Noerr
Northwest Analystics
Novartis Pharma
NovaTech
Nozomi Networks
nxt Control
Omron 

OMV
Oner Mind
OPC Foundation
Optimistik
Oracle
Orange Cyberdefense
OSIsoftware
Owens Corning
OXEA
Oxeno Olefinchemie
Paradine
Penta-Electric
PEPITe
Pepperl+Fuchs
Petrobras
Pfizer 
Philip Morris
Philips Electronics
Phoenix Contact
PLCopen
Pravon
Precognize
Primation Systemtechnik
Productys
PROFIBUS/PROFINET
ProLeiT
psb intralogistics
PT Industrieel
PTB Physik.-Techn. Bundesanstalt
R. Stahl Schaltgeräte
RADiFlow
RapidMiner
RCL Foods
Recticel
Red Bull Technology
Red Hat
relayr
Reliance Industries
Renesas Electronics
Rhebo
RIB Software
Roche
Rockwell Automation
Royal DSM
Rudolf Wild
SABIC
Sabisu
Saint-Gobain Group
Samson
Sanofi
SANS Insitute
SAP
Sappi
Sasol 
Satyam Computer Services
Saudi Aramco
SCADAfence
Schaeffler Technologies
Schneider Electric
Schueco
SDA
Seat
SedApta
Seeq
Sentryo
SEW Eurodrive
Sercos International
Shell
SICK
SICS Swedish ICT
Siemens
SIG
Simoldes Group
Sitech Services
Skkynet
SMC 
Smp Automotive Technology
Softing
SolutionsPT
Solvay
Somfy
SPPC
Stanley Black & Decker
Statoil
Stork
Stratus Technologies
Sumitomo
Suzuki
Takeda
TANDBERG
Tata 
Technip Germany
Technische Universität Dresden
Tecnatom
TenAsys
Tetra Pak
Thales Group
The National Gas Company of Trinidad Tobago
Ticona
TNO
Toshiba
Total
Toyota
Transpetro
Trebing & Himstedt
TrendMiner
Trumpf
T-Systems
TTTech
TU Eindhoven
TU München-TUM
Tudor Rose
Turck
Uhlmann Pac-Systeme
Ulma Handling Systems
Ultimo Software Solutions
Unified Automation
UniversalAutomation.org
UReason
Vacon
Valmet
VDE-Verlag
VDI
VDMA
Vega Grieshaber
verifeasy
Videc
Voith
Vopak
VTA
WAGO Kontakttechnik
Waterfall Security Solutions
Weidmüller
WIB
WIN-911 Software
Wind River
Wipro
Wittenstein
Wood
Wurldtech Security
Yanai
Yokogawa
Zebra Technologies
ZF Group
ZVEI