Welcome to the 2009 Emerson Global Users Exchange, where we will be engaging minds for amazing results. Your Emerson Exchange Board of Directors has been hard at work to make this the most applicable and valuable conference yet.
This year we had more abstracts to choose from than ever before. We will cover a wide range of industry topics, such as saving energy, reducing production costs and improving agility; we will exchange ideas, best practices and proven solutions that can turn economic challenges into opportunities.
Schedules have been arranged to afford the maximum number of opportunities for you to get in all that you wish. We have something for everyone—from plant and operations managers to instrument and maintenance technicians to process and controls engineers and professionals. You will have ready access to all the process improvement and optimization information you could hope for—in one place, at one time.
Conference Workshops & Short Courses
We have over 325 workshops and short courses throughout the week on a wide range of engaging subjects. These are an excellent opportunity to learn best practices, see what your colleagues and peers are achieving with automation and generate new ideas for use on your job at your facility.
Monday's management sessions have been developed for mid- to upper-level managers in the process industries. They will feature recognized industry experts and speakers in four strategic sessions: "Developing Teamwork" with Pat Williams, senior vice president of the Orlando Magic; "The People Aspect of Project Execution" with Peter Moore, vice president of Engineering, Flour; "Properly Deploying Teams for Operational Excellence" with Jon Minerich, principal, Oliver Wight Americas, Inc; and "Project Execution Case Study" with Gene Henningan, PMP, The Automation Group.
Tuesday's industry and engineering forums will provide insight into what your peers, other suppliers and customers are doing to navigate through and compete in uncertain economic times. This year we are introducing a new forum on alternative fuels. From making alternative energy and fuels a reality to the current legislative climate for advanced biofuels, we will have a panel of experts discussing the real trials of commercializing an advanced fuel or energy project.
Product & Service Roadmaps
Product Roadmap sessions running Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will provide detailed information on products, services and enhancements that Emerson will release in the coming months, along with insights into the strategy and technology guiding future solutions.
Courses presented by Emerson's Educational Services staff on Wednesday and Thursday will focus on many of the most prevalent industry technologies and products. Continuing Education Units will be awarded to course attendees.
This year's Exhibit Hall will encompass more than a football-field-sized area. Visit with subject matter experts and experience live, hands-on demonstrations of Emerson's PlantWeb architecture and all of Emerson technologies and complementary vendor solutions.
In addition to the rich variety of scheduled programs, the Emerson Exchange means having the opportunity to make the right connections. Throughout the conference, you will meet face-to-face with industry and process experts, speak directly with the people behind the technologies and interact with colleagues. On Thursday night, join your peers and new friends at Universal Studio's "Island of Adventure" park for food, fun and the chance to experience accelerating from zero to 40 mph in 2 seconds flat with the force of an F-14 jet.
It will be an exciting week which will leave you armed with new knowledge and ideas on how to make the most out of your automation investment.
--Christoph Lebl, Chairman, 2009 Emerson Global Users Exchange