ARC Industry Forum India

ARC's Eighteenth India Forum Goes Virtual
Driving Digital Transformation in Industry and Cities

September 8-9, 2020 - Online

The current situation with the coronavirus has led us to re-invent our Forum in India  and offer it to you this year as a Virtual Forum.  There is a feeling of solidarity in the industry right now that if we are creative and flexible, we can beat this disruption and minimize its impact on our lives and our business!

Disruptive new technologies and methodologies have already gained a foothold in most organizations.  Cloud, Machine Learning, Edge Computing, IoT, Cybersecurity Best Practices, Additive Manufacturing, Augmented Reality, DevOps, and more are enabling new business processes and obscuring traditional functional boundaries.  OT, IT, and ET teams are growing their skills and capabilities and transforming real-time operations.  Executives charged with driving transformation are seizing this moment to innovate and deliver real value.  By using data, digital technologies, and machine learning, organizations can ask questions about their interactions with customers, then map those learnings back to how assets are deployed and managed in operations.   They can optimize their business, respond quickly to customer needs and market trends, and improve profitability and shareholder value.

Digital TransformationEverything is becoming more connected and intelligent.  Streetlights, cars, gas turbines, and thermostats stream data.  Buildings, refineries, oil platforms, mines, and wind turbines are optimizing asset and operating performance.  Parking meters and distributed power grids deliver value to both consumers and operators.  Design software can link to additive machines to print parts directly.  And it's only the beginning. 

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?

There are countless ways to conduct your digital transformation journey, many technologies and suppliers to evaluate, and endless choices to make along the way.  Embedded systems, networks, software platforms, augmented reality, and machine learning may play a role as you begin to improve uptime, optimize operating performance, enhance service, and re-think business models.

Join us at ARC’s Eighteenth India Forum to learn more about how digitalizing factories, cities, 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 in their respective journeys. 

Who Should Attend

ARC's India Forum is a must-attend event for:

  • CEOs, COOs, and Presidents
  • CFOs, VPs, and Directors of Finance
  • CIOs and CTOs
  • VPs and Directors of IT
  • VPs, Directors, and Managers of Operations
  • VPs, Directors, and Managers of Engineering
  • VPs, Directors, and Managers of New Projects
  • VPs, Directors, and Managers of Procurement
  • VPs, Directors, and Managers of Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Directors, Managers, and Architects of Automation and Enterprise Integration
  • Plant Managers and Supervisors
  • Production Managers and Supervisors


Following is the preliminary schedule for the Forum.  Times and sessions are subject to change.

Tuesday September 8

10:00 AM Welcome Note, ARC Advisory Group

Keynote Presentations

10:05 AM “Driving Digital Transformation in Industry and Cities”
ARC Advisory Group 
10:30 AM "Driving Digital Transformation in Industry and Cities"
Invited Speaker
11:00 AM
"Smart Cities and Big Data"
Invited Speaker

Automation Innovations

11:30 AM
“21st Century Operations: Where IT, OT, and ET Converge”
12:00 PM
“Digital Twins and Connected Smart Machines”
12:30 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A with all speakers in morning session
1:00 PM Lunch Break

Advancement in Control, Network Strategies, and MES 

2:00 PM "Overcoming Barriers to Digital Transformation"
2:30 PM “IoT Network Edge Infrastructure and End Devices”
3:00 PM “Imagine the Future of Data Using Enterprise Manufacturing Operational Intelligence”

Strategies to Achieve Asset Performance Management

3:30 PM “The Intersection of Enterprise Asset Management and Industrial Internet of Things”
4:00 PM “Digital Workforce and Culture”
4:30 PM “Leveraging Smart Field Systems to Create Value in Process/Discrete Industry”
4:30 - 5:00 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A with all speakers in afternoon session

Wednesday, September 9

Evolving Technology Trends

10:00 AM
“Building the Smart Connected Factory of the Future”
10:30 AM “Cybersecurity and Safety”

Strategies to Achieve Operational Excellence

11:00 AM "Operational Excellence for Discrete Industry"
11:30 PM “Transformational Innovation: From Concepts to Reality in Process Automation”
12:00 PM “Challenges in Digital Transformation for Indian Industry”
12:30 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A with all speakers in morning session
1:00 PM Lunch Break

Enterprise Strategies for Growth

2:00 PM "AI and Machine Learning”
2:30 PM “Blockchain for Industry”
3:00 PM “Predictive Analytics Bring a New Dimension to Situation Awareness”
3:30 PM Panel Discussion and Q&A with all speakers in afternoon session
4:00 PM Vote of Thanks


Executive Speakers

The following executives are among those speaking at the Forum.

