Campbell's Soup, Coca-Cola Join Roster of Expert Presenters at The Automation Conference

Feb. 8, 2013
This second annual conference for engineering and management professionals also includes user presenters from PepsiCo, Perrigo and Nova Chemicals, as well as experts in refinery operations, manufacturing IT and cyber security.

The Automation Conference, presented by Summit Media Group (publisher of Automation World) recently welcomed several new speakers to its second annual conference. Designed for engineering and management professionals within discrete manufacturing, packaging, and continuous and batch processing, The Automation Conference 2013 will be held May 14-15, at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare.

Tom Braydich (pictured), Director of Controls and Maintenance Systems Engineering at Campbell Soup Company, has joined the speaker line-up to discuss “Capturing Process Data to Improve Manufacturing Performance.”

Bringing expertise in petroleum refining, Cliff Pedersen (pictured), CIO of North West Redwater Partnership (NWR), will discuss best practices for the exchange of data between controls and enterprise systems in the continuous process industries. (NWR is a partner in the building and future operation of a new refinery underway in Alberta, Canada).

Kailash Mariappan, plant controls specialist and senior controls engineer at Coca-Cola, returns to The Automation Conference this spring to share his company's experiences using cloud computing for automation system maintenance.

Eric Byres, recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in the field of SCADA security and CTO/VP Engineering at Tofino Security, will cover top-level automation security issues.

Also presenting is Mitch Free, the founder of, the online manufacturing marketplace for made-to-order parts. Free will share his vision in a keynote on “The Next Industrial Revolution.”

Also presenting is well-known author and manufacturing automation, operations and IT consultant Dennis Brandl. Referencing his new book, Plant IT: Integrating Information Technology into Automated Manufacturing, Brandl will educate attendees on best practices for applying IT in industry.

These professionals join previously announced speakers from PepsiCo, private label pharmaceutical manufacturer Perrigo, the Control System Integrators Association, Ken’s Foods, Nova Chemicals, Chicago-based Skolnik Industries, Altera, and others.

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