All Wednesday seminars are given by Gold or Silver Innovation Leaders
Most abstracts and speaker information is provided in the Track information section below this schedule


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David Stonehouse, Global Practice Leader, Rockwell Automation
Chemical and specialty chemicals companies globally are continuing to face budget constraints and pressures to keep operational expenses under control. In concurrence, the industry is also experiencing a greater degree of regulatory compliances, both related to product and environment. While most leaders recognize the benefits of digital transformation to address these challenges, many are trying to establish a business justification to embark on such a journey.

In the era of omnipresent digital technologies, the Chemical industries need to formulate a strategy for achieving data-enabled connected operations and empowering their organizations to make decisions – faster, more accurate and with less risk. The true convergence of IT/OT systems along with right digital solutions will help realize the benefits such as:

• Increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the process
• Tight integration of production and business processes for better and faster decisions
• Access to real time product and performance data for feedback
• Predictive maintenance to reduce unexpected equipment shutdowns
• Emerging technologies such as (AR, AI, ML, 3D Printing) to empower employees
• Reduced energy costs and carbon footprint to improve sustainability standards

What attendees will learn:

  1. Current State of Digital Transformation in the Chemical Industry
  2. Introduction to Digital Transformation Approach: Concept to Reality
  3. Value Streams and Benefits:
    a. Compliance based EBR functionality with IT/OT convergence
    b. Data transparency throughout product lifecycle management
    c. Predictive monitoring & control for product and process safety
    d. Improved productivity with the adoption of emerging technologies
Amit Limaye, Global Industry Leader, Manufacturing, Automation Anywhere
Process Manufacturing value chain is a complex and intertwined set of processes that need work in harmony in order to deliver a profitable manufacturing enterprise. Digitally transforming Manufacturing business hence becomes an intricate balance between keeping the lights on and ensuring processes and business becomes future-proof. Today executives have many paths towards achieving business value through digital transformation. Among those; Intelligent Business Automation led Digital Workforce is the most versatile, fast and elegant way to achieve Digital Transformation for the complex manufacturing value chain.

We will discuss how Digital Workforce will transform the areas across your business operations, the “Art of Possible” with Automation. With the advent of AI enabled purpose built platforms like A2019 from Automation Anywhere, adopting and scaling Digital Workforce in your Enterprise has become a question of when and not if.

What attendees will learn:

  1. What is a Digital Workforce platform?
  2. Why it is relevant today for process industry
  3. What are the 5 steps to a successful transformation using Digital Workforce platform
  4. What are the key business processes that benefit the most from Digital Workforce platform?
  5. Where should you start and how should you scale.
Darcy MacClaren, Senior Vice President of Digital Supply Chain, North America, SAP America Inc.
Business leaders in the Chemical Industry are under a lot of pressure in today’s increasingly complex world to meet and exceed the expectations of their Customers. Organizations have to weigh spending on growth against controlling that spend as they respond to the demands of a fast-moving digital and global economy. SAP’s Digital Supply Chain business solutions allow companies to connect and share operational Supply Chain data in real time and proactively predict and manage changes as the day to day supply chain operates. Managing the Supply Chain from Design to Operate allow Chemical Companies to make forward looking decisions while in operation vs making reactive changes looking out of a rear view mirror.

What attendees will learn:

  • What are best practices for a Digital Supply Chain innovation strategy in an Industry 4.0 world
  • From Design to Operate, Who within your organization is involved
  • How a best in class digital supply chain yields best in class customer experiences
  • Why waiting puts companies further behind
  • Where do I start?
Et’Chane Towers, Director, Digital Transformation Office, SAP Ariba
Business leaders in the Chemical Industry are under a lot of pressure in today’s increasingly complex world. Leaders have to weigh spending on growth against controlling spend as they respond to the demands of a fast-moving digital and global economy.

What attendees will learn:

  • Learn the best practices in implementing a real-time Intelligent Spend Management strategy
  • How to Improve efficiency through standardizing and automating procurement processes
  • Ways to Improve compliance with negotiated agreements for both internal users and suppliers
  • Learn proven methods to reduce costs through procurement excellence and increased digitization
John Vargo, Director – MES, RoviSys
Digital Transformation is all around us. New technologies are opening opportunity to identify and improve manufacturing efficiency and performance while also creating new business models to increase top-line growth. However, studies indicate that the majority of digitalization initiatives are not reaching their stated goals and are failing to deliver the value they were chartered to achieve. Manufacturers are faced with critical decisions as they evaluate the cluttered technology landscape and new tools that promise to deliver transformative change.

RoviSys has been implementing projects to connect and expose plant floor data for 30 years. Our expertise stems from plant floor control and automation experience across many industries. This real world, plant operations background empowers our teams to define and deliver solutions that enable the digitalization results manufacturing executives are seeking. This discussion will share key learnings about setting a digitalization strategy founded in business value, leveraging existing data, avoiding pilot purgatory, and setting a forward-focused vision toward growth opportunities your business may not even know exist.

What attendees will learn:

  • Why starting digitalization initiatives is important for businesses despite the inherent complexities and challenges associated with them.
  • Critical factors that need to be defined before starting an initiative to improve likelihood of success.
  • Examples of objectives and tactics that organizations of varying maturity levels are implementing.
  • The importance of understanding the impacts of these initiatives will have on operations and manufacturing teams.
  • A framework for establishing a program roadmap that focuses on creating long-term value.
William Blankemeier, President, PeopleFlo
We face an age-old problem: control loop machines – electric motor, pump and control valve – interact in counterproductive ways, wasting enormous amounts of electrical energy and causing serious problems with machine reliability. From the perspective of energy waste, this interaction is analogous to driving a car with one foot on the gas and the other on the brake. From a reliability standpoint, when a control valve travel changes, the pump’s operating point changes, often resulting in operation at unstable regions ofn the pump curve. Learn how MachineEdge uses AI-driven optimization and automation, at the edge and in real time, to save 50% on energy consumption and improve MTBF.

What attendees will learn:

  • MachineEdge works without any changes to the existing infrastructure or the process control system.
  • Saving 50% on pump energy consumption is feasible.
  • MachineEdge moves a pump’s operating point to a more reliable region on the pump curve.
  • MachineEdge aftermarket retrofits are plug-and-play and can payback in <1 year.
Chris Farrow, Vice President, Materials Science Solutions Group, Enthought
Leading chemical companies around the world are digitally transforming to keep pace with continuously evolving market forces, regulatory constraints, and emerging competitors. In the laboratory, this means innovating faster, winning more contracts, and developing for the future. Enthought works with specialty chemicals companies to transform R&D laboratories, enabling orders of magnitude performance improvement. In this seminar, we discuss a digital transformation strategy that combines data infrastructure, digital tools, training, and organizational change to drive value for the business and transform specialty chemicals R&D.

What attendees will learn:

  • An example of laboratory transformation, where Enthought and client scientists are generating value from previously untended data and AI.
  • A strategy for laboratory-specific digital transformation that revolutionizes the laboratory through incremental, value-generating steps.
  • How digital leadership training prepares a company for the next disruptive technology.
  • How data infrastructure and digital tools can be leveraged to accelerate specialty chemical development.
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