Program 2017

Day 1

7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Registration & Refreshments

8:45 AM - 8:55 AM

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Eric Pope, VP of Operations, US Synthetic

  • Introductory remarks by the Chair in the plenary room

8:55 AM - 9:30 AM - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

Increasing People Engagement through Coaching, Mentoring and Empowerment

Stephanie Hart, Vice President of Manufacturing, Nestlé USA - Ice Cream

      In today’s manufacturing environment, companies aspire to be free of safety and quality incidents while mastering performance. To achieve this, it is necessary for companies to develop their team members through effective coaching and mentoring to ensure that all members understand the path to success. At Nestlé, we have accelerated this journey by leveraging Nestlé Continuous Excellence (NCE) which is our way of engaging the hearts and minds of our people in a consumer driven war on waste. Since the launch of Nestlé Continuous Excellence in 2008, Nestlé has increased people engagement through empowerment and by involving our people in support of creating value for the end consumer. While Nestlé Continuous Excellence has been beneficial to all employees, it has had a big impact on employees within manufacturing.

Key Messages:

  • Understanding how Nestlé Continuous Excellence improves maintenance and reliability in Nestlé
  • The benefit of empowering employees through coaching
  • How to translate ‘Going for Zero’ to your site by building competencies in your people
  • Increasing reliability by increasing capability

9:30 AM - 10:05 AM - Keynote

Developments in Lean & OpEx

The Future of Continuous Improvement

John Biedry, Former Senior Director, Global Lean Enterprise, Nike

  • How is CI going to be different in the future and how can we prepare?
  • The world around us is changing and therefore, CI requires a rethink from how it has been done in the last 50 years
  • How can lean and Six Sigma be interpreted and deployed moving forward?

10:10 AM - 10:45 AM - Case Studies

Developments in Lean & OpEx

How can Determining the Maturity of your Lean Journey Open Up New Possibilities?

Andrew Lux, Vice President, Atricure

  • What is the best way to measure your lean initiative?
  • What external accreditation boards are being used?
  • How are new developments in IT supporting continuous improvement and its measurement?
  • Can different facilities be truly compared if the processes used and products manufactured differ?

Future Technologies & IoT

“Who Said Nothing Is Free?” – Understanding the Science of Inventory Reduction

Jack Feng, Vice President of Operational Excellence, Commercial Vehicle Group

  • The science of inventory reduction – demand forecast, orders, supplier data
  • Data points to factor in
  • Practical case study – inventory reduced by 25% with no impact on shipping performance or premium freight fees
  • Applying an OpEx mindset

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

iSolve & Networking Refreshments

11:45 AM - 12:20 PM - Solution Spotlights

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Driving to Zero: An Executive Discussion and Case Study on Exceptional Manufacturing Performance

Jordan Workman, Director of NA & EMEA Client Development, Milliken

  • Challenge existing paradigms by embracing zero-loss thinking in cost, quality, and safety
  • Build and optimize a performance system vs. launching more initiatives
  • Leverage the power of operational excellence to deliver on corporate strategy and outperform competition
  • Establish the business case for change at all levels of the organization

12:20 PM - 12:25 PM

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12:25 PM - 1:00 PM - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Change Management: Managing Change at the Top

Atul Patel, Plant Manager, The Clorox Company

  • A full change of the leadership team impacting on people, processes and government

Future Technologies & IoT

Advanced Manufacturing Initiatives in the US

  • “Public-Private Partnerships” between various branches of the USG and collaborative consortium based teams made up of companies, universities, and state and local governments are paving the way forward for advanced manufacturing in the US
  • Since launching in 2012, the USG has pledged over $1 Billion and the various consortiums of Industry/University/State & local government teams have pledged over $2 Billion to do advanced manufacturing research in the Technology Readiness Levels “TRL 4 to 7”
  • Over 1,300 companies, universities, and non-profits, scattered over 44 states, are participating

