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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

IF-15370

Next generation productivity

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?
Informed Business Decisions from Collecting Small Data on Assets

Presentation reviews Asset Utilization program at the Dow Chemical company. Topics discussed are the business drivers for starting the program, type of information collected, collection methodologies, rationalization/standardization of the data, business results/analysis, lessons learned, and elements of a successful asset utilization program.  Co-presented by Paul Tomlin, Global Process Automation Technology Leader of Dow Chemical, the business owner of the program, and Maury Bayer, Lead Engineer of PROCONEX, who helped with automating the data capture.

Next generation productivity

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?
Informed Business Decisions from Collecting Small Data on Assets

Presentation reviews Asset Utilization program at the Dow Chemical company. Topics discussed are the business drivers for starting the program, type of information collected, collection methodologies, rationalization/standardization of the data, business results/analysis, lessons learned, and elements of a successful asset utilization program.  Co-presented by Paul Tomlin, Global Process Automation Technology Leader of Dow Chemical, the business owner of the program, and Maury Bayer, Lead Engineer of PROCONEX, who helped with automating the data capture.

Panelists:
  • Maury Bayer , Technical Lead Engineer , PROCONEX

    Maury Bayer is a Technical Lead Engineer at PROCONEX, a local Business partner for Emerson Process Management.   Maury has 20 years of experience in developing automation and data management solutions.    His primary responsibility is leading advanced engineering projects and new product development for the Technology and Integration Group of PROCONEX. Maury has developed several novel platforms for analyzing data from continuous and batch processes. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Drexel university and an MS in Computer Engineering with a concentration in Intelligent Systems Villanova University.

  • Jos Berkien, Manager Automation Technology, AkzoNobel

    Jos Berkien has a degree in chemical engineering and is currently Manager Automation Technology in the Advanced Manufacturing and Projects & Engineering department of AkzoNobel based in The Netherlands. He has more than 20 years of process automation experience within the Chemical, Pharmaceutical and coatings manufacturing industry. He is responsible for the corporate Industrial Control System strategy and standardization programs for all business areas of AkzoNobel worldwide. Jos started his career as a project engineer for a chemical manufacturer in the UK responsible for the design and implementation of various automation solutions. In 2000 he and his wife moved to The Netherlands and started working in succession for two of the main process control system manufacturers, Yokogawa and Invensys (Foxboro/Triconex) as a Project Lead and Control Systems Engineer. Jos joined AkzoNobel more than 12 years ago and has held various functionsl;Senior Process Control Engineer, Expertise team leader of the Process Control department as well as Manager of the Engineering Excellence Center.

  • 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:
  • Pat Griffin, Vice President Training & Impact, Carnegie Master, Dale Carnegie North Central US

    Pat Griffin is the Vice President of Training and Impact for Dale Carnegie North Central US, the Dale Carnegie Training franchise serving Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Central Wyoming.  He is a Certified Trainer in all core programs offered by Dale Carnegie Training and is certified by Dale Carnegie & Associates as a Carnegie Master, the highest designation awarded by the corporation; and one that qualifies him to develop and certify trainers throughout the Carnegie network.  His role in the franchise is to design and deliver customized solutions for corporate clients, develop existing and new trainers for the franchise, and assist with major accounts.

     

    Pat started with Dale Carnegie Training in 2001 as an Area Manager responsible for all facets of the business in the East Central Iowa territory.  He has been recognized by Dale Carnegie and Associates as a top global revenue producer and top global trainer.

     

    Prior to joining Dale Carnegie, Pat worked in engineering and manufacturing management in various roles from Design Engineer to Director of Assembly to Plant Manager.

     

    The focus of Pat’s business activities is to equip people to drive measurable improvements in their organizational results.  He has worked with clients in manufacturing, engineering, education and healthcare; in industrial, field and office environments to improve the effectiveness of their leaders, sales people, and team members.

     

    Pat and his wife, Deb, reside in Shoreview, Minnesota, where he enjoys woodworking and staying in touch with their children and grandchildren.

  • 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

IF-15372

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

 

Panelists:
  • Paul Brodbeck, Chief Technologist, QbD Process Technologies

    Paul Brodbeck is the Chief Technologist for QbD Process Technologies where he has created the ContinuousPlant™ suite – software focusing on PAT, Advanced Controls, and Continuous Manufacturing.  Paul is a mentor and research partner for the NSF funded ERC for Continuous Manufacturing at Rutgers University.  He is currently the lead automation engineer for the Patheon Continuous Manufacturing plant in Greenville, NC and providing consulting services for the Hisun Continuous Manufacturing plant in Hangzhou, China.  Paul has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and has over 30 years experience in process control in designing, programming, and commissioning automation and process control systems.

