February 4-8, 2024 - Orlando, Florida
Join us at the 28th Annual ARC Industry Forum to speed up your digitalization, sustainability, and energy transition initiatives with strategies and stories from your peers.
For industrial sectors, it is a time of uncertainty. Market disruption abounds, and change is inevitable. For companies that can make fast, effective decisions, change presents significant opportunity and not just existential risk. Industrial leaders deal with this by leveraging transformational technologies such as generative AI to evolve business models, focusing on competitive and operating excellence, anticipating changes to the workforce and work itself, establishing cyber-resilient operations, and driving energy transition and sustainability into core business strategies.
By embracing a digital-first mindset, companies can dismantle constraints that limit their capacity to quickly produce the correct goods and services for the marketplace. Through digitally-driven business agility, leaders succeed and grow, embracing goals of competitive excellence and revenue creation, while delivering production efficiency and operational excellence to protect margins. These companies are integrating digital technology, such as AI and cognitive analytics, digital twins, predictive technologies, and other technologies, throughout their value chains. Design and engineering, production operations, maintenance, logistics, supply chain, business systems, customers, products, and organizational structure are undergoing innovative change as companies adapt to increasingly dynamic market conditions. Leaders understand that attaining business agility, enabled by digital technologies, is critical to responsiveness, resilience, and competitive differentiation.
Companies that are more advanced in their digital journeys are also already integrating sustainability and energy transition initiatives into their decision making, balancing them with competitive excellence, resilience and agility, and workforce goals.. Powered by transformative technologies, innovative processes, and data, industrial leaders are creating smart integrated systems that can develop new insights and, in some cases, even automate decision making, to optimize corporate performance and improving competitive excellence. These new systems can also support improved cybersecurity, helping industrial companies protect against significant and growing digital risk.
Technologies like digital twin, cloud, AI, edge computing, IoT, cybersecurity technology, additive manufacturing, augmented reality, and more are enabling new business processes and obscuring traditional functional boundaries. OT, IT, and ET teams are growing their skills and capabilities, transforming real-time operations. ESG, governance and compliance, workforce and skills, customer-centricity, competitive excellence, and change management all need management attention. Executives charged with driving transformation are seizing this moment to innovate and deliver value. Call it digital transformation, smart manufacturing, or Industry 4.0, industrial companies are unlocking business agility to better innovate, transform, and succeed in both the present and future.
Is your organization successfully evolving to be a digital organization?
Join us at the 28th Annual ARC Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida to learn more about how transforming factories, plants, and infrastructure will benefit technology end users and suppliers alike. Discover what your peers and industry leaders are doing today and what steps they are taking to prepare for the future.
The following executives are featured speakers at the Forum.
Vice President of Engineering
ExxonMobil Technology and Engineering
Wade’s mission is to develop and deploy engineering resources across all ExxonMobil business lines and Technical Centers. This includes ownership of the Engineering Capability, including technical competence, technology standards, practices, and tools to ensure effective and consistent application. During his 30 years with ExxonMobil he has held a variety of roles across all geographic regions including Singapore, Japan, Belgium, and the United States of America. Wade has experience in refining operations, supply and optimization, engineering, strategic planning and line ownership for the integrated fuels business and procurement. Wade has recently been elected as Chair of the Engineering Leadership Council, within the International Oil & Gas Producers Association, where the senior leaders of 12 major engineering IOC/NOCs steer pre-competitive technical collaboration.
Vice President of Innovation
Mike is a dynamic industry executive with a diverse background. He has a robust track record of driving innovation, leading organizational transformation, and boosting profitability in top-tier companies. Mike's groundbreaking work beyond Generative AI to Automated Reasoning and Special Purpose Intelligence has led International Data Corporation (IDC) to create an entirely new domain, named "Deep Automation". He is recognized for his expertise in leadership, innovation, organizational transformation, and intellectual honesty. As a leader in industrial transformation (IX), Mike is known for orchestrating innovative changes in companies, guiding them toward becoming a "Limitless Enterprise" that maximizes technology's potential and delivers tangible value.
