Program 2020

All timings in US Central Time

8:00 AM - 9:05 AM

Networking & 1-2-1 Meetings

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?

Billy Ingram, Director of Lean Product Development, Interface

Heinz Avendano, Vice President of Manufacturing, Primex Technologies Inc

Tom Butkiewicz, Ph.D., Core Faculty-Research, Walden University

Matthew Patrick, Owner, C2 Engineered Solutions

Markus Mehrtens, Head of Logistics Sourcing & Partners, MediaMarktSaturn

  • How have you, your operations and the manufacturing and supply chain industry as a whole been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Which short-term, emergency measures did you and the industry at large have to put in place in order to keep your production and operations going?
  • How can manufacturing and supply chain leaders motivate and engage their employees in a time of change (and with obstacles such as working virtually, less face-to-face contact etc. to contend with)?
  • What lessons have you, and the industry as a whole, learnt in this tumultuous time?
  • What should manufacturing leaders be doing in the medium to long-term in order to optimize productivity in a COVID and post-COVID industry?

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

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Opportunistic Manufacturing: Using Stability and Flexibility to Take Advantage of Uncertain Times

Jordan Workman, Global Director of Client Development, Performance Solutions by Milliken

  • Great companies use difficult times to re-set strategy and build their organization for the long-term – Now is one of those times.
  • Being opportunistic in manufacturing can’t be about improvements in the plant’s 4 walls alone; it has to be designed for the whole company
  • High-performance teams and technology will be critical determinants of market leadership – How do we make the right decisions on both components?
  • Why Safety, Sustainability, and Agility are the outcomes of a system and value structure, not another organizational silo to build

10:40 AM - 11:30 AM

Networking Break

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

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Establishing Capable Measurement Systems for Manufacturing Processes

Jerry Hamilton, Procurement Engineer, ASQ Master Black Belt, Lockheed Martin

The validation of measurement systems in manufacturing processes is sometimes overlooked or applied incorrectly.  However, measurement system validation can have a significant 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.  This presentation will discuss some practical advice in setting-up, facilitating, analyzing, interpreting and improving the results of a measurement systems analysis validation effort. In addition, we will discuss some of the pitfalls that can occur.  This presentation will provide an overview of the validation of continuous measurement systems (weight, thickness, temperature, etc.) as well as attribute assessments (scratch, dent, void, discoloration, etc.) in manufactured products and the benefits associated with each.

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

How an Evolving MES Supports Today’s Digital Plant

Joe Gerstl, Director, Digital Product Management, GE Digital

As businesses prepare to change their factories into digital factories emphasizing data and optimization, it is important to understand how systems such as manufacturing execution system (MES) software, can help manage these changes. In this session, see how Hybrid Cloud MES from GE Digital is enabling manufacturing businesses to digitize their operations by connecting systems, processes, and factories across the manufacturing network.

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Networking Lunch

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

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Implementation of Lean and OpEx Strategies Across Multiple Plants Organizations

Davide di Blasi, Global Lean and Quality Director, Hilding Anders International AB

  • Virtual travel in Japanese lean thinking
  • Understanding the local culture as a basic point before to start any lean transformation
  • Lessons learned: importance of commitment
  • How to develop Lean leadership in the organization? Train the trainer concept…
  • How to boost the system: “external and fresh eyes”, partnership with University and talents management


Monozukuri generally used specifically to describe Japanese-style manufacturing processes. Monozukuri is one of those words that is impossible to translate. It is written entirely in Japanese hiragana syllables, making it a “native’ Japanese word, or “yamato kotoba.” Some writers have said that only people who speak Japanese can fully understand its nuances. While monozukuri is used to describe technology and processes integrating development, production and procurement, it also includes intangible qualities such as craftsmanship and dedication to continuous improvement. In the actual environment how to make it possible in big multi-national companies it’s very challenging and in most cases the program will fail because some macro-mistakes since the beginning of the implementation! Operational Excellence today is something not only related in pure manufacturing areas but the concept has to be extended to different needs of the Supply Chain. To adapt a modern view of Japanese lean thinking in a complex organizations is something that I’m learning day by day: it’s a long journey, never completed…but benefits of it could be unexpected!