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Networking Lunch

Lunchtime Roundtable: Best Practices for Manufacturing Digitization & Supply Chain

2:00 PM - 2:35 PM - Solution Spotlights

Future Technologies & IoT

Best Practices for Manufacturing Digitization & Supply Chain

David Stonehouse, Director, Global Connected Enterprise, Rockwell Automation

  • We will share best practices for successful digitization of your manufacturing enterprise.
  • This practical discussion will move beyond buzz words to review actual implementations

Leadership & Workforce Development

Cost Reduction Strategies in Production, Systems and Procurement

Lucia Piedra, Director of Business Liaison, International Metal Source

2:35 PM - 2:40 PM

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2:40 PM - 3:15 PM - Case Studies

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Implementing Lean on a Global Scale: Succeeding through Diversity of Products, Processes and People

Alejandro Tassara, Global Director, Luvata Production System, Luvata

  • Common success factors throughout the business
  • Leadership – Benchmarking – Accountability
  • Culture of continuous improvement – open minds
  • Balancing the value and priority of the lean methodology to the individual manufacturing unit and the business as a whole
  • A tailored approach without forgetting core principles
  • Coaching and culture – developing the best of each culture across the globe

Future Technologies & IoT

Creating a Technology Ecosystem for Flexible Hybrid Electronics

Jason Marsh, Director of Technology (CTO), NextFlex

  • Giving everyday products the power of silicon ICs by combining them with new and unique printing processes and new materials
  • Technologies available today
  • Consumer and commercial applications
  • Challenges of implementation

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

iSolve & Networking Refreshments

4:15 PM - 4:50 PM - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Strategic Deployment and Hoshin Kanri – “It’s A Ground War Not An Air War”

Ryan King, Director of Operational Excellence, Wabash National Corporation

  • Wabash’s Hoshin Kanri journey – Passion, Perspective and Planning
  • Climate and culture must support the initiative
  • SDP table stakes – it takes to courage launch an initiative and the grit and tenacity it takes to stay with it
  • Be real about your situation

Future Technologies & IoT

Latest Manufacturing Technologies for Low-cost, Energy-efficient Manufacturing of Advanced Polymer Composites

Uday Vaidya, Chief Technology Officer, Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation

  • IACMI’s focus on development and characterization of energy-efficient, high-rate, and low-variability manufacturing processes from constituent materials through composite structures
  • Where the technology stands now and where will it be in 5-10 years
  • Capabilities to move innovative composite materials technologies from the laboratory to commercial-ready status

4:50 PM - 4:55 PM

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4:55 PM - 5:40 PM - Panel Discussion

Leadership & Workforce Development

Your Say – Interactive Panel

Ron Dunford, President, Schreiber US

William Osborne, Senior Vice President, Global Manufacturing & Quality, Navistar

Amy Meyer, VP – Kohler Operating System and Supply Chain, Kohler Co.


The interactive panel discussion will focus on the following key focus areas from last year’s summit:

  • How can multiple sites follow a shared way of working and performance improvement program when the working cultures and backgrounds are so varied?
  • What pattern of performance improvement can be expected from implementing corporate lean programs in multiple factory networks?
  • What can and cannot be reflected in KPIs?
  • With human error contributing close to 50% of all quality deviation related issues, what are the solutions to this issue? Increased automation or a change in mentality and approach?

5:40 PM - 5:45 PM

Chair’s Closing Remarks

Eric Pope, VP of Operations, US Synthetic

  • Closing remarks by the Chair in the plenary room and end of Day 1

5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Evening Drinks Reception

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

American Manufacturing Leadership Award 2017 – Gala Dinner

The American Manufacturing Leadership Award 2017 will be presented to Jose Miguel L. Ascaso, the Vice President of Manufacturing Excellence at Johnson Controls during an unforgettable evening at the Riverwalk Golf Club; San Diego, CA. The award was nominated and voted for by manufacturing industry professionals from all across America, with a nomination, selection and voting process.

