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Sunday
4/7/2024
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Registration Open
Sunday
4/7/2024
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Registration & Welcome Reception
Monday
4/8/2024
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Registration Open
Monday
4/8/2024
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast
Monday
4/8/2024
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM
Opening Remarks
Derrick Teal, Editor-in-Chief, FOOD ENGINEERING
Mike Leonard, Publisher, FOOD ENGINEERING
Monday
4/8/2024
8:15 AM - 9:15 AM
Day 1 Keynote Digital-First Manufacturing: Navigating the Sustainable Future with AI
Tom Kelly, CEO, Automation Alley
Monday
4/8/2024
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
Cutting Costs, Carbon, and Complexity: The Road to Decentralized Food & Beverage Manufacturing with Autonomous Micro-Factories
Wayne McIntyre, CEO, ReLocalize
Monday
4/8/2024
10:00 AM - 10:40 AM
Morning Refreshments & Networking Break
Monday
4/8/2024
10:10 AM - 10:40 AM
Solutions Theater Track A Essential Conveyor Belt Drive Design Considerations for Food Processing Conveyors
Alexander Kanaris, Founder & President, VDG (Van der Graaf)
Van der Graaf
Monday
4/8/2024
10:10 AM - 10:40 AM
Solutions Theater Track B Laser “cold” Oven solutions for the Food Industry
Dr. Toby Strite, Senior Director of Strategic Marketing, IPG Photonics
IPD Photonics
Monday
4/8/2024
10:40 AM - 11:15 AM
Session 2
Monday
4/8/2024
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
Sustainable Plant of the Year Award PresentationFOOD ENGINEERING’s 2024 Sustainable Plant of the Year Award Presentation
Monday
4/8/2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Luncheon
Monday
4/8/2024
12:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Exhibit Hall Open
Monday
4/8/2024
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Afternoon Refreshment & Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
Monday
4/8/2024
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Expo Hall Cocktail Reception
Monday
4/8/2024
6:30 PM - 8:15 PM
Dinner
Tuesday
4/9/2024
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Registration Open
Tuesday
4/9/2024
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Continental Breakfast
Unified Purchasing Group
Tuesday
4/9/2024
9:10 AM - 10:00 AM
Day 2 Keynote AI, ChatGPT and the Digital Transformation of Manufacturing
Billy Gillispie, Client Delivery Partners, Microsoft
Andrew Daly, Client Delivery Partner, Microsoft
Tuesday
4/9/2024
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Panel A Conversation With Past 'Plant of the Year' Winners
Tuesday
4/9/2024
10:00 AM - 10:40 AM
Morning Refreshments & Networking Break
Burns & McDonnell
Tuesday
4/9/2024
10:10 AM - 10:40 AM
Solutions Theater Track A The Executable Digital Twin: A Digital Thread Approach to Boosting Machine Productivity
Colm Gavin, Portfolio Development Manager, Siemens Digital Industries Software
Tyler Newcombe, Portfolio Development Lead – Consumer Products & Retail, Siemens Digital Industry Software
siemens
Tuesday
4/9/2024
10:10 AM - 10:40 AM
Solutions Theater Track B
Tuesday
4/9/2024
10:40 AM - 11:30 PM
Plant of the Year Award PresentationFOOD ENGINEERING’s 2024 Plant of the Year Award Presentation

Joe Machetta, Head of Operations , JBS Prepared Foods
Vicente Zuffo, General Manager, Italian Meats, Principe Foods
Tuesday
4/9/2024
11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
Plant of the Year Luncheon

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Essential Conveyor Belt Drive Design Considerations for Food Processing Conveyors

Food processing conveyors are required to adhere to high sanitary standards, and the conveyor belt drive is a vital component in upholding these standards and preventing shutdown due to contamination. Learn the key design principles of a conveyor belt drive that inhibits pathogenic contamination and increases the hygiene of your belt conveyor.
Important elements affecting the hygiene of a conveyor belt drive are the exposed drive components, gaps, and crevices that encourage bacterial harborage that can lead to contamination. This presentation will examine the sanitary level of a traditional motor and gearbox drive and the VDG all-stainless steel SSV Drum Motor conveyor belt drive design.

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Digital-First Manufacturing: Navigating the Sustainable Future with AI

Join Tom Kelly, Executive Director and CEO of Automation Alley, as he takes the stage at the Food Automation and Manufacturing Symposium. In this keynote presentation, Tom will delve into the profound impact of a digital-first mindset on manufacturing, emphasizing sustainability as the cornerstone. Drawing on his extensive Industry 4.0 expertise, he will explore how the integration of artificial intelligence is revolutionizing the landscape of food and beverage production and beyond. Through insightful examples and forward-thinking strategies, Tom will guide attendees on a journey through the transformative power of AI, paving the way for a more sustainable and efficient future in manufacturing. Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights into the intersection of technology, sustainability, and the future of food automation.

