Dr-Daniel-Johnson

 

Keynote Speaker - Dr Daniel Johnson BSc (Hons), PhD, MBA

 Managing Director – AWRI

 

 

 

This talk will summarise the key technological developments in the history of wine production and the obstacles that were overcome, and offer some thoughts for breakthroughs that are just around the corner.

 

Dan Johnson has been the Managing Director of The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) since December 2011.

Founded in 1955, AWRI is a not-for-profit research and development organisation that employs 115 scientists, engineers, viticulturists and winemakers and provides professional and scientific services to grapegrowers, winemakers and the broader community. The AWRI is one of the world's most highly regarded research agricultural science institutions and has a significant impact on global agricultural sustainability, particularly in such areas as environmental management, crop yield and quality, and processes and packaging efficiency.

Dan is also Chairman of the Australian Wine Industry Technical Conference, a not-for-profit company that organises education and training events for the wine industry, a Director of the National Wine Foundation, an entity established to support community-based projects, and a member of a number of wine- and science-related committees, journal boards and leadership groups, including the World of Fine Wine Editorial Board and the International Scientific Board of I'Institut des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin (ISVV, Bordeaux, France)

Dan has worked in research, development and innovation for more than 15 years, almost exclusively in the not-for-profit sector. Specifically, he has been instrumental in driving various initiatives in the grape and wine research and development community. One significant example is the formation of the AWRI Research, Development and Extension plan 2013-2018. Dan has also been closely involved in the cutting edge scientific disciplines of genomics, metabolomics, bioinformatics, systems biology and synthetic biology and their application to agricultural industries.

Dan has been directly involved in raising and/or administering more than $150 million for research institutes, start-up companies and venture capital firms and been directly involved in establishing nine biotechnology start-up companies.

Prior to joining the AWRI in 2006, Dan held the position of Business Development Manager at Bio Innovation SA. In this role Dan worked as part of a team that annually administered several million dollars in grant funding and formed South Australia's first dedicated life science venture capital fund, Terra Rossa Capital.

Dan's career choices and achievements reflect his two great professional passions – science and business. Having worked as a scientist and in various roles closely aligned to science, he is passionate about R&D but is equally passionate about the practical application of that R&D. Dan has published several peer-reviewed articles in journals including the Journal of the American Chemical Society and Biochemistry, presents in scientific and industry fora on topics such as the wine industry and biotechnology, and was the inventor and owner of a granted patent which formed the basis of his own biotechnology company.

Dan is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a graduate of the Wine Industry Future Leader's program, a graduate of the Harvard University Authentic Leadership Development course, and a graduate of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy course. He was the BioSA Young Achiever of the Year in South Australian Bioscience.

 

Presentation Abstract


Since the earliest records of wine production there is a continuous history of technological innovations that have disrupted the established order of things. Obstacles that once stood in the way of efficient, quality grapegrowing/winemaking and the consumer's engagement with wine have been steadily overcome. And the pace of technological breakthroughs of relevance to wine, and the opportunities for innovation that follow, has quickened in the last 100 years.


In searching for a better way in the year 2015, it is instructive to reflect on just how far we've come. The Australian wine sector of 2015 bears little resemblance to that in the early or mid 1900s. Although it can be difficult to attribute practice change to any specific technological development, looking in the rear view mirror reveals just how much has changed. The search for a better way is a never ending quest.


This talk will summarise the key technological developments in the history of wine production and the obstacles that were overcome, and offer some thoughts for breakthroughs that are just around the corner.

 

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Ivan Winter – Senior Engineering & Asset Consultant (Director) - Ingenia

Ivan-Winter

Forensic Engineering & Root Cause Analysis to improve asset performance.

 

 

Speaker: Ivan Winter – Senior Engineering & Asset Consultant (Director) - Ingenia

Ivan has successfully provided Engineering, Asset and Operation Management services to a diverse range of organisations and has been a practising engineer and consultant for many years.

Ivan is a recognised expert in the Asset Management space and has worked in a number of countries.

He specialises in Asset management, operations and maintenance practices; Engineering; Mechanical and process design; Project management; Production processes; Business improvement; Risk Assessment and Control and Education services.

Ivan has been a Senior Consultant and Director with Ingenia Pty Ltd since June 2009. Prior to this he held a number of positions in industry including; General Manager Operations, Reliability Leader, Chief Engineer, Engineering & Services Manager, Maintenance Engineer and Project Lead.

