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Thursday, August 11


The New Geopolitics of Energy
Mark Mills
Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute
CEO, Digital Power Group

The oil industry has undergone a remarkable transformation in a few short years. A decade ago, many energy analysts were forecasting the imminent arrival of “peak oil.” Today, oil is cheaper and more abundant than ever before, due in large part to North America’s shale boom. Yet the economic and geopolitical consequences of the oil industry’s transformation remain poorly understood. How should US policymakers respond to the shale revolution? Congress’s decision, in December 2015, to lift its four-decade ban on US oil exports was an important first step. What opportunities and potential pitfalls lie ahead?


Energy Efficiency
Jay Wrobel
Manager, DOE AMO Technical Assistance Program

US Department of Energy Resources that promote energy savings and energy productivity improvements in the industrial space. 

Emisssions & Environment
Chris James
Principal, China & US Programs, Regulatory Assistance Project

This presentation will address current and expected future environmental requirements in the United States (at the federal and state level), and also discuss how our neighbors in Canada and Mexico are proceeding. Canada’s new Prime Minister, and the new Alberta Governor have announced policies that adopt a different course than their predecessors. Mexico’s Climate Law is a model for other countries, as it requires inter-agency planning to be coordinated among several cabinet departments in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but to also ensure economic development and reliable energy supplies.

Election Overview and How the Results Could Impact Our Industry
David Goch

Partner , Webster, Chamberlain & Bean

An attorney focusing on non-profit and association law based in Washington, DC, David will give his entertaining and thought-provoking insight on the upcoming US Presidential Election. From his prediction of the winner to it’s impact on our industry, this presentation will give you new perspective on the November vote.

Risk Management
David Walters
Principal, Commercial Risk Management, Gibson Insurance

While the insurance industry continues to promote the idea that risk management and insurance are two in the same, this notion is fundamentally flawed. For organizations to compete, grow, thrive, and evolve in today’s increasingly complex business environment, traditional insurance conversations must also continue to evolve into more comprehensive risk management dialogues. In this session we will share the fundamentals of proactive risk management, discuss several trends happening in the world of insurance, and explore strategies for identifying, assessing, and managing some of today’s top emerging risks.

Convert a Compliance Energy Audit from an Impediment to Opportunity
John Clarke

President, Diamond Engineering

It is a prerequisite that our enterprises are in compliance with Safety (Combustion Safety / OSHA) and  Environmental (Energy Efficiency and Emissions) regulations.  Is there a better way to organize compliance efforts to lower costs and increase benefits? Can we move from vertical silos of responsibility where the environmental manager is concerned with EPA compliance, the safety manager is concerned with OSHA compliance, the engineering manager is concerned with combustion safety and so forth?  This presentation will discuss how to refocus our process heating equipment management efforts from the vertical silo of legal compliance to a horizontal view (equipment, process centric) in which processes are better supported and total costs are better understood.  We will discuss examples of how to meet compliance requirements in a way to encourage process improvement.  Lastly, we will discuss how these concepts will lead to better equipment upgrade and/or replacement decisions that can ultimately save your money and improve your operations.



NAFTA Markets
Chris Kuehl
President, Armada Corporate Intelligence
IHEA’s Economist

Chris serves as IHEA’s economist and is the author of IHEA’s monthly Executive Economic Summary Report.  In this presentation, Chris will give us a peek at the future of the US economy as well as what’s happening with our neighbors to the north in Canada and south in Mexico.  He’ll share his thoughts on what transpired in 2015 and provide a forecast of what’s to come throughout 2016 and beyond.  Always informative and entertaining, Chris Kuehl is always a highlight of any industry event!

Martin Caro

Trade & Investment Commissioner, Promexico

Martin will discuss the Mexican business environment and facts & data about Mexico’s economic competitiveness.

Luiz G. Lizcano
Director General, FEMIA

This presentation will provide an overview of Mexico’s Aerospace industry & business opportunities.

South America
Thomas Kreuzaler

Thomas will review the South American industrial market’s current status and composition including the development of the major thermal processing industries in South America.  He’ll also discuss the internal and external influences on the markets as well as the political influences.  He’ll finish by revealing the actual economic drivers in the thermal processing industry and the global impact of South America’s market developments in our industry.

Global (China/Europe/India)
Timo Wuerz

General Secretary, CECOF

What happens around the world has a serious impact on our industry here in the USA.  This presentation will provide an overview of general economic development in major markets (i.e. Europe and Asian countries including China and India); development in relevant market segments (automotive, metals, etc.); a review of thermoprocess technology, production and foreign trade (major producers, exporters, importers); a European forecast for 2016 and 2017; and will conclude with a look at current technological trends.


Thursday, August 11


The Truth About Leadership
hief Master Sergeant
(Retired) Bob Vasquez
United States Air Force

There are many things you’ve been taught about leadership, says CM Sergeant Bob Vásquez, that are, to put it simply, WRONG!  Leadership requires action:  WRONG!  Leaders lead from the front:  WRONG!  The truth about leadership is…

Chief Master Sergeant (Retired) Bob Vásquez is currently a Course Director at the United States Air Force Academy’s Center for Character Development, as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.  He is also an accomplished author, musician, speaker, life coach, and mentor.  However, the accomplishment of which he is most proud is his family.  You’ll be intrigued by CM Sergeant Vázquez’s unique perspective on leadership.


