Food Automation & Manufacturing Conference and Expo

April 10-13, 2016

Sanibel Harbour Marriott
Fort Myers, FL

Monday, April 11

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broadcasting live
Register/view 2015 OnDemand 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: Staying One Step Ahead in Manufacturing Innovation

Engineering Keynote Address: Harnessing the Power of Automation to Achieve Manufacturing Excellence


In today’s complex manufacturing environment, collecting data, properly tracking it and using it effectively can advance operational excellence across an enterprise, whether it involves food safety, cost management, improved reliability or building a more flexible supply chain.

9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Reaping the Rewards of a Vertical Startup


A manufacturing project’s success hinges on the proper integration of operations and engineering functions. This special session will discuss topics such as factory acceptance testing, best practices in hiring and training and proper equipment commissioning and will ensure a successful project start-up.

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Attaining Top Levels of Sanitary Plant and Equipment Design


Speaker:Lisa Rathburn, Director of Mfgr., Technology, ANSC Global Engineering, Abbott Nutrition

A major recall can happen to any food or beverage processor. This session will go beyond labeling-related recalls and focus on machinery cleaning, access and microbiological safety as well as requirements for hygienic design of both processing plants and equipment.

11:15 - 12:00 noon

Ask the Experts: Lessons Learned From Plant of the Year Award Winners


Moderator: Diane Wolf, Former Vice President, Operations and Engineering, Kraft Foods Read Bio

Panelists: Hugh Roddy, Head of Global Engineering, Chobani Read Bio, Jeff Harris, Vice President of Engineering, T. Marzetti Read Bio, Harry Pettit, Mgr. of Systems and Infrastructure

Engineering, Pepperidge Farm

Just in time manufacturing, advanced automation and controls, a commitment to sustainable operations and a relentless focus on food safety and sanitary design are the hallmarks of Food Engineering’s past Plant of the Year winners. This panel of experts will discuss what they have learned from their award-winning projects and what they might do differently in future projects.

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 Theatre

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Expo Reception

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Harbor View Barbecue