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Two Major Trade Shows Explore How Digital Factories Impact Operation

Jan. 6, 2020
The new year gets off to a fast start with two major design and operations events at opposite ends of the country on consecutive weeks.

ARC Industry Forum

The 24th annual ARC Advisory Group Industry Forum will be Feb. 3-6 at the Renaissance Hotel Sea World in Orlando. Machine Design is a Media Partner of the Forum.

With the theme, “Driving Digital Transformation in Industries and Cities”, the annual forum brings together the top experts from process automation, controls, cybersecurity, and IIoT to review case studies on how emerging technologies are being used to improve operational excellence in real-world applications.

Among the keynotes are:

  • Peter Holick, Senior Vice President, Operations, Manufacturing and Engineering Environment, Health & Safety Operations, Dow
  • Christine Boles, Vice President, Internet Of Things Group and General Manager, Industrial Solutions Division, Intel
  • Michael Carroll, Vice President of Innovation, Georgia-Pacific
  • Mandy Huth Vice President of Cybersecurity, Kohler
  • Henning Löser Senior Manager, Audi Production Lab

Among the key topics at the ARC Advisory Group Industry Forum are:

  • 21st Century Operations: Where IT, OT, and ET Converge
  • AI and Machine Learning
  • Asset Performance Management
  • Automation Innovations
  • Blockchain for Industry
  • Cybersecurity and Safety
  • Digital Twins and Connected Smart Machines
  • Digital Workforce and Culture
  • Industrial IoT Platforms, Edge Infrastructure, and End Devices

For more information about the forum, go to

MD&M West

The 35th Medical Device & Manufacturing (MD&M) West Show will take place Feb. 11-13 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Machine Design will be among the exhibitors at the annual event focused on advances in the medical device field, which is expected to be a $600 billion market as an aging population and innovative technologies are converging to have an impact on the treatment and prevention of chronic illnesses.

The MD&M conference and expo will be co-located with four other major trade events:

  • WestPack
  • Automation Technology (ATX)
  • Design and Manufacturing West
  • Plastics West

Among the 2020 conference tracks are:

  • Exploring Emerging Technologies of the Digital Health Boom
  • User-Centered Design Strategies and Tactics for Faster Product Development
  • Advancements in Medical Plastics
  • Driving Next-Gen Design and Innovation Strategies
  • Product Development: Effective Strategies for Moving from Engineering to Production
  • Materials, Testing and Risk Management Solutions

The event also will include a 3D Printing Innovation Summit, which will explore materials trends as well as choosing the right tools and materials to support your design strategy. Another highlight will be the Smart Manufacturing Innovation Summit, which will discuss the rise of the smart factory and how artificial intelligence, machine learning, and IIoT are impacting plant floor operations.

For more about the show and to register, go to

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