Tuesday Seminar

Wednesday Seminar

 = Hands On


100 - Optimize the Engineering of your Automation Solutions with Siemens Innovative Software

Wednesday 10:00am - 10:50am

Room: 107

Speaker: John Detellem, Siemens

From the shop floor to the top floor, Siemens provides the total best-in-class solutions to modernize your operations. Come experience the innovative TIA Portal – a single engineering framework that seamlessly integrates multiple controllers, distributed I/O, safety, networks, HMI, drives, motion and security. Step out of the status quo to consider what your optimal engineering environment could look like, now and in the future to achieve reduced engineering cost, increased productivity and shorten time to market.

101 - Digital Twin and its Effects on Automation Efficiencies 

Tuesday 11:00am - 11:50am

Room: 101

Speaker: Colm Gavin, Siemens

Manufacturing companies today face many challenges to ensure their long-term competitiveness. The competition is fierce and customer requirements are becoming more and more individualized, resulting in increasing complexity of machine design and longer and more expensive commissioning time. To be able to respond appropriately, plant operators have to shorten their time-to-market and become more efficient and flexible, while maintaining or even improving their quality. So what should a company do beyond trying to optimize its normal automation processes?

The answer lies in Digitalization and the intelligent use of data generated from a common base to form a Digital Twin.

The Digital Twin is a virtual representation of the machine which can be used to evaluate different automation concepts in the early phase of a project, reduce the commissioning time and accidents on site, and even assist with advanced training for machine operators. In this presentation, Mr. Gavin will discuss software tools from Siemens Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) portfolio and how their STEP 7 and TIA Portal SW are used to simulate and test the controller functions right at the configuration and engineering stages, with no need for real hardware. He will review the comprehensive simulation of Siemens controller functionalities with PLCSim Advanced, which allows connections to virtual models of machines and plant behavior via an open Application Program Interface (API).

103 - Simplified Transition from Safety Relays to Safety PLCs 

Tuesday 1:00pm - 2:50pm & Wednesday 1:00pm - 2:50pm

Room: 101 Both Days

Speaker: Jana Kocianova, Siemens

This interactive, hands-on workshop includes a brief discussion about the benefits of safety integrated basic controllers and ease of transition from safety relays to safety PLC. We will provide you with the required guidance to simplify the process to move from safety relays to the innovative safety PLC so you will be confident and comfortable with your upcoming safety projects.

104 - How to Easily Implement Siemens Motion Control Solution in the Real World

Tuesday 3:00pm - 4:50pm & Wednesday 10:00am - 11:50am

Room: 101 Both Days

Speaker: Craig Nelson & Kevin Wu, Siemens

Users will begin by programing and simulating a motion control solution without hardware based on a SIMATIC S7-1500T controller, SINAMICS S120 drive and SIMOTICS motor.  Next, users implement the project using actual hardware to finish with a working solution.

105 - MASTERDRIVES - Strategies for Modernization

Tuesday 11:00am - 11:50am

Room: 107

Speaker: Nikhil Shirke, Siemens

As your Siemens MASTERDRIVES age, it becomes a daily challenge to keep your systems operating reliably and efficiently. Retrofit solutions including duplicating, upgrading, or replacing individual components, provides a cost-effective alternative to new equipment purchase. Retrofitting or modernizing an aging system can quickly improve

its productivity, cut soaring maintenance costs and greatly extend its lifecycle while increasing plant availability. Join this seminar to learn how you can get more of your current MASTERDRIVES and the best ways to prepare yourself for a migration to the state-of-the-art SINAMICS drive platform. Learn from our industry expert about the different options being pursued by your peers within the low voltage drive application space.

106 - Smart Strategies for Improving Parts

Tuesday 1:00pm - 1:50pm

Room: 107

Speaker: Nathan Owens III, Siemens

30 percent of the spare parts sitting on shelves are unnecessary.  Get smarter about what parts you have, where the parts are and ensure you have the right part, at the right place, at the right time.  Ultimately, providing you with a holistic view of your maintenance operation to increase production availability, reduce operating expense, remain flexible, and highly competitive.  In this session, we will discuss industry best practices for attaining optimal inventory levels for mature equipment in the most cost-effective manner and mitigating your operational risk during lifecycle business transformation.  In addition to increased uptime, best-in-class spare parts management improves reliability of your production by optimizing your inventory, reducing CAPEX, increasing transparency, all while ensuring serviceability and system availability.

