Renaissance Schaumburg, Chicago

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 and network with the movers and shakers of manufacturing.


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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This year, the 100% peer-driven educational program will be centered around 4 key themes addressing the major pressures and challenges seen in today's manufacturing world, from maintaining a successful continuous improvement system to the complex managing and developing of innovation, technology and workforce to Keep Up with Age of Disruptive Manufacturing.


Key Themes

close Manufacturing Leadership Strategies

This track was specifically developed to support manufacturing leaders with best strategies and management tactics relating to planning and development, performance improvement and technology application.  Effective leadership strategies are usually considered the foundation of any successful operation.  Top leaders also see innovation and technology implementation as some of the most important ways for companies to accelerate the pace of change in today’s global business environment. This track brings together a comprehensive view of varied methods that tackle some of the most pressing challenges in leadership.

  • Leadership Planning and Development in the Digital Age
  • Building a Successful and Sustainable Business Planning Process
  • Leading Change and Manufacturing Innovation in Global Market
  • Inspiring and Motivating Teams for Collaboration and Success
  • Stimulating and Managing Innovation while Managing Cost Reductions
  • Global Economic and Political Landscape Impacting the Manufacturing World
Continuous improvement is a great way for companies to identify opportunities and integrate improvements into their day-to-day operations. Working to constantly improve is the number one way in which businesses reduce operating overhead and streamline workflows.  A successful CI plan allows companies to reduce wasted time and effort, resulting in time and money savings. This track will highlight some effective and tested continuous improvement strategies through carefully crafted presentations and case studies for the manufacturing leader of today.
  • Panel: The Future of Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement Programs
  • Integration of CI throughout Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Procurement
  • How to Sustain Meaningful Improvements Without Additional Resources
  • Workplace Motivation for Continuous Improvement
The digital revolution is making a big impact in the world of manufacturing, providing more data than ever before. Artificial intelligence, automation and robotics, and additive technology are changing the game for many manufacturers and will transform every aspect of manufacturing in the next few years. However, the successful application and implementation of these technologies to optimize factory operations, boost product quality or improve cost-effectiveness is the challenge that many manufacturers are confronting. During this track, manufacturing leaders will discuss best strategies, practices and successful case studies of their digitalization transformation.
  • Panel: Overcoming Roadblocks to Achieving Effective Digital Manufacturing
  • The Impact of Internet of Things on the Manufacturing Floors
  • Automation and Robotics: The Impact on the Factory Floor and Future Workforce
  • Current and Future Opportunities of Additive Manufacturing
In the business world, it has now been established that to drive optimal levels of operational success, business leaders need to engage high-performing employees, foster new talent and keep developing their workforce. Throughout this track workforce management experts will discuss top approaches to keeping an engaged workforce, managing the changing landscape and tackling the task of attracting qualified talent.
  • How to Attract Millennials into Perceived Lower Tech Manufacturing Careers
  • Workforce Training and Development: Creating Leaders at all Levels
  • Improving Current Employee Engagement and Productivity Levels
  • Strategies for Retention of Skilled Employees in a Changing Workforce Landscape

2018 Fall SPEAKERS

Get insights from 20+ manufacturing executives who are in the field addressing industry challenges.

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James Gulnick

Vice President, Director of Operations

McGrory Glass Inc.

