Red Rock Resort & Spa, Las Vegas

What You Get

Our ‘invitation-only’ approach allows us to provide exceptional service for our audience.


Conference Pass

Full access to the event, from educational sessions to networking events.


Flight Voucher

Traveling more than 100 miles? We'll help with a $200 flight credit.


Overnight Hotel

We cover the first night and offer a discounted rate. Spouses welcomed.


5 Star Catering

Breakfasts, lunches, networking receptions and dinner.

Who You'll Meet

A unique engagement opportunity with Fortune 500 companies and emerging mid-size enterprises.


Influential Peers

Benchmark with the movers and shakers of food and beverage.


Industry Experts

Learn from the best in the field and walk away with actionable insights.


Leading Partners

Meet only with the most relevant for your projects and initiatives.



Unparalleled networking opportunities with high profile industry leaders.

What You'll Do

Your registration creates a personalized agenda based on specific areas of responsibility, challenges and interests.


Learning Time

Spend most of your time participating in educational sessions and networking activities.


Educational Sessions

Keynotes, plenary sessions, industry panel discussions, case studies and more.


Networking Activities

Connect with peers who can truly make a difference to your business.


Research Time

25-minute appointments to discover leading solutions guided by knowledgable executives.

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A 100% peer-driven educational program centered around 4 key themes addressing the most pressing challenges in food and beverage manufacturing.


Key Themes

close Product Development and Innovation to Keep up with Consumer Trends

This track was designed for leaders and innovators in the food industry. As consumers keep pushing towards trends like clear labeling, plant-based products, reduced sugar, and healthy options, it has become pivotal for food companies to stay-up to-date, innovate, and develop products that will keep up with the ever-changing landscape. In this track leaders will discuss challenges, opportunities and winning strategies to stay ahead and remain successful in a highly competitive industry.

  • Emerging Trends that are Projected to Impact the Industry
  • Manufacturing Flexibility and Innovation Practices to Keep Up with Customer Demands
  • Best Practices on Concept to Launch New Products
Food safety and regulatory compliance is at the forefront of the food industry.  There is no doubt on the great challenge that food & beverage companies undertake in terms of keeping up with recent standards and regulations. Recent regulations such as GHS and FSMA can be complicated and intricate to understand and implement into current operations. During the track speakers will discuss leading approaches on how to keep up and stay compliant with food safety regulations.
  • Best Practices for Implementing a Successful Food Safety Program
  • The Impacts of FSMA on the Supply Chain and Manufacturing Floor
  • Clean Label Initiatives and the Effects on Food Safety and Product Stability
Sustainable packaging is no longer a want for food and beverage manufacturers, it is essential. To stay competitive in the current market and to thrive in the future, food and beverage companies must become engaged in sustainable packaging.  During this track, subject matter experts will discuss sustainable packaging and leading practices that will satisfy consumer demand and will contribute to a significant competitive advantage.
  • Is Packaging Innovation Really Helping Drive Sales?
  • How to Overcome Roadblocks to Achieving Successful Sustainable Packaging
  • Making Sustainable Packaging Cost-Effective and a Corporate Value
Food and beverage manufacturers continue to devote considerable efforts into efficient warehousing and transportation. An effective and strategic distribution channel is crucial for many manufacturers and can enable F&B companies to reduce cost and risk.  During this track, leaders will discuss some long-term and strategic supply chain initiatives to optimize network operations.
  • Winning the Last Mile Logistics Battle
  • Managing Logistics & Distribution for New Products
  • Risk Mitigation Strategies Addressing Potential Disruption


Get insights from 20+ food and beverage executives actively addressing industry challenges.

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Paula Phillips


Kombucha Wonder Drink

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Alex Tipton

Research and Development Director, New Product Innovation

Pepsi Co

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Richard Coffey

Senior Director Workforce Development

E & J Gallo Winery

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Willie Johnson

Senior Director of Global Engineering

Sabra Dipping Company LLC

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Chris Cramer


Karl Strauss Brewing Co

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Chad McClintock

Director of Operations

Sunfood Super Foods

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Paul Sheehy, CPE

Director- Engineering and Facilities

Herbalife Nutrition

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Noreen Hobayan

Director of Quality Control

Glanbia plc

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Brian Perry

Senior VP Food Safety & Quality

TreeHouse Foods

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Abigail Storms

Vice President, Sweetener Platform Innovation

Tate & Lyle

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Jon Sobel


Sight Machine

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Stephen Engel

Senior Vice President, Practice Lead

Hitachi Consulting

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Bill Bather

Co-Founder and CEO


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Lyle Wells

National Director of Leadership Processes

The Flippen Group

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Jeffrey Price

Executive Vice President


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Ruben Mirensky


IMCO Software

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Ahmad Shahzad

Business Development / Technology Evangelist


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Robbie McKee

Sales Manager

JM Performance Products

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David McPhil


Memex Inc.

