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


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



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Tie into contemporaries and mentors interested in the same avenues of opportunity as you.


Research Meetings

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

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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 Emerging Technology Impacting R&D

Digital manufacturing, additive processes, and a wealth of data are fueling the fire to iterate faster and smarter. Learn how to leverage emerging tech to stay ahead of the competition.

Allocate your budget to the right projects, align strategically with cost containment goals, and understand the role of sustainability in R&D.
Navigate the precarious line between innovation vs. quality when designing new products. Master lean implementation strategy as well as tactics for optimal new product launches.
Capture the right data and use the right metrics to get to market faster. Learn how to strategically improve your R&D processes and keep pace with evolving consumer demand.

High Profile Speakers

Hear strategic endeavors and skillful insights from 20+ R&D leaders as they make way in today’s changing landscape.

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Ray Cull

Executive Director - Research and Development

SI Group

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Ken Chrisman

President, Product Care

Sealed Air

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Lawrence Martin

Global Sr. Vice President Product Development

Epicor Software

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Archana Khetan

Vice President Product Management

Zebra Technologies Corporation

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Vikas Malhotra

Chief Research and Product Development Officer

Dorel Juvenile Group

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Chris Cunningham

Global Vice President - Product

Burton Snowboards

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Abraham Kang

Sr. Director Software

Samsung Corporation

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Michael Friedmann

Senior Vice President Global Marketing Product Management and Customer Service

Rosenbauer International AG

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Nissim Lehyani

Director of Digital Marketing Products


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Ashok Kulkarni

Vice President Engineering

The New IEM, LLC

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Raja Shembekar

Director of Engineering

DENSO International America

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Paul Babin

Director of Technology, Innovation & Sustainability

thyssenkrupp North America, Inc.

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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Sustainability & Cost Containment Management
New Project Development, Design & Innovation
Streamlining the R&D Process for Success

Welcome Cocktail Reception & Registration


Breakfast Buffet

MondayKeynote Presenation

close Digital Transformation – Six Steps to Success

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

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
Senior Vice President, Practice LeadHitachi Consulting
Steve Vandehey
Vice President of FinanceHitachi Consulting

Targeted Research Meetings

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 Industry 4.0 Made Real: How to Increase Throughput and Reduce Costs

IBM - 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 Takeaways:

  • 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
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Disrupting an Industry Through Product Innovation

Burton 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 Takeaways:

  • 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 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.
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Producing Now and Investing in the Future

Ernst & Young - Advanced Manufacturing Leader – Central Region and Partner, Tax Services

With today’s transformative business landscape, you must stay on top of existing priorities while planning ahead for disruption. According to EY’s Industrial Products Continuous Innovation Study 2018, developed with input from c-suite executives across large manufacturing companies, the six “big bets” that most effect the future-readiness for industrial companies are customer connectivity, supply chain reinvention, talent and culture, digital assimilation, big data and analytics, and enterprise protection. Join us as we explore the major forces driving change in industrial products companies and discuss how to navigate the pressure to grow and produce results today while investing in the future for long-term viability. A deeper look into customer-centric expectations and supply chain reinvention for a connected ecosystem will also be shared.


Paul Green
Advanced Manufacturing Leader – Central Region and Partner, Tax ServicesErnst & Young
MondayBreakout Presentation

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

Rosenbauer 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 Takeaways:

  • 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
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Designing, Planning, and Managing a Lean Transformation

Continuous Improvement & InnovationThe Murli Group - CEO

Since Lean was first introduced to the US, there have evolved many different approaches to gaining its acceptance and adoption throughout the organization. Over the years of experience, we learned how to characterize individual organizations and their specific needs. From this, we can develop a detailed transformation plan and methods to manage it through to completion at a rate that makes sense for your specific organization.

Key Take-Aways

  • How to characterize your organization
  • How to develop a detailed transformation plan
  • How to carry your plan through to successful completion


Joe Murli
CEOThe Murli Group
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Creating a LEAN Culture

NanoLumens - 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 Takeaways:

  • 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
MondayBreakout Presentation

close The Connected Enterprise Make Smart Manufacturing Work for You

Rockwell 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 Takeaways:

  • 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 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
MondayBreakout Presentation

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

Protected 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 Takeaways:

  • 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 Seven Key Questions to Consider When Planning Your Investments for Disruptive Innovations

Zebra Technologies Corporation - Vice President Product Management

New product introduction always carries inherent execution and business risks. The m ore 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 Takeaways:

  • 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



Targeted Research Meetings

MondayBreakout Presentation

close The People Side of Industry 4.0: How to Facilitate a Cultural Transformation

thyssenkrupp North America, Inc. - Director of Technology, Innovation & Sustainability

