Flow Forum is a conference-driven event designed to help end users understand how they can leverage the benefits and capabilities of modern process technologies to effectively navigate the digital transformation of industry.

As industrial process manufacturers continue to lose engineering talent to retirement, and the technology employed for process efficiency grows more sophisticated, industry is faced with a challenge on two fronts:

  1. How to effectively transfer knowledge from an aging engineering workforce to a new generation of engineers and technical professionals
  2. How to effectively leverage the full capability of modern technologies for process efficiency

Flow Forum aims to help industrial process manufacturers and service providers overcome these pressing challenges. Flow Forum 2018 will present a range of learning opportunities, including keynotes, breakout sessions and networking events.

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Flow Forum Conference Program

Flow Forum is a conference designed to help end users understand how they can effectively facilitate knowledge transfer and leverage the benefits and capabilities of modern process technologies to navigate the digital transformation of industry.

Keynote

Bridging the divide between veteran engineers and the next generation

As an educator and author of the popular textbook Applied Fluid Mechanics, Untener’s work in preparing young engineers for the workforce provides him unique insight relative to the mindset, preparation, and expectations of recently hired engineers. Meanwhile, his work in industry gives him a sense of the need for qualified professionals ready to design, support, and maintain systems, using both long-standing fundamentals, as well as today’s high-tech instrumentation and control systems. During his opening address, Untener will offer a blend of ideas, tools, and yes, even more questions, about optimizing the interaction between seasoned engineers and the next generation of technical professionals to better meet the needs of modern industrial organizations. » Learn More

Joseph A. Untener, P.E.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology, University of Dayton
Co-author of Applied Fluid Mechanics


Presentations will revolve around the following core tracks:


Flow Measurement

Flow is among the most sophisticated industrial process measurements. From accuracy and repeatability to installation and calibration, there are many issues end users must be mindful of when specifying, installing and operating flow measurement systems. Tracks in this session will help users understand the flow measurement technology landscape, as well as best practices for choosing, implementing and operating a flow system that delivers the necessary performance for the application under consideration.

Filtration

Filtration is process step that plays a key role in the performance of many industrial applications. Whether it be product quality, equipment reliability, environmental, or other factors, filtration can determine the ultimate success or failure of an industrial process. Presentations in this track will highlight the crucial role filtration plays in industrial scenarios, as well as outline how technology is evolving to meet increasingly stringent requirements.



Level Measurement

Level is a critical industrial measurement — from both a safety and efficiency perspective. And there are myriad technology solutions for level applications, with wide ranging feature sets. Matching the appropriate technology to the application is key. Presentations in this track will help users understand the capabilities of different level technologies, as well as fundamental best practices for level measurement and control in a variety of application scenarios.

Pressure Measurement

Pressure is a process variable that must be effectively monitored and managed to ensure the performance of industrial systems. Ineffective pressure measurement and control can lead to troublesome scenarios, such as inadequate flow, pump cavitation, safety issues, etc. Presentations in this track will focus on modern best practices and solutions for effective pressure measurement in industrial applications.


Temperature Measurement

Temperature is a core process variable that impacts the performance of many industrial process applications. Understanding how temperature affects the larger process is key to driving efficiency and product quality. Presentations in this track will focus on the role temperature plays in industrial process applications and provide best practices for managing temperature in different industrial scenarios.


Pump Systems

Pump systems are the heart of modern industrial process applications, and they are also one of the biggest pain points. As such, there have been significant advances in pump systems and how they are monitored to optimize reliability and uptime. Tracks in this session will explain how technology solutions and best practices can be employed to ensure modern pump systems are operating at best efficiency.

Valves & Actuators

Valves and actuators play a key role in most industrial process control applications. New technologies and methodologies are emerging to enhance the performance of valve systems and enable them to deliver a higher level of performance in industrial applications. Presentations in this track will focus on the evolution of valve technologies and methodologies in the digital age.


Digital Transformation/IIOT

The digital transformation of industry is happening on a range of fronts. This transformation presents opportunities and pitfalls for industrial organizations. Presentations in this track will provide best practices for effectively modernizing your systems for the digital age, while also avoiding the common pitfalls that can cause IIoT projects to falter and under-deliver.

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About Flow Forum

Flow Forum 2018 is the premier event for industrial engineering knowledge transfer, arming new and veteran engineers with the skills necessary to collaborate and leverage the full features and capabilities of modern digital technologies for process efficiency.

May 7-8, 2018
The Westin O’Hare
Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois

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Agenda

Flow Forum 2018 will present a range of learning opportunities, including keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking events.


EDUCATION
Monday, May 7, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

EXHIBITS
Monday, May 7, 2018
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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Accommodations

The Westin O’Hare

6100 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: 847.698.6000

Flow Forum attendees receive a discounted room rate of $159/night at the Westin O’Hare. The Westin O’Hare offers complimentary shuttle service to/from O’Hare International Airport — just a short 2.5-mile ride.

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About Flow Forum

About Flow Forum

Flow Forum 2018 is the premier event for industrial engineering knowledge transfer, arming new and veteran engineers with the skills necessary to collaborate and leverage the full features and capabilities of modern digital technologies for process efficiency.

May 7-8, 2018
The Westin O’Hare
Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois


Agenda

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Flow Forum 2018 will present a range of learning opportunities, including keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking events.

EDUCATION
Monday, May 7, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

EXHIBITS
Monday, May 7, 2018
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Accommodations

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The Westin O’Hare

6100 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: 847.698.6000

Located just five minutes from O’Hare Airport. Flow Forum has negotiated a special rate for attendees of only $159/night.


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