Keynote speakers announced for ARC Advisory Groups European Manufacturing Automation Forum

ARC Advisory Group will host the European Manufacturing Automation Forum (EMAF), on May 14-15 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany at the Mvenpick Frankfurt City Hotel. 

EMAF is a series of highly educational sessions specifically designed for professionals in the discrete industries.  Featured speakers consist of leading industry executives and will provide a highly interactive environment, presenting key strategies and technologies that affect the manufacturing industry.

Keynote Speakers

Featured keynote speakers include:

         Jim Caie, Vice President of Consulting, ARC; Director of General Motors (retired), will present, Key Strategies for Discrete Manufacturers in the Flat World

         Dr. Gerd-Ulrich Spohr, Head of Technical Committee for Automation, ZVEI, will present, Five Future Trends in Automation Technology

         Dr. Jrg-Oliver Vogt, Senior Consultant, Industry Consulting Automotive, T-Systems Enterprise Services, will present, The Manufacturing IT Landscape: Modern Architecture Optimize Factory Information Management

         Dave Shaw, Manufacturing Systems Development Manager, Land Rover Plant Floor Systems, will present, Automated Finite Resource Scheduling:  Optimizing Process Chaos

Presentation Abstracts

Key Strategies for Discrete Manufacturers in the Flat World
Jim Caie, ARC

Smart assembly is a revolutionary concept that provides manufacturers a framework to bring new levels of automation, collective knowledge, and intelligence into production processes, equipment, and workers.  Mr. Caie will summarize current best practices in assembly and provide insight on how emerging technology will enable a progression to Smart Assembly.  He will also discuss how strategic initiatives (common manufacturing equipment, architecture, and processes; PLM and digital  manufacturing; collaborative manufacturing operations; and reliability centered manufacturing) are imperative in supporting Smart Assembly and how they can be used together to provide a lean, responsive, and cost effective manufacturing capability.

Five Future Trends in Automation Technology
Dr. Gerd-Ulrich Spohr, ZVEI

Dr. Spohr will illustrate methods with which future developments are predicted and discuss how the requirements for future products are derived.  Specific examples of recognized trends in automation technology will also be discussed.

The Manufacturing IT Landscape:  Modern Architecture Optimize Factory Information Management
Dr. Jrg-Oliver Vogt, T-Systems Enterprise Services

Globalization and increasing competition force existing players to change their business objectives, business processes, and even their role in value networks. Dr. Vogt will discuss how existing IT architectures are not flexible and agile enough to support new challenges as a result from these changes and how new, modern IT architectures must be established to enable CIOs to meet their current business objectives as well as create new innovative business opportunities.  Dr. Vogt will highlight the current status and trends in the manufacturing IT landscape with an emphasis on the automotive industry.  Using examples from current projects, he will outline industry developments and challenges such as the use of SOA and RFID.

Automated Finite Resource Scheduling:  Optimizing Process Chaos
Dave Shaw, Land Rover

Customers continue to demand even more unique features in the products that they purchase, increasing the demands on the manufacturer.  No longer is the "any color so long as it is black" approach acceptable.  Within the automotive industry, this can result in hundreds of millions of allowable permutations to be selected by the customer - but how do you ensure the vehicle is manufactured in an appropriate timeframe, minimizing the effect of process disruption, to deliver the customer a premium buying experience? 

In this presentation, Dave Shaw will outline a new manufacturing build control solution from initial requirements and "visioneering" to delivery, with lessons learned.  Using an off-the-shelf product to create a world best-in-class solution is applicable to most industries, but the ability to convert what may at times seem like process chaos, into an efficient, reliable and predictable machine must be the ultimate goal of every manufacturing company.

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