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Coordinated by your personal concierge, a schedule is tailored to your professional goals and company priorities.

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Complimentary Pass

Inventive learning, renown speakers, executive networking. All free to you.

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Travel Reimbursement

$200 of your travel is covered if you’re trekking over 100 miles to attend.

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Accommodations

Your first night’s stay is on us and a discounted rate is available thereafter.

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5 Star Catering

All of your meals and libations are complimentary throughout the event.

The Event for Manufacturing’s Distinguished Upper Tier

A curated audience reserved for the senior level of Fortune 500 and mid-market organizations puts you in exceptional company.

250+

Affluent Peers

Meet the people who are just as invested in advancing manufacturing as you.

20+

Influential Leaders

Learn valuable strategy components from today’s very best.

40+

Proven Solutions

Meet industry leading solution providers, hand picked for your priorities.

2.5K

Connections

Take this unprecedented opportunity to connect with high profile execs.

A curated experience to cultivate achievement

Based on your specific areas of responsibility, challenges and interests we’ll craft a personal agenda that paves your path to success.

3

Days of Insight

Jump in the discussion through focused educational sessions and networking opportunities.

30

Innovative Sessions

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

6

Networking Opportunities

Tie into contemporaries and mentors as interested in improving the bottom line as you.

10

Research Meetings

Meet one-on-one with executives delivering on the solutions that are shaping the industry.

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Peer-Led Education

The IMPACT Steering Committee consists entirely of your contemporaries, meaning we tackle the themes that have profound significance to your performance and your company.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Key Themes

close The Application of Digital Manufacturing

Industry 4.0 is making a big impact in the world of manufacturing, providing more data than ever before. Artificial intelligence, automation and robotics, IoT and additive technology have the potential to improve productivity, quality, cost efficiency, and revenue, and will continue to transform manufacturing for the next few years. During this track, manufacturing leaders will discuss key challenges, best strategies, and successful case studies of their successful digital transformation.

This track was specifically developed to support manufacturing leaders with best strategies relating to planning and development, performance improvement and workforce management.  Effective leadership strategies are usually considered the foundation of any successful operation and key to building, developing and motivating the workforce.  This track brings together a comprehensive view of varied methods that tackle some of the most pressing challenges for the top leaders in manufacturing.
Continuous improvement and innovation are the most significant ways for companies to identify opportunities, reduce operating overhead and streamline workflows.  A successful CI plan and innovation programs allow companies to reduce wasted time and effort, resulting in time and money savings. This track will highlight some tested continuous improvement and innovation approaches and effective implementation strategies, through carefully crafted presentations for the manufacturing leader of today.
During this track, R&D experts will discuss how to successfully achieve efficient and innovative product design and development using road mapping and lean engineering to increase speed to market while also keeping a balance between innovation and process.
The speed of new emerging technologies is a huge challenge for corporations to keep up with and successfully implement. During this track, R&D leaders will explore and discuss ways to profitably implement new technologies like AI, automation, robotics, IoT and additive manufacturing into the R&D process and role.
A central role of R&D is managing risks to increase the success rates of R&D projects. During this track, experienced speakers will discuss business strategies on how to identify risks and determine risk mitigation strategies early in the development process, how to manage costs, and how communicate risk effectively to upper management and stock holders.

High Profile Speakers

Hear strategic endeavors and skillful insights from 40+ Manufacturing leaders as they make way in today’s changing landscape.

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Richard Coffey

Senior Director Workforce Development

E & J Gallo Winery

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Kari Warberg Block

CEO/Founder

Earthkind

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Spencer Miniely

Vice President of Manufacturing

Yenkin-Majestic

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Eric Schuh

Chief Engineering Innovation

Dometic

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Steve Caudill

Director, Ag Sector, Digital Operations

CNH Industrial

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Esther Baldwin

Solutions Architect- AI Strategy

Intel Corporation

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Evan York

Director of Manufacturing and Operations

Bedgear

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Guneet Bedi

Vice President Global Sales, GM – Americas

Relayr Inc.

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Robert Joseph, Ph.D.