107 - PROFINET Enabled Control Products and TIA Portal

Tuesday 2:00pm - 2:50pm

Room: 107

Speaker: John Burns, Siemens

This seminar will provide attendees with examples of several customer applications that take advantage of our new PROFINET enabled Control Devices. Some of the examples include instructor lead demonstrations of (1) a cost effective solution to reduce or eliminate pump blockage of a full voltage starter and (2) a control panel solution where the wiring was greatly reduced by using PROFINET enabled pilot devices (Including E-stops). The seminar will also introduce the innovative 3RW5 series Soft Starter family that also has communication capabilities including PROFINET.

108 - What's New with UL508A Codes and Standards

Tuesday 3:00pm - 4:50pm

Room: 107

Speaker: Jeff Woolfolk, Siemens

This class is designed to explain UL508A changes and how to apply them.

109 - Digitalization in Control Panel Engineering

Wednesday 11:00am - 11:50am

Room: 107

Speaker: Mike Burke, Siemens

Panel Builders face immense challenges in today’s market. Cost pressures are rising, deadlines to deliver are tightening, standards are changing, and the trend towards digitalization is growing.

To remain competitive for the long term, control panel builders will need to adapt with a strategy to overcome these challenges. With Integrated Control Panels, Siemens approach to tapping the digitalization potential in control panel engineering, panel builders can adopt a holistic approach control panel engineering. In this seminar we will explore, through practical example, how Siemens tools for product configuration, selection, pricing, design, and documentation can be integrated together in a digital tool chain to reduce panel builders engineering time – and ultimately their costs

110- Building the Workforce of the Future: Uniting Industry and Education

Tuesday 10:00am - 10:50am

Room: 101

Speaker: Gail Norris, Siemens

Innovative technologies are revolutionizing manufacturing. Many companies are fast-tracking these game-changing technologies and smart factories needing high-tech workers are no longer a vision – they are reality. Industry’s reliance on advanced technologies, combined with the skills gap created by the ongoing generational change-out are driving organizations to find new and innovative learning methods to ready their employees for this transformational change.  Join us to experience new learning approaches that will ensure your organization will succeed in the digital era.

111 - New VFD Usability tools make Commissioning, Troubleshooting, and Maintenance dramatically easier than ever

Tuesday 10:00am - 10:50am & Wednesday 1:00pm - 1:50pm

Room: 114 Both Days

Speaker: Robert Sore, Siemens

Newly released operator panels and revolutionary mobile function tools bring simplicity and enhanced operator ability for general purpose drives.

112 - Application Selection Criteria for SIMOTICS Motion Control Rotary Servo Motors - A Large Step Toward a Successful Machine or Project

Tuesday 11:00am - 11:50am & Wednesday 2:00pm - 2:50pm

Room: 114 Both Days

Speaker: Randy Summervil, Siemens

SIMOTICS Motion Control Motors will be introduced in a seminar format aimed toward introduction of key servo motor terms for performance criteria and a step by step process for optimization of selection per application.  Selection often begins with definition of torque and speed requirements for load.  Servo motor catalog information provides basic torque and speed characteristics; however, other charcteristics will be introduced to optimize selection which could affect remainder of system as well as performance of machine.  Key additional items for optimization are torque constant, voltage constant, maximum torque, rotor inertia, encoder resolution, etc.

113 - What's Keeping You Awake - A Discussion on the trends and challenges facing material handling companies

Tuesday 1:00pm - 1:50pm

Room: 114

Speaker: Bhaskar Chopra, Siemens

A short seminar with open panel discussion to speak on the top challenges facing Material Handling Equipment Suppliers and Intralogistics Corporations.

114 - How to optimize a Drive for your Application

Tuesday 3:00pm - 3:50pm & Wednesday 11:00am - 11:50am

Room: 114 Both Days

Speaker: Rudy Hauser, Siemens

Specifying the right drive for applications in basic, medium and high performance machines will be demonstrated.  The seminar will define typical and advanced functions found in drives today and you will learn what the purpose of these functions are in controlling an application.  Throughout the seminar, tips & tricks in selecting the proper drive, specifying the right motor and protecting the drive with the right products around it will be discussed and shown.  In short, we will educate the participant on drive technology so they can specify or select the right drive for the application they intend to power by utilizing  Siemens drives to demonstrate key functions.  This seminar will also discuss issues resolved when applying drives into applications, as well as common drive definitions used  in the drives industry.

