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6 Nov 13: Next Generation Predictive Analytics








Perhaps you have used analytical tools such as the SAS products.  Likely you have been subjected to an implementation of SAP or other such enterprise software systems.


Strap on your seat belts.  The next big thing, we predict, is live "Predictive Analysis."   When it starts, it will be at the enterprise level.  It will work like this:  by analyzing past order patterns, it will place orders in your systems that have not yet been placed by the customer yet.  It will arrange for the delivery of raw materials just in time for these orders.  The objective will be faster response time and ever smaller inventories of everything.  A good example of a tool, but not the only tool, to available for this is "RapidMiner."

Right behind this will be coming technical tools to take predictive maintenance to the next level.  These tools will help you plan for shutdowns months away and also help control your stores inventory..

All of this, of course, will not be without weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth.  But it is coming--educate yourself and get ready.

In the LGMI Conference details we will be publishing soon, you'll find we are going to be featuring many of the items we will be showing you here this fall, as well as some which we will not have time or room to show you here.  These will only be available to on site participants, so start thinking now about coming to the 2014 LGMI Conference.




Summer survey links:


05 Jun 13 Overall Conference issues 

12 Jun 13 Woodyards 

19 Jun 13 Batch Pulping

26 Jun 13 Continuous Pulping
03 Jul 13 Recycled Fiber Prep
10 Jul 13 Forming
17 Jul 13 Pressing
24 Jul 13 Drying
31 Jul 13 Sizing & Coating Kitchens
07 Aug 13 Calendering
14 Aug 13 Reels and Winding
21 Aug 13 Maintenance
28 Aug 13 Energy
04 Sep 13 Effluent Systems
11 Sep 13 Stock Preparation

LGMI Design Practices
We are listening as hard as we can to what you want, so please take a few minutes each week to let us know what you think.

Results so far to Overall Conference Issues (please click above and take this survey if you have not already):

1. Conference Credibility often starts with a view at pricing. Too low--suspicious; too high not worth it. What is the just right number for a conference fee in your mind?

1/6 $100
1/3 $200
1/6 $300
1/6 $500
1/6 $600 

>Conference fee is not a factor.  I look for description of content relevant to my specialty
>Amount depends on theme or subject of conference
I will pay what I think a conference is worth either to me or to my client. That is variable of course. I also will look at the fee in regards to the total cost. If this conference was for the converting industry and held in Atlanta $300 would not matter. If I knew there were real decision makers and I could have real face time quite a bit more would be okay.
Realistic number is $300 per day for a reasonable return to the sponsoring organization

2. What is a comfortable length of conference for you?

5/8 2 days
3/8 3 days

>Subject matter, conference location all have a bearing
1 day for travel, 3 days for the conference, and 1 day for travel. Makes for a good, full week.
Two nights typically with about 100 people - for the number of networking opportunities.
Can't fit enough into 1 day - mills can't get away for more than 2 days

Many personally attend conferences for the unstructured time to socialize with others. How much unstructured time do you think should be built into each day?

3/4 a couple of hours
1/4 evenings only

4. Where should the unstructured time take place?

2/9 in conference room
4/9 in a break area
1/3 in a separate room

5. What are your favorite session formats?

(0 = lowest, 5 = highest)

Lecture                          mean  2.2    std dev.   1.9
Panel                             mean  1.9    std dev.   1.8
Interactive discussion    mean  3.0    std. dev.  2.3

You can still vote on this survey!  Just click it above on the 5 Jun 13 line.

As always, your comments will be appreciated.
Think light!


Brian Brogdon, Ph.D.
Executive Director




Jim Thompson

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