  • Eric Jayjock, Director of Continuous Manufacturing, Patheon Inc.

    Eric Jayjock performed his graduate studies at Rutgers University where he was a part of the NSF Center for Structured Organic Particulate (C-SOPS) systems. During his time at Rutgers, one of his main areas of research was the development of scalable manufacturing processes for oral solids dosages. As a culmination of this work he designed and coordinated the construction of the C-SOPS continuous direct Compression line in collaboration with Janssen, a Johnson & Johnson company. Upon the completion of this work Eric join the Janssen team and worked on bringing the continuous manufacturing approach to the industry. For the past several years, Eric been the Director of Continuous Manufacturing at Patheon where he is focused on developing highly flexible, highly capable continuous manufacturing framework to serve the diverse needs of the Pharmaceutical Industry.

  • Peter John (PJ) Millan, Head of Automation, Biopharm & Steriles, GSK

    PJ is Head of Automation for the biopharmaceutical and sterile business unit where he leads automation strategy execution for process automation and manufacturing operations technologies for the supply chain. He works with local teams to deliver on investments in engineering process control, and operations management systems focusing on platform integration as an enabler for effective data management and product lifecycle management. As current user chair of the Sycnade User Advisory Board (UAB), he partners with the Emerson team towards the goal of Syncade as a best in class MES solution.  PJ has been at GSK throughout his career, starting in 2005, working in front-line operation and technology roles across and R&D and manufacturing.

  • Mark Nixon, Director of Research, Emerson Automation Solutions

    Mark was lead architect for DeltaV from its inception through 2005. In 2006 he took a very active role in the design and standardization of WirelessHART. Has been involved in several standards activities including the recently published ISA101. He currently leads the applied research group where he is pursuing his interests in control, analytics, wireless, operator interfaces, and advanced graphics. He holds over 125 patents and has coauthored four books on wireless, control, and systems. He is an ISA Fellow and a member of the Automation Hall of Fame. He received his bachelors from the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Moderators:
  • Bob Lenich, IF Emerson Co-Chairman, Emerson Automation Solutins

    Bob is a life-long learner who stays engaged in new technology and organizational trends in order to adapt them to solving operating issues across the process industries. He works with a wide variety of organizations to identify operational problems, evaluate how to make improvements, and then justify and sell the approach. Bob loves seeing the successful deployment of a solution and then sharing the benefits so that others can take advantage of the approach. Bob gets special gratification from seeing how those improvements help areas like Life Science manufacturing improve people’s lives.

    Bob currently is responsible for planning Emerson’s strategy for growing our automation business in the Life Science industry globally.  He then collaboratively works across the various business units in Emerson to implement the strategy and build the business.

    Bob has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Texas.

  • John Nita, IF Emerson Co-Chairman, Emerson Automation Solutions

    John has 15 years of experience with Emerson leading large projects in the Life Science, Refining, and Specialty Chemicals industries.  He has held various business leadership positions including Operations Manager for the Gulf Coast Engineering Center, Director of Projects and Services for Asia Pacific out of Singapore, and Vice President Projects and Services for Europe out of Switzerland.  John currently is responsible for Emerson’s Life Science industry vertical, including global sales, marketing, and the Syncade technology group.

    Prior to joining Emerson, John worked for a specialty chemical manufacturer (now part of Eastman Chemicals) in multiple locations across the US and in Eastern Europe.  He led numerous automation projects, with responsibility for design, purchase, and installation of systems and instrumentation.  At Velsicol Chemical Corporation, John held various positions including site technical manager and site operations manager with responsibility for plant operations, maintenance, and engineering.

    John graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor Chemical Engineering degree and from the University of Texas Austin with an MBA.