The Future of Electrical Power & Emerging Electrotechnologies
Allen Dennis
Technical Program Director, EPRI

EPRI will provide an overview of its approach to advance electrification. They have identified industrial fossil-fueled technologies that utility customers could profitably replace with electric alternatives.  While electrification can increase utility revenues, the primary objective is customer savings, with a focus on technologies that recover investment cost in three years or less. Electrification can also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve worker safety.  This presentation will also include identified industrial growth areas.

Manufacturing Challenges to Reduce Weight in Transportation Applications
Alan Taub

Chief Technical Officer, LIFT

New solutions are needed to reduce the weight of the machines that move people and goods on land, sea and air.  The potential for reducing weight using high-strength steels, aluminum, titanium and magnesium alloys is well established.  Key is to achieve the weight reduction economically and ranges from about $5/kg saved for automobiles to over $500/kg saved for aircraft. This requires optimizing the material properties and developing robust, scalable manufacturing technologies.  Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) was established to accelerate the adoption of advanced metallic structural components and serves as the bridge between basic research and final product commercialization.  Our industry partners in collaboration with an extensive network of universities and the national and federal laboratories are developing these advanced manufacturing processes.  This talk will provide an overview of LIFT and describe how advanced heat treating is playing an important role in our technology portfolio.

Internet of Things

The Brave New World of Thermprocessing
Andreas Seitzer

Managing Director, Himmelwerk

A view of the highly integrated web-based production network: manufacturing processes become easier to be modified, show increased resource efficiency or are characterized by improved ergonomics; customers and business partners are integrated into the entire value-adding chain. The basis for such a future approach is cyber-physical systems and the internet of things. Within the German industry, this approach is called “Industry 4.0” and is meant to be an additional boost for efficient industrial processes. Examples of realized and/or planned applications from metallurgical plants, foundry systems and thermoprocess technology are given. Along with the limitations of this approach, be it legal, infrastructural or cultural limitations.

How Furnace Controls will Develop in the Next Five to Ten Years
Patrick Torok

Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Heat Treat North America, United Process Controls, Inc.

In the manufacturing world, Industry 4.0 is currently on everyone’s lips. Albeit in its infancy, it’s certainly exciting to take a glimpse into the crystal ball to see what the future holds for industrial furnace controls.  So what can we expect in the upcoming years?  To answer this question and how new technologies will be changing our daily work in the next decade, this talk starts by determining where we presently stand from a technological point of view, then describes the new components that have to be created, and finally outlines the context in which they are to be used and what possibilities they hold for our smart equipment and plants.

Future Trends in Thermal Process Heating for Manufacturing
Danielle Cote

Assistant Research Professor, Materials Science & Engineering,  Worcester Polytechnic Institute Center for Heat Treating Excellence

Professor Cote has been working on simulation of the surface treating of steels and heat treating aluminum alloys as well as the effects of deposition process parameters on the microstructure and cyclic thermal stability of partially stabilized zirconia thermal barrier coatings, hydrogen embrittlement of steel, and materials synthesis.  She will provide insight into the future trends he sees happening in our industry.



Aquil Ahmad
Chief Metallurgist (Retired), Eaton Corporation

This session will be a discussion of the selection of processes for automotive components with future needs in mind. The thrust for sustainability, low carbon emissions, equipment with rapid response to heat treating thereby reduced inventory for in process production and equipment footprint. A brief concept for improvement in steel performance versus cost will be discussed using novel processing.

Dr. David Furrer
Senior Fellow Discipline Lead, Pratt & Whitney

This presentation will showcase the trends happening today in the aerospace industry as they relate to thermal process technologies.

Chad Spore
Supervisor, Enterprise Materials Engineering
, John Deer Waterloo Works

Chad will provide an overview of thermal process trends and innovations impacting the agricultural and construction equipment industry.  He will focus on the thermal processes innovations impacting the drivetrain and ground engaging applications. 

Primary Metals
Eugene Arnold

Principal Engineer, ArcelorMittal USA

Integrated steel is an energy intensive industry.  A single solution does not exist to reduce the energy intensive processes, and consequent greenhouse gas emissions. Energy efficiency, the emissionless fuel of the 21st century, as a functional and practical approach to reducing energy use and consequent emissions is discussed.


Where is America Heading?
Dan Proft

Radio Host, The Answer on AM 560 Chicago

In the midst of one of the most contentious presidential elections of our lifetimes, Dan Proft discusses what we should expect in November, where the country goes from here, and what policies we will see coming out of Washington and Illinois in the year ahead. Dan will also outline the policy and political lessons we can take from Illinois, a state that has lost 125,000 manufacturing jobs since 2004 even while jobs are returning to other Midwest states.

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