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What are the latest trends and market drivers impacting your industry? How will new laws and regulations affect you? How is process automation and control being used as a competitive advantage? Learn about and discuss these many other pertinent issues with your peers and other industry leaders in our Industry Forums.

Industry Forums are scheduled for Monday, October 2nd, 2:30pm – 4:00pm.

Chemicals

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Outlook of the North American Chemical Industry

We are all dealing with the same issue: how to do more with less?  On the one hand, you have an innovative company such as Emerson that continuously develops new technology and solutions to allow you to see and do more in your plants.  And on the other hand, you have assets that need to keep running, whilst maximizing your automation investment, with less people and less experience to make these new technologies and ideas work.  So how can we solve this dilemma and generate meaning and meaningful ROI from the mountain of available and valuable data?

Some topics covered in the forum will include:

  • State of the chemical industry
  • Can IIoT help you find your “hidden plant”?
  • How to achieve operational excellence in your facility?

Outlook of the North American Chemical Industry

We are all dealing with the same issue: how to do more with less?  On the one hand, you have an innovative company such as Emerson that continuously develops new technology and solutions to allow you to see and do more in your plants.  And on the other hand, you have assets that need to keep running, whilst maximizing your automation investment, with less people and less experience to make these new technologies and ideas work.  So how can we solve this dilemma and generate meaning and meaningful ROI from the mountain of available and valuable data?

Some topics covered in the forum will include:

  • State of the chemical industry
  • Can IIoT help you find your “hidden plant”?
  • How to achieve operational excellence in your facility?
Panelists:
  • Kevin Swift, Chief Economist and Managing Director, American Chemistry Council

    Dr. Swift is the chief economist at the American Chemistry Council (ACC) in Washington, DC where he is responsible for economic analyses dealing with markets, energy, trade, tax, and innovation, as well as monitoring business conditions, identifying emerging trends, and assessing the economic and societal contributions of the business of chemistry. Prior to joining the ACC, Dr. Swift held senior level and executive positions at two major industrial market research consultancies. He started his career at Dow Chemical USA.

    Dr. Swift is a member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), Society of Business Economists (UK), the Harvard Discussion Group of Industrial Economists, and the National Business Economics Issues Council (NBEIC). He is a member of The Wall Street Journal Forecasters’ Survey panel, NABE’s panel of forecasters, and a participant in the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank’s forecasters’ survey. After serving on the board of directors he chaired the NABE Education Committee and for his service as a professional economist and contributions to the profession, he was elected a NABE Fellow. Dr. Swift was also one of the first to achieve NABE’s Certified Business Economist (CBE) designation. He currently on the board of directors of the National Economists Club and was recently elected vice president of NABE for the 2017/18 term.

    Dr. Swift is a graduate of Ashland College with a BA degree and a graduate of Case Western Reserve University with an MA degree in Economics. He is also a graduate of Anglia Polytechnic University with a doctorate in business administration (DBA) degree and has completed studies at Harvard University and the University of Oxford.

    Dr. Swift is an adjunct professor of business economics at the University of Mary Washington. He is also a member of the Heritage Council of the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

Moderators:
  • Mike Allen, IF User Co-Chairman, LyondellBasell
  • Julian Annison, Principal Industry Consultant, Emerson Automation Solutions
  • Danny Boykin, IF User Co-Chairman, Evonik Corporation
  • Marcelo Carugo, IF Emerson Co-Chairman, Emerson Automation Solutions
  • Peter Cox, IF Emerson Co-Chairman, Emerson Automation Solutions

    Peter Cox works for Emerson Automation Solutions, a global leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution. Peter is responsible for Emerson’s global chemical industry solutions. In his role he manages a team of industry sales and marketing people as well as industry consultants. He sets direction and focus for Emerson with regards to the key chemical industry segments such as petrochemicals, agrichemicals and specialty chemicals and with his team develops the right applications and solutions to help those key industry segments.

    Before joining Emerson in 2006 Peter spent 15 years at BASF chemical manufacturing site in Antwerp, Belgium where he held different roles with regards to automation, maintenance and engineering in various petrochemical and polymer units.