  • 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

IF-15409

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:
  • Ramón Brito , Principal Engineer, Woodgrove Technologies

    Ramón Brito is an MBA and Electrical Engineer. Traveling through the Engineering world for 30 years as a Control, Automation, and Information Systems specialist. Ramón has worked on projects ranging from support engineer for Rockwell to Senior Lead Instrumentation and Control Engineer for BHP Billiton’s 350,000 tpd expansion in Northern Chile. He has strong experience in Operations experience working in the plants at AMSA and BHP Escondida Mine. Ramon can claim many firsts in the industry including the first vision based system for flotation as well as the first advanced process control on an integrated flotation circuit.  Ramon was responsible for overseeing the OT concept at BHP in Chile in the role of Lead IT for Process (Mine and Plants) brings a good understanding of real problems in Mining (from Pit to Port) to the initiative.  Now with Woodgrove Technologies, Ramon brings a holistic perspective to the projects combining instrumentation, control, APC and Operations.  This is his 1st year speaking at the Emerson Global User Exchange.

  • Felipe Cabrera, General Manager, Emerson Mining Center of Excellence

    Electrical Engineer M.Sc. (University of Chile) and MBA IT Management (IDE-CESEM of Spain), more than 34 years working in automation projects in North and South America, mainly mining projects in Chile and Peru. Full knowledge of instrumentation, control systems (PLC/DCS/SCADA), actuators, HMI Softwares, communication protocols and IT/OT Technologies for industrial automation. The expertise came from several trainings and project implementations using several brands and technologies for automation in Mining, Pulp & Paper and Power in different multinational companies, from specialist in the beginning of the career, ascending to different roles as Project Mgr., Technical Mgr., Commercial Mgr. and today as a senior executive (GM) leading the Mining Center of Emerson in Chile.

  • Robert Holdenried, Business Development Leader, Emerson Automation Solutions

    Over his career span of 38 yrs., Rob has served in a variety of leadership roles with Emerson related to Sales Management, Business Development and Strategic Account Management, including 11 yrs. in Asia Pacific. Rob has been with Emerson’s Reliability Solutions business for the past 16 yrs. and is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP). In his current role, he is responsible for the NA Strategic Account Program. The Mining Industry is a key area of focus for the program and Rob is personally responsible for the Freeport McMoRan global account.

  • 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:
  • Mike Boudreaux, Director, Connected Services, Emerson Automation Solutions
  • William Giles, President, William D. Giles Strategic Services

    William Giles worked for Spectra Energy, a Natural Gas and Liquids Pipeline Company, for over 32 years in Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT), primarily as the Director for the Real-time Operational Applications for the U.S. and Canada.  Responsibilities for his area included:  SCADA, Controls, Measurement, Forecasts, Optimization, External Reporting, Business Intelligence, Decision Support and the Integration of Operational, Commercial, Asset and other 3rd party data primarily using a SOA (Service Orientated Architecture) approach.

    From 2010 – 2017, William was the Director for IT Strategic Planning.  For the Cloud, a Utilize First approach was successfully established for maximizing the value of Business “as a Service” offerings for Spectra Energy.  For Digitalization & Intelligent Things, he worked with Operations, Engineering, Supply Chain, Business Development and other Internal Organizations to define the new business model required to support the effective Utilization of Operational Assets “as a Service” (Measurement as a Service, Gas Quality as a Service, Compression as a Service, Valves as a Service, etc.)  Numerous discussions with Vendors and other 3rd Parties defined potential Operational Asset “as a Service” offerings that Spectra Energy could effectively Utilize today and/or in the future.  The foundational requirements for Digitalization and the effective Utilization of Intelligent Things were also identified and defined. (Secure Connectivity to Digital Products, Shared Integrated Data (“Facebook for Machines” EcoSystem) & the new Business Model required for Win/Win opportunities for Spectra Energy and the providers of Digital “as a Service” offerings.)

    With the acquisition of Spectra Energy by Enbridge, William was able to “retire” and begin working directly with the Industrial Manufacturers, Automation and Technology Companies to help develop their strategy/approach for offering Digital Products and Services.  He continues to work with both suppliers and customers to identify/define their Digitalization business model/approach as well as the changes required to successful Utilize and/or provide “as a Service” offerings.

    William has a BS degree in Computer Science from Louisiana State University and a BBA in Accounting from Northeast Louisiana University.

  • Jim Haw, Technical Services Manager, 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

    TengBeng Koid is currently President of Energy Solutions –Oil and Gas, Emerson. Prior to this, TengBeng served as Chief Executive Officer of Energy Solutions International, from 2012 until 2015 when it was acquired by Emerson. Headquartered in Houston, ESI is the world leading global supplier of innovative decision support software for the energy transportation, storage, marketing and delivery functions that include pipelines and terminals. The software solutions that ESI provide include pipeline design and simulation/modeling, leak detection, order-to-cash, scheduling and optimization. Prior to joining ESI, Mr. Koid served in various roles in the oil and gas industries including President, International for Seismic Micro-Technology, Vice President of IHS, Executive Vice President/COO of ION Geophysical, Vice President at Halliburton. TengBeng also served in various roles at Landmark Graphics Corporation, a division of Halliburton including VP of Asset Performance Consulting, VP of Global Business Development and VP/GM of Asia Pacific region.

