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ISA Calgary Show | Digital Energy Ready
June 11- 13, 2024
BMO Centre at Stampede Park - Calgary, Canada

Co-Located with

Tuesday, June 11th, 10:30 -11:30 am

Peter G. Martin PhD

Industrial Performance Consultant

Peter Martin, an Industrial Performance Consultant with over 40 years of industrial experience, recently retired as Schneider Electric's VP of Innovation and Marketing. Holding various leadership roles, he contributed significantly to Schneider Electric's success, focusing on improving operational profitability. Dr. Martin holds multiple patents related to real-time accounting, dynamic performance measures, and industrial control systems. He authored several books and coauthored others, receiving numerous awards for his contributions, including the Schneider Electric Lifetime Achievement Award and International Society of Automation Life Achievement Award. With degrees in Mathematics, Administration, Industrial Engineering, and Biblical Studies, Dr. Martin has left a lasting impact on the field.

Thursday, June 13th, 10:30 -11:30 am

Jose Valls

CTO Manufacturing

Microsoft Corporation

Jose is a CTO Manufacturing at Microsoft based in Redmond, Washington. As part of the global Manufacturing Industry leadership team, Jose is responsible for driving thought leadership, defining and shaping AI and Cloud adoption opportunities, and activating Microsoft’s partner ecosystem to drive industry use cases at scale.

Jose has over 40 years of experience in executive positions in Advance Process Control, Automation Control Solutions, Process Manufacturing, and Historians across Europe, South Asia, Latin America and the United States. During his career he has played key roles leading complex transformation and innovation engagements, driving business platform development, leading technology and strategy groups, and serving as an Industry technical visionary. Jose joined Microsoft in 2014 and is currently focused on: technical principal guidance framework, hybrid computing, the industrial metaverse, unified analytics and data solutions for the era of AI, and how humans visualize and interact with technology.

"The Value of Automation" presented by Peter G. Martin PhD

Automation systems and the control they provide can be among the most valuable investments industrial companies can make. But the experience over the past 25 years demonstrates that these investments have not lived up to expectations. Industrial companies make huge investments replacing an older automation system with a state-of-the-art system without realizing much, if any, economic improvement. This has led to industrial companies redirecting investments to other areas that have shown measurable financial improvements. The good news is that this does not have to be the case. Automation systems are technically capable of driving huge financial returns for industrial companies, often paying for themselves in well under a year. But for this to happen several critical changes need to be made in procurement processes, project management and execution processes, real-time control, and performance measurement. This presentation will explain the barriers that have been hindering potential financial gains over the past 25 years and the simple remedies that will enable automation and control systems to realize huge economic returns.