Director, Industrial Strategy for Industry 4.0

Stanley Black & Decker

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Mahendraprabu Sundarraj

Enterprise Architect

Sunpower Corporation

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Vittorio Bologna

Research and Development Manager

Riddell

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Erika Berg

Head of Application Development

Carbon 3D

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David Kober

Senior Sales Engineer

iba America, LLC

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Chris Schulze

Business Development Manager

Advantech

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Sam Cagle

Senior Analyst

Corcentric

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Michael Okoroafor

Vice President, Global Sustainability and Packaging Innovation

McCormick & Company

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Ashish Saxena

Vice President and Business Head, Manufacturing North America

Wipro Technologies

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Nick Marchioli

VP Global Sales

Shoplogix

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David McGraw

Senior Manager, Consumer & Industrial Products practice

West Monroe Partners, LLC

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Bill Duffy

Director, Consumer and Industrial Products practice

West Monroe Partners, LLC

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Rahul Maharsia

Global Director of Research and Development

Filtration Group

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Jack Feng

VP of Operational Excellence and Digital Enterprise

Commercial Vehicle Group

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Joan Baucum

Director of Continuous Improvement

Dairy Farmers of America

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Daniel Kufer

Director of Strategy for Markets & Development

thyssenkrupp North America

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Greg Vigil

Industry Solution Director

Microsoft

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Craig Izydor

Hitachi Consulting Insights & Analytics Director

Hitachi Consulting

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Marcella Backer

Hitachi Global Solution and Innovation Business Subject Matter Expert in Discrete Manufacturing, Operations and Process

Hitachi Consulting

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Sanjiv Katri

Senior Director Engineering

Hubbell

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Heidi Brown

Director of Strategy & Innovation

OMI Industries

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Chris Kretching

Global Vice President of Sales

42Q

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Tim Linsenmeyer

Chief Technology Officer

Clover Imaging Group

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Terri Hiskey

Vice President of Global Product Marketing

Epicor Software Corp.

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Larry Monaghan

Head of Manufacturing/Supply Chain & Plant Manager

Shamrock Technologies

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Willem Sundblad

CEO

Oden Technologies

2020 Full Agenda

Your personal concierge will craft a custom schedule based on your interests and priorities. View the complete agenda below.

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Manufacturing Leadership Strategies
Effective Continuous Improvement
Implementing Digital Manufacturing
Workforce and Talent Management
Leadership and Workforce Strategies
Continuous Improvement & Innovation
The Application of Digital Manufacturing
Agile Product, Design, Development and Innovation
Digital Transformation of R&D
Risk Management & Cost Containment
SundayNetworking

Welcome Cocktail Reception & Registration

MondayNetworking

Breakfast Buffet

MondayKeynote Presenation

close Digital Transformation – Six Steps to Success

Implementing Digital ManufacturingHitachi Consulting - Hitachi Global Solution and Innovation Business Subject Matter Expert in Discrete Manufacturing, Operations and Process
Hitachi Consulting - Hitachi Consulting Insights & Analytics Director

Digital transformation – driving operational improvements in your physical value stream using connected data from your digital value stream – is delivering unprecedented value across industries to those with a clear roadmap. In fact, a recent Harvard Business School report shows that companies that embrace digital transformation attain significantly better gross margins, earnings and net income than those that don’t. What’s more, those digital leaders are not spending much more on IT than laggards because the big investments have already been made. The challenge is knowing how to connect the data from the digital value stream to drive continuous improvement with real-time metrics and predictive analytics. No matter where you are on the journey of digital transformation – these six steps can help you connect your systems to drive new levels of productivity, profitability and value across your business.

Key Take-Aways

  • Learn how to connect your physical and digital value streams to create near real-time operating systems
  • Identify areas of variation across the physical value stream that can be supported by better data and real-time analytics
  • Gain knowledge through strategic partnerships with digital leaders to accelerate your journey to unlocking more organizational value
  • Hitachi Optimized Factory aggregates OT, IT and IoT data and uses predictive analytics and machine-learning to provide actionable insights that can drive continuous improvement and leaner operations

Speaker

Marcella Backer
Hitachi Global Solution and Innovation Business Subject Matter Expert in Discrete Manufacturing, Operations and ProcessHitachi Consulting
Craig Izydor
Hitachi Consulting Insights & Analytics DirectorHitachi Consulting
Monday

Targeted Research Meetings

MondayBreakout Presentation

close Key Insights Driving the Future of Packaging in a Connected World

Continuous Improvement & InnovationMcCormick & Company - Vice President, Global Sustainability and Packaging Innovation

