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Regional Technical Programs

APMI International offers Regional Technical Programs (RTP) intermittently throughout the year. The half-day programs are designed to provide high-quality technical and educational value and offer an opportunity for networking.

Questions? Contact Stephanie Schember by email or by calling 609-452-7700 x114.


Automation & Information Best Practices for Manufacturing Operations

Location:

Gunners
33 S. St. Marys St
St Marys, PA 15857
(814) 834-2161

Date:

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Time:

1:00–1:30 p.m. Registration
1:30–5:00 p.m. Technical Program

Fees:

$55 for APMI members
$110 for non-APMI members (includes 1-year APMI membership)

The APMI West Penn Chapter will hold its monthly meeting at this location commencing at 5:30 p.m. Separate registration is required. Visit the West Penn page for details.

APMI International will offer one of its Regional Technical Programs to the greater Western Pennsylvania area on April 13. This program will feature presentations on Automation & Information Best Practices for Manufacturing Operations.

The program starts at a time that allows local people to work in the morning, have lunch, and assemble for the 1:30 p.m. start. Out-of-towners can travel in the morning or make business calls on clients prior to the start.

Registration fees are low: $55 for APMI members and $110 for non-APMI members. Non-APMI members will receive a complimentary 1-year membership with their registration.

The technical program presentations include:

Control Systems Modernization—Why is modernization important beyond reducing risk of system failure?
Tony Grassi, Automation Specialist, Schaedler Yesco Distribution

A company would "migrate" legacy systems to avoid "risk" of failure and downtime. You would "modernize" to reduce risk and take advantage of advances in technology: computing resources, improve operator usability, and network connectivity – these capabilities enable information access, assist with diagnostics and troubleshooting, and can improve productivity. In addition, there is a human element which is not calculated in financial terms. Engineers, maintenance teams, and scheduling staff become frustrated and stressed when the equipment they rely on becomes unreliable. Late night call outs, holiday interruptions and unending days are a hallmark of the need for change.

Industrial Control Systems Networking—Why should you treat Operations differently?
Thomas House, Business Development Lead, Connected Services | Rockwell Automation

The resources and applications in production/operations environments need to be managed differently. These systems need to be "highly available" and administered in a manner that avoids downtime or introduces risk. Networking infrastructure design and implementation needs to consider segmentation of nodes (no need to mix video with traffic for machine control), prioritize traffic (examples would be a time sync protocol and I/O to controller), and reduce/eliminate risk (accessing an application that is critical to operations and creating resources constraints that impact the production processes, theft of intellectual property, or viruses)

Information Enabled Operations—Performance Monitoring & Production Execution – Why is information important for addressing evolving customer expectations and remaining competitive?
Tim McCain, Information Software Regional Manager | Rockwell Automation

Manual data collection processes are both time consuming and error prone. Manufacturers have opportunities to automate performance reporting or monitoring such as daily part counts, asset utilization and/or time in state. In addition to analytics, contemporary information systems can optimize production order sequencing that considers machine setup time, work instructions for specific operations, account for specific materials consumed, track work in process, and capture unit/lot traceability data. Many end-customer markets are starting to contractually require asset performance reporting and traceability.

Please complete the following form and email it to Stephanie Schember to register.

Registration form (pdf)

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