Vice President of Digital Manufacturing
Mike leads Pfizer Global Supply’s (PGS) Digital Transformation. The goal of the program is to transform PGS through a business strategy driven focus on digitization applied end to end across manufacturing and supply operations. Mike has experience across strategy, marketing, finance, manufacturing, and information systems for multinational companies and has successfully led several major transformational initiatives. Prior to his current role, he was responsible for establishing and leading the execution of the PGS Business Technology Strategy focused on a 3-5 year time horizon driving new systems and change across the organization. Concurrent with this role, he was the Chief of Staff for the Vice President of PGS and Finance Business Technology. Prior to working at Pfizer, Mike spent 10 years at Accenture as an Information Technology and Management Consultant. His responsibilities included managing merger integration programs, leading global ERP (SAP) deployments, designing and building web content management platforms and human performance solutions.
Most industrial companies still tend to make decisions based on habitual ways of doing things, tribal knowledge, rules-of-thumb, and the opinions of in-house experts. But leading companies are moving to an information-driven culture and business model in which all decisions are made based on analysis of operations and business process data. Throughout the organization, these companies employ software to collect, contextualize, visualize, and analyze data to gain new insights. The common question is, “What does the data tell us?” Armed with new insights, organizations can anticipate changes and drive better business results.
It is clear that the use of analytics in industrial companies is growing rapidly. With the industrial space becoming much more dynamic, manufacturers are turning to advanced analytics and machine learning to support predictive and prescriptive solutions. More companies are pursuing analytics solutions and more employees throughout the enterprise want more and better decision tools. And the increasing focus on Smart Manufacturing, Industrie 4.0 (I4.0), and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is driving demand for predictive maintenance and operating performance improvement solutions, which rely on advanced analytics.
This program will:
- Cut through the confusion surrounding 'analytics' in the industrial space
- Provide a useful conceptual framework for differentiating modern analytics platforms from previous approaches
- Highlight new technologies, platforms, architectures, and processes
- Present case studies and examples from early adopters of new analytics systems
- Provide industrial companies the information they need to begin their own analytics journey
Leading industrial companies are actively engaged in transformation programs that will reshape their production operations to be more integrated, responsive, and optimized to meet business and customer needs. Realizing these innovations requires an understanding of the emerging 21st century operations ecosystem and how it interacts with business, engineering, supply chain, and other organizations. Today's connected environments surface machine data that was heretofore unavailable, and so enable new business models. New systems may monitor the assets, and new actors may interact with the assets in new ways. Industrial plant operations, typically siloed and fairly isolated today, will be reshaped as the core of a 21st century industrial production operations ecosystem. A similar evolution is taking place for field operations - such as mining or agriculture. In other cases, such as automotive, where the assets operate in public spaces and both the assets and ecosystems are evolving quickly, other factors come into play.
In 21st century production operations, work is accomplished with a combination of internal and external actors (such as asset manufacturers, 3rd party machine monitoring services, spare parts suppliers, etc.), putting new demands on data requirements and cybersecurity strategies. New types of production systems (such as additive manufactuiring) and new types of data are being generated (from wearables, vision systems, machine health sensors, etc.). And digital twins and machine learning systems can work at various levels to optimize the overall system in synchrony with the needs of customers and business operations.
An important enabler for this innovation in industrial companies is the convergence of IT (Information Technology at the enterprise level), OT (Operations Technology, the information and automation technologies employed in the plant), and ET (Engineering Technology, the newer technologies that create virtual models). IT/OT/ET convergence is among the drivers of the digital transformation that leading companies are embarking upon. A wide range of technologies, such as Ethernet/Wi-Fi, virtualization, cloud, SaaS, analytics, Big Data, mobile, social, modeling, augmented reality, machine learning, remote monitoring, and digital twin are now being employed in industrial operations to improve operating performance, create a virtual environment, or introduce the Industrial Internet of Things. But the big payoff comes when companies begin to operate in new, collaborative ways across the whole of the enterprise.
This program features speakers talking about moving to 21st century operating models, and how they utilized the IT/OT/ET enablers of digitization and innovation to improve performance in their production operations and throughout their organizations.
Energy transition and sustainability are now being woven into the core business strategies of industrial companies, who now have the mandate and opportunity to tackle environmental and social challenges. What are the market drivers behind the dramatic uptick in board-level attention - and the ensuing formalization and execution - of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategies? How are companies tackling decarbonization, new tracking requirements, and the many, complex threads associated with the energy transition and improved environmental stewardship? How are these efforts being balanced with demands for financial performance, reliability, and ongoing digital transformation?