In this presentation, thought leader Dr. Michael Okoroafor will share his insights on leveraging packaging innovation and re-aligned supply chain to drive growth in a circular economy.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • How digital transformation & the power of e-commerce is shaping the future of retail and on-demand marketplace
  • How to create packaging that lets the brand educate and inspire consumers
  • How sustainability imperatives will drive the circular economy and shape the future of innovation

Speaker

Michael Okoroafor
Vice President, Global Sustainability and Packaging InnovationMcCormick & Company
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Using AI/ML to Accelerate Your Digital Transformation Journey

Digital TransformationClover Imaging Group - Chief Technology Officer

Clover continues to partner with Microsoft to enhance their business through digital transformation. Clover has experienced unprecedented success with reducing cost, improving efficiencies, and exceeding customer expectations by leveraging AI/ ML technologies throughout its Supply Chain. Additionally, Clover is building upon this success by implementing this technology in other key functional pillars like Sales and Marketing. Furthermore, Clover continues to be an advocate and leader for how technology can be used for good. Clover has partnered with local Charities such as Gigi’s playhouse to help use technology as a means to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Key Takeaways:

  • Data is the new currency
  • How well do you know your business?
  • “Tech Intensity” and “Data Intensity” — focus on technology and data to change your business

 

 

Speaker

Tim Linsenmeyer
Chief Technology OfficerClover Imaging Group
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Data, Design and Manufacturing: How Carbon and Riddell are Transforming Helmet Technology

Agile Product, Design, Development and InnovationCarbon 3D - Head of Application Development
Riddell - Research and Development Manager

Riddell, the leader in football helmet technology, and Carbon, an industry-leading digital manufacturer, have partnered to transform head protection for athletes. By integrating data from Riddell’s head-scanning system, PrecisionFit, with the design and manufacturing capabilities afforded by Carbon Digital Light Synthesis technology, a new industry standard was born: Riddell’s Diamond helmet technology.

Initially available in the Riddell SpeedFlex Precision Diamond helmet, the Diamond platform features the first-ever digitally manufactured helmet liner, a data-driven lattice structure customized to match the specific contours of an athlete’s head. The result is a precise fit and impact absorption materials that are custom tuned. The product can be manufactured at scale and is being worn today by players on nearly every NFL team in the league.

In addition to scalable customization, Carbon’s Erika Berg and Riddell’s Vittorio Bologna will discuss the partnership and how the seamless integration of data, design, and manufacturing can provide critical advantages relevant for products in many industries, including part consolidation, a streamlined supply chain, the replacement of urethane casting, and a rapidly accelerated go-to-market timeline.

Speaker

Erika Berg
Head of Application DevelopmentCarbon 3D
Vittorio Bologna
Research and Development ManagerRiddell
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Factory 4.0 Recipe for Brownfield Sites

Continuous Improvement & InnovationAdvantech - Business Development Manager

Brownfield manufacturing sites have the most to gain from Industrial IoT, yet most companies are struggling to implement practical solutions in sites where machines are decades old, often with no networking capabilities. This talk will provide recipes to overcome those challenges at a manageable cost and, most importantly, without disrupting existing operations.

Key Takeaways:

  • Identifying what matters most, maximizing your ROI
  • Where to go with your data
  • Security considerations
  • Using the data – how to achieve positive outcomes

Speaker

Chris Schulze
Business Development ManagerAdvantech
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Manufacturing IIoT Lessons Learned

The Application of Digital ManufacturingStanley Black & Decker - Director, Industrial Strategy for Industry 4.0

This talk will focus on Lessons Learned in a large Manufacturing company with using IIoT and AI to improve the bottom line.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • The reasons why IIoT takes time.
  • IIoT is as much about change management as it is about technology.
  • So many tools, how to choose?

Speaker

Robert Joseph, Ph.D.
Director, Industrial Strategy for Industry 4.0Stanley Black & Decker
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Developing and Implementing a Comprehensive Workforce Development Strategy and Ecosystem

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

This workshop presents an effective workforce strategy that leverages agile management methods and results in a training ecosystem that addresses fully organizational training needs. This ecosystem includes all facets of effective competency development and training and the use of complementary learning and development methods (classroom, lab, OJT, online, blended, social).

