Sunday, April 6

Sunday, April 6

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12:30 p.m. Golf Tournament
3:00 – 5:30 p.m. Registration
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Welcome Reception

Monday, April 7

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7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Registration
7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:10 a.m. youngWelcome
Patrick Young, Publisher, Food Engineering
8:10 – 8:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks

fasslThe State of Food Manufacturing
Joyce Fassl, Editor in Chief, Food Engineering

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.

Theme for Day One: Addressing Food & Beverage Manufacturing’s Key Challenges

prunestiEngineering Keynote Address: Driving Manufacturing Excellence
Speaker: Jim Prunesti, Vice President Global Engineering, Campbell Soup

As food and beverage manufacturers strive for increased operational success in a highly competitive environment, they must focus on making improvements in processes, asset usage and staffing. Hear which innovation tools this world-class processor uses to achieve manufacturing excellence.

Jim Prunesti Biography

 live  Co-Sponsored By ESI GROUP USA  mgnewell

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

lightContinuous Improvement: Turning Data into Action
Speaker: David Light, Operations Director for Leven Manufacturing, Diageo

An effective continuous improvement program can turn your manufacturing data into critical actions that focus on process control and capability. This speaker will discuss how to leverage your manufacturing data systems to improve information and empower operators, supervisors and managers to take action and implement change.

David Light Biography

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

achesonFood Safety Modernization Act: Are You Fully Prepared?
Speaker: David Acheson, President and CEO, The Acheson Group and Former Chief Medical Officer FSIS and FDA

Under FSMA, food safety programs will shift to a prevention-based approach to food contamination, and all registered food facility will be required to develop a written hazard analysis and risk-based controls plan. This shift requires more detailed record keeping and active involvement by management.

David Acheson Biography

 live Sponsored By ge

11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

carrickBuilding World-class Engineering and Technical Teams
Speaker: Gardner Carrick, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, The Manufacturing Institute

Finding, training and retaining manufacturing leaders are essential for continued success in food and beverage processing. The adoption of lean principles, looming retirement by baby boomers and the increasing need for technological knowledge, have placed a premium on finding talent.

Gardner Carrick Biography

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
12:00 – 3:30 p.m. Expo
2:15 – 2:45 p.m. Refreshment Break Stations
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Solutions Theater

  Track A Track B
3:00 - 3:30

Advancing Food Safety and OEE by Listening to End Users
Presented by Kollmorgen

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How to design-build a Food Plant of the Year
Presented by Whiting-Turner

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3:30 - 4:00

Practical Technology Approaches to Continuous Improvement in Manfacturing
Presented by Epicor

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Compressed Air and Food Safety
Presented by Atlas Copco

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4:00 - 4:30

A Holistic Technology Approach to Improving Food Safety
GE Intelligent Platforms

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Cost Effective Methodology for Optimizing End-to-End Operational Efficiency
Presented By Schneider Electric

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5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Expo Reception
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Barbecue

Tuesday, April 8

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7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Registration
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
7:30 – 9:00 a.m. Expo
9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

Theme for Day Two: Leadership in Automation, Project Management and Sanitary Design

roddyKeynote Address: The Business Value of Automation
Speaker: Hugh Roddy, Senior Director of Global Automation/Controls & Energy Management, Chobani

Getting automation projects approved in today’s cost-cutting environment is no easy task. This speaker will explain how uptime, changeovers, maintenance, asset utilization and production schedules can be optimized with automation software and controls.

Hugh Roddy Biography

 live Sponsored By alliance

9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:15 - 11:55 a.m.

Solutions Theater

  Track A Track B
10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

PLC Programming of Robots - A New Trend in Robotics

Presented by KUKA Robotics Corporation

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How to Select and Leverage Your Engineering Consultant to Be Successful in a Fast-track Project Environment

Presented by Alliance Engineering

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10:50 - 11:20 a.m.

Feeding and Handling of Food Ingredients: How Automation Can Improve Process Efficiency and Safety

Presented by Coperion K-Tron

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Continuous Solution for Sponge in Dough

Presented by Zeppelin Systems USA

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11:25 - 11:55 a.m.