115 - Decentralized Technology - A Hands on Approach

Wednesday 10:00am - 10:50am

Room: 114

Speaker: Bhaskar Chopra, Siemens

An Exploration of the Features and Benefits of Siemens Decentralized Drives and Geared Motor Offering

117 - Plant Floor Security

Tuesday 2:00pm - 2:50pm

Room: 114

Speaker: Don Mannon, Siemens

Hands on exploration of the latest Innovations and Solutions.  Take a test drive with experts on hand to enhance your experience at your convenience.  Open to all, attend your leisure.

118 - Wireless for the Plant Floor and Beyond

Wednesday 1:00pm -2:50pm

Room: 107

Speaker: Cole Holland, Jonathan Simpson, and Don Mannon, Siemens

Join us as we explore the Siemens wireless offering from the plant floor and beyond.  This session will focus on Wi-Fi, WiMAX and Cellular offerings from Siemens and how each of them can fit into your application.  We will also speak to remote connectivity as a whole in industrial applications.  We will then explore the many applications that SCALANCE W can serve within your factory floor.  We will then take a look at how Siemens RUGGEDCOM WIN (WiMax) can fit  for long range communications such as connecting multiple facilities or perimeter monitoring.  Lastly we will discuss Siemens cellular option and how this could fit into you applications as well.  After an overview of the offerings, we will offer a demonstration of each of the technologies and a walk through of configuration and tips for implementing the various technologies. 

119 - Driving the Digital Enterprise for Food & Beverage

Tuesday 10:00am - 10:50am

Room: 107

Speaker: Geoffery Eckhart, Siemens

Manufacturers need to respond with significant reduction in their time to market with flexibility to enable individualized mass production while reducing energy and resource consumption. Solutions to address these challenges are developed by initiatives better known as the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0. By simply focusing on the automation of manufacturing processes, it is not possible to meet these requirements. A holistic approach, stretching over the complete value-add chain and of course, including suppliers, is necessary. The manufacturing industry has definitely entered the stage where the automation of their complete workflow is the only way to ensure a long-term competitive position.


120 - The Food and Beverage Industry Needs High Productivity, Flexibility and Scalability...it needs Digitalization

Tuesday 4:00pm - 4:50pm

Room: 114

Speaker: Geoffery Eckhart, Siemens

This class will give you FDA regulatory updates on food safety modernization and how new mandated regulation is impacting today’s importers, transporters, storage facilities, and food processors from “farm to fork.” Compliance rules are also forcing changes to nutritional fact labels, and consumers are demanding new products with fresher and healthier ingredients. The industry must react to these factors with the ability to have flexible and scalable operations that can adapt on the fly, and be able to meet production demands and stay ahead of your competition. We will also discuss what transforming a fragmented factory of assets into a connected digital facility can do for you, and present a look at some success stories; the Siemens Digital Enterprise, connecting with Mindsphere and must-have “smart” control devices that can keep your food and beverage operation on the leading edge.


201 - Industrial Wireless Communications 

Tuesday 10:00am - 10:50am

Room: 113

Speaker: Mike Sutton, Phoenix Contact

Whether connecting just a few I/O points or streaming video from cameras, wireless communications provides a cost effective, reliable and secure alternative to hard wire and conduit. We will cover the most widely used wireless technologies applied in industry today along with design considerations and lessons learned for each type of technology.  Lastly, we will apply this knowledge by showing you how to set up two different types of radio systems: a simple I/O radio configuration and a WLAN Ethernet radio system.

202 - Power Reliability for Control Systems

Tuesday 2:00pm - 2:50pm & Wednesday 1:00pm - 1:50pm

Room: 113

Speaker: Jason Reed & Brad Alexander, Phoenix Contact

No matter how sophisticated your control system, a “line down” situation is only one power-disturbance away. We will be walking through how to properly design your controls system with the correct circuit protection, power conversion, monitoring, and distribution products that will give you the level of reliability that you need. Whether your application is extremely critical or you are looking for a low cost solution, we will be reviewing the different ways to provide reliable control power. Surge and circuit protection, UPS backup, and redundant power solutions are the foundation of your control system’s reliability.