Future Technologies & IoT

Industry 4.0: System Transformation Requirements

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 - Case Studies

Future Technologies & IoT

Preparing for Long Term Manufacturing Business Resiliency

Miguel Corcio, Director, Technical Programs, Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII)

  • Full session abstract TBC

Advanced Production Strategies

Time to Bring Manufacturing Back To America

Rosemary Coates, Executive Director, Reshoring Institute

We live in turbulent global manufacturing times. Dealing with the pandemic, tariffs, trade wars, and global politics is causing manufacturers to rethink their global manufacturing strategies. Should you keep sourcing parts and products from China or is it time to bring manufacturing back to America? Explore the possibilities with the leader of the Reshoring Institute.

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Networking Break

3:50 PM - 4:25 PM - Solution Spotlights

Future Technologies & IoT

Geico Taikisha Factory Showcase

Fred Thomas, DELMIA Director – Transportation & Mobility and Industrial Equipment Industries, Dassault Systèmes

Participate in the unique opportunity to visit Geico Taikisha’s manufacturing operations. Geico Taikisha is a global leader in the planning and construction of turnkey automated car painting systems. Discover how Geico Taikisha has leveraged Dassault Systèmes’ DELMIA solutions to support their Industry 4.0 initiatives, develop their own Virtual Twin Experience and support the manufacturing operations of their Smart Paintshop.

4:30 PM - 5:05 PM - Case Studies

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

5:05 PM - 5:10 PM

Closing Remarks

5:10 PM - 6:10 PM

Networking & 1-2-1 Meetings

8:15 AM - 9:20 AM

Networking & 1-2-1 Meetings

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?

Dr. Aristides Matopoulos, Reader, Engineering Systems & Management, Aston Logistics & Systems Institute, Aston University

Ken Guity, President, Guity Executive Coaching

Prof. Sujit Banerji, Emeritus Professor , University of Warwick

William Pratt, VP Operations & Director of Creative Design, Kinamed, Inc.

Marco Padilla-Ordonez, Global Director, Supply Chain Management, GST Autoleather

  • What are the current and immediate issues that the manufacturing and supply chain industries are facing?
  • Should we be preparing for a prolonged recovery and is now the time to evaluate new processes, suppliers, inventory etc.?
  • What are the potential long-term issues that the manufacturing and supply chain industries should guard from?
  • Has this time accelerated the need and adoption of more digitalized processes, operations and manufacturing as a whole?
  • What can manufacturing and supply chain leaders do now to prepare for a post-COVID world?

10:20 AM - 10:55 AM - Case Studies

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

Leadership & Workforce Development

Continuous Improvement and Strategic Project ROI

Matthew Patrick, Owner, C2 Engineered Solutions

  • Full session abstract TBC

10:55 AM - 11:45 AM

Networking Break

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

Future Technologies & IoT

Toward a Zero-Defect Manufacturing: Development of a Holistic Quality Management Platform

Pierluigi Petrali, Manufacturing R&D Manager, Whirlpool EMEA

To improve the quality of your product you need to cross analyze a big amount of different data which are available in many silos of your company. EU H2020 research project QU4LITY provides a solution to build a conceptual framework where all the data fits in a predefined ontology that put Quality perceived from the consumer as the glue to link all the data, allowing faster and easier correlation, data analytics and Autonomous Management of specific processes.

Advanced Production Strategies

Flipping the Fashion Supply Chain For a More Sustainable, Profitable Future

Sydney Badger, CEO & Co-Founder, Public Habit

  • The fashion industry is infamous for overproduction that creates waste. By some estimates 30% of clothing made is never even sold
  • History of a lowest-cost, supply-driven supply chain and the environmental and social problems it has created
  • Upside of moving away from lowest-cost driven sourcing is powerful. Up to 30% market capitalization could be regained by rethinking the supply chain
  • The future fashion supply chain is a demand-driven supply chain that is quicker, more flexible, and less risky

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

Leadership & Workforce Development

Industry Leadership and Public Sector Engagement for Workforce Development

William Pratt, VP Operations & Director of Creative Design, Kinamed, Inc.