Presentation Abstract

  • Understand why your assets are not performing as expected or suffering failures using a combination of Failure Analysis and Forensic Engineering disciplines backed by Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and Fault Tree Analysis (FTA) processes.
  • The process enables you to identify all contributing factors to your asset issues hence allowing you to clearly develop an asset improvement program (i.e. redesign, modification or re-specify maintenance or other technical parameters) to rectify these performance issues and prevent further failures.
  • The time investment will give you quick and effective results.
  • A number of case studies will be referenced in the presentation to demonstrate the techniques used and the savings / performance improvements achieved.

Nathan Rowbottom – Manager – Byford Fluid Solutions

Nathan-Rowbottom-BYFORD

Better Use of Transfer Hoses – A Safety & Comparative View.

 

 

Speaker: Nathan Rowbottom – Manager – Byford Fluid Solutions

Nathan began his working life doing an apprenticeship at Simplot Echuca as maintenance fitter during which time he learnt about the food environment and gained a knowledge of engineering, he also completed additional courses in advanced pneumatic circuitry, bearing identification, mechanical seals, HACCP, can seam technology and purge welding of stainless pipe work, plus a plethora of other skills.


After leaving Simplot he worked for a short period as a line mechanic at Amcor food cans before working for a period of three and a half years in his family's music store in Echuca in a management role.


Nathan then gained employment at Byford Equipment as a welder before moving across to what is now Byford Fluid Solutions as a hose technician (2006), then as an account manager and finally in the role of manager which he has been in since 2012.


Since 2006 Nathan has been working closely with many food and beverage producers whilst at the same time learning from major hose suppliers Trelleborg and a large and varied customer base. He has been specializing in food grade transfer for almost ten years, trying to be at the forefront of process and development in Australia. Nathan is also an on-going member of the WEA.

Presentation Abstract

Nathan's presentation will cover the following:

  • Work cover NSW comparative injury rates in manual handling of hoses Dairy Vs Wine (factory/processing only)
    • Differences in hoses and handling techniques (these are the contributing factors to the findings)
  • Study undertaken by Byford Equipment for Murray Goulburn.
    • This is a study based on 76mm (3") rubber hose handling and 63mm (2 ½ ") rubber hoses using a hose reel.
    • The risk assessment methods used for manual handling of hoses in the study to display structure for risk assessment.
  • Visual comparison of wine hoses
    • Showing of common winery hoses in same scenario PVC/Rubber demonstration of bend radius, bend force weight per metre and drag weights.
    • How each transposes into risk assessment.
  • Taste/taint and FDA standard testing of hoses (or non testing as such)
  • Phthalates and PVC or rubber hoses (testing of products exported to China and Olive oil industry problems)
  • Conclusion of risk assessments and ultimately staff safety in manual handling of hoses and safe use for wine (contamination, food grade etc)

Simon Nordestgaard - Senior Engineer – AWRI

Simon-Nordestgaard-AWRI

Historical and future developments in grape pressing.

 

 

Speaker: Simon Nordestgaard - Senior Engineer – AWRI

Simon is a Senior Engineer at The Australian Wine Research Institute. He has worked in wine production-related research and development for approximately 10 years on a broad range of projects. This has included a PhD in chemical engineering relating to white grape pressing, from which this presentation is drawn.

Presentation Abstract

The expression of juice/wine from grapes is a critical step in wine production, particularly for white wines. The techniques used influence the volume and quality of juice/wine available and can be a processing bottleneck during vintage.

This presentation will outline the evolution of wine industry crushing, draining and pressing equipment over the past 100 years to the present day. Interesting expression techniques used in other industries will also be described. Finally, some thoughts will be provided on how wine industry expression equipment might change in the future.

Daniel Hillhouse – Business Development Manager – Renewable Solutions – NHP

Daniel-HillHouse-NHP

Renewable Applications in Winery Operations.

 

 

Speaker: Daniel Hillhouse – Business Development Manager – Renewable Solutions – NHP

Daniel joined NHP at the start of 2014 in an expansion to the renewable energy team to better serve the developing commercial and industrial markets through the development of industry based solutions. Daniel has been involved in the renewable industry since 2010 and has been involved in a number of wine industry projects in Victoria and South Australia.

Presentation Abstract

Over the past decade we've seen rapid growth in the uptake of renewable energy systems as technology has improved and costs have declined. So much so that commercial and industrial industries are now seeing the benefits.

The wine industry is no different and while many companies were able to take advantage of the former Federal Government's Clean Technology Investment Program (CTIP) for manufacturers, there are still many sites that can benefit from the deployment of smart renewable solutions.

