Y Now 2021 Lineup Features Experts In Autonomous Operations

Sept. 10, 2021
Yokogawa announces keynote speakers for virtual Y Now 2021.

Yokogawa selects global thought leaders to present successful transformations from industrial automation to industrial autonomy (IA2IA) at its global, virtual event, Y NOW 2021. Over November 2-4, 2021, leading experts such as Francisco Betti, head of advanced manufacturing and production at the World Economic Forum; Michael Krauss, senior automation manager at BASF; Andreas Helget, president and CEO, Yokogawa Europe B.V.; and Dr. Yu Dai, director and senior vice president, digital solutions headquarters at Yokogawa Electric Corporation, will share their expertise in focusing digital transformations to enable autonomous operations.

Expert panels will address the latest topics in autonomous operations for industries including oil and gas, petrochemical, chemical, renewable energy, food and beverage and water and wastewater. Jac Opmeer, principal automation engineer at Shell Global Solutions B.V. and Dave Emerson, vice president, U.S. technology center at Yokogawa Corporation of America, will host a “fireside chat” on the Open Process Automation Standard. Yokogawa’s industrial cybersecurity expert, Matt Malone, will moderate a discussion on the emerging business risk management strategy for OT cybersecurity with Jerry Caponera, VP of cyber risk strategy at ThreatConnect, Tom Finan, cyber growth leader at Willis Tower Watson and David Llorens, director, risk consulting at RSM U.S.

“Autonomous operations possess learning and adaptive capabilities that enable automated responses to emerging situations without human operator interaction,” says Kevin McMillen, CEO & president, Yokogawa Corporation of America. “With autonomous operations, customers can rapidly adapt to market disruptions and benefit from improved safety, higher reliability, increased efficiency, reduced costs and expedited time-to-market.”

According to a global survey conducted by Yokogawa, a majority of companies expect to deploy autonomous operations by 2030. The survey found companies are planning significant investment in three key areas, cybersecurity (51%); cloud, analytics and big data (47%); and artificial intelligence (42%). The Y NOW 2021 virtual event will serve as a guide to the realization of autonomous operations, according to Yokogawa.

For more information, visit: www.ynowlive.com

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