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Keith Chambers

Global Director, Operations & Execution Systems


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Papao Saisnith

Global Director of Sweeteners

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Make every session valuable by selecting up to 2 key themes to mix and match the most relevant topics to you.

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Welcome Cocktail Reception & Registration


Breakfast Buffet

Keynote Presentation

close Operationalizing Digital Manufacturing

Implementing Digital ManufacturingSight Machine - CEO

By 2022 Smart factories will deliver an estimated $500B in value and a 7x increase in overall productivity. What can manufacturing leaders do today to ensure short-term investments support the capabilities required for near and long-term Digital Manufacturing success?

  • How can companies identify their current level of Digital Readiness?
  • What use cases become available as a company increases their Digital Readiness?
  • What pitfalls threaten successful Digital Manufacturing implementations?
  • What has Sight Machine learned from working with the world’s most advanced Digital Manufacturers?


Jon Sobel
CEOSight Machine

Targeted Research Meetings

Breakout Presentation

close Disrupt or be Disrupted

Product Development and Innovation to Keep up with Consumer TrendsPepsi Co - President, Global Beverage Group

Almost every facet of Food and Beverages is changing. Barriers to entry to the category have never been lower. Some of the “received wisdoms” of the past no longer apply- is scale still an advantage, or does it stifle innovation? Are “Known Brands” an advantage, or are consumers now looking for “Discovery Brands”? What role does distribution channels play in building brands today? What marketing works in this category and which does not? What people look for in the brands they buy, and the places they look to buy them is changing at a rate the industry has never experienced. Given this, “If” your business gets disrupting is not really debatable. But you may get to decide if you get disrupted by someone else, or if you disrupt yourself to future proof your business for the changes to come.

Key Take-Aways

  • Your business will be disrupted given consumer demand changes and channel evolution
  • You get to decide now if you allow yourself to be disrupted, or if you chose to disrupt yourself
  • Never has been a more exciting time to be in Food & Beverages
  • In some respects, has never been a scarier time to be in Food and Beverages


Bradley Jakeman
President, Global Beverage GroupPepsi Co
Breakout Presentation

close Consumer Demands and the Effects on Food Safey

Food Safety and Regulatory RequirementsTreeHouse Foods - Senior VP Food Safety & Quality

In a world of every-changing consumer demands we as food manufacturers need to balance consumer wants with delivering safe quality food. Consumers are demanding Clean-label, Organic, Natural, Gluten-free, Probiotic containing, Fresh Foods. While consumer demand drives manufacturing needs, a company needs to balance meeting those demands without compromising Food Safety and Stability in the market-place.

Key Take-Aways

  • Consumer demands drive the need for a global supply chain that drives complexity and potential food safety risks
  • Removal of preservatives from products to meet organic, natural and clean-label needs lead to increased food safety considerations
  • Fresh and Natural products drive shelf life and stability considerations
  • Diving into the Probiotic world brings new concerns about separation and segregation of probiotic containing products and the other products in your facility




Brian Perry
Senior VP Food Safety & QualityTreeHouse Foods
Breakout Presentation

close How to Solve the 5 Pervasive Team Challenges and Transform Your Business

Workforce & Talent ManagementThe Flippen Group - National Director of Leadership Processes

People represent the greatest investment opportunity in any company. They’re also the greatest challenge. And the challenges multiply when people work together on teams. Despite the dysfunction of the majority of business teams, teamwork has never been more important for fast-growth companies.