This presentation will cover the benefit of adopting renewable energy technology from the vineyard through production and bottling, down to the cellar door, there are a range of generation and co-generation options that make commercial sense as well as delivering efficiency and energy savings.

Jacob (Jake) Eigenhui – MES Solutions Manager – Rockwell Automation

Jacob-Elgenhui-Rockwell

Asset Utilisation and Optimisation.

 

 

Speaker: Jacob (Jake) Eigenhui – MES Solutions Manager – Rockwell Automation

Over 25 years experience with automation, control and MES (manufacturing execution systems). Jake began his career as a Project Electrical and Controls Engineer in the mining industry. Since then he worked in a number of organisations in Australia and overseas as Engineering Manager before starting his own company in the U.S.

This company was formed to meet the growing demand for automation in Food & Beverage and manufacturing facilities. It specialised in MES and ERP systems. Jake built this company to the point where he employed 25 staff before selling the business to return to Australia.

During his time with other automation companies Jake developed business with key account managers and tenders for WWW, F&B, MMM, Energy and manufacturing projects using MES software solutions for business improvement and optimization.

Jake combines excellent engineering skills with commercial acumen. He understands that any recommendation needs to be not only technically sound but must show a good return for the business on the money invested in the solution.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering QUT
  • MESA COC

Presentation Abstract

"Asset Utilisation" (AU) is one of the key drivers for achieving optimum performance within most manufacturing enterprises.


Optimisation through continuous improvement is achieved by applying proven "Best Practice" methods to the enterprise. In order to effectively utilise Engineers, Operators and Maintenance staff within the manufacturing process, the need for "Manufacturing Intelligence" becomes paramount.


Discover how to achieve "Manufacturing Intelligence" by enabling modular systemic continuous improvements to be implemented across the enterprise whilst eliminating redundant legacy business processes.

Nick Palousis – CEO & James McIntyre – Associate – 2XE

Mr-Nick-Palousis---CEO---2XE

Getting the most out of your winery using Lean Production

 

 

Speaker: Mr Nick Palousis – CEO – 2XE

Nick Palousis is CEO and Founder of 2XE, a specialist business and engineering consulting team delivering productivity solutions for the food and wine industry across Australia. Nick holds a Bachelor of Mechatronic Engineering (Hons 1) and Bachelor of Mathematics and Computer Science from Adelaide University. He is a former Young South Australian of the Year and recipient of the British Council Eureka Prize for his work in resource productivity.

James-McIntyre

 

 

Speaker: Mr James McIntyre – Associate – 2XE

Over the past fifteen years, James has worked in a variety of private sector industries including agriculture, wine, and minerals processing. He has also worked in the federal government working with businesses to promote productivity and efficiency. Recently, James has spent time developing and implementing strategies to help reduce costs and increase profitability for wineries. This work has included the development of the 'Lean Guide for Wineries' and running 'Lean Winery' Pilot programs in preparation for a national release.

Presentation Abstract

This presentation will provide a brief introduction on lean manufacturing principles for the wine industry.

Running a successful wine business in any part of Australia is challenging in the current environment. Being competitive, reducing overheads and attaining efficiency gains are not just important, they’re essential to remain viable. The identification and removal of hidden, non-essential production activities results in improved efficiency and reduced costs.

Lean production thinking, allows the identification and elimination of these activities. Lean can be implemented with little or no cost and just requires knowledge to identify and eliminate wasteful activities. Lean production can enable better decision-making and practices resulting in reduced expenditure, increased profitability and increased operational efficiency.

It’s about ‘finding a better way’ for winery operations. This presentation will provide a brief introduction on the application of lean production for wineries. This is based on the publication - ‘The Lean Guide – a primer on lean production for the Australian wine industry’ that was developed last year for the Australian Grape and Wine Authority. The presentation will also provide a summary on the successes of lean winery pilot trials undertaken over the past twelve months.

Jason Harris - Director - Rapidfil P/L

Jason-Harris---Director---Rapidfil-PL

Humidification of Barrel Sheds – Reducing the ‘Angels Share’

 

 

Speaker: Jason Harris - Director - Rapidfil P/L

  • May 2013 – Present Director Rapidfil Pty Ltd
  • July 2002 – Dec 2012 Managing Director GEA Westfalia Separator Australia Pty Ltd Melbourne, Australia Oct 1997 – July 2002 National Sales Manager GEA Westfalia Separator Australia Pty Ltd.
  • May 1994 – October 1997 Dairy Marketing Engineer Westfalia Separator New Zealand Ltd. Industrial Division.
  • July 1992 - May 1994 Assistant Manager, Milk Powder Unit Tui Milk Products Limited New Zealand
  • March 1987 - July 1992 Production Supervisor, Milk Powder Unit Tui Milk Products Limited New Zealand

 

Presentation Abstract

Technology could help Australian wineries to keep more wine in the barrel, reduce topping volumes and extend the time between toppings.