Please click here for more information on the American Manufacturing Leadership Award 2017.

Delegates are able to purchase tickets for the Awards Dinner on a first-come, first-served basis for $95.


8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Registration & Refreshments

8:45 AM - 8:50 AM

Chair’s Opening Remarks

Eric Pope, VP of Operations, US Synthetic

  • Introductory remarks by the Chair and recap of Day 1 in the plenary room


8:50 AM - 9:25 AM - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

Developing Leadership Talent Capable of Executing your Manufacturing Vision

Ron Dunford, President, Schreiber US

  • In order to realize the full benefit of your operations excellence strategy you need committed leaders at every level of the organization. Successful leaders know what makes them successful and they model the right behavior
  • In this session you will learn why developing leadership is as important as your operations excellence strategy, ideas for an effective leadership development program and how success comes from understanding and practicing your core success principles

9:25 AM - 10:00 AM - Keynote

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Continuous Improvement – How do you make it Work?

Aubrey Jones, Sr. Director – Continuous Improvement Deployment, Ingredion Incorporated

  • Continuous improvement is not something that happens naturally
  • Effective continuous improvement is on purpose
  • CI can be executed in many ways, once the decisions is made to go down that path
  • Doing just Lean, Six Sigma or even LSS is not enough
  • So what approach should you take? What approaches are out there?

10:00 AM - 10:05 AM

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10:05 AM - 10:40 AM - Case Studies

Future Technologies & IoT

From Idea to Innovation: How can you Streamline the Process of Turning a Prototype into a Product?

Amy Meyer, VP – Kohler Operating System and Supply Chain, Kohler Co.

  • The market needs are constantly shifting, and to align products to the growing needs of the end-user is becoming an increasingly difficult
  • Decreasing time to market is imperative to improve success rates of product launches and respond to the needs of the market
  • Improving internal processes and creating an innovation culture to encourage ideation and quicker implementation
  • Linking new product development and flawless project launches increases speed and decreases product lifecycle costs

Leadership & Workforce Development

It’s Time to Bring Manufacturing Back to America

Rosemary Coates, Executive Director, Reshoring Institute

According to a recent study, 54% of US manufacturers over $1billion in revenue are considering Reshoring some or all of their manufacturing. Manufacturing is essential to rebuilding our middle class and our economy. It’s important for our future and our children’s future. It’s bi-partisan and is on every politician’s agenda to support jobs growth.

But it’s not as easy and you may think, and requires strategy, planning and a commitment to invest in rebalancing your global supply chain. Reshoring will have a significant effect on global procurement, logistics, trade and manufacturing strategies. How will you prepare for this coming evolution? Are you ready?

    • Why Reshoring is important now
    • Are jobs really coming back?
    • The global total cost of ownership
    • The effect on global procurement and logistics
    • Call to Action: What you can do to support Reshoring

10:40 AM - 11:40 AM

iSolve & Networking Refreshments

11:40 AM - 12:15 PM - Solution Spotlights

Leadership & Workforce Development

Rising from Crisis: A Semiconductor Company’s Pursuit of Excellence in Operations

      Poor cycle times and yields lead to unpredictable delivery and erode confidence in a manufacturing operation. The MAX Group guided a US Semiconductor Company through a rapid recovery process and to position it for growth by ensuring best practices were being deployed in the manufacturing operations.