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Eugene Alletto

Chief Executive Officer and Quarterback


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Michael Rutherford

Head of Supply Chain and Manufacturing

MAHLE Industries

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Wes Funsch

Vice President, Operations


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Mike Benetti

Chief Operations Officer

Maverick Enterprises Inc

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Luanne Ruddy

Director Operations


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Stephen Engel

Senior Vice President, Practice Lead

Hitachi Consulting

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Art Hyde

Chief Engineer

Ford Motor Company

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Wayne Swearingen

Director of Operations

Dairy Farmers of America

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Brian Strobel

Director of Quality

L-3 Communications Corporation

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David McPhail

CEO & President


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Jeffrey Price

Executive Vice President


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Jon Sobel


Sight Machine

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Joseph Myers

Head of Quality III


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Rob Milks

Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Americas


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Abraham Kang

Sr. Director Software

Samsung Corporation

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Raja Shembekar

Director of Engineering

DENSO International America

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Ashok Kulkarni

Vice President Engineering

The New IEM, LLC

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Michael Friedmann

Senior Vice President Global Marketing Product Management and Customer Service

Rosenbauer International AG

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Chris Cunningham

Global Vice President - Product

Burton Snowboards

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Vikas Malhotra

Chief Research and Product Development Officer

Dorel Juvenile Group

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Archana Khetan

Vice President Product Management

Zebra Technologies Corporation

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Ken Chrisman

President, Product Care

Sealed Air

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Ray Cull

Executive Director - Research and Development

SI Group

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Joe Murli


The Murli Group

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Lou Leuzzi

Director, Americas


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Greg Schmidt

Information Solutions Sales Executive

Rockwell Automation

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David Meek

IBM IoT & Industry 4.0 Global Leader for Chemicals, Petroleum & Industrial Products


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Mark Lilly


Protected Flow Manufacturing

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Viveka Tengo

Senior Sales Executive - North America



Make every session valuable by selecting up to 3 key themes to mix and match the most relevant topics to you.

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Manufacturing Leadership Strategies
Effective Continuous Improvement
Implementing Digital Manufacturing
Workforce & Talent Management

Welcome Cocktail Reception & Registration


Breakfast Buffet

Monday, October 15Keynote Presenation

close Digital Transformation – Six Steps to Success

Implementing Digital ManufacturingHitachi - SVP, Practice Lead

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


Stephen Engel
SVP, Practice LeadHitachi

Targeted Research Meetings

MondayBreakout Presentation

close Smart Manufacturing – Connecting Customer, Product and Factory

Implementing Digital ManufacturingTacton - Senior Sales Executive - North America

A manufacturing revolution is in progress; one that is driving change in how companies produce and sell products and services. While facing global and low-cost competition, manufacturers must compete on value to stay relevant. We will review how manufacturers around the globe are responding to smart manufacturing initiatives and what steps can be taken to prepare. Experience from leading manufacturers such as Scania, Caterpillar and Siemens will be shared.

Key Take-Aways:

  • How to meet and exceed customer requirements and demands with mass-customization
  • Why enhancing the customer buying experience matters
  • How to increase the speed of innovation
  • What can be done to support your organization become agile by getting rid of silos and enabling change


Viveka Tengo
Senior Sales Executive - North AmericaTacton
Monday, October 15Breakout Presentation

close How Seasoned Manufacturing Managers can Motivate Today's Millennium Workforce

Workforce & Talent ManagementMaverick Enterprises Inc - Chief Operations Officer

The old manufacturing manager’s tried and true management approach to day to day operational leadership is now obsolete with today’s millennium workforce. What does the “Old School” manufacturing executive has to know to be effective in managing this perplexing workforce environment? What motivates this new workforce? How are our current company policies may prove to be hurdles to your companies future success. Be prepared for employee turnover! Understand that the change starts with you, not the employee.The old manufacturing manager’s tried and true management approach to day to day operational leadership is now obsolete with today’s millennium workforce. What does the “Old School” manufacturing executive has to know to be effective in managing this perplexing workforce environment? What motivates this new workforce? How are our current company policies may prove to be hurdles to your companies future success. Be prepared for employee turnover! Understand that the change starts with you, not the employee.

Key Take-Aways

  • This is a different manufacturing environment in today workforce
  • Find “policy constraints” that are effecting your outcomes
  • How do I set a road map to successfully attain the outcomes we need
  • Important issue that needs to be addressed for future operational success


Mike Benetti
Chief Operations OfficerMaverick Enterprises Inc
Monday, October 15Breakout Presentation

close Disrupting an Industry through Product Innovation

New Product Development, Design & InnovationBurton Snowboards - Global Vice President - Product

Last year, Burton Snowboards introduced a new technology to the snowboarding industry know as Step On. The project was a 5 year journey from concept to market that challenged the way Burton approaches innovation. In the end, not only has this technology disrupted our industry (selling out in a matter of days) it also changed they way we approach innovation here at Burton.