Key Take-Aways

  • How to accelerate the effectiveness of new teams and new leaders
  • How to deal effectively with contentious teams and teammates
  • How to optimize high-functioning teams and navigate change initiatives
  • How to to develop and retain your high potentials


Lyle Wells
National Director of Leadership ProcessesThe Flippen Group
Breakout Presentation

close Smart Manufacturing - Connecting Customer, Product and Factory

Implementing Digital ManufacturingTacton - Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Americas

Evolving Customer Expectations What is really happening? Why is it happening? How do I compete? The Challenge How do I control costs? How do I really KNOW? What if I do nothing? Digital Transformation What does it really mean? Why do I need to do it? How do I do it? The Manufacturing Tradeoffs – When… The focus is on the customer The focus is on the product The focus is on the operational excellence Tacton – Empowering Smart Manufacturing Customer needs first Turning complexity into strength Smart product definition through AI.

Key Take-Aways

  • Learn how to meet customers evolving expectations
  • Learn how to plan & execute digital transformation
  • Learn how to connect the Customer, Product & Factory
  • Learn how to create Smart Manufacturing in your organization


Rob Milks
Senior Vice President and General Manager of the AmericasTacton
Breakout Presentation

close From Investing to Operating in the Food & Beverage Industry

Product Development and Innovation to Keep up with Consumer TrendsKombucha Wonder Drink - President

Making the right investment choices in the food & beverage industry 3C’s and 4P’s EBITDA, valuation and beyond What is the value proposition Challenges in operating the food & beverage industry Price/product competition Distribution When to pay for slotting Launching a new product line: better the chance of success Consumer/Retailer buy in Bottom line Guiding Principles: DOING THE RIGHT THING Community (cooperation, not competition) Strategic Partnership Profitability.

Key Take-Aways

  • EBITDA is a good starting point
  • People are the most important asset
  • From profitability to sustainability


Paula Phillips
PresidentKombucha Wonder Drink
Case Study

close Bringing Your Innovations to Life through Savvy Storytelling

Pepsi Co - Research and Development Director, New Product Innovation

Innovation in any field is always more valuable if it is easily understood by key stakeholders. One of the best ways to do that is through communicating the value quickly and effectively through storytelling. Our Brains are hard wired to process and retain stories and during this session we will discuss tips for storytelling, cover two case studies on innovation and learn the power of delivering a powerful pitch!

Key Take- Aways

Techniques to deliver a fast, effective pitch to Leadership or customers to help them see the value of your innovation

Insight on enabling simple explanations of technical concepts and how to tie that into your innovation message

Storytelling 101: Blueprint your capability around describing why people should get excited about your innovation through understanding of all the key components of what makes up a good story


Alex Tipton
Research and Development Director, New Product InnovationPepsi Co
Breakout Presentation

close Get More from Your Plant Floor

Implementing Digital Manufacturing5ME - Executive Vice President

The emergence of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is bringing to market technologies that are fundamentally transforming the world of manufacturing. Asset Connectivity, Data Extraction, and Data Manipulation are no longer technical barriers to achieving Smart Manufacturing. Is your organization educated, aligned, and structured to leverage these technologies and reap their benefits? Learn why deploying a Smart Manufacturing platform is easier than it looks.

Key Take-Aways

  • Connectivity Layers and Strategies – Edge, FOG, Cloud
  • Communication Protocol Standardization
  • Begin with the End in Mind: What’s the problem you’re trying to solve?
  • Which Data is Right for You? – Define Your Use Cases
  • Driving Transparency Across the Enterprise – Integrating with Business Systems


Jeffrey Price
Executive Vice President5ME



Targeted Research Meetings

Breakout Presentation

close Strategic Workforce Practices to Support Innovation and Company Growth

Workforce & Talent ManagementE & J Gallo Winery - Senior Director Workforce Development

The concept behind the presentation is how the robust, consistent application of strategic workforce planning (SWP) practices can be a key enabler to the success of organizations, and especially as it relates to advancements in product development and innovation. Based on industry trends, emerging and maturing technologies, and the composition of the current workforce, it is essential that companies establish strategic workforce planning practices. The presentation would include examination of methodologies, how to overlay and align workforce planning with new product development, and how to look beyond organizational boundaries to establish sustainable workforce practices. Presenter has over 25 years experience in manufacturing, strategic planning, human resources, and workforce planning. 26 years with The Boeing Company with 15 in executive role and now senior director with E. & J. Gallo Winery.