Results over a 12-month project included:

  • Output increased by 31%
  • WIP reduced by 51%
  • Cycle time reduced by 43%
  • Line yield improved by 7.9%

Future Technologies & IoT

The Journey to a Smart Manufacturing Future

  • What is Smart Manufacturing? What is Different?: Building blocks to Smart Manufacturing: IIoT, Cloud, Digital Thread
  • What does Smart Manufacturing Look Like?: Examples
  • What to do on the Journey to Smart Manufacturing?: Institutes and Consortia like SMLC and DMDII are leading the way

12:15 PM - 12:20 PM

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12:20 PM - 12:55 PM - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Culture by Design

Eric Pope, VP of Operations, US Synthetic

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  • Every organization, operating company, site, factory, cell and team is a reflection of their leadership, and your leadership is perfectly designed to produce exactly what you have
  • To create real change in a business we need to first understand what drives the business. The source of power is the people and their behaviors. To change a business you must change people’s behaviors. The sum of these behaviors is the culture. All business results are driven from the behaviors of people. When you change the culture you change the business. Teaching people how to think and act differently is the key
  • The culture of your business can be your most powerful strategic advantage. The intelligence, goodness and alignment of your people are difficult to replicate. When your employees think and act in alignment to the customer and the business you can’t lose. Businesses who focus on people, and establish values and principles throughout the organization will drive unparalleled success
  • There are fundamental leadership principles that will drive and empower a continuous improvement culture. We typically are taught the principles and tools of lean but are unfamiliar with the empowering culture component that is driven by leadership principles. These leadership principles coupled with principles of the Toyota Production System form the most powerful combination for business success
  • This session describes the process and principles for creating the most powerful form of a continuous improvement culture through creating an environment throughout the entire organization where we can make better choices that drive better results

Future Technologies & IoT

Implementing Smart Manufacturing to Improve Energy Efficiency

Miguel Corcio, Sr. Manager – Smart Manufacturing & Technical Projects, Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII)

  • Smart Manufacturing & the Manufacturing Landscape overview
  • SM Technologies & Opportunities
  • Smart Manufacturing – The path to Energy Efficiency

12:55 PM - 1:55 PM

Networking Lunch

1:55 PM - 2:30 PM - Case Studies

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Quality Management Efforts in Mexico: How do you Work Towards a World Class Facility?

  • The key challenges and benefits of the Maquiladora business model


Leadership & Workforce Development

Empowering Employees through Change Management

Greg Radzinski, Continuous Improvement Manager, Becton Dickinson (BD)

  • Objectives: Discuss how implementing change within an organization has empowered employees and significantly improved employee engagement at BD-San Diego
  • Develop a framework that allows an organization to implement a sustained change in the way they do business by developing employees and empowering them to make the changes themselves
  • Keys to success involves; Awareness, Vision, Engagement, Ownership and accountability throughout the organization
  • BD-San Diego initially focused on establishing actionable teams that were self-lead in specific business critical components which resulted in a highly engaged workforce delivering bottom-line performance improvements
  • With a strong change foundation and measureable improvements, the organization capitalized on the built momentum by further investing in change initiatives driven by the employees
  • Creating headroom through continuous improvement projects has allowed the organization to realize over $18 million in cost savings improvements over the past 2 years

2:30 PM - 2:35 PM

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2:35 PM - 3:10 PM - Keynote

Future Technologies & IoT

Innovation: Another Way of Looking at it

David Moore, Director, Innovation Strategy, Zero Nine Design & Development


  • The problem with the future
  • Design thinking is just the beginning, an introduction to design doing
  • Creativity is in all of us, winning inner creative battles

3:10 PM - 3:45 PM - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

Manufacturing Your Work Force: A Community Engagement Approach

Lorinda Lewis, PhD, Sr. Director, Continuous Improvement, Oshkosh Defense

  • Ten thousand baby boomers retire each day. Millennials are not focused on careers in manufacturing. Positions for skilled labor are increasing
  • How do we solve this growing talent acquisition problem?
  • This presentation offers an evaluation of best practices and some new ideas regarding community engagement and collective impact as a solution to the escalating staffing predicament faced by the manufacturing industry

3:45 PM - 3:50 PM

Chair’s Closing Remarks

Eric Pope, VP of Operations, US Synthetic

  • Closing remarks by the Chair in the plenary room and end of summit