7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
7:00 – 8:00 a.m.
8:00 – 8:10 a.m.
Mark Tisdale, Publisher, Food Engineering
8:10 – 8:30 a.m.
Debra Schug, Editor in Chief, Food Engineering
8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
In modern manufacturing, there are many advantages of having a connected plant. This session will address how food and beverage facilities need to upgrade equipment and technology to stay competitive.
9:15 – 10:00 a.m.
Speaker: Mike Bartikoski, Senior Vice President of Operations for Land O’ Frost
Capturing sustainable gains from Lean efforts depends on implementing the activities on the floor AND also changing management behaviors to secure buy in from the front lines to supervisors and supervisors to management. Firms often overlook the significant changes asked of front line supervision and managers to move from directing to coaching and leading. To move from “firefighting” and acceptance of status quo to problem solving and driving to eliminate repetitive issues. This talk will outline some of the steps taken to begin this journey and some of the realizations of changes required.
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Speaker: Nathan Schroeder, Beer Production Engineer for Bell's Brewing
From selling the first commercial beer in 1985 until its recent expansion in 2016 Bell’s Brewery in Michigan is writing a fabulous chapter of the American craft beer story.
Over the years, new extensions and older plants with legacy automation system were brought under one roof with a state of the art automation philosophy to guarantee an overall comprehensive approach and plant-wide integration. This is also used for vertical integration of data from the shop floor to the production management level. Nathan will elaborate on how Bell’s approached the site automation and the benefits that resulted for the day to day and the long term challenges in brewing
11:15 - 12:00 noon
Panelist: Joyce L. Watford, Director of Food Safety & Regulatory Affairs, The Eli’s Cheesecake Company
From small to large operations, the new FSMA regulations have been introducing new challenges to food and beverage plants. This panel discussion will present some of the obstacles and unique approaches to navigating them.
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
12:00 – 5:30 p.m.
2:15 – 2:45 p.m.
3:30 – 4:35 p.m.
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Presented by Rockwell Automation
4:05 - 4:35 p.m. Presented by Opto-Engineering
3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
4:05 – 4:35 p.m. Presented by Van der Graaf
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.