Moderators:
  • Chris Amstutz, Director Tanks, Terminals and Transportation, Emerson Automation Solutions

    Director, Tanks, Terminals & Transportation, Remote Automation Solutions

    Mr. Amstutz is responsible for orchestrating and driving focus across the Emerson organization for the terminals and pipelines industry segments. His responsibilities include the management of the terminal and pipeline industry programs that coordinates resources across Emerson with a focus on creating value for Emerson customers.

    He joined Emerson in 2000 and has held various positions of increasing responsibility within Emerson, including management assignments in Process Systems and Solutions, Product Marketing, Engineering, Emerson Industry Solutions Marketing and now Remote Automation Solutions.

    Chris holds a Bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and a Master in Business Administration.

Oil & Gas - Upstream

IF-15374

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. 

Panelists:
  • Tim Loser, Oil and Gas Workflow Advisor, OVS Group
  • Clifton Summers, Sr Engineering Advisor , Hess
Moderators:
  • Jose Jimenez, Director Global O&G Upstream Industry Programs, Emerson Automation Solutions

    Jose A. Jimenez is a Director with Emerson Automation Solutions, where he leads the Oil & Gas Upstream Onshore/Offshore Production, Intelligent Oilfield and Integrated Operations programs worldwide.

    Prior to joining Emerson, Mr. Jimenez was with HP Technology Consulting, where he served as the lead Consulting Partner for the Energy Industry in the Americas. Previously, he served as Vice President of Business Transformation at EDS Corp. He also served in senior roles at Accenture and Honeywell. Jose started his career at PDVSA, developing automation solutions.

    Mr. Jimenez earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Montana, and has received extensive business and technology training. He is member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and part of the board of directors of TransactionTree Inc.

  • 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 operability?

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 operability?

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
Panelists:
  • Sushil Dudani, Corporate Process Control Engineer, International Paper

    Sushil Dudani is a Corporate Process Control Engineer for International Paper. He has worked as a Process Controls Engineer and Consultant since 1996. The first half of his career was spent working as a Process Controls Engineer, at Matrikon Consulting, and later as a Process Controls Engineer/Manager at Weyerhaeuser (Canada). In 2009, he moved to the United States, supporting the Weyerhaeuser Port Wentworth mill. Sushil has also worked as a consultant (Maverick Technologies) and worked with cutting edge APC technologies in several oil and gas and chemical companies.

    Currently Sushil works as a Corporate Process Controls Engineer for international Paper and travels to International Paper mills, all over the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Europe and India.

    Sushil currently resides in Savannah, GA with his wife Kanchan. He has two children, Sanya and Vidhaan. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, the kids’ sporting activities, outdoor activities, and volunteering for non-profit organizations.

  • Scott Kanning, Corporate Process Control Engineer, Georgia Pacific

    Scott Kanning began his career in 2004 as a process control engineer with Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) at their Tomahawk, WI mill.  In 2007, he transferred to the Valdosta, GA mill to lead the site’s process control team.  He joined Georgia-Pacific’s corporate engineering team in 2011, and became manager of the Consumer Products process control team in 2015.  Scott currently resides in Green Bay, WI with his wife Beth and their nine children.

  • Tom Mladucky, Systems & Reliability Business Unit Manager, Novaspect

    Tom Mladucky is the Director of Systems and Reliability for an Emerson Local Business Partner – Novaspect.  He enjoys providing automation and machinery reliability solutions through the innovative application of technology to improve customer results.  He has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Paper Science and Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and a Masters of Business Administration Degree from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas.  Throughout his career, he has worked with a variety of Pulp and Paper customers on projects in all mill areas in a variety of capacities – as a systems engineer, systems specialist, consultant, account manager, and now as the director of systems and reliability.   He looks forward to learning from others and sharing insights.