Any wine lost during the production process is a loss in profit. Wine lost through evaporation during storage in oak barrels, is often referred to as ‘the angels’ share’.

This loss can be as high as 9 percent depending on the conditions in the cellar (temperature and humidity), and the length of time the wine is stored in the barrel.

To manage this evaporation loss and to maintain wine quality by minimising the ullage in the barrel, top up wine is used to replace this lost volume. This is a significant added cost to production, not only because of the wine volume that has been lost, but also due to the cost per litre of the replacement topping wine, as well as the labour costs incurred when carrying out the barrel topping operations.

Humidification control in the barrel shed is a viable low capital cost method of minimising evaporation losses ‘the Angels share’ in Australian wineries.

Effective humidification can also reduce the refrigeration demand by cooling the air in the Barrel shed. This presentation will cover technological advances made in humidification systems where they are able to produce a mist where the average water droplet size is only 7.5 micron. This so called ‘Dry Fog’ Humidifier is able to achieve high relative humidity levels without causing mould growth on barrels.

A reduction of 50% in the wine volume losses is achievable, combined with the substantial savings in labour costs due to carrying out less barrel topping operations, the return on investment can be significant.

Jo Stagg – General Manager SA/NT

Jo-Stagg

Leading teams: Leading Seasonal Workers

 

 

Speaker: Jo Stagg – General Manager SA/NT

Jo Stagg (B.Bus, Dip Franchising) is currently the General Manager SA/NT for Programmed Group. She has had over 15 years experience leading teams in a diverse range of industry sectors including Grocery, Pharmaceutical, Health and Fitness and trade related sectors.

In many of her roles she has pioneered organisational change around increasing the presence of women in leadership and modernising working cultures.

At Programmed she is responsible for a team of 210 and has achieved world class employee engagement across that group who operate throughout SA and NT. She has a strong commitment to diversity in the workplace which means her team includes a wide range of people from different backgrounds, gender, ethnicity and needs.

She has presented to industry sector groups and is involved in advisory panels to State government on the topic of job creation and inclusive leadership.

 

Presentation Abstract

Jo’s end of conference presentations have become a tradition at the WEA Conference. A passionate leader of people.

This year Jo will be talking about the challenges of leading seasonal teams. Much like the wine industry, Programmed have a very seasonal painting business and Jo will talk about the changes she has made in her approach to these seasonal teams over recent years – changes which have resulted in improved productivity, safety and customer satisfaction. Of course as is becoming tradition, Programmed are offering refreshments for those who join this session after a long day in the conference room.

AWRI & The Yalumba Wine Company

Dr-Martin-Day---Research-Scientist---AWRI

The use and effects of oxygen during early stages of winemaking – research and industrial practice

 

 

Speaker: Dr Martin Day – Research Scientist – AWRI

Born and educated in the UK, Martin Day studied Chemistry and undertook a PhD in France working on wine authenticity. After a decade or so working back in the UK on juice authenticity and progressing to scientific IT and knowledge management, he moved to Australia in 2006. He studied for the Master of Oenology at the University of Adelaide and worked vintage in several other countries including France and New Zealand.

Martin has been a Research Scientist at the Australian Wine Research Institute since late 2009. His projects have included studying the effect of different winemaking approaches on the phenolics composition of white wines, designing and executing comprehensive vintage trials.

Since 2012, he has been working on the use of oxygen to modify wine style in red and white wines. Benefits from early trials have included air injection into Vinimatics to minimise reductive aromas and soften mouth-feel. Current research has looked at the effects of passive oxygenation through juice preparation and the effects of adding oxygen to white fermentations.

The research work funded by AGWA has also included looking at different ways of getting oxygen into active ferments and measuring dissolved oxygen. Although of a scientific background, he sees the practicalities of implementing any new strategies or recommending equipment for use in a range of winery settings as paramount.

