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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.

Join the Upper Tier of Innovation

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 innovation as you are.


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 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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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 Agile Product, Design, Development and Innovation

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.
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.
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.

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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Tim Schafhauser

Vice President of Manufacturing

US Vision

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Esther Baldwin

Solutions Architect- AI Strategy

Intel Corporation

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Steve Caudill

Director, Ag Sector, Digital Operations

CNH Industrial

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Richard Coffey

Senior Director Workforce Development

E & J Gallo Winery

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Eric Schuh

Chief Engineering Innovation


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Kari Warberg Block



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Spencer Miniely

Vice President of Manufacturing


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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

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
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 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
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Challenges for 21st Century Leaders

Leadership & Manufacturing Innovation StrategiesUS Vision - Vice President of Manufacturing

Identifying challenges facing new management in the coming years and selecting the criteria/attributes of those candidates who will succeed.

Key Takeaways:

  • Identifying unique challenges and strategies to manage those challenges
  • Identifying criteria for selecting new management
  • Equipping new management with the right tools to identify and conquer future challenges


Tim Schafhauser
Vice President of ManufacturingUS Vision
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 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
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
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 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
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 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 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 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 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 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

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


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 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 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 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 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

TuesdayBreakout Presentation

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

The Application of Digital ManufacturingSunpower Corporation - Enterprise Architect

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

Key Takeaways:

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


Mahendraprabu Sundarraj
Enterprise ArchitectSunpower Corporation
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 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 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 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 GuzyDirector of Research and Food Safety
Frick's Quality Meats
Roland SeydelSenior Director, Future Engineering
Sandy DietrichDirector of Global Quality
Michael WellsDirector, Research & Development
Reynolds Polymer Technology
Michelle Drew RodriguezVice President, Corporate Strategy & Development
Huy HuynhDirector, Process Engineering
Mahmood RadVice President, Competitive Products
Vikas MalhotraChief Research & Product Development Officer
Dorel Juvenile Group

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

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

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The research and development industry's leading executive-level conference plays host to over 500 senior-level attendees each year. In the last decade, we’ve produced 10 large scale IMPACT conferences across America.

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Our Team

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VP of Operations
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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