203 - Ethernet IP Integration Solutions

Wednesday 10:00am - 10:50am

Room: 113

Speaker: Gene Joyner & Loren Brown, Phoenix Contact

Liberate your EtherNet/IP application from dependence on a single vendor. Phoenix Contact offers remote I/O, Ethernet switches, and wireless components for EtherNet/IP to make cost-effective and open solutions a reality.  We will walk through how to utilize DLR and CIP within our 7000 Series Switch as well as our Axioline I/O.  We will also review how to run Factory Talk on and Industrial PC and show how Visu+ will integrate with Control Logix.


702 - Understanding the Benefits of Using a Digital Valve Controller

Tuesday 3:00pm - 3:50pm & Wednesday 11:00am - 11:50am

Room: 109 Both Days

Speaker: Mark Buzzell, Metso

This presentation will discuss what is available in today’s digital positioners and how to capture this power to both optimize control and maximize uptime.

703 - Understanding Value Seat Leakage Industry Standards

Tuesday 10:00am - 10:50am & Wednesday 2:00pm - 2:50pm

Room: 109 Both Days

Speaker: Steven Hocurscak, Metso

This workshop will cover the ins and outs of valve seat leakage. Discussion topics will include test media, duration, and allowable leakage rates as it pertains to valves, as well as putting together a bigger picture of how these specifications should be handled by customers.


700 - Unified Instrumentation and Automation

Tuesday 1:00pm - 2:50pm & Wednesday 10:00am - 11:50am

Room: 108 Both Days

Speaker: Abhijeet Joshi, Honeywell

See the ultimate sensor to boardroom process automation solution.  Experience SmartLine Connection Advantage where Instrumentation seamlessly communicates with ControlEdge PLC, ControlEdge RTU, Experion LX DCS, and Field Device Manager in a unified Operator Interface.  Witness the future of device to device interoperability with OPC UA linking Trendview process recorders to ControlEdge PLC.  Capitalize with Honeywell Process Solutions ecosystem by minimizing integration time, reducing cyber security risk, and maximizing production.


800 - Smart Manufacturing Technologies - Multi Carrier System

Tuesday 10:00am - 10:50am & Wednesday 11:00am - 11:50am

Room 115 Both Days

Speaker: Nuzha Yakboo, Festo

The presentation will cover new production concepts and existing smart technologies that provide manufacturers the flexibility and agility required to meet the demands of the current and future market. Product life cycles are rapidly reducing, the need for customized product is on the rise. This presentation covers the need and advantages of scalable, modular & reconfigurable production lines – Managing change optimization, unpredictable changes and rapid re-deployment. Technologies such as adaptive gripping, RFID, augmented reality and other supporting technologies will be discussed.

801 - Automation Software Tools to Increase Productivity

Wednesday 1:00pm - 1:50pm

Room 115 on Wednesday

Speaker: Peter Brown, Festo

Festo offers two software tools to quickly and reliably select actuator, motor & drive combinations and cartesian robots.

Position Drives - Single axis sizing tool based on application data, Festo guarantees the results based on the entered data and provides a result list in price order, lowest cost first. This can be achieved in a matter of minutes and provides links to CAD models and a documentation package.

 Handling Guide Online (HGO) - An online tool to size single to three axis cartesian solutions with energy chain, assembled or as sub assemblies and and optional control cabinet housing the drives power supplies is also available. No knowledge of Festo products is required and multiple results are presented in price order lowest to highest . After selecting your option a CAD model can be downloaded immediately and a price can be displayed .In addition, a parameterization file is generated to configure the drives,

The whole process takes less than 30minutes.

802 - The Future of Pneumatics is Now!

Tuesday 3:00pm - 3:50pm

Room 115 on Tuesday

Speaker: Sandro Quintero, Festo

Industrial devices are more interconnected than ever and pneumatic control is not staying behind. New technology will increase the functionality of systems and at the same time decrease the number of components needed as well as time for commissioning and change overs.