Key Take-Aways

  • Why and how to approach a disruptive innovation
  • Backstory to the R&D process behind Step On
  • Advantages to putting the customer at the front of the process


Chris Cunningham
Global Vice President - ProductBurton Snowboards
Monday, October 15Breakout Case Study

close Disruptive Manufacturing and The Importance of Global In-Store Experiences and Being Additive to Your Industry

Marketing Leadership & OperationsBedgear - Chief Executive Officer and Quarterback

Eugene advanced and progressed the traditional bedding industry by bringing in innovative, groundbreaking Performance Sleep Shops to over 400+ retailers around the world. With his leadership and innovation, BEDGEAR works with its retail partners to manufacture their own products that work in their shops to provide unique customer experiences.

Key Take-Aways

  • How to develop your own manufacturing practices and machinery
  • The importance of partaking in a global economy
  • Being additive to your industry and working together to create a unique customer journey


Eugene Alletto
Chief Executive Officer and QuarterbackBedgear
Monday, October 15Breakout Presentation

close The Firetruck of the Future - Open Innovation and Agile Development

New Product Development, Design & InnovationRosenbauer International AG - Senior Vice President Global Marketing Product Management and Customer Service

Rosenbauer is the world market leader in firefighting technology. During the last 6 years, Rosenbauer has developed a full scale working concept truck which comprises all aspects of future megatrends like urbanization, new ecology and the demographic development (Silver Society). In close cooperation with our customers, the fire brigades of big cities, Rosenbauer currently works on the serial development of this electric truck which stands for functional excellence. The setup for the development is an internal startup (a small Company with 14 engineers) who use Scrum to manage the complex and fast changing development work.

Key Take-Aways 

  • How the Megatrends explain the WHY of the new Concept Fire Truck (CFT)
  • How to involve customers in the development process
  • How to implement an agile development organization within a bigger cooperation


Michael Friedmann
Senior Vice President Global Marketing Product Management and Customer ServiceRosenbauer International AG
Monday, October 15Breakout Presentation

close Designing and Managing a Lean Management System Implementation

Effective Continuous ImprovementThe Murli Group - CEO

Many organizations implement a few tools and make some initial inroads to Standard Work. But very few organizations can point to how LMS contributed to their overall business success in a measurable and substantial way. Join us for a discussion of the topic of how to design and manage a LMS implementation strategy that is tightly connected to business performance improvement.

Key Take-Aways

  • Understand and agree on the specifics of the problem you are trying to solve and how will you know when you’ve done so
  • This is cultural shift. HR can be a major enabler by aligning systems, policies and behaviors you seek
  • Stay focused long term. We all think we’ve arrived long before reaching the destination


Joe Murli
CEOThe Murli Group
Monday, October 15Breakout Presentation

close The Connected Enterprise Make Smart Manufacturing Work for You

Implementing Digital ManufacturingRockwell Automation - Information Solutions Sales Executive

Discover How to Bring the Industrial Internet of Things (II oT) to Life. Smart manufacturing and industrial operations embrace a new way forward. This new direction is highly-connected and knowledge-enabled, where devices and processes are connected, monitored, and optimized.

Key Take-Aways

  • Learn about the Rockwell Automation transformation toward smart manufacturing – how we now think and act across our own global manufacturing footprint – what we call our own “Connected Enterprise” journey.
  • Take our lessons learned to encourage your own journey whether you’ve already begun or are just now thinking about getting out of the starting gate.
  • As we look to the future, we will also share some ideas we have for developing a much more eloquently connected supply chain.


Greg Schmidt
Information Solutions Sales ExecutiveRockwell Automation
Monday, October 15Breakout Presentation

close Integrating Coaching and Consulting: A Case for Continuous Improvement

Workforce & Talent ManagementMcGrory Glass Inc. - Vice President, Director of Operations

This presentation discusses how individual coaching, group coaching, and organizational consulting differ and how they work together to form an integrated solution. Each type of specialization may have distinct approaches to helping companies. From individual assessments utilizing intelligence and skill testing, to The Five Factor Model of personality and Clifton Strengths Finder, coaching and counseling individuals help them to be more successful in jobs that match each individual’s strengths while they learn to live a balanced life.