Key Takeaways:

  • Factors and components are needed to create a robust learning and development strategy
  • Key steps needed to design, shape, and implement a workforce development strategy and system
  • How to effectively use complementary learning and development practices to optimize training outcomes and results
  • Ways to appropriate leverage agile management methods to develop, deploy, and sustain an effective workforce strategy

Speaker

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

close Digital Transformation: The Edge Analytics Approach to Industry 4.0

Digital Transformationiba America, LLC - Senior Sales Engineer

It is vital to the success of any business to be aware of the technological disruptions that directly impact the industry in which they serve. In the ever-changing landscape of manufacturing, the current point of emphasis revolves around converging IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operational Technology) using the Industrial Internet of Things in order to achieve Industry 4.0. The purpose of this discussion is to characterize a common-sense approach using edge devices and analytics to implement a successful digital transformation strategy.

Key Takeaways:

  • The focus will center around the general manufacturing infrastructure as well as practical implementations
  • Converging IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operational Technology
  • Optimizing the efficiency of the systems and applications that exist on the edge of the overall industrial network architecture

Speaker

David Kober
Senior Sales Engineeriba America, LLC
MondayBreakout Presentation

close AI and Convergence into HPC - getting started

Emerging Technology Impacting R&DIntel Corporation - Solutions Architect- AI Strategy

Join this session to see the technical challenges for AI and High Performance Computing convergence and how to get started with a retrofit solution. Also see where AI in converging into industry with many usages and disrupting traditional workloads for simulation and modeling.

Key Takeaways:

  • Free Retrofit Solution to download for adding AI to an HPC environment
  • Usage Models across many industries – where this is already being applied and you can too
  • Getting started in AI
  • A Management Framework for AI

Speaker

Esther Baldwin
Solutions Architect- AI StrategyIntel Corporation
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Why Digital Transformation is Critical for the Multi-generational Manufacturing Workforce

The Application of Digital ManufacturingEpicor Software Corp. - Vice President of Global Product Marketing

One of the biggest issues cited by manufacturers today is around workforce turnover. There are more people retiring from the workforce than there are workers to replace them, so companies are now offering modern and innovative work solutions to new workers as a way to differentiate themselves from others.

Key takeaways:

  • How new Industry 4.0 technologies can help attract and retain new workers
  • Balancing the needs of a multi-generational workforce
  • How digital transformation initiatives can optimize the employee experience

Speaker

Terri Hiskey
Vice President of Global Product MarketingEpicor Software Corp.
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Creating a Mass Personalized Performance Sleep System: Driving Innovation and Reinventing an Industry

Bedgear - Director of Manufacturing and Operations

The path to performance begins with quality sleep – quality sleep begins with the right fit. Evan will discuss how BEDGEAR successfully manufactures a Personalized Sleep System at scale, the challenges that come with a global supply landscape, and how the spirit of continuous improvement, agile manufacturing, and technology can attract new talent to the industry.

Key Takeaways:

  • Modular product design
  • Agile manufacturing and continuous improvement
  • The future of manufacturing and a millennial workforce

Speaker

Evan York
Director of Manufacturing and OperationsBedgear
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Leadership - Balancing the Balancing Act

Leadership and Workforce StrategiesYenkin-Majestic - Vice President of Manufacturing

The traditional view of the inspirational leader is slowly shifting from the larger than life figure standing tall atop the mountain, pointing the way, to the enabling figure, standing in the background. The reality is a balance between those and many other dual responsibilities.

Key Takeaways:

  • Leadership skill is learned from failure.
  • Leadership is many sizes fits one.
  • The more important balancing acts of leadership.
  • How you can practice and develop the ability to balance.

Speaker

Spencer Miniely
Vice President of ManufacturingYenkin-Majestic
MondayNetworking

Lunch

Monday

Targeted Research Meetings

MondayBreakout Presentation

close Leadership Engagement - How to Lead Well on a daily basis

Leadership and Workforce StrategiesDairy Farmers of America - Director of Continuous Improvement

It’s Not Enough to Do your Best; You must First Know What to Do then Do your Best.”
And Knowing what to do before you go Lead anyone is a good place to start if you want to be successful.
Come learn a few keys to leading yourself and others well!

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Practice the 3 Keys to Leadership: Knowing your Why, Exhibiting Vital Behaviors, and Engaging in 6 sources of Leadership
  • Set clear boundaries and expectations
  • Be clear so Effective communication can take place
  • Get to “Know” Yourself as a Leader & Improve what you find out – then share with others

Speaker

Joan Baucum
Director of Continuous ImprovementDairy Farmers of America
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Build vs Buy: Implement IIoT solutions alone or bring an expert?