500 - Easy Understanding of IO Link and it's Functionalities

Tuesday 1:00pm - 1:50pm & Wednesday 2:00pm - 2:50pm

Room 113 Both Days

Speaker: Greg Landwehr, Balluff

In this course we will discover how easy it is to implement IO Link on your machines, the many functionalities, as well as how it will save you, and your company, time and money.  We will be investigating the set up along with the diagnostics that IO Link has to offer.


602 - Implementing Process Equipment in hazardous Environments

Tuesday 4:00pm - 4:50pm

Room 109

Speaker: Tarik Matar & Mike Mendicino, Pepperl & Fuchs

Deploying automation products in industrial environments. Devices available for hazardous areas. Equipment to bring a quick and painless implementation. Selecting between Div 1/Zone 1 or Div 2/Zone 2 equipment. The interconnected facility - a device for every application

603 - Advancement in Sensing Technologies

Tuesday 2:00pm - 2:50pm

Room 115

Speaker: Tarik Matar & Mike Mendicino, Pepperl & Fuchs

This session will focus on: Advancements in Sensing, Positioning using camera based technologies, Ultrahigh Frequency RFID, IO-Link / Industry 4.0


400 - Industrial network Cybersecurity Best Practices

Tuesday 11:00am - 11:50am & Wednesday 2:00pm -2:50pm

Room 115 on Tuesday

Room 115 on Wednesday

Speaker: Roger Yue, Moxa

Today the Cyber Attack incidents are heavily increasing in the Industrial Automation arena. Globally, security of devices added to networks continues to be a growing concern for asset owners and administrators. IEC-62443 is rapidly being adopted as a global standard for industrial Cybersecurity. This course presents Moxa’s IEC-62443 Cybersecurity solutions in industrial networks. Solutions include enhancing component level Cybersecurity to security functions to ensure the integrity of data and the network from security leaks and unknown attacks.


206 - Remote Connectivity by HMS

Tuesday 11:00am - 11:50am & Wednesday 1:00pm -1:50pm

Room 108 Both Days

Speaker: Wes Moore, HMS/eWON

The concept is basic but few choose to add this functionality for fear of getting IT’s approval and worry about cyber security.   Learn how there are ways and approaches to getting remote connectivity without the worry and setup fuss. VPN gateways can be easy to use which keeps the automation network isolated but broker’s machine diagnostic information and remote access and can be controlled by a plant personnel member needing assistance. 


401 - How to Connect Data in a Multi-Network, Multi-Vendor Architecture

Tuesday 3:00pm - 3:50pm & Wednesday 10:00am -10:50am

Room 108 on Tuesday

Room 109 on Wednesday

Speaker: Victor Wolowec, Hilscher

How to cut through the protocol jungle with various proxies, gateways and protocol convertors.  Solutions on the factory floor along with Hilscher’s newest line of IIoT Edge gateways will be presented.  Controller and device selection no longer need to be made based on existing protocols but “best-in-class” technology can now be utilized while still containing costs avoiding total “rip-and-replace” installations.  Re-use existing devices/drives if desired while upgrading network protocols, controllers, etc.


504 - Relay Tech/Trivia Talk

Tuesday 11:00am - 11:50am & Wednesday 2:00pm -2:50pm

Room 109 on Tuesday

Room 108 on Wednesday

Speaker: Chad Meyer, Finder

Understanding relays, control panel components with history/trivia!


301 - IIoT: Concepts into Reality

Tuesday 1:00pm - 1:50pm & Wednesday 11:00am -11:50am

Room 109 on Tuesday

Room 113 on Wednesday

Speaker: Michael Bowne, PI North America

It’s an exciting time to be involved in industrial automation. New solutions are taking shape and stand to make automation networks easier to manage, faster to run, and most importantly, provide more value than ever before. Concepts like the 'Industrial Internet of Things', 'Big Data', and 'IT/OT Convergence' are making headlines and the race is on for companies to leverage each in order to gain a sustainable competitive advantage. There’s no silver bullet, but industrial networks play a key role in turning these concepts into reality.

Test Drive


900 - Siemens Technology Experience

Tuesday 10:00am - 4:50pm & Wednesday 10:00am -2:50pm

Room 116 Both Days

Speaker: Siemens Experts

Come explore, at your leisure, the Industry Leading technology products.  This is an open forum, with test drive stations setup for you to examine:  TIA Portal, Drives, HMI, PLCs, etc with experts to guide you thru examples.

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