Companies who are more advanced in their digital journeys are already integrating sustainability and energy transition initiatives, together with competitive excellence, resilience and agility, and workforce goals, into a comprehensive strategy driving towards becoming a focused, integrated, digital organization. Powered by transformative technologies, innovative processes, and data, they are creating smart integrated systems that can develop new insights and, in some cases, even automate decision making, while optimizing to corporate performance goals and improving competitive excellence. These new systems can also support improved cybersecurity, helping industrial companies protect against a significant and growing risk.
Asset Performance Management incorporates Industrial IoT (IIoT) and new analytics solutions like machine learning. It uses information from production management, control systems, and asset management applications to provide new opportunities to optimize asset availability and operational performance. This optimization goes beyond functional silos and occurs between silos where significant inefficiency, waste, and sometimes dysfunction often reside.
Balancing the objectives of operations for on-time delivery, volume, and quality with those of maintenance for asset availability, longevity, and reliability requires sharing information and harmonizing these objectives with the goals of the enterprise. New information technologies provide functionality to intensify cross-functional collaboration, business process improvements, and higher levels of performance to achieve asset performance management excellence.
The ability to interact with equipment – like a variety of devices on a single site, or widely dispersed machines – presents new opportunities for industrial companies, utilities, and equipment suppliers. These networks provide a new “connected ecosystem” of equipment manufacturers, systems integrators, and end users. Some manufacturers and utilities have begun adopting these technologies.
Those attending this Asset Performance Management program will learn what was successful, and gain insights into what is next. The objective is to make fact-based decisions using reliable information that aligns with the organization’s objectives. An APM strategy helps ensure the best possible returns on capital investments over the lifecycle of the asset. If you are involved in operations, maintenance, or industrial IT, you will want to attend these program sessions.
We have entered a period of intense innovation in industrial automation. In the areas of high value-added manufacturing there is growing global competition. Countries with developed economies want to maintain and grow their existing competitive advantages and support their exporting industries. Countries with developing economies want to improve their competitiveness as well.
This competition is, in part, taking the form of national initiatives to improve manufacturing competitiveness. These initiatives are found in Germany, the US, Japan, Korea, and China. In the US the Industrial Internet Consortium has formed. Platform Industrie 4.0 is the German initiative; the “4.0” referring to a 4th industrial revolution (following steam, mass production, and IT). This can be thought of as a set of new technologies that are fusing the physical, digital, and biological worlds, and impacting all disciplines, economies and industries.
Some of the topics that will be covered in the sessions for this program include:
Devices that will use the future 2‐wire Ethernet standard now in development by the IEEE 802.3cg committee. This 2019 standard will enable high speed communication to process field devices over distances as long as 1 kM.
The Open Process Automation Forum: The Latest Update
The Open Group’s Open Process Automation Forum is noteworthy for several reasons. First, because of its genesis within ExxonMobil, a leading international oil company with a long reputation for operational excellence. Second, because the products of this program will be technologically quite different from the process automation systems used today. Third, because the value chain envisioned for this program is also quite different from the way the process automation market works today. The latest developments in this initiative will be presented and discussed.
Industrial Automation and the Industrie 4.0/Industrial Internet Initiatives
What will be the impact on manufacturing and automation of these major national initiatives? How will the process industries, discrete manufacturers, and automation suppliers adapt and change their products in response to these programs? What are thought leaders in Europe and North America doing now and planning for the next few years? End users will present the current programs for rapid integration of skid-mounted process systems, based on the Module Type Package (MTP) initiative of the NAMUR group in Europe. Also, European end users will discuss their pilot work with the future 2‐wire “single pair Ethernet” standard now in development by the IEEE 802.3cg committee. This 2019 standard will enable high speed communication to process field devices over distances as long as 1 kM.
New business processes are driving higher performance and lower costs across the industrial landscape. Companies are leveraging new developments in cloud computing, AI, IoT, edge solutions, and digital twins to identify bottlenecks and opportunities for improvement. Technological developments are likewise driving improvements in the safety and reliability of critical operations. Benefits from these developments can be large, but they can be quickly erased unless companies also address the increased risks of serious, costly cyber incidents.
Industrial cybersecurity has never been more important. New business processes and technologies are rapidly expanding the pathways for attackers to steal information and disrupt operations. At the same time, industrial security teams are struggling to deal with ransomware and sophisticated nation-state attacks. This situation is jeopardizing worker safety, delivery of critical services, and the operational continuity of plants and facilities that fuel profitability.
