Monday, April 9
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.
The State of Food Manufacturing
Debra Schug, Editor in Chief, Food Engineering
Theme for Day One: Manufacturing in the Digital Age
8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
Automation Keynote Address: Driving Sustainability through Digitalization, Automation and People Empowerment
Speaker: Vicente Olivo-Espinosa, Director of Information Solutions, Maple Leaf Foods, Inc.
Conserving resources, minimizing energy usage and reducing waste are three cornerstone elements of Maple Leaf's production processes and plant operations. By embracing a digital transformation, Maple Leaf has continued to improve operational excellence and line performance. Attend this session and discouver how automated production line and process Improvement strategies can ehlp you to achieve sustainability targets for the coming years.
9:15 – 10:00 a.m.
Increasing Productivity and Throughput Using Lean Managment Behaviors
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.
Next-Level Craft Brewing
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
Ask the Experts: Overcoming Food Safety and FSMA Challenges
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.
Refreshment Break Stations
3:30 – 4:35 p.m.
3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
The Future of Food Manufacturing
Smart manufacturing has the potential to completely transform operations in the food and beverage industry. Learn how best-in-class companies are remaining competitive and capitalizing on a Connected Enterprise.
Presented by Rockwell Automation
4:05 - 4:35 p.m.
Food Quality- Can You See Everything?
Increasing your overall production efficiency can be easier said than done. In a hectic processing environment, many problems can happen to increase downtime, cause costly ingredient and product waste and affect the quality of the final product. Learn how you can minimize these issues and increase throughput by integrating the latest AI based vision technologies.
Presented by Opto-Engineering
3:30 – 4:00 p.m.
4:05 – 4:35 p.m.
New Solutions for Plant Sanitation
To ensure products processed at your plant are safe and free of contaminants, food safety standards must be applied. This includes keeping your conveyors clean and removing all the food byproducts trapped in gaps and crevices, which can be a difficult and time-intensive task. Learn how the next generation conveyor drive design can help solve this problem, saving you time and money.
Presented by Van der Graaf
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.