Vertical Start-Up

Presented by Burns & McDonnell

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The Key Success Factors for Selecting Bulk Material Handling Equipment and the Impact on Total Cost of Ownership

Presented by Hapman

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12:00  - 1:30 p.m. Networking Luncheon
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

easterlingjohnsonlinckAsk the Experts Panel: Strategic Project Management—The Link to Successful Business Results


Panelist: Tim Easterling, Senior Director of Engineering, Keystone Foods; Eric Johnson, Vice President, Capital Projects, Roll Global, Karl Linck, Vice President Engineering, Sargento Foods
Any corporation’s business goals must be aligned with its objectives at the project level. It is an essential part of a manufacturing organization’s success. Discover how this panel of experts has mastered the arts of project planning, focus and implementation.

Tim Easterling Biography   Eric Johnson Biography  

Karl Linck Biography

2:30 - 3:15 p.m.

madinahdrumSanitary Equipment Design: User Requirements in Low Moisture Food Manufacturing
Speakers: Madinah Allen, Senior Director Corporate Engineering/Technology, Snyder's-Lance; David Drum, Senior Food Safety Officer, Kellogg Company

Learn about the One Voice Vision, a uniform approach to the most common, non-proprietary sanitary equipment designs that meets a base food safety requirement for the manufacture of low-moisture foods, and the tools being designed to make this vision a reality. This processor panel discussion is organized by PMMI’s Alliance for Innovation & Operational Excellence.

Madinah Allen Biography      David Drum Biography

3:15 – 3:45 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:45 – 4:30 p.m.

lishtherischPlant of the Year Award
Join us as we honor the 2014 Food Engineering Plant of the Year award winner. Each year, only one food or beverage plant in North America earns this award.


Bruce Lish Biography  Ulli Thiersch Biography

4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Plant of the Year Celebration Cocktail Reception
DINNER DINNER ON YOUR OWN.

Wednesday, April 9

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7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15 a.m. Opening Remarks

8:15 – 9:00 a.m.

Theme: Improving Operational Efficiency for a Better Bottom Line

bowenWorkforce Engagement: Culture Change at the Operator Level
Speaker: Jeremy Bowen, Director of Operations, Snyder’s-Lance

Through application of a continuous improvement framework, Snyder’s-Lance has empowered it's plant-floor staff to achieve high levels of operational excellence. Results include an engaged workforce that has dramatically reduced scrap and consumer complaints and improved overall efficiency.

Jeremy Bowen Biography

9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

rutledgeThe Machine Safety Guarding Paradox
Speaker: Paul Rutledge, Environmental Health and Safety Director, Johnsonville Sausage

Safety professionals, sanitarians and engineers have different views of proper machine guarding. Safety professionals generally prescribe fixed hard guarding to maintain OSHA compliance. Sanitarians engineer guarding for easy cleaning and removal. Manufacturing engineers look to increase efficiency and productivity by guarding through the use of new technology. Learn how new safety standards and safety automation technology can help bridge the gap between these seemingly conflicting demands and the intent to drive food industry machine guarding standards.

Paul Rutledge Biography

9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

dimentoQuantifying ROI on Sustainability Projects
Speaker: Bill DiMento, Corporate Director of Sustainability, High Liner Foods

As food and beverage processors work to reduce their environmental footprints and promote sustainable business practices, they also must be able to calculate the bottom-line savings for projects related to energy management, water usage, waste treatment and reduction as well as air emissions.

Bill DiMento Biography

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

goodgerDriving Growth with Real-time Data
Speaker: Steve Goodger, CFO, Green Flash Brewing Company

Learn how one of America's fastest growing craft breweries moved from manually storing its data and made the leap to cloud computing. Leveraging real-time data in the cloud allows this processor to more efficiently meet market demands.

Steve Goodger Biography

11:45 a.m. Closing Remarks and Prize Drawing for Exhibitors/Sponsors—Must be present to win.
12:00 noon Conference Adjourns