By Keith Larson, Group Publisher/Vice President of Content
From 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 24, 2011, Emerson Exchange attendees can choose from among seven Industry Forums for an exploration of topics of specific concern to the process industry segments.
Alternative Energy (1:00-2:30 p.m., Bayou AB)
The overall theme of the Alternative Energy Forum is "Legislative and Political State of Industry." Presentations on tap will include an overview of the current state of federal funding programs and tax incentives that impact the bio-energy market, and the impact of integrated control on technology commercialization and process scale-up. Panelists include Michael McAdams, Advanced Biofuels Association, and Brian McWhorter, Coskata.
Chemicals (1:00-2:30 p.m., Canal AB)
Engineering (1:00-2:30 p.m, Governors A)
"Succeeding in Global Project Execution" is theme of this year's Engineering Industry Forum. Panelists Manual Hernandez of Fluor and Glenn Gregg, Sr., of Emerson Process Management will lead a discussion including topics such as work process integration, high value cost-center sourcing and fit-for-purpose design.
Life Sciences (1:00-2:30 p.m., Governors E)
The Life Sciences Industry Forum will discuss the impacts of the recently released FDA guidance on lifecycle-based process validation. The guidance has far-reaching implications to the industry and can be interpreted as the driver for quality-by-design (QbD) methodologies through the application of process analytical technology (PAT). Panels from government and across industry include Helen Winkle of the FDA; Melissa Herkt, Emerson; Carl Anderson, Duquesne University; Lars Peterson, Roche-Genentech; Brian Eden, Mylan Laboratories; and Prakash Parab, Bristol Myers Squibb.
Oil & Gas (1:00-2:30 p.m., Bayou CD)
Pulp & Paper (1:00-2:30 p.m., Canal CD)
The Pulp & Paper Industry Forum will tackle current industry trends and challenges, including the use of wireless and digital bus technologies; latching onto the "green" movement; and managing legacy system/upgrade needs in the face of capital constraints. Scheduled panelists include Franz Maischberger, Mondi Group; John Weden, Weyerhaeuser; Barbara Hamilton, Emerson; and Scott Kukulka, Packaging Corporation of America.
Refining & Petrochemicals (1:00-2:30 p.m., Governors C)
In the mode of "Recovery and Reinvestment," the refining industry is coming out of the global economic downturn that began in 2008. Capital projects large and small, along with reinvestment, were put on hold over the past couple years. As fuels and petrochemicals demand and margins return, refiners are evaluating options to enhance operations and energy efficiency, improve reliability, comply with new regulations and augment safety with all investments. Panelists include Steve Elwart, Ergon Refining; Chris Ryan, LyondellBasell; and Ed Schodowski, Emerson.