Key Take-Aways

  • How to help individuals to find strengths and the right fit in careers to achieve that next level of success
  • How to help the team through the stages of team development to smooth out the transition to high performance groups
  • How organizations can implement changes though systems analysis and holistic approaches
  • How the learning organization is able to constantly improve to increase its competitive advantage


James Gulnick
Vice President, Director of OperationsMcGrory Glass Inc.
Monday, October 15Breakout Presentation

close Evolution of the Product Development Process to Support Business Demands

Streamlining the R&D Process for SuccessDorel Juvenile Group - Chief Research and Product Development Officer

Evolving business needs have led to the evolution of Product Development processes. This evolution has seen some turmoil in recent times. Product Development teams are faced with a dilemma: develop the perfect product or fail fast through market level experimentation.The answer clearly lies in a hybrid model. My talk will help establish the rules of thumb for this hybrid model of product development.

Key Take-Aways

  • Multiple approaches to product development processes exist
  • Organizations and teams need not (and should not) pick one approach. A hybrid approach will serve better
  • Each organization must build their own hybrid model, not rely on a one size fits all
  • The product development approach in an organization can and must only be built with cross functional participation, much like the development of a product


Vikas Malhotra
Chief Research and Product Development OfficerDorel Juvenile Group
Monday, October 15Breakout Presentation

close Creating a LEAN Culture

Effective Continuous ImprovementNanoLumens - Vice President, Operations

Culture eats Strategy. If you do not back up the words with actions, LEAN will not take root. It take time and commitment – both top down and bottom up.

Key Take-Aways

  • Action speak louder than words
  • LEAN is more than power point presentation
  • LEAN is more them 6S
  • Continuous Improvement can effect the entire business cycle


Wes Funsch
Vice President, OperationsNanoLumens
Monday, October 15Breakout Presentation

close Seven Key Questions to Consider when Planning your Investments for Disruptive Innovations

Streamlining the R&D Process for SuccessZebra Technologies Corporation - Vice President Product Management

New Product Introduction always carries inherent execution and business risks. More disruptive the solution, the greater the risk/reward. This talk will cover key questions and strategies one should plan in advance when introducing market disruptive innovations.

Key Take-Aways 

  • Understand hurdles for adoption of Innovation
  • Minimize your investment risk by using a framework approach to address the adoption hurdles
  • Create a higher confidence success plan early in the process


Archana Khetan
Vice President Product ManagementZebra Technologies Corporation
Monday, October 15Breakout Presentation

close What can Manufacturing Operations and Supply Chains do NOW to Prepare for the Impending Digitization Wave?

Effective Continuous ImprovementReveal - Senior Partner

What can you do NOW to prepare for the new technologies and yet drive optimization into your business and see increased service levels by 15%+ and reduced working capital and operational costs by 20%+. Learn what to do when your Supply Chain’s world is turned upside down, when the digitalization and ERP digital platforms become a reality in your organization. Building competitive edge in a world class supply chain requires collaboration, decision making and most importantly discipline.

Key Take-Aways 

  • Optimization of your ERP and alignment between Demand, MRP and Supply operations will significantly improve product delivery
  • What key aspects need to be put in place to ensure the organization is ready for the promises of digitization, i.e. agility, speed to market, lot size of one and real-time decisions
  • Operations and Supply Chain alignment with capacity managed and levelled production schedules, and see improvement with cost reductions across the end-to-end chain
  • Collaborative long-term relationships built on respect and trust in ERP data and ensuring a single source of truth throughout the organization


Martin Rowan
Senior PartnerReveal



Targeted Research Meetings

MondayBreakout 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.
Monday, October 15Breakout Presentation

close Achieving Sustainable Continuous Improvement Activities

Effective Continuous ImprovementMAHLE Industries - Head of Supply Chain and Manufacturing

CI activities are not a one time action. The most difficult part is sustainability. People can get stuck in a ‘fire fighting’ mode and loose sight of the proactive activities needed to prevent those fires. Benefits of CI activities are essential to the growth and success of a company. Effective ways to measure CI activities (ties into ways to sustain the improvements)

Key Take-Aways 

  • ‘Continuing’ Continuous Improvement
  • The need for CI Activities
  • Measuring Continuous Improvement


Michael Rutherford
Head of Supply Chain and ManufacturingMAHLE Industries
Monday, October 15Case Study

close Compact Medium Voltage Arc-Resistant, Metal-Clad Switchgear Design Using Advanced Simulation Techniques

Emerging Technology Impacting R&DThe New IEM, LLC - Vice President Engineering

There is huge market need for a compact, medium-voltage, arc-resistant switchgear for a variety of applications. However, meeting the ANSI/UL design challenges to build a compact switchgear has been extremely difficult. This paper presents the use of advanced simulation techniques to solve this multi-dimensional design optimization problem and presents UL test results that validate the design.

