Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo

April 10-13, 2016

Sanibel Harbour Marriott

Fort Myers, FL

Sunday, April 12

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12:30 p.m.

Golf Tournament

3:00 – 5:30 p.m.


7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Monday, April 13

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broadcasting live
Physical registration sold out! Register for LIVE online sessions.
7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


7:00 – 8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:00 – 8:10 a.m.

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: Innovation and Operational Excellence

reedEngineering Keynote Address: The Quest for Manufacturing Innovation

Speaker: Bob Reed, Vice President, Global Engineering, Kellogg Company

Whether it involves food safety, cost management, improved reliability or building a more flexible and responsive supply chain, all manufacturing operations are striving to create an operation that is focused on performance. This industry leader will discuss project delivery methods that achieve operational excellence.

Bob Reed Biography

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.

watsonKeynote Address: Creating Consistent Standards of Excellence

Speaker: David Watson, Vice President, Engineering, International, Baking Technology, Filling & Packaging, Campbell Soup Company

Consistent plant safety, food safety and quality standards can be achieved by setting goals for manufacturing excellence in all plant locations. Learn how to integrate system-wide performance standards by employing best practices and harnessing the use of metrics throughout your supply chain operations.

David Watson Biography

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

holloman hock uhl wolf Ask the Experts: Continuous Improvement Tools and Methods

Panelists: Denise Holloman, Vice President, Global Continuous Improvement & PMO, General Mills; Peter Hock, Senior Director, Continuous Improvement, ConAgra; Russ Uhl, Director of Engineering, Beam Suntory
Moderator: Diane Wolf, Former Vice President, Operations and Engineering, Kraft Foods

Tools such as lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, OEE, cross-functional teams, KPIs and data collection can help manufacturers on the path to continuous improvement. This panel of experts will discuss how benchmarking and even employee incentive plans can lead to sustainable CI results.

Denise Holloman Biography  Peter Hock Biography  Russell Uhl Biography  Diane Wolf Biography

11:15 - 12:00 noon

wilsonFSMA and Your Retail Customers

Speaker: Craig Wilson, Vice President/GMM, Costco

While a certification from SQF, BRC or FSSC 22000 should meet customers’ needs, their food safety mandates are constantly evolving as well. This major retailer will discuss the global implications of food safety, the balance between safety and quality, and what you should know about the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Craig Wilson Biography

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.


12:00 – 5:30 p.m.


2:15 – 2:45 p.m.

Refreshment Break Stations

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Solutions Theater

 Track ATrack B
3:00 - 3:30

Automating Ingredients in Your Facility in an Evolving Climate
Presented by Shick USA
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Using Interactive Visual Technology to Ensure VSU Success
Presented by POWER Engineers, Inc.
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3:30 - 4:00

Increase ROI in ERP (SAP, Oracle, etc.) When Connecting and Integrating to the Plant Floor (Rockwell, Wonderware, GE)
Presented by Seeit Solutions and INS
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Power Quality
Presented by Schneider Electric
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4:00 - 4:30    
4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Expo Reception

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.


Tuesday, April 14

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8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


8:00 – 9:00 a.m.


9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

Theme for Day Two: Addressing Key Challenges in Manufacturing

eyseleeSanitary Equipment Design and Sanitation of Equipment

Speaker : Hendrik Eyselee, Director Engineering Cheese & Dairy, Kraft Foods Group

Sanitation is a critical component to advancing food safety measures. This session will cover new technologies in equipment design, the latest sanitation tools, elimination of potential sources of contamination and standard operating procedures and training for plant floor workers.

Hendrick Eyselee Biography

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:15 - 11:55 a.m.

Solutions Theater

 Track ATrack B
10:15 - 10:45

Automation in Material Handling – How Equipment and Process Design can Improve Food Safety
Presented by Coperion K-Tron
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PLC Robot Control – A New Trend in Robotics
Presented by KUKA Robotics
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10:50 - 11:20

"No Ice or CO2"
Presented by Zeppelin Systems
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Leveraging an Experienced Design-Build Contractor
Presented by ESI Group USA
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11:25 - 11:55

Before the RFP: Preparing for Capital Project Success
Presented by Burns & McDonnell
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Compressed Air and Food Safety
Presented by Atlas Copco
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12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Networking Luncheon

1:30 - 2:15 p.m.

muscatellWhat is Your Cyber Exposure Factor?

Speaker : Mike Muscatell, , Information Security Manager, Snyder’s-Lance, Inc.

Understanding a food or beverage manufacturer’s exposure in the cyber world can be very confusing and in most cases, unknown. This session will discuss the methods used to help with the unknowns and will also demonstrate how to determine your exposure factor.

Mike Muscatell Biography

2:15 - 3:00 p.m.

hickeyOutside the Bowl Thinking: Creating a Greenfield Supply Chain

Speaker: Susan Hickey, Director of Strategic Sourcing, Sabra Dipping Co.

Learn how this innovative food manufacturer revolutionized a market category by changing the way consumers perceive its product. A unique global manufacturing partnership, packaging innovation and ability to build long-term economic stability into its

Susan Hickey Biography

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Refreshment Break

3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

Plant of the Year Award

Join us as we honor the 2015 Food Engineering Plant of the Year award winner. Each year, only one food or beverage plant in North America earns this award.

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.

Plant of the Year Celebration Cocktail Reception



Wednesday, April 15

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7:15 – 8:15 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:15 – 8:20 a.m.

Opening Remarks

8:20 – 9:45 a.m.

Theme: Winning Strategies for Plants and Projects

2014 Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards

gillleikam brovak sgroi 

Moderator: Bill Gill, Assistant Vice President, Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods

Panelist Include : Dennis Leikam, Musco Olives; Amber Brovak, Sunny Delight; Joe Sgroi, Snyder's Lance; Chayan Kaushal, Manager – Projects, ConAgra Foods (via Skype)

Food Engineering and PMMI’s Alliance for Innovation & Operational Excellence are sponsoring an annual peer-reviewed awards program to recognize plants with improved performance in sustainability and honor individuals who seek to go beyond environmental compliance. The awards recognize pollution prevention, enhanced environmental protection and stewardship as well as compliance assurance projects.

Bill Gill Biography  Dennis Leikam Biography  Amber Brovak Biography  Joe Sgroi Biography

9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

rolandSustainable Winemaking: Challenges and Opportunities

Speaker: Mike Roland, Vice President at E&J Gallo Winery Engineering, Process Technology, and Lean Six Sigma

Winemaking can generate two to ten gallons of water for every gallon of wine produced. This water is purely for cleaning/sanitation. The variation is largely driven by the scarcity/cost of available water. A proactive approach includes water use reduction, treatment (including energy recovery) and synergistic use of the solids streams that exit a typical winery.

Michael Roland Biography 

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:45 a.m. -11:30 

francisFood Safety & Quality Automation Case Study

Speaker : Crista Lowery Francis, Food Safety & Quality Manager, Florida Caribbean Distillers

This speaker will present a success story on managing compliance documents from thousands of suppliers and specifications from many customers; how the company electronically analyzes FSQA test results in realtime and takes timely CAPAs; implementation of a centralized, time/date stamped repository of FSQA data for trending and on-demand response to regulatory, third party and customer inquiries or audits; and easy access to comprehensive traceability and root cause analysis.

Crista Lowery Francis Biography

11:45 a.m.

Conference Adjourns