Friday, March 12, 2010

Exciting Plans for MESA North American conference

I'm excited to become a blogger for MESA--the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association International. I'm also looking forward to the upcoming conference. It is shaping up as a premier place to discuss IT solutions for manufacturing problems. Look for some uncommon opportunities to discuss problems and solutions with your peers beyond the usual PowerPoint presentations. Looking forward to meeting you there. The Conference is June 21-23 in Dearborn, MI.

The MESA 2010 North American Conference will take attendees deep into some of the most pressing challenges industry faces today and, more importantly, into the Best Practices and actionable steps companies can take RIGHT NOW to meet those challenges. Meet with peers, MESA Working Groups, solution providers, and industry thought leaders to share your experiences and to learn from those of others on the road to Operations Excellence.

Particularly noteworthy is that the conference will be hosted by Ford Motor Company in the backyard of their corporate headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, USA. The main conference location is the Ford Conference and Event Center. Ford has long been committed to being operationally excellent and is one of the world's most advanced users of Information Technology (IT) solutions in their plants and across their global enterprise. They know the importance of manufacturing to the global economy, and MESA is honored to bring our membership and conference to the U.S. Midwest to engage the best-and-brightest minds in industry in Ford's hometown.

However, this is NOT an automotive-only conference or even a conference just for discrete manufacturers. MESA represents the interests of manufacturers and producers across the industrial landscape from discrete to batch and mixed mode to continuous process environments, and the conference will, too. Embracing the intersection of technology and human capital to pursue Operations Excellence, taking costs out of your operations, managing asset performance, or building a Real-Time Enterprise spans all manufacturers and producers in all industries; so, we invite practitioners from all industries and experience levels to join us in Dearborn, MI for the MESA 2010 North American Conference.

The conference will open Monday, June 21, 2010 with an evening reception and Keynote Speaker. (Pre-conference training sessions are planned for Monday afternoon, and more information on the topics and times will be posted shortly.) Tuesday, June 22, will be a full-day of general sessions, networking opportunities and Strategic Initiative Workouts/Wednesday, June 23, will feature a similar structure to Tuesday but a shorter schedule of events.

The Workouts will be lead by MESA Working Group leaders and will follow end-user presentations on the subject. Specific speakers and subjects will be updated as slots are filled but will center around the following topics:

* Tying Operational Performance Metrics to Financial Metrics
* Real-Time Enterprise
* Quality & Compliance
* Asset Performance Management (APM)
* Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
* Lean
* Sustainability
* Reducing Operational Costs

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