ProFood Live! June 20-21 Westin Chicago Northwest


Gear Motif

JUNE 20 – 21, 2018

Conference Topics

Schedule At-A-Glance


2:00 – 5:00 pm



TCO and FAT: Better Understanding + Better Application = Better Results

Total Cost of Ownership and Factory Acceptance Tests, when applied correctly, can positively impact both OEMs and CPGs. The core question: Are you prepared? Through collaborative learning sessions and application of actual case studies, you will take away insights and guidance on how to use these proven OpX Leadership Network best practices. Register at WWW.PMMIU.ORG and use coupon code ProFoodLive at checkout to receive a $50 discount!

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6:00 – 9:00 pm

Opening Reception

Improving Efficiency in a Rapidly Changing Manufacturing Environment


8:00 – 8:15 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Speaker: Joyce Fassl, Editor in Chief, ProFood World

8:15 – 9:00 am

Addressing Today’s Crucial Challenges in Manufacturing

Increasing speed to market and using modular, flexible machinery are still key components for successful food and beverage manufacturing operations. Learn how this industry leader takes efficiency further with automation, shorter runs, improved OEM partnerships, and the agility to meet market demands.

9:00 – 9:45 am

Trends in Food Processing Operations

Candid industry research conducted with food and beverage manufacturing industry executives will reveal how processors are dealing with constant pressures from consumer, workforce, e-commerce, Internet of Things, food safety issues.
Speaker: Donna Ritson, President, DDR Communications

9:45 – 10:15 am


10:15 – 11:00 am

Managing Capital Spending Through Total Cost of Ownership

One of the most significant challenges facing food and beverage processors is determining the initial purchase price of machinery versus the long-term cost of owning and maintaining it. Learn how TCO tools can help you develop guidelines and checklists for acquisition, operations and disposal costs.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

2nd Annual Manufacturing Innovation Awards

Join your industry colleagues as ProFood World honors innovative food and beverage processing and packaging projects via the second annual Manufacturing Innovation Awards competition. Award-winning project details will be presented by three outstanding food and beverage manufacturers.

12:00 – 1:30 pm


1:30 – 2:15 pm

Why Digitalization Should Be Your Number One Priority

The use of digital technologies in manufacturing provides new ways to make your operations more profitable. Discover how to achieve increased uptime using the Internet of Things to collect real-time actionable data and manage equipment maintenance.

2:15 – 3:00 pm

Using Remote Machine Access to Improve Process Efficiency

Threats to plant networks can have a negative impact on production processes. This presentation will help food and beverage processors understand the risks and rewards of remotely connected machinery and provide guidelines on how to safely allow remote access to partners.

3:00 – 3:30 pm


3:30 – 4:30 pm

6th Annual Sustainability Excellence in Manufacturing Awards

ProFood World will honor exceptional sustainability achievements within food, beverage and consumer products manufacturing operations during this special session. Six award-winning food and beverage companies will present case studies on source reduction, utility usage, pollution prevention, enhanced environmental programs and other green topics.

4:30 pm

Conference Adjourns


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