  • Joel Holmes, IF User Co-Chairman, Monsanto

    Joel Holmes is the Site Electrical Reliability Engineer at the Monsanto Manufacturing Facility in Muscatine, Iowa.  In addition, he promotes and provides enterprise support for AMS.  He has been employed with Monsanto over 21 years and prior to his current role has held a variety of positions, including maintenance, project, and controls engineering. Joel holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach.  He has experience with multiple control systems including DeltaV™, PRoVOX™, Allen-Bradley, and Modicon.  Joel and his electrical reliability team are the proud recipients of the 2012 HART Plant of the Year award, an international recognition for their demonstrated ingenuity and advanced capabilities in the application of HART Communication for real-time operational improvements, including lower costs and increased availability.

  • Robert Sentz, IF User Co-Chairman, 3M

    Rob Sentz is an instrumentation and controls engineer for 3M Company and supports 3M’s internal specialty materials division. He graduated with a BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering degree from North Dakota State University in 1989 and is a registered Professional Engineer in Minnesota. He started his career working for a local Emerson business partner executing control systems projects for a variety of customers using Provox and RS3 DCS systems. Rob moved to 3M in 1997. He started with the corporate Process Instrumentation and Control Systems department. Rob implemented and managed control systems projects for multiple divisions within 3M using a variety of PLC’s and Provox DCS systems. In 2005, Rob moved to a manufacturing facility and focused on supporting operations by resolving process equipment and control systems issues. He started his current position with Manufacturing Technology in 2008. In this roll, Rob supports process equipment and control systems at all division manufacturing facilities. He is driving new instrumentation, control system technology and standards for the division and is the program manager for modernizing legacy control systems to DeltaV.

Engineering

IF-15371

Organizational Change Management: “How’s the Change affecting your Change”?

This forum will address and discuss how to plan for the change and what a company can do and what employees can do to prepare and implement change to bring desired results.  A positive attitude, as well as, embracing the change will bring better results.  Panel members will discuss and share their observations and learning on how to successfully navigate though the organizational change process.

Some topics covered in the forum include:

  •   Organizational behavior resulting from change
  •   Intra-company challenges across world areas and cultures
  •   Effective communications in mergers, buyouts, staff reductions and reorganization
  •   Embracing the change for the betterment of the organization

Organizational Change Management: “How’s the Change affecting your Change”?

This forum will address and discuss how to plan for the change and what a company can do and what employees can do to prepare and implement change to bring desired results.  A positive attitude, as well as, embracing the change will bring better results.  Panel members will discuss and share their observations and learning on how to successfully navigate though the organizational change process.

Some topics covered in the forum include:

  •   Organizational behavior resulting from change
  •   Intra-company challenges across world areas and cultures
  •   Effective communications in mergers, buyouts, staff reductions and reorganization
  •   Embracing the change for the betterment of the organization
Panelists:
  • Lisa Haley, VP Global Procurement, CB&I

    Lisa Haley is Vice President of Supply Chain. She joined the company in 2014 to further capitalize on CB&I’s leverage and scale as the most complete energy infrastructure focused company in the world.

    Experience:  Ms. Haley has more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing operations, material requirements planning, sales and sourcing. She began her career at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, working in various operations and sales roles before becoming Director of Worldwide Strategic Sourcing at Ingersoll-Rand Company. Prior to joining CB&I, Ms. Haley was Executive Director, Procurement and Material Management at Fluor Corporation.

    Education:  Ms. Haley holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and completed the Executive Program at the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

    She currently serves as vice chair of the Board of Directors for the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council (HMSDC).

  • Mahendra Shah, Automation Lead, Wood Group
  • Mike Wheeler, SVP & Chief Procurement Officer, Fluor Corp.

    Mike Wheeler serves as Fluor Corporation’s chief procurement officer.

    As chief procurement officer, Mr. Wheeler’s responsibilities include procurement, contract management, sourcing, travel services, logistics, and export control for all Fluor business lines globally. He also has oversight of Fluor’s supply chain entity dedicated to selling quality, cost-effective, stand-alone procurement services to midstream-market Clients.

    Mr. Wheeler joined Fluor in 2014 with 35 years of industry experience, including 17 years of experience as an executive in management consulting for the exploration and production, refining, petrochemical, and construction industries. Most recently before joining Fluor, Mr. Wheeler was the senior vice president of the Procurement & Contracting Centre of Excellence at Reliance Industries Limited in Mumbai, India. Previously, he led M.W. Wheeler and Associates, Inc., in Dallas, Texas as president and CEO, serving the energy industry with supply chain management, operations and maintenance, and capital optimization.

    Mr. Wheeler has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business management from Wartburg College, and a bachelor’s degree in business and computer science from Coe College.