Key Take-Aways 

  • Designing a metal-clad switchgear that is 50% smaller in volume is very challenging
  • Use of advanced simulation techniques helps find an optimal solution
  • Thermal simulation, dielectric simulation, fluid flow simulation, and short circuit simulations combined with 3-D modeling is the key
  • UL test results including arc test results validate the optimal design


Ashok Kulkarni
Vice President EngineeringThe New IEM, LLC
Monday, October 15

close A Revolutionary Approach to Shop Floor Scheduling: Can a Combination of LEAN / TOC Principles Make a Focus on Execution more Powerful than Planning?

Effective Continuous ImprovementProtected Flow Manufacturing - Partner

Most Manufacturing companies continue to struggle with getting their orders done and shipped to their customers on-time.  On-time Delivery (OTD) percentages of most companies are less than 90%.  Many are lower than 80%.  Those that maintain higher than 90% OTD often resort to heroic extra efforts, overtime, and/or expedited material, all of which take a toll on a company’s bottom-line.

Scheduling the shop floor is not an easy task.  It takes a lot of work and focus to get live on Advanced Planning and Scheduling software whether standalone or embedded in your ERP. The speaker explains why traditional shop floor scheduling is such a struggle for most manufacturers.

Key Take-Aways:

  • How to apply Little’s Law to lower WIP and improve FLOW through the shop floor
  • Uncover the best priority mechanism to focus on the right job at all times
  • How consciously managing ‘buffer time’ on your jobs improves on-time delivery


Mark Lilly
PartnerProtected Flow Manufacturing
Monday, October 15Breakout Presentation

close Get More from Your Plant Floor

5ME - 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
Monday, October 15Breakout Presentation

close Identifying and Remediating Security Vulnerabilities in AI and Machine Learning Based Applications

Emerging Technology Impacting R&DSamsung Corporation - Sr. Director Software

Intelligent assistants are and will be everywhere. You might be thinking that you cannot hack assistants because you can’t say “What’s the weather in Boston’ or 1=1–” ad your assistant is safe in your house. Unfortunately, there are ways around both. This talk helps you understand how assistant applications are attacked physically, at the application layer, and via the underlying machine learning (ML) algorithms. You also will learn how to address vulnerabilities in AI and ML.

Key Take-Aways 

  • AI and Assistants can be attacked physically
  • AI and Assistants can be attacked at the business logic layer
  • AI and Assistants can be attacked at the machine learning layer


Abraham Kang
Sr. Director SoftwareSamsung Corporation
Monday, October 15Breakout Presentation

close Impact on R&D Moving from Customer Driven to Market Driven

Streamlining the R&D Process for SuccessSI Group - Executive Director - Research and Development

SI Group is transitioning to market driven from customer driven. This challenges R&D to understanding impact of our intermediate products on customer’s products and on final application. This “black box conundrum” is solved thru replication of formulations, building applications labs, and understanding structure property relationships. Benefits and hurdles discussed.

Key Take-Aways 

  • What challenges are becoming market driven
  • Impact of market vs customer driven on RD organization
  • How to gain fundamental understanding as intermediate supplier
  • Benefits of market driven


Ray Cull
Executive Director - Research and DevelopmentSI Group
Monday, October 15Breakout Presentation

close Driving Continuous Improvement using Cost of Quality

Effective Continuous ImprovementWelbilt - Head of Quality III

Each participant will have an understanding of: • Average “Cost of Quality” • 4 levels of “Cost of Quality” • How to drive “Continuous Improvement” as it speaks to the “Cost of Quality” All 4 levels Each participant will have access to an Excel spread sheet to assist their company in identifying, costing and addressing the “Cost of Quality” for all 4 levels.