The Application of Digital ManufacturingRelayr Inc. - Vice President Global Sales, GM – Americas

Firms who decide to take the IIoT plunge and look to digital transformation are faced with a major dilemma: implement IIoT solutions alone or bring an expert partner onboard from the beginning? If your business instinct is that the perceived financial benefits from in-house development trump every other consideration then you may be, at the very least, jumping ahead of yourself. Before any decision is made, there are a number of important questions to consider before deciding whether partnering or going it alone is the right choice. Join us as we explore case studies of successful IIoT implementation and how others are transforming their business.

Key Takeaway:

  • Identify the most common hurdles and how your organization can avoid them
  • Examine case study examples in successful IIoT implementation
  • Learn why business outcomes and goals should remain front-of-mind

 

Speaker

Guneet Bedi
Vice President Global Sales, GM – AmericasRelayr Inc.
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Transforming Innovation from Cliche to Cache

Continuous Improvement & InnovationOMI Industries - Director of Strategy & Innovation

My job is equal parts mad scientist and curator at the museum. It is an intersection of versatility, vulnerability, and valuation. This presentation highlights innovating in diverse sectors, discovering the innovator in yourself and others, and cultivating an organizational culture innovation.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Benefits and challenges of innovating in different business sectors
  • Recognizing innovative competencies in the recruitment and retention process
  • Best practices for consistently cultivating an innovative mindset independently or collectively

Speaker

Heidi Brown
Director of Strategy & InnovationOMI Industries
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Driving the Digital paradigm-shift in the manufacturing industry

The Application of Digital ManufacturingWipro Technologies - Vice President and Business Head, Manufacturing North America

The prevalence of digital in our day to day lives has never been so ubiquitous. Digital has touched every fabric of culture globally forcing companies in every industry to rethink, reimagine, and renew their go-to-market strategies. With this ubiquity comes the proliferation of technologies that leave even the best-in-class companies trying to cope and derive the most out of it.
We find that those companies that are successful are the ones that are fixated on driving business value through customer-centricity. And for them, customer-centricity does not stop at the front-office, the mobile app, or a digital storefront, but rather it percolates into the enterprise and beyond into their supplier networks.

Key Takeaways:

We invited industry experts to this session. Ray Wang, a dynamic thought leader, Founder & CEO of technology research & advisory firm, Constellation Research, will moderate the session along with other industry leaders. The session will focus on:

  • the role of digital in the manufacturing industry
  • the paradigm shift from product-centricity to customer-centricity
  • the adoption of advanced digital technologies, and
  • the retooling of the organization for sustainable competitive advantage.

Speaker

Ashish Saxena
Vice President and Business Head, Manufacturing North AmericaWipro Technologies
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Mixing Agile and Lean Startup to Quickly Design a Product That People Want

Agile Product, Design, Development and InnovationDometic - Chief Engineering Innovation

Turning knowledge gaps into knowledge to come up with requirements for a product people want, then executing those requirements quickly. We would also cover what to do if you want to work this way but the organization you work for doesn’t. I can show how we applied this to make our multiplexing system in 6 months.

Key Takeaways:

  • What is lean startup
  • How do you mix it with agile
  • Mapping out your career to work more efficiently even if your current employer doesn’t want to

Speaker

Eric Schuh
Chief Engineering InnovationDometic
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Deploy Operational Excellence and Digital Manufacturing in a Medium Sized MNC

Continuous Improvement & InnovationCommercial Vehicle Group - VP of Operational Excellence and Digital Enterprise

Dr. Feng moved CVG toward a world-class Operational Excellence (OpEx) / Lean 6-Sigma program now featured in Chapter 6 of the ISE textbook “Emerging Frontiers in Industrial & Systems Engineering” published by CRC Press in July 2019. He is also in charge of CVG’s digital transformation toward Industry 4.0. He has done similar work at Caterpillar. In this seminar, Dr. Feng will illustrate how CVG has used various change management tools to accelerate and sustain the OpEx & Digital programs in support of the process and financial gains.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to synergize Digital Manufacturing and Operational Excellence deployment
  • Key challenges in rolling out too many new initiatives
  • Tools to lead the step changes
  • Best practices proven to work

Speaker

Jack Feng
VP of Operational Excellence and Digital EnterpriseCommercial Vehicle Group
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Building a Recession-Proof Business with Help from Procurement