Moderators:
  • Lance Boudreaux, IF Emerson Chairman, Emerson Automation Solutions

    Mr. Boudreaux is employed at Emerson Automation Solutions Vice President EPC’s – Americas and Fluor Marquee focused on driving growth of EPC’s.  Lance has accumulated 28 years of experience with Emerson. In his most recent position he was Vice President, North America Sales for Daniel Measurement & Control in Houston.  In the previous 25 years with Emerson he held various sales and leadership positions.

  • Arthur Williams, IF User Chairman, WorleyParsons

    Arthur has over 15 years of experience in the engineering field. He is currently with WorleyParsons as a Supervising Instrumentation / Controls System Engineer leading the design and execution of major production, refining, and petrochemical projects. Arthur began his career with Northrop Grumman Ship Systems as a technical engineer working two contracts to design and build an Amphibious Assault ship and an Experimental Destroyer for the United States Navy. Later he transitioned into the oil and gas industry where he sized, designed, and procured instrumentation and control equipment for both small and large projects. Arthur is responsible for leading local and international teams of engineers, mentoring new engineers, and providing value engineering solutions to clients. He has utilized various technologies on projects with experience in HAZOPs, FAT / iFAT, requisition of equipment, field support, sizing and selection of equipment, man-hour estimates, review of mechanical and instrumentation vendor packages, ensuring safety in design, and developing project proposals.
    Arthur holds a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Alabama, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Southern University at Baton Rouge, and a B.S. in Physics, from Xavier University of Louisiana. He has formally presented for the National Science Foundation and Emerson Exchange on the topic of EPCM Company using DP Flowmeters for Cost-Saving and Easy Installation. He also serves on the NCEES Control System Engineering Professional Exam Committee.

Life Sciences / Pharmaceuticals

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Leveraging Automation in Continuous Manufacturing

As the industry plans operational improvements via changing production from batch to continuous, understanding how to apply automation and data management solutions to the new unit operations becomes a critical element for delivering the benefits.

Some topics covered in the forum include:

  • Advanced control application design for continuous processes
  • New continuous unit operations in large and small molecule manufacturing
  • Emerson’s Life Science growth plans to broaden our solution set and deliver projects in support of continuous manufacturing

 

Leveraging Automation in Continuous Manufacturing

As the industry plans operational improvements via changing production from batch to continuous, understanding how to apply automation and data management solutions to the new unit operations becomes a critical element for delivering the benefits.

Some topics covered in the forum include:

  • Advanced control application design for continuous processes
  • New continuous unit operations in large and small molecule manufacturing
  • Emerson’s Life Science growth plans to broaden our solution set and deliver projects in support of continuous manufacturing

 

Moderators:
  • Bob Lenich, IF Emerson Co-Chairman, Emerson Automation Solutins
  • John Nita, IF Emerson Co-Chairman, Emerson Automation Solutions
  • Daniel Reid, IF User Chairman, Emergent BioDefense Operations Lansing Inc.

    After he received a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Cleveland State University in 2001, Dan began working as a control system engineer for a local integrator. After 4 years of software design, programming and commissioning for various pharmaceutical customers, Dan spent 10 years at Emergent BioSolutions as the DeltaV  system owner for a greenfield vaccine production facility. He is currently at Shire, working as a DeltaV subject matter expert for the greenfield installation of a large scale plasma product facility. Dan lives outside Athens, Georgia with his wife and three children. Aside from work and family obligations, Dan is (slowly) learning to become a potter.

  • Midhu Varghese, IF User Co-Chair, AbbVie Inc.

    Midhu Varghese is Controls Engineering and Validation Manager in the AbbVie R&D Pilot Plant in North Chicago, IL.  She is responsible for managing external and internal resources to support small to large projects, new products and/or sustaining projects.  In addition, she served as Project Manager and Engineer on DeltaV Migrations.   She joined Abbott/AbbVie in 1998  and supported capital projects and manufacturing operations in North Chicago. Prior to joining Abbott, Midhu was a Systems Engineer at Fisher-Rosemont Systems, Austin, Texas. Midhu has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University *whoop* and raises (manipulates and referees) four children in the suburbs of Chicago.

Metals & Mining

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Maximizing Production from Existing Mine Operations

Major commodity markets (copper, iron ore, etc) continue to experience price pressure due to global economic conditions.  Mining companies have responded by postponing or cancelling billions of dollars of projects and have turned instead to maximizing production from existing assets.