Key Take-Aways

  • Importance of productive strategic workforce planning (SWP)
  • Risks and implications of not establishing long-range workforce planning practices
  • How to align and integrate workforce planning with new product development, new technologies, and other innovations
  • How to develop a fully integrated workforce planning and development strategy including a road map for phased adoption


Richard Coffey
Senior Director Workforce DevelopmentE & J Gallo Winery
Breakout Presentation

close Industry 4.0 - Bringing The Factory of the Future to Today

Leadership & Manufacturing Innovation StrategiesIMCO Software - CEO

To compete in today’s Global economy, where capital and technology flow a lot easier than what they did decades ago, manufacturing companies will have to rely heavily on technology. The higher level of technology will not be limited to the introduction of automation, i.e. robot technology, to the manufacturing process but will have to encompass every process along the supply chain as well. Industry 4.0 brings higher levels of efficiency and effectiveness to every aspect of the manufacturing and supply chain processes from demand planning to delivery of products to the customer. There are 4 design principles in Industry 4.0, Interoperability, Information Transparency, Technical Assistance, and Decentralized Decisions. In this workshop, we are going to explore how these 4 design principles can help manufacturing companies increase profitability by: • Dramatically increasing Uptime • Substantially reducing scrap and rework • Providing traceability • Drastically reducing working capital tied-up in inventory.

Key Take-Aways

  • Increase up-time
  • Improve traceability
  • Reduce working capital tied up in inventory
  • Reduce scrap and rework



Ruben Mirensky
CEOIMCO Software
Breakout Presentation

close Quality 4.0: Reduce the Cost of Bad Quality in the Industry 4.0 Era

Implementing Digital ManufacturingIBM - Business Development / Technology Evangelist

Manual quality management is prone to human error, given the 100s if not 1000s of variables involved. With the fourth Industrial revolution, new technologies are transforming inspection and testing processes. Discover how Industrial IoT, machine learning and artificial intelligence help you detect and predict quality issues in real-time. Understand how to unlock structured and unstructured data like audio and images to automate inspection processes. Learn how to get started with these new technologies, enabling you to improve yield, increase throughput, and reduce the cost of bad quality.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Manual quality management is prone to human error, given the 100s if not 1000s of variables involved. With the fourth Industrial revolution, new technologies are transforming inspection and testing processes. Discover how Industrial IoT, machine learning and artificial intelligence help you detect and predict quality issues in real-time. Understand how to unlock structured and unstructured data like audio and images to automate inspection processes. Learn how to get started with these new technologies, enabling you to improve yield, increase throughput, and reduce the cost of bad quality.
  • Unlock structured and unstructured data like audio and images to automate inspection processes
  • Learn how to get started with these new technologies, enabling you to improve yield, increase throughput, and reduce the cost of bad quality.


Ahmad Shahzad
Business Development / Technology EvangelistIBM
Breakout Presentation

close Innovation Partnership: Supply Chain Critical Behaviors

Product Development and Innovation to Keep up with Consumer TrendsSabra Dipping Company LLC - Senior Director of Global Engineering

As companies work to win in the marketplace with new initiatives there are critical behaviors required by all functions to bring this innovation to life. Innovation is a collaborative process that requires a multi-functional approach. This discussion will focus on the critical behaviors needed by supply chain organizations.

Key Take-Aways

  • Innovation is everyone’s job
  • Cross functional partnerships are important
  • Innovation is both nimble and rigorous
  • Building a culture in collaborative innovation



Willie Johnson
Senior Director of Global EngineeringSabra Dipping Company LLC
Breakout Presentation

close Data-Driven Manufacturing: Enabling Operational Excellence and Tangible Business Advantages on your Factory Floor

Memex Inc. - CEO/President

Data-Driven Manufacturing has proven itself to be a technology solution that delivers real benefits, independent research and customer reports all indicate that there are provable and measurable advantages to implementing a Data-Driven Manufacturing solution.
Data-Driven Manufacturing, involves the capture and collection of real-time machine data and the transformation of that data into useful, readable business and operational information that enables employees to do their jobs better, and increase key production metrics including availability, quality, performance, and throughput.
While Data-Driven Manufacturing solutions are optional now, studies indicate they will soon become the industry-standard way of managing plant activity.