Mr-Luke-Wilson---Senior-Process-Engineer---The-Yalumba-Wine-Company

 

 

 

Speaker: Luke Wilson – Senior Process Engineer – The Yalumba Wine Company

Originally from Port Macquarie in NSW, Luke graduated from the University of Newcastle in Chemical Engineering in 2004. Upon graduation he moved to South Australia to follow his dream of working in the wine industry and joined Tarac Technologies as Process Engineer and Distillery supervisor. In this role he oversaw production of spirits, quality assurance and export coordination.

Luke joined the Yalumba Wine Company in 2008 and is currently employed as Senior Process Engineer. In the last 7 years, Luke has been focused on Process Improvement. Projects of note include the replacement of earth filtration with Crossflow membrane filtration (including the implementation of a wide bore lees crossflow for lees and juice recovery, replacing 75% of the company’s RDVF requirements).

He has been involved in R&D activities, implementing fermentation sensors in red fermenters to continually monitor ferment progress in real time without the need for mixing or sampling. He has also been responsible for the installation of an inline filtration system for the bottling line, an expansion to Yalumba’s Pressure Tank Capacity and involved recent upgrade to the bottling facility at Yalumba’s Angaston Winery. Luke has completed his Graduate Diploma in Oenology in 2014.

 

Presentation Abstract

Wine style can be heavily influenced by the amount of oxygen to which a wine is exposed during its lifetime, particularly at the early stages of vinification. This is over and above the requisite amount needed for healthy yeast development and efficiency of fermentation.

In white wine oxygen exposure could occur during mechanical harvesting, crushing or pressing and may also be injected during fermentation. Modern winemaking methods have tended to be very protective in some aspects of handling but not other (e.g. pressing) and in some respects may be limiting the styles of wine that can be produced. For red wines, the use of oxygen can prevent reductive aromas developing even in closed fermenters such as vinimatics and at the same time modify tannin structure and composition in a favourable way.Details of some of the trials carried out at the AWRI over the past few vintages will explain some of the benefits of oxygen and detail a few ways of practically introducing oxygen and also measuring oxygen in situ.

Following on from the work by the AWRI, the Yalumba Wine Company ran production scale trials on red fermenters at the Oxford Landing Winery in 2014 and 2015. The 2014 trials were performed to see how much oxygen could be added safely to a ferment without negatively affecting the sensory profile. The goal in 2015 was to see what levels would positively influence the sensory attributes, and to reduce the formation of sulphides and sulphide precursors during fermentation.

This presentation will outline results from the trial so far as well as future work to be performed. The expression of juice/wine from grapes is a critical step in wine production, particularly for white wines. The techniques used influence the volume and quality of juice/wine available and can be a processing bottleneck during vintage. This presentation will outline the evolution of wine industry crushing, draining and pressing equipment over the past 100 years to the present day. Interesting expression techniques used in other industries will also be described. Finally, some thoughts will be provided on how wine industry expression equipment might change in the future.

Cold Logic

Brad-Semmler---Director---Cold-Logic

Case Studies on finding better refrigeration systems

 

 

Speaker: Brad Semmler – Director – Cold Logic

Brad Semmler is well known and respected throughout the Australian Wine industry. Since completing his apprenticeship in 1991, Brad Semmler has worked in a variety of roles within Cold Logic, commencing as a refrigeration mechanic and progressing to positions in design, engineering and sales. Brad became a Director of the company in February 2008.

For more than 24 years Brad has developed and delivered a number of significant industrial refrigeration projects in the wine industry, including the design, installation and commissioning of refrigeration plants, ammonia brine cooling systems, brine reticulation systems, tank farm control systems. It is Brad’s unique combination mechanical, technical and engineering skills that enable him to develop and deliver workable, efficient and effective industrial refrigeration solutions.

Eddie-Lane---Sales--Marketing-ManagerPartner---Cold-Logic

 

 

 

Speaker: Eddie Lane – Sales & Marketing Manager/Partner – Cold Logic

Presentation Abstract

There are normally two forms of refrigeration systems attached to a winery, either a HFC (Freon) system or an ammonia (NH3) plant.

Brad Semmler will present some recent case studies to highlight the distinct benefits of finding a better way and using Ammonia to achieve significant power and operational savings. The presentation will cover new small packaged Ammonia plants and the increased level of control and access with new systems. For the second part of the presentation,

Eddie Lane will look at the development of biodegradable, non-flammable brine and its suitability to the wine industry.

Atlas Copco Compressors

Jeff-Treble---Business-Line-Manager---Industrial-Air-Division---Atlas-Copco

The Real Cost of Compressed Air

 

 

Speaker: Jeff Treble – Business Line Manager – Industrial Air Division – Atlas Copco

Jeff Treble is a degree qualified mechanical engineer who has been working in various engineering roles in various industry sectors for 18 years. After graduating from the University Of Technology in 1997, Jeff spent his first working years as a subcontractor to the construction industry, providing project management and waste management consultancy services.