Some topics covered in the forum include:

  • Current market conditions and near term price considerations
  • Optimizing mineral processing circuits to maximize throughput and yield
  • Utilizing new process technology to increase throughput
  • The impact of condition monitoring on equipment availability

Maximizing Production from Existing Mine Operations

Major commodity markets (copper, iron ore, etc) continue to experience price pressure due to global economic conditions.  Mining companies have responded by postponing or cancelling billions of dollars of projects and have turned instead to maximizing production from existing assets.

Some topics covered in the forum include:

  • Current market conditions and near term price considerations
  • Optimizing mineral processing circuits to maximize throughput and yield
  • Utilizing new process technology to increase throughput
  • The impact of condition monitoring on equipment availability
Panelists:
  • Felipe Cabrera, General Manager, Emerson Mining Center of Excellence
  • Robert Holdenried, Business Development Leader, Emerson Automation Solutions
  • Michael Schaffer, President, Woodgrove Technologies
Moderators:
  • Al Novak, IF Emerson Co-Chairman, Emerson Automation Solutions
  • Paul Yaroshak, P.E., PMP, IF User Co-Chairman, Barrick Gold Corporation

Oil & Gas - Midstream

IF-15373

The Opportunities of the IIOT for Terminals & Pipelines

The promise of Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) applications has created the potential to add new value with existing assets, customer relationships and supply chains.  However, the lure of IIOT often meets the reality of legacy infrastructure hurdles that delay the integration of sensing, communications and analytics.

This forum will discuss the challenges and successes that the IIOT has for midstream terminal and pipeline operators to:

  • Improve reliability by minimizing risks to health & safety and unplanned events and disruptions
  • Optimize operations by increasing productivity, customer service and supply chain optimization
  • Create new sources of competitive advantages

The Opportunities of the IIOT for Terminals & Pipelines

The promise of Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) applications has created the potential to add new value with existing assets, customer relationships and supply chains.  However, the lure of IIOT often meets the reality of legacy infrastructure hurdles that delay the integration of sensing, communications and analytics.

This forum will discuss the challenges and successes that the IIOT has for midstream terminal and pipeline operators to:

  • Improve reliability by minimizing risks to health & safety and unplanned events and disruptions
  • Optimize operations by increasing productivity, customer service and supply chain optimization
  • Create new sources of competitive advantages
Panelists:
  • William Giles, President, William D. Giles Strategic Services
  • Jim Haw, SR Automation Engineering Advisor, Occidental Oil & Gas Corporation

    James (Jim) Haw is a SR Automation Engineering Advisor for Occidental Oil & Gas Corporation supporting major projects worldwide.  He has been employed with Oxy for 7 years.  Currently, he is Oxy’s Program Manager for the worldwide upgrade of Oxy’s SCADA system to Iconics v10.  He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.  His career spans 29 years in various engineering and management roles in the Instrumentation, Electrical, and Automation fields, in the paper, plastics, refining, and oil & gas industries.  Jim is a career member of ISA, and currently serves as the Education Chairman of the Texas Channel Section, and on the ISA International Executive Board as Board Member.  He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Texas, a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP), and a Project Management Professional (PMP).

  • TengBeng Koid, President Energy Solutions, Emerson Automation Solutions
Moderators:
  • Chris Amstutz, Director Tanks, Terminals and Transportation, Emerson Automation Solutions

Oil & Gas - Upstream

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Challenges in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry: A journey of survival by leveraging new technologies and automation

As oil prices continue to stabilize, operators are continuing to focus on the fundamental cost structure improvements that increase operational efficiency. This forum will address the best practices of leading production operators in functional areas of facility design, well pad operation, and safety. The discussion will include new technologies such as multiphase metering and well pad optimization. 

Challenges in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry: A journey of survival by leveraging new technologies and automation

As oil prices continue to stabilize, operators are continuing to focus on the fundamental cost structure improvements that increase operational efficiency. This forum will address the best practices of leading production operators in functional areas of facility design, well pad operation, and safety. The discussion will include new technologies such as multiphase metering and well pad optimization. 

Moderators:
  • Steve Kintz, Vice President North America Oil and Gas, Emerson Automation Solutions

    Steve is Product Line Director, Differential Pressure with Emerson Process Management in Houston, Texas.  He has a mechanical engineering degree and an MBA, along with 26 years experience in flow measurement engineering.  Other roles within Emerson have included Principal Engineer, Engineering Manager and Marketing Director.

