Program 2020

All timings in US Central Standard Time

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Networking & 1-2-1 Meetings

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM

Opening Remarks

9:05 AM - 10:00 AM - Panel Discussion

Leadership & Workforce Development

What can Manufacturing Leaders do to Optimize their Productivity and Operations During a Health Crisis?

  • Full session abstract TBC

10:05 AM - 10:40 AM - Solution Spotlights

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Delivering Exceptional Manufacturing Performance in Transformational Times

Milliken Speaker TBA, Milliken

  • Building a performance system as a “way of work” for surviving and thriving in hyper-competitive markets
  • Understanding the human element of operational performance amidst the ongoing technological transformation   
  • Building the system-based foundations of stability, reliability, and predictability in manufacturing processes with technology and people
  • Shifting the organizational mindset from “incremental” improvement to “breakthrough” using zero-loss thinking and a tiered management system

10:40 AM - 11:30 AM

Networking Break

11:30 AM - 12:05 PM - Case Studies

Developments in Lean & OpEx

The Importance of Establishing Capable Measurement Systems in Manufacturing Processes

Jerry Hamilton, Lean Six Sigma Coordinator - Black Belt, Lockheed Martin

The establishment of capable measurement systems in manufacturing processes is often ignored or overlooked.  However, its importance cannot be overstated in terms of the potential impact on product quality and the bottom-line of your business.  A capable measurement system gives us the ability to “see” the part-to-part variation stemming from the manufacturing process, which provides the basis for solid decision-making.  Good data integrity is thus very critical.  This presentation will discuss some practical advice in setting-up, facilitating, analyzing, interpreting and improving the results of a measurement systems analysis effort.

Future Technologies & IoT

Data Driven Strategies for Zero Defect Manufacturing

Prof. Dimitris Kiritsis, Director, Doctoral Program of Robotics Control and Intelligent Systems, EPFL

  • Early detection of the defect (Z-DETECT)
  • Prediction of the defect generation (Z-PREDICT)
  • Prevention of defect generation by recalibrating the production line (multi-stage), as well as defect propagation in later stages of the production (Z-PREVENT)
  • Reworking/remanufacturing of the product, if this is possible, (Z-REPAIR)
  • Management of the aforementioned strategies through Semantic Data Modeling, quality performance monitoring and real-time decision support using Cognitive Digital Twins (Z-MANAGE)

12:10 PM - 12:45 PM - Solution Spotlights

Future Technologies & IoT

Evolving MES Supporting Digital Plant – Hybrid Cloud MES

GE Digital Speaker TBA, GE Digital

As businesses prepares to change its factories into digital factory, it is important to understand how systems, such as manufacturing execution system (MES) software, can help manage these changes. See how Hybrid Cloud MES from GE Digital is enabling manufacturing businesses to digitize the operations by connecting systems, processes and factories across manufacturing network.

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Networking Lunch

1:45 PM - 2:20 PM - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Transform Yourself into a Connected, Engaged Leader

Rick Foreman, V.P. Lean Development, Federal Heath

Manufacturers can only achieve sustainable levels of continuous improvement if their leaders lead by engaging with, connecting with, and influencing all team members and stakeholders.

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Session Topic TBC (Prysmian Group)

Ludvig Hjorth, Lean Manufacturing and Investments Central Eastern Europe, Prysmian Group

  • Full session abstract TBC

2:25 PM - 3:00 PM - Case Studies

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Defining and Delineating Strategic Objectives from a Corporate Strategy Map to Operational Value Stream Deliverables

Joe Costello, Global Director, Continuous Improvement, Lydall

  • Cascading strategic intent to operational performances
  • The critical Power Tools to use and how to use them

Future Technologies & IoT

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Implementation and Research Trends

Nourredine Boubekri, Ph.D., Professor, College of Engineering, University of North Texas

The fourth industrial revolution has resulted in a number of technologies being developed in a number of areas including: information systems, smart materials, robotic systems, smart technologies, and others. The focus of this contribution highlights the challenges of implementing some of these technologies as well as some of the research trends.

2:25 PM - 3:00 PM - Solution Spotlights

Future Technologies & IoT

Session Title TBC (Dassault Systèmes)

Dassault Systèmes Speaker TBA, ATS

  • Full session abstract TBC

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Networking Break

4:30 PM - 5:05 PM - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

The Importance of Women’s Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion

Yuko Kitamura, CPSM, Director - Supply Chain Operations, Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc.

