About 150 people from process companies across Europe gathered in the historically significant seaport town of Genoa, Italy, birthplace of famed journeyman Christopher Columbus. The event agenda features presentations by Carlsberg, Applied Tech Systems (ATS), SAB Miller, Cola Cola Hellenic, Nestlé, Ferrero, Kraft, Skretting-Nutreco, and British American Tobacco.
Each of these companies are on their own journey towards manufacturing excellence, enabled by the latest IT advances from Siemens.
Some of the analyst firms attending include IDC Manufacturing Insights, ARC Advisory Group and Aberdeen Group.
Aberdeen’s Matt Littlefield shares what he is looking forward to getting out of the event.
Siemens Industry Automation (IA) division CEO Anton Huber opened the event. Among its offerings, the IA division houses Siemens’ MES, PLM and plant lifecycle management software solutions. He emphasized Siemens’ enormous current and future commitment to this Industrial Software category of IT, which fills the IT gap between desktop productivity and ERP transactional solutions. It connects the worlds of engineering product development and manufacturing execution. Huber described how this connection challenge is greatest for companies in the process industries, where R&D labs need to share information with manufacturing in order to be optimally safe, compliant and excellent in their specific markets.
Siemens’ key partner, Microsoft, shared its vision of how its technology will allow greater collaborative relationships in manufacturing and support next generation solutions from Siemens.
Other topics on day one included not only the connection between process R&D and manufacturing, but also how manufacturing can best connect with ERP. The conference ended with a presentation of how SIMATIC IT MES allows a robust Asset & Utilities Management function.
ARC’s Valentijn de Leeuw shares his takeaways from the first day.