  • Guido Mangieri, IF Emerson Co-Chairman, Emerson Automation Solutions
  • Jody Overshiner, IF Emerson Co-Chairman, Emerson Automation Solutions

Pulp and Paper

IF-15375

What are today’s Pulp & Paper mills doing to ensure continued profitability?

We’ll discuss current initiatives the industry is undertaking in order to be successful in the future.

Some topics covered in the forum include:

  •   DCS Migration
  •   IIOT
  •   Sustainability
  •   Reliability
  •   CapEx/OpEx
  •   Additional topics suggested by attendees

What are today’s Pulp & Paper mills doing to ensure continued profitability?

We’ll discuss current initiatives the industry is undertaking in order to be successful in the future.

Some topics covered in the forum include:

  •   DCS Migration
  •   IIOT
  •   Sustainability
  •   Reliability
  •   CapEx/OpEx
  •   Additional topics suggested by attendees
Moderators:
  • Sushil Dudani, IF User Co-Chairman, International Paper
  • Danny Streets, IF Emerson Co-Chairman, Emerson Automation Solutions

    Danny Streets has been a Sr. Technical Consultant for Emerson’s Midwest Engineering Center’s SME (Subject Matter Expert) group since May of 2012.  During that time he has worked on FEED studies, projects, pursuits, and business development for the Pulp & Paper Industry.  Prior to joining Emerson, Danny spent 25 years in the Pulp & Paper Industry working for NewPage’s Luke Paper Mill (currently Verso and formerly MeadWestvaco and Westvaco). During his career he held several positions in the maintenance department: E/I Project Engineer, E/I Supervisor, E/I Maintenance Coordinator, Sr. Process Control Engineer and Process Control Manager.  His experience includes working with integrated control systems in the Woodyard, Pulp Mill, Paper Machines, Power and Recovery areas of the mill.  Danny was also a board member for the Emerson Exchange Board of Directors from 2007 – 2011 and its chairman in 2011.

Refining & Petrochemicals

IF-15376

Downstream industry challenges and best practices related to improving operation efficiency, safety, and reliability including behavior changes

Solomon Associates has indicated the top two quartiles of processing facilities continue to improve.  The industry forum panel will represent both refining and petrochemical to discuss a modernization project, and a continuous improvement culture related to reliability.  Emerson will also present on downstream industry conditions, and discuss best practices related to using collaborative workshops to uncover opportunities, prioritize them, implement changes, and show benefits achieved.

The refining and petrochemical industry forum will discuss these topics of interest; there will also be an opportunity for the audience to participate in the discussion, which can include best practices used at their facility.  If you have specific questions on these topics, you can forward them in advance of the event to Tim.Olsen@Emerson.com.

Downstream industry challenges and best practices related to improving operation efficiency, safety, and reliability including behavior changes

Solomon Associates has indicated the top two quartiles of processing facilities continue to improve.  The industry forum panel will represent both refining and petrochemical to discuss a modernization project, and a continuous improvement culture related to reliability.  Emerson will also present on downstream industry conditions, and discuss best practices related to using collaborative workshops to uncover opportunities, prioritize them, implement changes, and show benefits achieved.

The refining and petrochemical industry forum will discuss these topics of interest; there will also be an opportunity for the audience to participate in the discussion, which can include best practices used at their facility.  If you have specific questions on these topics, you can forward them in advance of the event to Tim.Olsen@Emerson.com.

Panelists:
  • Marcelo Carugo, Director, Global Refining & Chemical Industries, Emerson Automation Solutions
  • Steve Elwart, P.E., Director of Systems Engineering, Ergon Refining, Inc,
  • Ed Schodowski, Director Refining Sales- Industry Solutions, Emerson Automation Solutions
  • Shonna Victorian, CVO POSM I&E Reliability Engineer , LyondellBasell
Moderators:
  • Tim Olsen, IF Emerson Co-Chairman, Emerson Automation Solutions

    Tim Olsen has been with Emerson Process Management for 17 years. He serves as a refining consultant within the global refining industry solutions group and supports Emerson’s technical and business strategy. Mr. Olsen is an AIChE Fellow member, past chair for the AIChE fuels and petrochemicals division, and a member of AIChE’s executive board of the programming committee and chemical engineering technology operating council. He is a member of the AFPM plant automation and decision support
    committee, and is on the Board of Directors for Emerson Global Users Exchange.