Pete Saddington

Pete SaddingtonBusiness Development Lead – Enerlytics

Enerlytics is the Industrial IoT platform for the energy industry, developed by Uniper. Pete is passionate about helping his clients by shaping solutions, which can be delivered through digital technology. Recently, he and his team helped a power plant in Australia improve its competitiveness and reliability by using state-of-the-art digital solutions. Pete has been involved in several such initiatives across the globe. 

Pete Davies

Pete DaviesSenior VP Digital Engineering Solutions

Pete is the founder of Enerlytics by Uniper, a digital platform which combines Uniper’s engineering expertise based on a pedigree of 100 years. His focus is on combining engineering and digital technologies to create complete solutions to help the world transition to a lower carbon future.  Pete has worked in the energy sector for 11+ years on the boundary between IT and engineering, trading and delivering solutions for the opportunities and problems that arise in this space. 

Divyang Shah

Divyang ShahGroup Lead, Instrument Reliability in Center of Excellence, Instrument Department
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL)  

Divyang has 28 years’ experience in instrumentation and control.  He has been with RIL since 1995.  In 2014 he moved to the Center of Excellence in Mumbai and is responsible for control systems, rotary controls, cybersecurity functions, and open process automation.  The CoE oversees engineering and reliability of instrumentation assets.  Divyang’s activities include publishing best maintenance practices, handling obsolescence, upgrades, and reliability issues across all RIL sites (Refinery, Petrochemical, and Polyester).

Vikas Deshmukh

Vikas DeshmukhVice President, Technology Center of Excellence
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) 

Vikas has 26 years of experience in the hydrocarbon industry in various functions such as operations, technical services, process automation, and control.  At RIL Vikas is involved in various new initiatives like immersive training simulators, data reconciliation, digital twin; and is also responsible for technology strategy, business process governance, managing various technology engagements, competency assurance, and sustainability initiatives.  Vikas holds a degree in Petrochemical Engineering and an MBA and a PG diploma in Supply Chain Management.

David Humphrey

David HumphreyDirector of Research
ARC Advisory Group Europe 

David's focus areas include all manufacturing industries, particularly application areas such as packaging and safety, and product areas such as PLC, DCS, AC drives, motion control, field instruments, and industrial networks.  He has over 20 years of experience in industrial automation, including specifying, designing, and programming control systems in areas ranging from automobile to pharmaceutical, implementing projects involving PLC, DCS, HMI hardware and software, industrial networks, drives, and motion control.  Prior to ARC, David was Area Manager for Automation Solutions in Rockwell Automation's Munich, Germany office.  In addition, he worked for Raytheon and Termiflex in the US.  

To Register

Forum Fee

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The Forum Fee for Suppliers is US $500 for both days and $250 for one day per person. To be paid by credit card or wire transfer.  

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Previous Attendees

The following companies were among those who attended recent India Forums:

Abhijeet Industries
Acalmar Oils & Fats
Accenture India
Ace Designers
Ace Micromatic
Adani Group
Aditya Birla
Air Liquide Engineering
Aker Kvaerner Powergas
Altiux Innovations Pvt Ltd
Andhra Pradesh Power
AP Gas Power
Apogee Process Control
Aquatherm Engineering
Ascent Intellimation
Aspentech India
Associated Capsules
Aurobindo Pharma
Automation Industry Assoc.
Avadooth Automation
Axcend Automation
B&R Automation
Bajaj Hindustan
Ballarpur Industries
Barry Wehmiller
Bayer CropScience
Bayer Material Science
Beijing Hollysys
Bentley Systems
Bharat Aluminium
Bharat Bijlee
Bharat Forge
Bharat Fritz Werner Ltd
Bharat Petroleum Corp
Bhilai Steel Plant
Bhushan Strips and Steels
Binani Industries
Bizworth India
Bongaigaon Refinery
Cache Technologies
Cadbury India
Cadila Health Care
Candem Technologies
CD Controls
Cement Manufacturers' Ass
Chemical Industry Digest
Center for Cellular & Molecular Biology
Central Electricity Authority
Central Power Research Inst.
Chennai Petroleum
Chettinad Cement Corp.
Chitale Dairy
Cisco India
Continental Energy Services
Control Infotech
Cotmach Electronics
Creative Power Engineers
Dasthur & Co
DCM Shriram Ltd
Deepak Fertilisers
Deepak Nitrite
Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory
DFM Systems
Director General of Hydrocarbons
Doosan HF Controls
Dow Corning
Dr. Reddy's Laboratories
DuPont Engineering
ECIL Electronics Corp.
EID Parry India
El Forge
Electrical and Electronics
Endress and Hauser
Engineers India
Enzen Global Solutions
Essar Chemical
Essar Constructions