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AI, ChatGPT and the Digital Transformation of Manufacturing

Technology is rapidly changing the way food and beverages are produced, processed, and distributed, requiring agility and adaptability. From the Artificial Intelligence (AI) to ChatGPT and beyond, companies are increasingly relying on technological tools to improve employee training and productivity and increase value through less downtime. Learn more about how technology is transforming the food manufacturing process, with real-life examples from major CPG brands.
During their keynote address, Microsoft’s Billy Gillespie and Andrew Daly will synthesize complex, technology-driven business initiatives, providing insight into the best practices employed by some of today’s biggest names in manufacturing.
This thought-provoking presentation will delve into the technology affecting F&B manufacturing and how companies have made it work for them. More importantly, this session will share how to implement it and make it work for you.

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Sustainable Plant of the Year Award PresentationFOOD ENGINEERING’s 2024 Sustainable Plant of the Year Award Presentation

A Conversation With Past 'Plant of the Year' Winners

To mark 25 years of FA&M and over two decades of FOOD ENGINEERING recognizing a Plant of the Year, we’re featuring some of America’s most innovative food manufacturing facilities – looking back at what made them award worthy and learning about how their production processes continue to evolve today. Prior winners include Mars Chocolate, Chobani, Keurig Dr. Pepper, Kraft Heinz, Abbott Nutrition, Blue Diamond, Bell & Evans and more.

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Cutting Costs, Carbon, and Complexity: The Road to Decentralized Food & Beverage Manufacturing with Autonomous Micro-Factories

Led by the CEO of Relocalize, we'll explore the future of food production through the lens of autonomous microfactories. This session delves into the innovative approach of decentralizing food manufacturing to eliminate middle-mile transportation (and related CO2 emissions). Emphasizing the reduction of costs, carbon footprint, and supply chain complexity, Wayne will explore the synergy between advanced technology and sustainability. He'll differentiate between autonomous and automated production, highlighting the challenges and opportunities in this technological evolution, including key success factors. The presentation envisions a future where local, efficient food supply chains redefine our relationship with manufactured foods. A must-attend for those passionate about the intersection of technology and sustainable food systems.

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The Executable Digital Twin: A Digital Thread Approach to Boosting Machine Productivity

Learn how a digital twin can simulate, predict, and optimize your machines. See how an Executable Digital Twin can expand the usefulness of traditional digital twins to make real-time decisions and optimize running equipment.

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Laser “cold” Oven solutions for the Food Industry

Laser-based heating and drying solutions were introduced to the marketplace just eighteen months ago, but made a remarkable impact over a short time due to several disruptive characteristics. A Laser oven operates by projecting energy over a large surface area with the particular advantage that such an oven is “cold”. All of the energy is deposited onto the target, while none heats the atmosphere or oven walls. Insulating oven walls are no longer required. New forms of process metrology may be introduced due to the cold nature of the oven. Beyond the “cold” oven benefits, we observe experimentally that the direct nature of laser heating results in substantial reduction in process time. Analogous to how a microwave oven speeds cooking, laser energy penetrates the target to create volumetric heat transfer. We will discuss experimental results baking cookies and drying fruit which amply demonstrate both the sustainability and speed advantages of Laser heating and drying solutions. Laser Ovens promise to affect many industries which seek an economically attractive and sustainable alternative to fossil fuel based heating.

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Registraion & Welcome Reception

This opening night Welcome Reception is the perfect opportunity for all event participants to meet and greet one another in the exhibit hall. Pick up your name badge, grab a beverage and enjoy some casual face-to-face conversations.

Dinner

Enjoy a casual dinner outside in the Royal Palm Courtyard at The Hyatt. This is the perfect opportunity to unwind after a long day of education and network with your peers.

Plant of the Year Award PresentationFOOD ENGINEERING’s 2024 Plant of the Year Award Presentation

Discover the innovative strides of JBS Prepared Foods' Principe Food Facility, winner of FOOD ENGINEERING magazine’s Plant of the Year, to be honored at the Food Automation & Manufacturing Symposium and Expo in April. Situated in Columbia, Mo., this state-of-the-art 315,000-sq.-ft. greenfield project embodies authentic Italian heritage, delivering high-quality sliced meats with a blend of automation and traditional craftsmanship. Join us in celebrating this remarkable achievement and explore the cutting-edge processes behind the production of old-world style dried meats.

Learn More About JBS

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Gold Sponsors
Austin Burns & McDonnell IPG photonics siemens Unified Purchasing Group
Van der Graaf

Silver Sponsor
Burns & McDonnell Doral Sani-Matic