Continuous Improvement & InnovationCorcentric - Senior Analyst

I’m sure you’ve seen the headlines – another recession is almost here. That means manufacturing companies will have to work twice as hard to keep the lights on, let alone keep costs low and processes optimally. There are countless guides out there for building and maintaining a recession-proof business. Our advice? Stop keeping Procurement at arm’s length. Misconceptions still plague the Procurement function and limit its influence, but it can and should play an active role in driving the business. In addition to reducing expenses, Procurement is perfectly equipped to ensure your relationships with providers and customers stay strong throughout an economic downturn. In this presentation, Source One’s Sam Cagle will offer a step-by-step look at a world-class sourcing process and make the case for making Procurement a trusted risk manager. Don’t settle for just surviving the next recession. Commit yourself to build a business that will thrive – whatever comes next.

Key Takeaways:

  • Build and sustain a world-class approach to the sourcing cycle.
  • Recognize Procurement’s capacity to drive the business during the high-risk period like a recession.
  • Break down siloes and welcome Procurement’s influence in manufacturing and all other business areas.
  • Develop a resilient approach that will ensure your business thrives – even in the worst-case scenario.

Speaker

Sam Cagle
Senior AnalystCorcentric
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Crisis Leadership Management in a Social Media Era

Risk Management & Cost ContainmentShamrock Technologies - Head of Manufacturing/Supply Chain & Plant Manager

Preparation for when the unthinkable happens, how to effectively handle a crisis situation.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Preparation in anticipation of a situation gone bad
  • When to communicate to the press
  • How to communicate to the press
  • Maintaining the brand

Speaker

Larry Monaghan
Head of Manufacturing/Supply Chain & Plant ManagerShamrock Technologies
MondayBreakout Presentation

close A Case Study of Earthkinds Innovative Start-up to Scale up

Leadership & Manufacturing Innovation StrategiesEarthkind - CEO/Founder

Innovation is not a nice to do. It’s a must do. The rate of change in all markets is faster than ever, from new digital technologies, globalization, and other forces. Simply said, manufacturing organizations need to evolve to survive, and keep their eyes on emerging markets.

Key Takeaways:

  • We believe Innovation is the art of making hard things easy for your customers.
  • I’ll share the approaches, tools, and services we’ve used to create an innovative niche that’s become big enough for P&G to join.
  • How to evolve manufacturing organizations to survive the rapidly-changing rate of all markets

Speaker

Kari Warberg Block
CEO/FounderEarthkind
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Smart Manufacturing needs Smart People: How to connect People to your IoT Smart Factory Platform and drive your digital transformation to the next level?

Digital TransformationShoplogix - VP Global Sales

This workshop is about the people part of the IoT Smart Factory digital transformation.

The fourth industrial revolution has brought us embedded systems, intelligent objects and cyber systems in manufacturing. It is without question that manufacturers are adopting these disruptive technologies to catapult business growth. However, the people part of IoT digital transformation is just as important as the technologies, processes, and infrastructure to drive adoption, unlock actionable data, and connect insights for a successful Smart Factory platform implementation.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to engage employees to drive your digital maturity through adoption and accountability.
  • How to conquer complex information and identify 5 key metrics to make faster and smarter decisions to drive sustainable growth.
  • Data pitfalls that threaten successful manufacturing digital transformation efforts and how to break down data silos.
  • Exclusive insight of customer implementations into best practices of some of the world’s most advanced smart factory manufacturers.

Speaker

Nick Marchioli
VP Global SalesShoplogix
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Innovation Techniques for Fast Followers

Agile Product, Design, Development and InnovationCNH Industrial - Director, Ag Sector, Digital Operations

How do companies who are not #1 in the market (e.g. Lyft, Avis) best develop products that leverage R&D from competitors while building more than a “me too” offering? This session describes how CNH Industrial combines market and industry standards with focused research and feedback into innovation for their connected vehicle portals in a fast-follower market position.