Essar Oil Ltd
Excel Consultancy
FDT Group
GE Energy
Genting Lanco Power
German Technical Cooperation GTZ
Gland Pharma
Godrej & Boyce
Grasim Nagda
Gujarat Alkalies & Chemicals
Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals
Haldia Petro Chemicals
Happiest Minds
Hanuman Automation
Heidelberg Cements
Hi Rel
Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd
Hindustan Lever
Honeywell Process Solutions
Hindustan Petroleum
HMT Machine Tools
ICB Technimont
Indian Cane Power
Industry 2.0
Indian Oil Corp Mathura
Indian Oil Corp Panipat
Indian Oil Corp Barauni
Indian Oil Corp Baroda
Ispat Industries
ITC Bhadrachalam
Jasubhai Digital Media
Jindal Stainless
Jindal Steel and Power
Jost's Engineering
Jubilant Organosys
Karnataka Power Corporation
Kartapur Cold Storage
Kemotheraptik Drugs
Keshav Power
KM Sugar Mills
Knowledge Lens
Kochin Refineries
Kribhco, Surat
Krishak Bharati Cooperative
L & T
L & T - Heavy Engineering
L & T - S&L
L & T - Valdel
L & T Infotech
L & T Technology Services
LANCO Infratech
M K Raju Consultants
M.N. Dastur & Company
Mahagenco - Chandrapur
Mangalore Refinery & Petrochemicals
Masibus Automation & Instrumentation
Mecgale Pneumatics
Metso Automation
Mishra Dhatu Nigam
Mitsubishi Electric
My Home Cement
Nagarjuna Fertilizers and Chemicals
Natco Pharma
National Aluminium Company
National Informatics Center
National Thermal Power Corp
Nava Bharat Ventures
Ncon Turbo Tech
Nestle India
Noida Power
Nuclear Fuel Complex
Nutech Engineers
Oil India

Orient Cement
Paradeep Phosphates
Pidilite Industries
Piramal Enterprises
Ponni Sugars
Praj Industries
Praxair India Ltd
Pro-face India
Qualitas technologies
Raptron Semiconductors
Reliance Energy
Reliance Gas Transportation
Reliance Industries
Reliance Info Solution
Rockwell Automation
Rolta India Limited
Rourkela Steel Plant
Saipem India Project Svcs
Salem Steel
Sangfroid Pharma
Sanghi Sez
SAP Labs India
Sarla Technologies
Satyam Computer Services
Schenectady Herdillia
Schneider Electric
Servilink Systems
Seshasayee Paper & Boards
Shakkthi Precision
Shri Chamundeswari Sugars
Shriram Fertilisers & Chemical
Sierra Controls and Instrumentation
Siemens Information Systems
SM Labs
SMS Pharma
SPB Consultants
Sree Rayalaseema Alkalies and Allied Chemicals
Steag Energy Services India
Steel Authority of India
Strides Arcolab
Sun Innovation Systems
Sunlux Technologies
Sunvik Steels
Tata Consultancy Services
Tata Consulting Engineers
Tata Elxsi
Tata Motors
Tata Power
Tata Projects
Tata Steel
Tata Technologies
TB Woods
TE Connectivity
Tech Mahindra
TechNova Imaging Systems
Torrent Power AEC
Ugar Sugars
UGS India
United Phosphorous
US Pharmacopia
Usha Martin
Uthunga Technologies
Valdel Corporation
Varroc Engineering
Vasavdatta Cement
Vir Rubber Products
Vishay Components
Vizag Steel Plant
Wind River
Yantra Automation