  • From Complaint to Measuring Success, the Phases of Public Sector Engagement.
  • A case study of opportunities for leadership – the unpredictable road taken.
  • Your role as an agent for change and getting the workforce you need with the tax dollars you already pay

Future Technologies & IoT

Design for Product, for Manufacturing or for Supply Chain?

Dr. Aristides Matopoulos, Reader, Engineering Systems & Management, Aston Logistics & Systems Institute, Aston University

This session discusses how you can support your manufacturing / engineering business to strengthen resilience through a structured approach. Attend this session to:
  • Understand the connection between Technology, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Readiness Levels.
  • Become aware of the trade-offs between TRL/MRL/SCRL as an integral part of the new product development process.
  • Learn about the above in the context of a case study

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Networking Lunch

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

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

Leadership & Workforce Development

Virtual Leaders Applying Emotional Intelligence and Restorative Practice During Times of Uncertainty

Tom Butkiewicz, Ph.D., Core Faculty-Research, Walden University

  • Investigate leadership values to enhance purposeful and sustainable relationships with employees at all levels, which can be incredibly difficult during times of uncertainty
  • Describe the requisite competencies leaders need to upskill for effectively applying emotional intelligence and restorative practice after pivoting to work virtually with remote workers
  • Complete an emotional intelligence self-assessment and a restorative practice exercise to increase leadership capacity that could influence employee motivation and engagement     
  • Build multicultural social capital through a leadership framework and resources that might lead to positive social change for the greater good in organizations worldwide

2:40 PM - 3:15 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

Leadership & Workforce Development

Lean, a Powerful Platform to Create Employee Engagement

Ken Guity, President, Guity Executive Coaching

  • Why do some companies succeed to transform and sustain a Lean environment, yet others fall short?
  • What are the key elements of driving an effective change?
  • What are the characteristics of an effective leader in a lean environment?
  • What is the role of a leader in a Lean environment?

3:20 PM - 3:55 PM - Case Studies

Advanced Production Strategies

Launching Innovation During Uncertain Times

Elaine Finley, Director of Innovation Commercialization & Continuous Improvement at Daily Harvest, Daily Harvest

  • Supply Chain Agility A case study of our innovation at Daily Harvest: the objective, the approach, the obstacles, & the execution
  • Continuous Improvement Leveraging direct customer feedback drives our iterative development
  • Good Food. Great People We’re a mighty band of scrappy seekers, inventors, visionaries—and we’re all genuinely passionate about good food. We’re reimagining how easy it can be to eat well, and we’re growing and searching for talent each and every day

Future Technologies & IoT

Advanced Materials Processing Research at San Diego State University: Novel Materials and Processes

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

This presentation discusses the materials processing research activities at the Advanced Materials Processing Laboratory (AMPL), San Diego State University. The presentation covers novel materials and processes. The work includes new processes developed at AMPL such as Spark Plasma Extrusion, Current activated Tip sintering, Ballistic Manufacturing, current-activated reactive processing of microstructurally designed powder compacts, in addition to new classes of metallic foams and new approaches for nanotube dispersions in metallic matrices for the production of nanocomposites.

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM - Case Studies

Future Technologies & IoT

Supply Chain Transparency: Current Innovations and Future Opportunities

Alexis Bateman, Research Scientist and Director of MIT Sustainable Supply Chains, MIT Center of Transportation & Logistics

Many agree that supply chain transparency is more critical than ever. But there is much disagreement over what it constitutes, how to do it, and who is doing it well. In this presentation we will explore what supply chain transparency really means, how some companies are approaching, as well as how and when it makes the most sense. And to conclude, we will explore what current trends are in transparency amidst the uncertainty of COVID-19 and supply chain disruptions, and how supply chain transparency is more critical than ever.

4:45 PM - 4:50 PM

Closing Remarks

4:50 PM - 5:50 PM

Networking & 1-2-1 Meetings