Key Take-Aways

  • Understand why Data-Driven Manufacturing is the right choice for your business
  • Hear why leading manufacturers depend on Data-Driven Manufacturing
  • Realize how easy it is to implement a Data-Driven Manufacturing solution
  • Comprehend how an investment in Data-Driven Manufacturing returns extremely compelling bottom-line results


David McPhil
CEO/PresidentMemex Inc.
Case Study

close Pioneering San Diego's Craft Beer Industry - Staying Relevant After All These Years!

Product Development and Innovation to Keep up with Consumer TrendsKarl Strauss Brewing Co - CEO

Hear the inside story of how Karl Strauss Brewing Company started San Diego’s craft beer revolution in 1989 and how we have built manufacturing systems, customer feedback loops, and a company culture focused on continuous improvement that has enabled us to keep pioneering through the decades and stay relevant with a rapidly changing consumer base.

Key Take-Aways

  • Product Development and Innovation is process that must be planned for and embraced culturally
  • How we have adapted and developed new products to keep up emerging trends
  • Continuous evolution and improvement is necessary to remain on the forefront of your industry
  • Quality is the foundation of success



Chris Cramer
CEOKarl Strauss Brewing Co
Breakout Presentation

close The Roadmap to Digital Manufacturing Transformation

Implementing Digital ManufacturingMachineMetrics - Co-Founder and CEO

Amid the hype surrounding Industry 4.0, IIOT, and data-driven digital manufacturing transformation, the introduction of Industry 4.0 has caused a bit of a culture shock for manufacturers. The benefits are far too significant to ignore and will enable many to deliver competitive advantages in an ever-competitive landscape. However, a great deal of hesitancy still exists for manufacturers to embrace the technology that solves the new challenges presented. Because no standard roadmap toward digital manufacturing exists, companies are often uncertain around where to start and what foundational capabilities are required to succeed. 50% of US companies admit to not having a systematic roadmap or toolbox for easy rollout of digital manufacturing solutions. To build a roadmap to digital transformation, companies will often look into the future, visualize where need to be in twenty years, and attempt to plan backwards. For many however, a more beneficial approach may be to accept that “You can’t know where you’re going without knowing where you are now.” It’s all about knowing where you stand and planning for the road ahead. Visualizing your roadmap and where your organization lands within it will help define what steps you can take to create immediate value, where/when to invest time and resources, and most importantly how to advance forward to the next stages.

Key Take-Aways

  • How to identify if you are ready and capable for digital transformation
  • How to identify the digital tools necessary for measuring your success
  • How to identify the assets and people necessary for implementing your strategy
  • Defining actionable steps to build your roadmap to digital transformation


Bill Bather
Co-Founder and CEOMachineMetrics
Breakout Presentation

close FSMA Industry Perspective and Updates

Food Safety and Regulatory RequirementsGlanbia plc - Director of Quality Control

FSMA is the biggest change in food safety law in over 70 years. It has been 7 years since it was signed into law by President Obama and implementation is still in progress. This presentation will help food and beverage companies understand the history of FMSA, where we are in the implementation timeline, where we are going, and ideas for how to stay the course.

Key Take-Aways

  • History of FSMA
  • FSMA Implementation Timeline and Status
  • FSMA and the Future of Food Safety
  • Ideas for Staying Motivated


Noreen Hobayan
Director of Quality ControlGlanbia plc
Breakout Presentation

close Bring World Class Maintenance to Your Site in 2018

Product Development and Innovation to Keep up with Consumer TrendsHerbalife Nutrition - Director- Engineering and Facilities

It is time to raise the bar on your expectations from your Maintenance team. Getting to world class maintenance is as much about relationships & following up on what you uncover. You can no longer afford ineffective maintenance. Get on the path to become world class.

Key Take-Aways

  • The path to world class maintenance is not complicated
  • Data is key- so don’t over complicate it
  • You must provide adequate infrastructure to support the efforts
  • The journey is a continuous process: Raise the bar & repeat


Paul Sheehy, CPE
Director- Engineering and FacilitiesHerbalife Nutrition
Breakout Panel

close High Frequency Mobile Process Audit Programs: A Fast-Track Strategy for Cutting Quality Costs & Building a Culture of Quality

Effective Continuous ImprovementBeacon Quality - Chief Technology Officer

Unless you’re in the automotive or aerospace manufacturing industries, you probably haven’t heard of Layered Process Audits (LPAs). They are high-frequency process audits conducted on the shop floor to check that correct processes are being done. They focus on how products are made, rather than inspecting finished products. Due to their proactive nature, they detect process errors early to reduce defects and complaints, build a culture of quality through leadership engagement and communication. It’s because of their unique ability to see blind spots and ensure process standardization that more industries are adopting layered process audits to add extra verification around high-risk processes.