  • Chip Rennie, Director, Industrial Energy, Emerson Automation Solutions

     

    Chip Rennie

    Emerson

     

    Chip has over thirty-five years of experience working with combustion and energy process applications in the industrial (Pulp & Paper) and utility industries.  To start, Chip worked twelve years for a major boiler and combustion equipment manufacturer.  During this period he was an international troubleshooter, traveling to end user sites to complete boiler process startups and resolve difficulties with existing equipment installations.

    In 1981, Chip took a position with a major industrial control equipment company and began a focus on applying modern control systems to industrial energy applications.  Through the 80’s, he led efforts to perfect enhanced control strategies for boiler and energy processes using the newly available power of Distributed Control Systems.  Specifically, this resulted in improved results for Multi-Fuel Power Boiler Control, Chemical Recovery Boiler Control, and Coordinated Header Pressure control.

    For the past fifteen years, Chip has continued work in the electrical and control disciplines as an engineering services supplier with a specific focus on energy applications within the heavy process industries.  The majority of his time has been spent providing new control designs to plants and mills or optimization of Powerhouse processes.  Chip has a wealth of knowledge and experience that comes from having worked on dozens of boiler and equipment processes and from continually driving to improve control techniques by applying the latest proven technology.

    Presently, Chip leads the Emerson Industrial Energy Solutions Group supplying both overall technical direction and specific project management for the team.  He continues to travel extensively providing consulting at client sites and ensuring that individual project goals are met.

Moderators:
  • Doug De Bruin, Sr. Projects Director, Clearwater Paper

    Doug De Bruin is the Sr. Projects Director for Clearwater Paper Consumer Products division based in Lewiston, Idaho. Doug started his career with Fisher Controls, has worked for PCE Pacific (LBP located in Bothell, WA), started and managed an LLP (Automation Solutions and Kontrols), and now works for a Pulp and Paperboard customer. Doug has assisted in numerous startups around the country including New Zealand, managed projects and upgrades, implemented new technologies, coordinated training, and became knowledgeable with databases and web programming. Doug started in the trenches with PROVOX, wire wrapped UOC’s, and LCON’s, transitioned to DeltaV, PLC’s and sheet scanners as a Sr. Process Control Engineer, and now into management. Doug and his team have been using DeltaV, DeviceNet, AMS, and wireless technologies to upgrade panelboard controls and single loop controllers on the tissue machines to state of the art control systems. Clearwater Paper produces private label tissue products (Napkin, Household towel, Facial, and Bathroom roll towel), and paperboard for liquid packaging and folded carton consumers, and has 8 sites across the country.

    Outside of work Doug is active with his 5 children and 6 grandchildren, and resides with his wife Sally in Washington State. Doug is active in his church and community, and is a licensed Hot Air Balloon pilot.

  • 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

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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:
  • Robert Bailey, Control System Technologist , LyondellBasell

    Robert Bailey, a Control System Technologist, works for LyondellBasell.  Robert works as a core team member of the Channelview Facility Siting Project, on the technology/infrastructure designed to address the change in work flows and enhance work efficiency including control systems, HMIs, mobility tools, and other communication hardware.

  • Marcelo Carugo, Director, Global Refining & Chemical Industries, Emerson Automation Solutions
  • Steve Elwart, P.E., Director of Systems Engineering, Ergon Refining, Inc,

    Steve Elwart is the Director of Systems Engineering for Ergon Refining and a member of their corporate IT Steering Committee. He is responsible for the IT and Automation activities for Ergon’s Vicksburg Companies. Steve also works in the area of cybersecurity in several venues.

    He has worked in automation for over forty years and has worked on the selection and implementation of four DeltaV Systems for Ergon.

    Steve is a past member of the Emerson Exchange Board of Directors and Advisory Board.  His company was also the recipient of the Plantweb Excellence Award for 2014. Steve also holds the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Fuels, Petrochemical & Refiners Association.

  • Ed Schodowski, Director Refining Sales- Industry Solutions, Emerson Automation Solutions
  • Shonna Victorian, CVO POSM I&E Reliability Engineer , LyondellBasell

    Shonna Victorian is a Principal Instrument Reliability Engineer for LyondellBasell Industries at the Channelview, TX Plant.  She has twenty-two years of instrument and electrical experience in the chemical manufacturing industry.  Shonna has worked on various assignments in instrument and electrical plant maintenance, equipment reliability improvements, preventive and predictive maintenance programs, electronic asset management systems and analysis, technology upgrade projects, and plant turnarounds.  Shonna has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology-Control Systems from the University of Houston.

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.