Concurrently Jeff was also involved in the mechanical design and documentation of a new garbage compaction system, providing a new and unique product to the market place. After 5 Years in waste management, Jeff diversified his experience by moving into project management and sales of waste water treatment equipment. As the divisional manager, Jeff was heavily involved in specifying solutions to meet customer’s applications and project managing customer installations.

In 2007 Jeff joined Atlas Copco Compressors as a product manager and within 6 months progressed to a national manager position for the Industrial Air Division, again diversifying his engineering experience into compressed air technology.

 

Presentation Abstract

This presentation will start with understanding the basics of compressed air technology, with a look at different technologies available and where and why you should choose a particular technology for your application. Once the basics are understood we will learn to calculate the true cost compressed air in relation to energy consumption by looking at some worked examples. These simple examples will allow members of the audience to consider their own compressed air use and cost.

The next part of the presentation will concentrate on ways to reduce energy costs for compressed air, and will branch into what Variable Speed Drive is and what benefit it can bring. When considering variable speed drive technology it is important to understand the benefits of a compressor that is designed specifically to be a variable speed drive compressor, over a compressor that is converted to variable speed drive. This part of the presentation will highlight these benefits.

With the understanding of the need for efficiency, we will look at methods to understand your exact consumption and cost and the benefit of cost saving simulation. Additionally we will cover the benefit of using compressed air waste heat to pre heat boiler make up water for tasks like barrel washing, further reducing energy costs.

The second part of the presentation will look at how to generate nitrogen from compressed air and what purity is required, assessing the different nitrogen generation technologies. The presentation will then cover how to calculate the cost of on-site generation vs. pre packed supplies such as bottles or liquid nitrogen.

There will then be an example of calculating the cost / m3 nitrogen generated by using finance, and showing how the finance cost can be compared to the current pre-packaged costs so that the cost continues to come from the operating budget.

Finally we will look at the benefits of using variable speed drive compressors in conjunction with nitrogen generation to give flexibility on nitrogen purity and minimise cost of production.

Spirax Sarco

Brenton-Jauncey---Technical-ESS-Representative---Spirax-Sarco

Steam – The Energy Fluid – Finding a Better Way

 

 

Speaker: Brenton Jauncey – Technical ESS Representative – Spirax Sarco

Brenton has been employed with Spirax Sarco for a period of 10 years the first 3 of which he performed the role of mechanical services technician following which he took on the role of technical representative.

Brenton is a qualified mechanical engineering tradesman and is also a certified pressure welder and licensed electrical fitter.

 

Presentation Abstract

This presentation will be an informative session regarding typical steam usage within the wine making industry and will deal with steam generation in the boiler house, steam distribution and also condensate and its recovery value.

Based on his industry experience Brenton will share what the typical needs are of steam users and the main obstacles sites are presently faced with regarding steam and condensate, he will also share some of his practical knowledge to raise awareness of the costs involved with generating steam from a central steam generation plant plus methods and techniques that can be applied to recover otherwise lost energy savings from steam systems. .

Tom O’Reilly – President, Asia Pacific – Rockwell Automation

Tom-OReilly

Understanding & Developing Business Opportunities in China

 

 

Speaker: Tom O’Reilly – President, Asia Pacific – Rockwell Automation

Tom O’Reilly, president for Rockwell Automations Asia Pacific operations, is responsible for executing Rockwell’s Growth and Performance strategy, growing market share and leading Rockwell’s business operations in the Asia Pacific region.

Tom has 28 years of service with Rockwell Automation and 16 very successful years in sales and country leadership roles in Japan, Korea and China. He also spent four years in the Customer Support & Maintenance organisation in Milwaukee leading Plant Services. Before taking up his current role, he was regional director, Greater China, for six years. His strength is building high-performance teams and developing leaders in emerging markets.

Tom earned a Batchelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, U.S.A. He is married and has one daughter. .

Presentation Abstract

Given Tom’s extensive experience in the Asia Pacific area he will draw on that experience to give an insightful and powerful presentation that in turn will give a firsthand perspective of what is required to fully understand and develop business opportunities in emerging markets and in particular in China.

This is a great and unique opportunity to hear directly from one of the regions senior business leaders representing a leading Multi-National Company on how to develop business with Australia’s most important trading partner.