Key Take-Aways

  • Adaptation of high-frequency audits on all levels of the manufacturing organization
  • Create audit questions that prevent pencil-whipping and produce real change for the shop floor
  • Hold the gains in quality and continuously sustain meaningful improvements
  • Find out the leading and trailing indicators of high-frequency audit


Scot Larsen
Chief Technology OfficerBeacon Quality

Cocktail Reception


Industry Dinner


Breakfast Buffet

Keynote presentation

close Building Smarter Manufacturing with The Internet of Things

Implementing Digital ManufacturingHitachi Consulting - Senior Vice President, Practice Lead
Hitachi Consulting - Vice President Management Consulting

Are you pleased with your current margins? Does your revenue grow by single digits? Is 2017 another year of “trimming costs” to be more efficient with the result being mediocre at best?
Hitachi has 100+ years of manufacturing experience. Today, convergence of operational technology and information technology enables manufacturers to be more efficient, agile, and profitable. Learn how Hitachi has employed IoT and Advanced Analytics to solve internal manufacturing challenges and address customer pain points, to realize real operational savings.

Key Take-Aways

  • Where is manufacturing headed? IoT will fundamentally change how products are invented, manufactured, shipped and sold
  • With IoT, IP networks and analytics, manufacturers can become more efficient, improve worker safety and offer new business models
  • IoT will help manufacturers improve resource efficiency, safety and return on assets Manufacturers that master this new dynamic will have a variety of new opportunities for revenue growth and cost savings


Stephen Engel
Senior Vice President, Practice LeadHitachi Consulting
Dennis McRae
Vice President Management ConsultingHitachi Consulting

Targeted Research Meetings

Breakout Presentation

close Getting More from your Existing CNC Equipment Without Spending a Fortune

Leadership & Manufacturing Innovation StrategiesJM Performance Products - Sales Manager

A flaw exists in the design of V-Flange tooling that is costing the manufacturing sector a tremendous amount of money in terms of time, lost production and excessive tool life. The presentation will illustrate how the flaw was identified and ultimately remedied. An in-depth discussion into process and tooling changes to eliminate the cause of the problem, namely toolholder expansion, will be held. These changes enable shops to increase their production on their existing equipment by 10-40% while increasing their tool life by 15% and more. The presentation will provide details key to the implementation process and describe the systematic method of achieving faster speeds and feed rates on existing equipment. Actual case studies are included, beginning with the problems that were presented in real-time milling environments and ending with how affected companies optimized their CNC spindles. The discussion will include attention to routine maintenance practices and encourage employee education. Participants will learn how optimizing the CNC spindle and tooling connection will make V-flange tooling the most accurate, affordable and productive tooling system available, making it possible for every shop to increase their speeds and feed rates and realize an increase in productivity on existing CNC equipment.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Identify symptoms of v-flange tooling flaws in seeing how they impact one’s own CNC environment
  • Recognizing the effect of the flaws on one’s CNC production
  • Using the tools learned to correct the flaws
  • Increase production and improve tool life without making a large capital commitment



Robbie McKee
Sales ManagerJM Performance Products
Breakout Presentation

close Win the War on Taste while Reducing Sugar & Calorie Content

Product Development and Innovation to Keep up with Consumer TrendsTate & Lyle - Global Director of Sweeteners

Together we can help improve lives for generations by tackling child obesity and adult diabetes by promoting healthier eating and increased education. Consumers are seeking to live a healthier lifestyle by reducing sugar and calorie intake but do not want to sacrifice on the taste experience. Significant taste barriers exist for consumers to switch to low or no sugar products until now. Come learn about how ingredient innovation can reduce sugar and calories, deliver on consumers taste expectations w/ a consumer friendly label.

