New Louisiana conference takes on Industry 4.0


There’s a new heavy industry conference coming to Baton Rouge in October, this one focused on technology.

In what TEC Next organizers are describing as a TED conference-like gathering, local, national and global leaders in chemical and petrochemical manufacturing will share what they are developing and installing currently as new technology-driven tools and processes.

Under the broad category of Industry 4.0, topics such as “Plant of the Future,” Industry Internet of Things (IIOT), Cybersecurity, Virtual Reality Simulations, and Augmented Reality visual tools will be among the topics explored.

According to an early Industry 4.0 report from McKinsey, U.S. manufacturers lag other nations in technology transitions in industry. TEC Next is designed to provide an in-depth opportunity for engagement on the topic, where industry leaders can meet with their national and global counterparts in a small event setting to explore practices with each other, and interact with technology experts specializing in the Industry 4.0 space.

Topics include IIOT, Industry 4.0, Construction 2.0, 5G, safety and reliability.

Top speakers include Clark Dressen of Dow Chemical Company and Coila LaFleur of
ExxonMobil Global Services Company.

Dressen has 30-plus years of experience across a diverse range of IT related expertise which includes enterprise computing, manufacturing, R&D, security, and business-facing roles, and has developed and led major strategic transformational initiatives for technology and organizational change. He is currently the director for the new Digital Operations Center focused on innovation and transformation of manufacturing operations capabilities in Dow. He was senior director of Enterprise IT for the Dow Kokam Joint Venture, responsible for developing the overall IT architecture with a key focus on the manufacturing operations environment. He also was program director for the delivery of IT systems for the Sadara Joint Venture in Jubail, Saudi Arabia for manufacturing integration and operations.

Coila, an LSU graduate, is an IT Architect focused on ExxonMobil’s 70-plus downstream and chemicals operations facilities. She has served in a variety of technical, project management, and supervisory roles. In her current position, she focuses on high-level IT strategy and provides architecture leadership and guidance on implementing Industry 4.0 technologies.

The technology and energy conference is scheduled for Oct. 3-4 at the Shaw Center in Baton Rouge. Get the details and register.