Key Takeaways:

  • Approaches for innovating on features you didn’t introduce
  • How to structure the R&D pipeline to respond to innovation
  • Creating a unique innovation position when you don’t control the market

Speaker

Steve Caudill
Director, Ag Sector, Digital OperationsCNH Industrial
MondayNetworking

Industry Dinner

TuesdayNetworking

Breakfast Buffet

TuesdayKeynote Presentation

close Leveraging Your Partnership to Go from Small Steps to Big Leaps on the Wearables Journey

Leadership and Workforce StrategiesMicrosoft - Industry Solution Director
thyssenkrupp North America - Director of Strategy for Markets & Development

New technology and innovation need to be rooted in an organization’s vision to create customer and business value critical to success. Finding a partner who can enable you, and even push you further, on this journey, is ideal. Join thyssenkrupp and Microsoft to learn more about how the two companies have partnered in key digital transformation projects involving HoloLens technology. thyssenkrupp will share the benefits, challenges, and opportunities that accompanied successfully implementing the technology in game-changing applications, while Microsoft will offer insights on how the company approaches partnering with customers to achieve our mission of empowering every person and organization on the planet to achieve more.

 

Key Takeaways

  • thyssenkrupp learned to think differently about its core competencies and incorporate this thinking into how it holistically implemented the use of HoloLens in key projects
  • Microsoft and thyssenkrupp partnered to take the technology to the next level, allowing thyssenkrupp to radically transform its service and logistics operations
  • Microsoft can help you to start your transformation journey, sharing key learnings that drive success

 

Speaker

Greg Vigil
Industry Solution DirectorMicrosoft
Daniel Kufer
Director of Strategy for Markets & Developmentthyssenkrupp North America
Tuesday

Targeted Research Meetings

TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close Transforming Manufacturing Organization to Software Systems Provider

Agile Product, Design, Development and InnovationHubbell - Senior Director Engineering

Traditional hardware manufacturing companies are challenged to transform their business and engineering organizations to develop and deliver systems and solutions that will help them provide differentiated value to their customers in a commoditized market. Organizations go through various business, process and cultural changes across their value chain. In this session, we will discuss an organization’s journey through this transformation. We will discuss various business and engineering aspects of this transformation like phase gate v/s Agile new product development processes, industrial design to user experience design, selling hardware widgets with warranties to licensing and services model, moving from high capital budgets to high expense budgets, etc.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Businesses have to be open to providing solutions beyond their traditional products and core competency
  • Engineering and operations teams have to learn and adapt to changing processes, tools, and technologies to deliver to changing customer expectations
  • Changing in investment strategy from direct return on investment to business enablers that will help sustain and grow current hardware and equipment business

 

Speaker

Sanjiv Katri
Senior Director EngineeringHubbell
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close PLC to P&L: A framework to Industry 4.0 Success

Digital TransformationWest Monroe Partners, LLC - Director, Consumer and Industrial Products practice
West Monroe Partners, LLC - Senior Manager, Consumer & Industrial Products practice

For years we’ve heard about the future impact of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) or Industry 4.0. However, there are limited examples of implementations within the manufacturing industry that have successfully resulted in value creation aligned to the balance sheet. While there are many reasons why typically technology is often prioritized above business outcomes. During this session, we will outline the barriers to success and share a better path forward via framework we like to call “PLC to P&L”. Join us for an interactive discussion and explore how you may apply this approach to your organization.

Key Takeaways:

  • Value creation is the only metric you should be measuring
  • A strategic approach with pointed business outcomes significantly increases the success of IIoT solutions implementation
  • Start small to quickly pivot off failures and scale successes

Speaker

Bill Duffy
Director, Consumer and Industrial Products practiceWest Monroe Partners, LLC
David McGraw
Senior Manager, Consumer & Industrial Products practiceWest Monroe Partners, LLC
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close Achieving Peak Factory Performance with AI-Powered Prescriptive Analytics

The Application of Digital ManufacturingOden Technologies - CEO

What if a magic ball could tell you how to make your product in the most efficient way for your organization? Once an unachievable task, it’s now possible with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and prescriptive analytics. Learn how AI-powered solutions can find the optimal conditions for production and boost profit margins

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Know how AI-powered prescriptive analytics can identify the perfect run setting
  • Learn how much data is required to take advantage of prescriptive analytics
  • What results you can expect after only 6 months

Speaker

Willem Sundblad
CEOOden Technologies
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close Successes and Learnings from a Structured Innovation Program - Beginnings into Digital Transformation

Agile Product, Design, Development and InnovationFiltration Group - Global Director of Research and Development

Innovation in today’s fast-changing world is becoming increasingly complex and needs a structured multidimensional approach. Our newly tailored and holistic innovation program provides enabling tools and frameworks, promotes a culture of discussion and collaboration, leverages human capital and ensures support of the leadership team through strategic positioning. One key takeaway from our successes through this journey is the start of our digital transformation efforts through additive manufacturing.