Key Take-Aways

  • Understand aveage COQ
  • 4 Levels of COQ
  • How to drive Continuous Improvement using COQ
  • Excel matrix for COQ


Joseph Myers
Head of Quality IIIWelbilt
Monday, October 15Breakout Presentation

close Why It's Time to Stop Building the Business Case for Sustainability

Sustainability & Cost Containment ManagementSealed Air - President, Product Care

Customers aren’t willing to pay more for sustainable products. Customers are demanding more sustainable products. Shareholders are putting pressure on us to deliver on sustainability goals. Shareholders are putting pressure on us to deliver on margin. The divisive dichotomy of what it means to develop, manufacture, and sell sustainable products is more prevalent and painful than ever as R&D and marketing teams are asked to defend the environmental value proposition of the products they developed long ago, and to bring new “unicorn” solutions to market that are good for the earth and good for business. Ken Chrisman, President of Sealed Air’s protective packaging division, shares why it’s time for leaders like him to stop demanding an immediate measurable return on investments in sustainable innovation, and why the greatest foes that R&D innovators face are the perceptions of the very same conscious consumers they’re creating sustainable products for.

Key Take-Aways

  • Playing sustainability defense is draining for innovators – how can you get back on offense?
  • Why is sustainability suddenly the hot topic in the c-suite and investor call – what has changed so dramatically about the way companies think about sustainability?
  • How can R&D influence their leaders to think differently about investing in sustainable product innovation?
  • What are the misconceptions of consumers that innovators have to overcome?


Ken Chrisman
President, Product CareSealed Air
Monday, October 15

close Business Transformation through SAP Supply Chain Optimization

Implementing Digital ManufacturingMinuteman International - Vice President of Finance

Minuteman International, Inc was directed by their European head office to sustainably reduce inventory by 25% without adversely impacting customer service. Standard SAP Analytic tools as well as existing functionality in Demand Management, Production Planning Strategies and Capacity Planning inside SAP© ECC were used in hopes to achieve the goals within a 12 month time frame. This is the story of Minuteman International’s laser-focused approach to balance supply and demand across their supply chain by investing in best practice planning methods including: Exception Monitoring, Optimization of Raw Materials, Planning of Finished Goods and leveraging existing capabilities from their current SAP© ECC platform.

Key Take-Aways

  • Best practices to optimize inventory to meet increasing demand.
  • Practical ways to improve employee performance and the impact on organization results.
  • Improving operation results thru smart use of people, process and SAP
  • Realization of the power of SAP’s standard tool sets


Stephen M. Boebel
Vice President of FinanceMinuteman International

Cocktail Reception


Industry Dinner


Breakfast Buffet

Keynote Presentation

close Why your Digital Manufacturing Efforts are Doomed to Fail

Sight 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?

Key Take-Aways
  • What pitfalls threaten successful Digital Manufacturing implementation?
  • Why are IOT platforms not built for ROI in manufacturing?
  • What are the organizational and cultural challenges?
  • What has Sight Machine learned from working with the world’s most advanced Digital Manufacturers?


Jon Sobel
CEOSight Machine

Targeted Research Meetings

Tuesday, October 16Breakout Presentation

close Winning Strategies to Successfully Implement Emerging Technologies into Manufacturing

Emerging Technology Impacting R&DDENSO International America - Director of Engineering

Successfully implementing emerging and disruptive technologies into your existing manufacturing operations pose significant challenges, especially in mid to large cap companies. The aim of my presentation is to present winning, proven strategies that can overcome these challenges. This blueprint for success has been developed from extensive manufacturing experience and actual use-cases.

