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


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


Travel Reimbursement

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



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


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.


Affluent Peers

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


Influential Leaders

Learn valuable strategy components from today’s very best.


Proven Solutions

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



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.


Days of Insight

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


Innovative Sessions

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


Networking Opportunities

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


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.


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



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Spencer Miniely

Vice President of Manufacturing


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Eric Schuh

Chief Engineering Innovation


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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


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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


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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


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Sam Cagle

Senior Analyst


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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


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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

2019 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

Welcome Cocktail Reception & Registration


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 - Senior 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


Marcella Backer
Hitachi Global Solution and Innovation Business Subject Matter Expert in Discrete Manufacturing, Operations and ProcessHitachi Consulting
Arianne Chaisson
Senior DirectorHitachi Consulting

Targeted Research Meetings

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.


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


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


David Kober
Senior Sales Engineeriba America, LLC
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


Richard Coffey
Senior Director Workforce DevelopmentE & J Gallo Winery
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


Chris Schulze
Business Development ManagerAdvantech
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


Kari Warberg Block

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
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


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


Spencer Miniely
Vice President of ManufacturingYenkin-Majestic
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


Esther Baldwin
Solutions Architect- AI StrategyIntel Corporation



Targeted Research Meetings

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



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


Jack Feng
VP of Operational Excellence and Digital EnterpriseCommercial Vehicle Group
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 all the way into the enterprise and beyond into their supplier networks.


Key Takeaways:

We invited industry experts to this session and 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. Join this session for implementable takeaways in leading your enterprise on the digital journey.


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


Eric Schuh
Chief Engineering InnovationDometic
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.


Sam Cagle
Senior AnalystCorcentric
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


Evan York
Director of Manufacturing and OperationsBedgear
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


Steve Caudill
Director, Ag Sector, Digital OperationsCNH Industrial
MondayBreakout 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


Mahendraprabu Sundarraj
Enterprise ArchitectSunpower Corporation
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.


Nick Marchioli
VP Global SalesShoplogix

Industry Dinner


Breakfast Buffet

TuesdayKeynote Presentation

close Why Your Digital Manufacturing Efforts are Doomed to Fail

Sight Machine - Chief Marketing Officer

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 Takeaways:

  • 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?


Syed Hoda
Chief Marketing OfficerSight Machine

Targeted Research Meetings

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


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 Winning Strategies to Successfully Implement Emerging Technologies into Manufacturing

DENSO 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 Takeaways:

  • 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
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


Rahul Maharsia
Global Director of Research and DevelopmentFiltration Group
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close Driving Continuous Improvement Using Cost of Quality

Welbilt - 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” forf all 4 levels. Each participant will have access to an Excel spreadsheet to assist their company in identifying, costing and addressing the “Cost of Quality” for all 4 levels.

Key Takeaways:

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


Joseph Myers
Head of Quality IIIWelbilt
TuesdayBreakout 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 Takeaways:

  • 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

close Innovation Through Collaboration: Porex’s Blueprint for Customer Product Design Success

New Project Development, Design & InnovationPorex - Vice President Global Product Development and R&D

Porex is the leader in custom porous solutions that solve specific design challenges. We will highlight our collaborative innovation process that puts the customer at the center and brings together R&D, application engineering, product development, marketing, and business development to meet their needs with the best material and technology.

Key Take-Aways

  • A model for customer driven innovation
  • A framework for internal cross functional and global collaboration
  • Real world examples of challenges and solutions to the innovation process


Avi Robbins
Vice President Global Product Development and R&DPorex
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close Agile Development Process: SCRUM for R&D

Porex - Vice President Global Product Development and R&D

Agile Development Practices are not just for software any longer. We have adapted the SCRUM process for our product development and R&D teams to use in our porous polymer manufacturing environment. It has led to better prioritization, more throughput, and greater team member engagement.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding of Agile Development Principles (SCRUM Process)
  • How SCRUM can be adapted to developing physical products
  • Understand key benefits of implementing Agile Development


Avi Robbins
Vice President Global Product Development and R&DPorex


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
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
Bill McDowellVice President of Operations
Blue-White Industries
Gregg KiihneDirector of Process Safety North America
John GiantsidisSenior Director, Global Quality, Orthopedics and Tissue Technologies
Integra LifeSciences

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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