Conventional industrial IT and OT security programs weren’t designed to handle all of these new challenges. Digitalized organizations need security strategies that monitor, control, and coordinate security across every corporate device, application, system, and network regardless of where it is located. Security programs also need to ensure consistent management across IT, ET, OT, Cloud, Mobile and IoT environments. Likewise, security needs to span every business process and worker regardless of where, when, and how they are performed. Developing a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy that addresses the current and emerging risks of digitalization has never been more urgent.
The Industrial Cybersecurity program at the 2023 ARC Industry Form Americas addresses these issues with informative workshops, panel discussions, and case study presentations. It is the ideal venue to learn what others are doing, how they are doing it, and the benefits they are achieving. Attendees will also have opportunities to discuss their unique challenges with peers, researchers, educators, service providers, and solution providers.
Autonomy and intelligence embedded pervasively in automation equipment is one of the key attributes to realization of connected smart machinery. Connected smart machinery is important in virtually every application imaginable, but is even more valuable in cases where there is limited communications. Machinery that analyzes and compresses large data sets are essential to ensuring that the data traffic on the Internet does not overwhelm the system or data can be analyzed local to the device. The connected smart machine will require not just more sensors, but also more intelligent sensors. Sensors must perform more sophisticated signal processing “at the edge” to provide accurate signals that filter out the noise before it gets to the automation system.
In this program, machine builders employing intelligent sensors into the machinery to perform complex condition monitoring algorithms into automation systems will be highlighted. Key topics for discussion include:
- Creating new maintenance service revenue streams for machine builders
- Development of equipment protection algorithms that increase resilience of machinery to stay operational for much longer periods of time.
- Adaptive control algorithms allowing systems to operate over a wider range.
- Predictive condition monitoring systems that use real-time control algorithms to provide a new level of maintenance information.
- Exploring the potential of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to combine the benefits of multivariate analysis, predictive modeling, and inferential information to preempt abnormal situations.
The digital transformation of industry, infrastructure, and cities is under way, with new business processes, services, and models being pursued. This energy and investment is a rational response by organizations to digital economies that present new and very real opportunities. When combined appropriately, data and technology can provide competitive advantage, that – in some cases – enables organizations to leapfrog their peers.
Yet, when planning or executing this transformation, what is often missing is a focus on the human element of digital transformation. Where do people fit in? The changes that digital transformation will have on the workforce are likely to be the most far-reaching and sustained effects. Not only will digital transformation change the number of people needed to do work, it will rewrite how that work gets. Those going through digital transformation quickly realize that managing the human element can be the most difficult aspect. However, as they work through their journey, people begin to better understand the human-centric benefits of digital transformation. Enabled by technology, the workforce will become more empowered to identify challenges, adapt to circumstances, and find new ways to solve problems.
This program will:
- Discuss digital transformation through the lens of people, examining the changes in the workforce as organizations become increasingly data-enabled and service-based.
- Identify the common human-centered challenges to successful digital transformation.
- Provide a framework for creating an organizational strategy and culture for digital change
- Present case studies of how companies organized people and work cultures around digital-first thinking
- Outline how to evolve customer relationships and engagement for a digital world
Industrial Internet platforms are emerging as pivotal, value-added components of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) architecture. These platforms add incremental value by functioning not only as the glue linking connected industrial devices to higher level performance-enhancing applications, but also as the execution environment for the applications themselves.
Industrial Internet platforms play an integral role in analytics, big data, remote asset monitoring, performance management, decision support, universal visualization, and the value chains for connected products and products-as-a-service. The ability of these applications to access, analyze, and process industrial data is central to the IIoT value proposition.
Industrial Internet platforms architecturally reside between intelligent devices and higher levels of the enterprise architecture. Device connectivity platforms monitor, collect, process, and transmit data from a variety of intelligent sensors, devices, machines, products, and other assets to higher levels of the architecture, while analytics, big data, machine learning, and numerous other applications that deliver incremental process improvements typically reside in enterprise-level platforms.
The IoT network edge has emerged as a primary vehicle for delivering incremental business value via internet-enabled business strategies such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industrie 4.0 (I4.0), and Smart Cities and Infrastructure.