As manufacturing environments evolve to better embrace Industry 4.0, “how” we make change is just as important as “what” we change. Building strategies that account for our employees’ transition process can help us as managers better prepare for success.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand what people go through when facing change and how to apply specific LEAN Six Sigma process improvement changes to ease their transition
  • Discover how to create faster and more complete solutions by involving stakeholders, process owners and operators
  • Learn how to measure speed and adoption to estimate the financial impact of effective change management


Paul Babin
Director of Technology, Innovation & Sustainabilitythyssenkrupp North America, Inc.
MondayBreakout Presentation

close The Value of Digital Factory Transformation for C-Level Executives

42Q - Sales Director

Are Industry 4.0 and IIoT real or just hype, and do these technologies provide a measurable ROI or benefit for corporate executives? Learn what some forward thinking companies are really doing today.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn about the value of real-time factory and supply chain visibility that breaks down data silos by connecting several thousands of pieces of manufacturing equipment and multiple global factories in the cloud
  • Understand how increased efficiency can be achieved through automated tracking of raw materials and control of autonomous guided vehicles that replenish material levels
  • How to improve quality with machine-to-machine interactions that “force” day-to-day management of regulatory compliance


Gary Evans
Sales Director42Q
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Evolution of the Product Development Process to Support Business Demands

Dorel 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 Takeaways:

  • 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 Achieving Sustainable Continuous Improvement Activities

Effective Continuous ImprovementSeakeeper - Plant Manager

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
Plant ManagerSeakeeper
MondayBreakout Presentation

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

relayr - Senior Account Executive

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 Takeaways:

  • 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


Chad Flesher
Senior Account Executiverelayr
MondayBreakout Presentation

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

Samsung 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 Takeaways:

  • 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
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Designing, Planning, and Managing a Lean Transformation

Continuous Improvement & InnovationThe Murli Group - CEO

Since Lean was first introduced to the US, there have evolved many different approaches to gaining its acceptance and adoption throughout the organization. Over the years of experience, we learned how to characterize individual organizations and their specific needs. From this, we can develop a detailed transformation plan and methods to manage it through to completion at a rate that makes sense for your specific organization.

Key Take-Aways

  • How to characterize your organization
  • How to develop a detailed transformation plan
  • How to carry your plan through to successful completion


Joe Murli
CEOThe Murli Group
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Data-Driven Manufacturing - Monetizing Your Investment with Impactful Continuous Improvement

Memex Inc. - CEO/President

No matter the size of your company, you can connect your manufacturing assets to your business systems TODAY and be rewarded with a compelling ROI. However, it is not enough for manufacturers to just monitor machines to achieve maximum efficiency and profitability. They must also ensure shop floor data is collected automatically and in real-time, and then must analyze and act appropriately upon this data. In this presentation, MEMEX will use actual case studies to discuss a strategy for monetizing real-time shop floor data that is rooted in a pragmatic approach and focused on the business case / outcome through Impactful Continuous Improvement.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the (5) steps to Success with Data-Driven Manufacturing – Connect / Visualize / Analyze / Optimize / Monetize
  • Fuel Lean Continuous Improvement initiatives with Real-time data to get to root cause and counter measures fast
  • Reduce your company’s operating costs by effectively increasing your plant capacity
  • Learn how an investment in Data-Driven Manufacturing can boost your bottom line financial results


David McPhil
CEO/PresidentMemex Inc.
MondayBreakout Presentation

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

The 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 Takeaways:

  • 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
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Business Transformation Through SAP Supply Chain Optimization

Minuteman 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 Takeaways:

  • 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
MondayBreakout Presentation

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

Sealed 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 Takeaways:

  • 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

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

Tuesday, October 16Breakout 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
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

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

Brewer 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 Takeaways:

  • 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.
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 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
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close Designing and Managing a Lean Management System Implementation

The 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 Takeaways:

  • 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
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 R&D leaders work with us to focus our program on trends that will move the needle at your company.

Steering Committee Members

Rebecca Guzy Director of Research and Food Safety
Frick's Quality Meats
Roland Seydel Senior Director, Future Engineering
Sandy Dietrich Director of Global Quality
Michael Wells Director, Research & Development
Reynolds Polymer Technology
Michelle Drew Rodriguez Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development
Huy Huynh Director, Process Engineering
Mahmood Rad Vice President, Competitive Products
Vikas Malhotra Chief Research & Product Development Officer
Dorel Juvenile Group

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Your full access conference pass includes overnight accommodations, 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