Key Takeaways:

  • Structured Innovation Program – Processes and Tools
  • Sustained and Diversified R&D Pipeline (Immediate commercial needs vs Long term development)
  • Creating support for a holistic approach to innovation

Speaker

Rahul Maharsia
Global Director of Research and DevelopmentFiltration Group
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close Leveraging Edge to create real-time data analytics for Industry 4.0

The Application of Digital ManufacturingSunpower Corporation - Enterprise Architect

Manufacturing companies strive to find valuable insights from this vast amount of data, which is produced by smart factory sites. Analyzing this vast amount of data in real-time needs highly scalable Storage and Compute infrastructure. Cloud computing help to scale up and down the IT infrastructure on demand. However, satisfying all computing needs through cloud may not be sustainable, considering the cost of the cloud. This session explains how to create sustainable real-time analytics using a hybrid cloud infrastructure – Edge and Cloud.

Key Takeaways:

  • Sustainable Data analytics architecture for Smart factory
  • Best practices in creating hybrid cloud IT infrastructure for a smart factory
  • How to effectively use Edge computing in smart factory

Speaker

Mahendraprabu Sundarraj
Enterprise ArchitectSunpower Corporation
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close Digital Factory Transformation and IIOT

Digital Transformation42Q - Global Vice President of Sales

Cutting costs and waste while increasing quality and maintaining on-time delivery seems like a surmountable task, but that’s where 42Q can help. In today’s world, data drives everything, whether it be your grocery list, your car or your manufacturing operation. Analyzing actual build times, defective component information, machine performance data and other environmental indicators can truly change the way that business is done. You can identify problem areas, set realistic production goals and create fine-tuned maintenance plans to help ensure that operations spend their time in the best way possible – building your products.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Identify problems as early as possible to minimize the impact
  • Learn how to focus on data to maximize efficiency

Speaker

Chris Kretching
Global Vice President of Sales42Q
TuesdayNetworking

Lunch

Executive Steering Committee

Experienced Manufacturing leaders work with us to focus our program on trends that will move the needle at your company.

Steering Committee Members

Tim SchafhauserVice President of Manufacturing
U.S. Vision
Dharmendu DamanyVice President, Global Operations
OSI-Spacelabs
Doug YoungVice President Operations
Noosa Yoghurt
Nikki SullivanDirector of Continual Improvement
General Kinematics Corporation
Michael DeanVice President of Operations
Bold Furniture
Richard CoffeySenior Director, Workforce Planning and Learning
E. & J. Gallo Winery
Jim BraddockDirector of Quality
Allied Mechanical
Robert MillerPresident
Drummond Scientific Company
Fernando BernasconiVice President of Operations
Palecek
Bill McDowellVice President of Operations
Blue-White Industries
Gregg KiihneDirector of Process Safety North America
BASF
John GiantsidisSenior Director, Global Quality, Orthopedics and Tissue Technologies
Integra LifeSciences

An Esteemed Audience

Thousands of manufacturing executives have joined us over the years for what has been voted the “most effective trade show” for over a decade. Use our tools to demonstrate ROI to your C-Suite.

Attendee Testimonials

Attendee List

Exhibitors

IMPACT has quickly become established as the “deal generating show”.

Exhibitor Testimonials

Exhibitor List

About IMPACT

IMPACT is an invitation-only trade show for manufacturing executives that bridges you to the most compelling solutions and information for your crowning priorities.

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Our Team

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Hotel and Travel

Your conference pass includes overnight accommodations, travel reimbursement, meals and cocktail receptions.

The Hotel

Renaissance Schaumburg

Experience refined style at the Renaissance Hotel in Schaumburg where stunning design blends seamlessly with impeccable service.

Our Schaumburg hotel accommodations boast stylish design and luxurious comfort. Located in an accessible hub with a sophisticated collection of retail and culinary options such as Sam & Harry’s and Woodfield Mall, this Schaumburg, Illinois hotel serves as an indigenous ambassador for entire Chicagoland area…and a gateway for the entire Midwest.
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 nearest airport is Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), which is less than 15 miles away. Alternatively, you may fly into Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW). This hotel does not provide shuttle service. Taxis are readily available at the airport.
The Renaissance Schaumburg  | 1551 N. Thoreau Drive Schaumburg, IL 60173
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