The 2018 Hannover Messe USA
Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit (GAMS)

Join Control Engineering, Plant Engineering and HANNOVER MESSE USA for the Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit, co-located with IMTS 2018 at McCormick Place in Chicago. This one-day summit is designed to bring plant managers, control engineers, and manufacturing business leaders together to highlight plant improvement opportunities and deliver strategies that manufacturing personnel can take back to their plants and implement immediately.


Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018 • Co-presented with Hannover Messe USA at the 2018 IMTS Show at McCormick Place, Chicago


REGISTRATION AND LUNCH: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Lunch Sponsored by: Advantech


KEYNOTE: 12:15 p.m. TO 1 pm
Raj Batra, Siemens
In a global, competitive manufacturing environment, how can American manufacturers compete? The same way they’ve lifted the U.S. economy out of the Great Recession: By being smarter, leaner (and Leaner) and using technology and data to point the way to a better manufacturing strategy.


Session 1: 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Embrace your future: How robotics and AI are changing manufacturing
Moderator: Bob Doyle, RIA


  • Jason Andersen, Stratus
  • Dr. Kurt D. Bettenhausen, Siemens
  • Stuart Shepherd, Universal Robots

No longer a science fiction story, robots and artificial intelligence (AI) are real, valuable to manufacturing, and winding up in more plants than ever. How can you find the best way to utilize robots in your plant? How can AI be a training and plant management tool? Our human experts will discuss the practical ways these technologies will enhance manufacturing—and all the ways humans are still vital to your operation. Bob Doyle, vice president of the Robotic Industries Association (RIA) and the Association for Advancing Automation (A3) in Ann Arbor, Mich. and a CFE Media Partner, will lead the panel discussion.


Session 2: 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Maintenance and IIoT: Follow the numbers
Moderator: Sal Spada, ARC Advisory Group


  • Shon Isenhour, Eruditio LLC
  • Kevin Price, INFOR
  • Hans Thalbauer, SAP

The data generated by IIoT can point a maintenance professional to a problem on the plant floor—if he’s looking at the right numbers at the right time. More sophisticated analytics are helping maintenance teams focus on the right data at the right time, and we’ll talk with them on how this strategy can lead to more uptime and better safety. The presentation will be led by Sal Spada, research director for discrete manufacturing for ARC Advisory Group.


KEYNOTE: 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Enable an intelligent digital supply chain as part of the Industry 4.0 revolution

Hala Zeine, SAP
Discover the power of an end-to-end digital supply chain, from designing, planning, manufacturing, delivery, and operations, all supported by a digital twin. Learn how to optimize your business, increase the value of your products, and grow revenue. Presenter: Hala Zeine, President of Digital Supply Chain & Manufacturing, SAP.


Session 3: 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Cybersecurity: How far do we need to go?
Moderator: Dr. Richard Soley, OMG


  • Aurelio Banda, Beckhoff
  • Ken Modeste, UL
  • Mark Voigtmann, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

The problem of security for (IIoT) is one of the most discussed issues as manufacturers look to deploy this technology solution. We’ll look at the real issues, perhaps debunk a few myths, and talk about the common-sense ways manufacturers can secure their data and their operational integrity. The presentation will be led by Dr. Richard Soley, Executive Director of the Industrial Internet Consortium, Chairman and CEO of the Object Management Group (OMG).


Cocktail and Networking Reception: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sponsored by: Advantech
After a great day of information, continue the discussion in the lobby. Cocktails, light snacks and conversation about the day’s events will follow.

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