Key Take-Aways 

  • Key strategy points for successful implementation of disruptive technologies in manufacturing operations
  • Clarify the challenges posed in most mid to large cap companies
  • Several use cases of successful and not-so-successful results
  • Blue print for a successful collaboration between R&D and Manufacturing


Raja Shembekar
Director of EngineeringDENSO International America
Tuesday, October 16Breakout Presentation

close Industry 4.0 Made Real: How to Optimize Throughput, Lower Costs and Improve Quality

Implementing Digital ManufacturingIBM - IBM IoT & Industry 4.0 Global Leader for Chemicals, Petroleum & Industrial Products

Unlock insights, reduce unplanned downtime, improve product quality and increase throughput with Industry 4.0. Learn how Industrial IoT, machine learning and artificial intelligence can help you predict and mitigate operational issues and deliver results across your organization.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Discover the roadmap for digital transformation
  • Learn best practices for optimizing uptime, quality and throughout
  • Understand how to get started with Industry 4.0 projects


David Meek
IBM IoT & Industry 4.0 Global Leader for Chemicals, Petroleum & Industrial ProductsIBM
Tuesday, October 16Breakout Presentation

close Gaining Productivity and Impact by Engaging Employees Through Ownership and Work Teams

Workforce & Talent ManagementBrewer Science, Inc. - Executive Director, Operations

As manufacturing faces increasing competition of a global economy; an agile, effective and empowered workforce is the greatest differentiator in the future success of a company. Brewer Science has empowered employees to make decisions leading to increased productivity, reduced waste, and improved quality while positively impacting the environment and the community.

Key Take-Aways

  • Create an environment that attracts and retains millennials
  • Engaged employees will drive productivity improvements
  • Employees who are empowered to make decisions will actively pursue waste reduction opportunities
  • Employees drive success inside the company, out to the community and impact the environment


Tom Brown
Executive Director, OperationsBrewer Science, Inc.
Tuesday, October 16Breakout Presentation

close 5 Lessons Learned in Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Implementation

Implementing Digital Manufacturingrelayr - Director, Americas

Across the manufacturing industry, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is providing unprecedented insights into business operations, unlocking new revenue streams, identifying opportunities for improvement and predicting issues before they occur. While the benefits of IIoT are prevalent, the implementation of this technology and business transformation is not as clearly defined. Ready to learn the keys to success? Join us as we discuss how to successfully implement IIoT and take a deep dive into lessons learned along the way.

Key Take-Aways

  • Examine case study examples in successful IIoT implementation
  • Identify the most-common hurdles and how your organization can avoid them
  • Explore the value in this technology to deliver business outcomes


Lou Leuzzi
Director, Americasrelayr
Tuesday, October 16Breakout Presentation

close The Journey; How Operations, Manufacturing & Warehouse Delivers at Inflight Internet Speed

Manufacturing Leadership StrategiesGogo - Director Operations

Today, all of us expect and desire to be connected no matter where we are, what type of device we have, what type of service provider. Always there, at our fingertips or voice command.

Most supporting and competing companies have learned and evolved on how to operate and deliver to meet those connectivity and product demands of the customer. However, have you ever given thought as to, ‘how does and can this happen while you are traveling on an aircraft around the globe, at 30,000ft, at speeds of +400 knots … and get seamless connectivity and entertainment that works?’

This is the space that some of us have chosen to work and innovate in within the last decade, Inflight Connectivity and Entertainment.

Key Take-Aways 

  • The First Challenge – NO ONE has done this before   Second Challenge – We THINK we can
  • We now KNOW we can & DID!
  • Re-structure and orchestration of Operations, Supply Chain, Manufacturing & Distribution
  • Being Fast in a Highly Regulated Environment
  • Yep – Got it Wrong   We Embrace ‘do-overs’
  • How Metrics and Single Version of Truth became our ‘Mantra’

Yes, It’s Truly ‘All about the People’


Luanne Ruddy
Director OperationsGogo
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close How to Overcome Workforce Challenges and Deliver the Desired Results

Data Sciences International - VP, Global Operations

Today’s workforce is more diverse than ever before, employee engagement is reported to be at an all-time low, business financial performance pressures continue to grow, the pace of change is relentless and the impact of technology is expanding on an increasing number of fronts. With all of these head-winds, how can we be successful? In this presentation I’ll share my perspective and experiences to overcome these challenges and deliver the desired results. The tools we will discuss come from a variety of sources and can be applied to any type of business.

Key Take-Aways

  • Why not to “train” but rather to teach
  • Neuroscience-based approach to improving performance
  • Why company history and culture matters
  • Focus on aspirations that unite


Peter Fritsche
VP, Global OperationsData Sciences International



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