  • Full session abstract TBC

5:10 PM - 5:45 PM - Keynote

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Session Title TBC (Acuity Brands)

Shawn McManigal, Director Manufacturing Operations, Acuity Brands, Inc.

  • Full session abstract TBC

5:45 PM - 5:50 PM

Closing Remarks

5:50 PM - 6:50 PM

Networking & 1-2-1 Meetings

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

Networking & 1-2-1 Meetings

9:15 AM - 9:20 AM

Opening Remarks

9:20 AM - 10:15 AM - Panel Discussion

Leadership & Workforce Development

What Measures can Manufacturers Take Today to Protect and Reduce the Impact of a Potential Economic Downturn?

  • Full session abstract TBC

10:20 AM - 10:55 AM - Keynote

Future Technologies & IoT

Industry 4.0 - Why Digitalization is (Not) an IT Project

Paul Mairl, Chief Digital Officer, GKN Powder Metallurgy

We are moving fast with the latest digital technologies and many companies are overwhelmed by the new opportunities and solutions provided. Many are struggling to turn all this into real benefits and lacking speed and clear decision making.

Adaption is more than ever required and traditional manufacturing need to be turned into an agile organization. COVID-19 has increased the pressure on digital transformation.

What is agile manufacturing?

  • Agile, which is the capability to adapt itself continuously to complex, turbulent and unsecure environment
  • Leaders capable to lead and develop employees/teams to drive towards self-managed teams
  • A future-oriented and attractive work environment focused on high value activities
  • Develop highly skilled employees capable to utilize new digital technology and be innovative problem solvers
  • Employees acting on data and driving for improved utilization of resources to harvest the benefits of digitalization

10:55 AM - 11:45 AM

Networking Break

11:45 AM - 12:20 PM - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

The Change Management Model in Successfully Deploying OpEx

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

  • Full session abstract TBC

Developments in Lean & OpEx

People-Centered Manufacturing During Covid Times

Heinz Avendano, Vice President of Manufacturing, Primex Technologies Inc

  • Can people-centered manufacturing be more resilient during a crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Heinz Avendano, Industrial Engineer and Organizational Psychologist, will explore the psychological side of manufacturing and share his experience of leading Primex as a people-centered organization during covid times
  • The crisis is far from over, but Heinz will present the results of some of his battles and ideas to arm your teams through these unprecedented times

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

Future Technologies & IoT

A Successful ERP Transformation Journey

Connie Deyo, Vice President Business Excellence, Greenfield Global Inc.

  • Full session abstract TBC

Leadership & Workforce Development

Lean, a Powerful Platform to Create Employee Engagement

Ken Guity, Executive Advisor, Business Transformation, MacLean-Fogg

  • Full session abstract TBC

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Networking Lunch

2:00 PM - 2:35 PM - Case Studies

Advanced Production Strategies

Has Globalization been Beneficial or Otherwise for Manufacturing?

Prof. Sujit Banerji, Emeritus Professor , University of Warwick

  • Full session abstract TBC

Developments in Lean & OpEx

What are the Key Principles to Meeting Regulatory Standards Without Sacrificing Productivity in a Pressurized Environment?

  • As regulatory standards and compliance become larger and more complex issues, how can your manufacturing facility comply and excel in equal measure?
  • What are the main indicators when it comes to a productive assembly line in terms of time and output?
  • How can you ensure that your workforce is well-trained and motivated enough to go by the book without dismissing your company's operational excellence program?

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

Leadership & Workforce Development

Avoiding the Skills Gap: Planning for the Short and Long Term to Secure your Future

  • With a predicted significant shortfall of manufacturing professionals set to enter the industry, how can the industry secure its future?
  • Why must you have a defined yet adaptable program for succession planning?
  • How has the landscape of acquiring and developing the most capable, young talent in manufacturing changed?

Future Technologies & IoT

Session Title TBC (San Diego State University)

Prof. Khaled Morsi, Department of Mechanical Engineering, San Diego State University

  • Full session abstract TBC

3:20 PM - 3:55 PM - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

How to Provide Industry Leadership in Engaging Government to Address the Skills Gap and Workforce Development

William Pratt, VP Operations, Kinamed

  • Full session abstract TBC

4:00 PM - 4:35 PM - Keynote

Developments in Lean & OpEx

How have Interface Used Lean and Social Responsibility Principles to Maintain and Enhance Productivity during the Pandemic?

Billy Ingram, Director of Lean Product Development, Interface

  • Full session abstract TBC

4:35 PM - 4:40 PM

Closing Remarks

4:40 PM - 5:40 PM

Networking & 1-2-1 Meetings