Escalating demands to feed information from data-rich intelligent edge devices to the cloud is one of the most pressing issues facing OT and IT professionals in the era of internet-enabled business strategies. Standard options include support of common API or protocols, but cloud-based agents themselves are migrating into network edge devices. These agents are increasingly viewed as not only vehicles for closer edge-to-cloud integration, but also as platforms for edge computing applications that execute locally, offloading processing from the cloud and providing enhanced security and closer to real time performance.
This program will highlight current and prospective demands on both network edge infrastructure, such as gateways, routers, and switches, as well as smart end devices that function as edge nodes in the IoT architecture. In addition, this program will look at the central role of Industrial Internet platforms in the emerging Industrial Internet of Things and how to use them to achieve incremental business benefit.
Supply Chain and the Attainment of ESG Goals
Companies are under increased pressure to reduce carbon emissions, ensure that they are not trading with bad actors across their extended supply chain, and are treating their employees and subcontractors fairly. Many large companies have announced the goal of becoming Net Zero by 2050. This will involve not just controlling internal carbon emissions, but Scope 3 emissions as well. Clearly, reaching ESG goals will require not just participation from the supply chain team, but creativity and commitment. How can the supply chain team participate in reaching these goals across the factory floor, warehouses transportation, and importing/exporting? What tools are needed? How do processes, like integrated business planning, need to change? How do procurement, planning, manufacturing, and distribution need to collaborate?
Artificial Intelligence in the Supply Chain
Many large enterprises use one form or another of a supply chain application to help manage their supply chains. Supply chain vendors have been touting their investments in artificial intelligence for the last several years. What artificial intelligence does well is make predictions. But what does the near future hold? Both predictive and generative artificial intelligence play a role in supplying intelligence to the supply chain. Predictive AI is focused on analyzing data and making predictions about future events, and generative AI is focused on creating new content based on existing data. As predictive AI has become more powerful, companies can make hundreds of what-if scenarios in minutes, across transportation, warehouse, and supply chain planning functions. Generative AI is more intuitive and easier to harness. This will enable workers with less experience to operate at higher levels, helping to bridge the talent gap. There is more promise in broader applications such as code generation, knowledge management, and user interfaces.
Agenda at a Glance
Monday, February 5
|8:30 AM||Workshop Sessions|
|10:30 AM||Workshop Sessions|
|2:00 PM||Workshop Sessions|
|4:00 PM||Workshop Sessions|
|6:00 PM||Welcome Reception|
Tuesday, February 6
|8:30 AM||Keynote Presentations|
|10:30 AM||Executive Panel|
|2:00 PM||Concurrent Track Sessions|
|4:00 PM||Concurrent Track Sessions|
|5:30 PM||Evening Reception|
Wednesday, February 7
|8:30 AM||Keynote and Executive Panel|
|10:30 AM||Concurrent Track Sessions|
|2:00 PM||Concurrent Track Sessions|
|4:00 PM||Concurrent Track Sessions|
|6:30 PM||Evening Reception|
Thursday, February 8
|8:30 AM||Concurrent Track Sessions|
|10:30 AM||Concurrent Track Sessions|
|12:00 PM||Forum Ends|
It was an honor and pleasure to be invited to speak at the ARC event. I was impressed with the level of knowledge I was exposed to at this conference; this will become an annual event for me. A sincere thank you to ARC for organizing a "WOW" event.
Director, Process Control Technology
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Senior Engineering Consultant
For me, since I’m from the pharma industry, coming to the ARC forum gives me a chance to interact with folks in like roles from different industries. It’s been very valuable for me to bring ideas and new connections back to my company and apply them to our business.
Director of Engineering
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Director, Smart Cities and Special Projects
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
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.
Please use this dedicated booking website to make or modify your Renaissance hotel reservations online: https://book.passkey.com/go/ARCAdvisoryConference. The ARC Forum 2024 group room rate is $239, based on availability, if reservations are made by January 12, 2024.
The Renaissance is just a short shuttle or taxi ride from the most popular Orlando attractions and within easy access of Orlando airports. 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.
Hilton Garden Inn Orlando at SeaWorld (directly next door to Renaissance Orlando)
6850 Westwood Boulevard
Orlando, Florida 32821
The group room rate is $179, based on availability, if reservations are made by January 18, 2024. To book online: ARC ADVISORY GROUP (hilton.com).
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