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Manufacturing best practices

Running March 11-12 at Ford Field in Detroit, The Manufacturing in America Symposium brings together manufacturing and automotive industry executives, technology leaders, educators, and students to explore technologies and best practices driving manufacturing in America.

A highlight of the event is Technology Tip-Off, where nearly 100 technical seminars will be focused on four key areas: Automation and Controls Engineering, Drives and Motion, Energy and Facilities Management, and Plant Engineering and Maintenance. Seminar topics will include PLCs, Servo Systems, Security, Sustainability, Industrial Networks, LED Technology, IT, RFID, Safety, Design Software, Machine Vision, VFD Drives, Hybrid Cable, Energy Management, Traceability, Operator Interfaces, Troubleshooting, and Start Up Techniques. Siemens and Electro-Matic Products, the co-hosts of the two-day symposium, will be joined by companies such as Turck, Rittal, Datalogic, Fortress, and Intercontec in displaying solutions they have that can be used to improve plant operations. Executives and engineering managers from each of these companies are available along with conference room space for one-on-one meetings if you have special needs.

"Manufacturing across the globe is changing at a rapid pace, making it more important than ever for companies to find ways to become more productive and competitive," says Siemens' Raj Batra, president of Digital Factory, U.S. "Manufacturers are bumping up against the edge of productivity due to aging assets and high capacity utilization. The answer can be found in technologies that bring together the real and virtual worlds of product design, production design, and all phases of the manufacturing process. This is precisely Siemens blueprint for the digital factory."

The event sponsors also have announced that Jeremy Gutsche will be the keynote speaker. Gutsche founded, the world's most popular trend website attracting over two billion views. Gutsche is a sought-after keynote speaker, innovation expert and award-winning author. He will speak on innovations and trends in industry building in themes from his latest book, BETTER and FASTER: The Proven Path to Unstoppable Ideas. Gutsche is commonly sourced by a wide-range of media, from The Economist to CNN and Entertainment Tonight to The New York Times.

"The Holy Grail in manufacturing technology is a factory where human and machine intelligence come together in a fully integrated environment that is efficient, responsive, comfortable, sustainable, and profitable," says Richard Laramee, President/COO of Electro-Matic Ventures. "It's being done, and Technology Tip-Off is the place to find out who is doing it and how."

Last year, more than 2,200 attendees from 500 different companies attended the Technology Tip-Off event only, and this year more content and activities have been added.

In addition, four FIRST Robotics teams from local high schools will join the event. The teams will participate in the vendor fair as well as compete against each other in a competition on Ford Field. Siemens continues to emphasize the importance of training today's youth in STEM initiatives and providing hands-on training for college and university students with programs such as Siemens Cooperates with Education.

Today's manufacturing is knowledge work. With advanced manufacturing, training our students before they enter a plant is critical for our ever-changing manufacturing environments. Partnerships with high schools, colleges and universities are key to building a pool of experienced technical resources for the future. We encourage local educators and students to attend our event," says Batra.

There is no charge for attendees, but registration is required. Register now!

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