Key Takeaways:

  • Market and consumer trends impacting sugar and calorie reduction
  • Impact of reducing the caloric footprint
  • Keys to successful ingredient innovation launches
    • Innovation – Manufacturing, Application and Acceptable Cost in Use
    • Supporting Claims
    • Labeling – What are Consumers seeking?
    • Marketing Emerging Ingredients


Papao Saisnith
Global Director of SweetenersTate & Lyle
Breakout Presentation

close Why are Most Companies Still Scheduling With Spreadsheets?

Implementing Digital ManufacturingAsprova Inc. - VP & Senior Consultant

Many companies still use spreadsheets and other unsuitable tools to create their production plans and schedules. Why is it hard to move to a better software solution, what are the benefits of such a move, and what is important when choosing a system?

Key Take-Aways

  • Inadequate scheduling causes unnecessary costs
  • Process synchronization is the key for a good schedule
  • Material availability must be considered
  • Make sure that the scheduling software is a good fit for your specific requirements



Gabor Koertvelyessy
VP & Senior ConsultantAsprova Inc.
Breakout Presentation

close Leveraging IIoT for Productivity Gains - in 30 days or less!

Implementing Digital ManufacturingFreePoint Technologies - President

IIoT technologies represent a tremendous opportunity to connect all your machines, in their current state, to effective cloud based productivity improvement tools today, by using technology to connect machines and engage workers at the same time. It’s more than connecting machines; it’s about engaging people by providing meaningful information.

Key Take-Aways

  • All machines can be connected, cost effectively, today
  • You do not have to change or modify existing infrastructure
  • Engaged employees are effective employees
  • Start small, achieve proven results, and then scale


Paul Hogendoorn
PresidentFreePoint Technologies
Breakout Presentation

close Optimize Operations and Reduce Total Cost of Ownership with Performance Monitoring in the Cloud

Implementing Digital ManufacturingSchneider-Electric - Global Director, Operations & Execution Systems

Cloud computing is a critical technology enabler driving the digital transformation of manufacturing. With cloud and hybrid deployment models of operations management solutions, companies can improve operational performance, increase asset reliability and increase recipe agility while lowering total cost of ownership and expanding advanced capabilities to manual or semi-automated plants.

Key Take-Aways

  • See how you can improve throughput and productivity on existing equipment
  • Easily develop, communicate and standardize best practices across multiple sites
  • Learn how you can reduce total cost of ownership with cloud and hybrid deployment models
  • Discover how cloud solutions enable advanced capabilities (predictive maintenance, performance monitoring, etc.) in areas where it wouldn’t previously have been economically feasible


Keith Chambers
Global Director, Operations & Execution SystemsSchneider-Electric



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Steering Committee Members

David Janow Chief Executive Officer and President
Axiom Foods, Inc..
Ron Ward Vice President Operations and Productivity
Origlio Beverage
Tom Christensen Vice President of Operations
Goodheart Brand Specialty Foods
Mike Fleming Vice President of Engineering
Campbell Soup Company
Tom Heagney Quality Manager
Amir Ghannad Former Sr. Director - Global People Excellence
Campbell Soup Company
Aaron Brodniak Director of Quality
Diamond Knot Craft Brewing
Neeraj Sharma, Ph.D Head of Packaging Development and Innovation
Apio, Inc.
Carl Freeman Manufacturing Director
Mars Chocolate North America
Bruno Padovani Director of LEAN Continuous Improvement
Ferrara Candy Company
Cary Miller Vice president
Food Industry News


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Red Rock Resort Spa & Casino

Featuring luxurious hotel rooms and suites, three-acre pool backyard, sensuous spa treatments, delectable dining and exciting casino gaming–all overlooking the stunning Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Inspired by the natural beauty of the neighboring mountains, Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa pays homage to the elegant mid-century modern resorts that made Las Vegas famous. Spacious accommodations are designed with modern contemporary décor and a wealth of amenities like no other hotel rooms in Las Vegas, and include a 42-inch HD TV, VOIP internet phones, an automated, fully-stocked private bar and in-room safe.
Accommodations must be booked through the conference organizers and not through the venue directly. We cover the first night and offer a discounted rate. Spouses welcomed. For reservations please contact:
The closest airport to the hotel is McCarran International Airport (LAS). Red Rock does operate a complimentary shuttle between McCarran Airport and the hotel. You can see the shuttle schedule here. Taxis are also available at the airport and cost approximately $50 each way.
Red Rock Resort, Casino & Spa | 11011 W. Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89135