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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.

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Meet the people who are just as invested in innovation as you are.

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Influential Leaders

Learn valuable strategy components from today’s very best.

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Proven Solutions

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

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

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Innovative Sessions

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

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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.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

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.
Cannot forget about compliance while focused on delivering innovation! Many R&D leaders struggle with increasingly more stringent regulations while finding a competitive opportunity. During this track, leaders in the R&D field will deliberate on how to stay on top of regulatory effects in the market and how to find a competitive edge in a consistently changing environment.

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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Richard Coffey

Senior Director Workforce Development

E & J Gallo Winery

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Joan Baucum

Director of Continuous Improvement

Dairy Farmers of America

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Jim Cameron

Vice President, Global Quality

CoorsTek

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Heidi Brown

Director of Strategy & Innovation

OMI Industries

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Nick Marchioli

VP Global Sales

Shoplogix

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Greg Frye

Chief Operating Officer

Anchor Investments

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David Ribble

Director of Innovation

HillRom

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Michael Okoroafor

Vice President, Global Sustainability and Packaging Innovation

McCormick & Company

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Diane Wright Hoffpauer

Director of Research, Development & Innovation

Mary's Gone Crackers

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Mark Steele

President, CEO & Co-Owner

Craftsmen Industries, Inc.

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Robert Bible

Vice President, Engineering

Trex Enterprises

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David Kober

Senior Sales Engineer

iba America, LLC

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Michael Bonner

VP - Engineering & Technology

Saint Clair Systems Inc

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Robert Joseph, Ph.D.

Director, Industrial Strategy for Industry 4.0

Stanley Black & Decker

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Spencer Kreikmeier

Vice President, Engineering

DynoJet Research, Inc

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Michael Salloum

Director of Operations

ID Technology

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Jemsheer Thayyaullathil

Chief Engineer, Innovation and Advanced Engineering

Viking Range, LLC

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Sultan Aziz

Senior Director, Strategy Innovation and Insight

Johnson & Johnson

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Lawrence Akpore

Director of Operations

Georg Fischer Conglomerate

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Peter Fritsche

Vice President, Global Operations and Service

ACIST Medical

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James Gulnick

Vice President, Director of Operations

McGrory Glass Inc.

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Rich Fitzgerald

Chief Operating Officer

SMTC Corporation

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Rob Schoenthaler

CEO and Founder

Atollogy

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Rahul Maharsia

Global Director of Research and Development

Filtration Group

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Jeff Cornelius, Ph.D

EVP, Industrial and Operational Technology Immune Systems

Darktrace Limited

2020 Full Agenda

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SundayNetworking

Welcome Cocktail Reception & Registration

MondayNetworking

Breakfast Buffet

Keynote presentation

close Six Principles to Guide your Digital Transformation

The Application of Digital ManufacturingHitachi Consulting - Hitachi Global Solution and Innovation Business Subject Matter Expert in Discrete Manufacturing, Operations and Process
Hitachi Consulting - Senior Director

With impressive technological advances in the Internet of Things (IoT), AI, Collaborative Robotics, Additive Manufacturing, and Big Data Analytics, manufacturers are scrambling to invest in digital transformation. After all, these investments can pay off handsomely. A Harvard Business Review study revealed that the digital leaders making smart investments are outpacing their competition in several key metrics and most significantly in gross margin and earnings. If the impact of digital transformation in manufacturing isn’t already keeping you up at night, consider this:
60 percent of Global 2000 companies will have doubled their productivity by digitally transforming many processes from human-based to software-based delivery by 2020, according to IDC. Are you keeping up with this remarkable pace?

Only 26 percent of CEOs have a clear vision for digital for their businesses, according to Forrester/Odgers. Are you helping guide the rest of your management team towards a digital transformation?

In the past 15 years, 52% of Fortune 500 companies have disappeared from the list. And it is estimated that 40% of all businesses will fail in the next 10 years due to digital disruption. Have you established your roadmap to smart manufacturing?

These seemingly disparate data points have one thing in common: all are among the most common industry-wide business problems organizations seek to solve. Expertise and technology are available today to help companies move forward. The digital era is here. But where to begin?

Attend Hitachi’s keynote to learn about transforming your business for operational excellence. In this session, you will learn the six factors that make or break a manufacturer’s digital initiatives, how to leverage IoT to achieve new levels of performance, and how to create a realistic roadmap that allows you to plot your organization’s course to smart manufacturing and deliver measurable value along the way.

Key Take-Aways

  • One of the world’s largest IoT patent holders, Hitachi has 107+ years of operational technology and 58+ years of information technology experience. We’ve developed our know-how from owning, operating, servicing or supplying companies in the same industries as our clients
  • Take Action: reduce costs, increase agility and reduce bottlenecks, improve utilization of factory assets and resources, increase production speed and quality, and meet compliance and sustainability goal
  • Learn to draw a more detailed digital manufacturing road map and avoid the early pitfalls that make it difficult for so many companies to thrive in the age of smart manufacturing
  • Leverage existing data to improve KPIs : aggregate and analyze data to reduce costs, increase asset utilization (equipment, people and space) and improve production speed and quality

Speaker

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

Targeted Research Meetings

MondayBreakout Presentation

close Creating a Strong Product Development System for Small to Mid-Size Companies

Agile Product, Design, Development and InnovationSaint Clair Systems Inc - VP - Engineering & Technology

While it is essential to develop new products/processes to keep a company vital in their industry, limited resources often make it hard for small-to-mid-size companies to manage product development. In this presentation, we look at the component parts necessary to create a strong, yet manageable new product development process.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • How to clearly document the process.
  • How to use “toll-gates” or “milestones” to track progress
  • How to select the right team (it’s not just about engineers anymore!)
  • When to keep / when to kill

Speaker

Michael Bonner
VP - Engineering & TechnologySaint Clair Systems Inc
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Technical Review and NPI Processes: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Risk Management & Cost ContainmentCoorsTek - Vice President, Global Quality

Determining if you can successfully build parts that meets cost, quality, and time to delivery requirements up front will help avoid or mitigate issues. Drive cross-functional accountability by establishing tangible requirements during quote review and NPI (concept and feasibility, technical assessment, transition to production, and proof of profitability) processes.

 

Key Takeaways

  • Prior planning prevents poor performance
  • Clear, consistent, data-based requirements improve you chances of success
  • Establishing a consistent global process reduces confusion and miscommunication
  • Standardized processes help reduce the chance of emotional driven decisions

Speaker

Jim Cameron
Vice President, Global QualityCoorsTek
MondayBreakout Presentation

close How to get the job done right the first time...

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

Ever asked your employees or manager to do something, but it came out all wrong?
Thought you gave great direction, but the situation went in a whole other direction?
These are the outcomes when we fail to set expectations & gain agreements. we lack proper follow-through. Stop in today and see the 7 steps to setting Expectations and Gaining Agreements and begin to get the results you’ve been looking for as soon as tomorrow!

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand who expectations are for…
  • How to set agreements for expectations…
  • What to do when expectations and agreements are broken…

Speaker

Joan Baucum
Director of Continuous ImprovementDairy Farmers of America
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Herding Cats: Product Development in a Scientist Rich Environment

Agile Product, Design, Development and InnovationTrex Enterprises - Vice President, Engineering

How do you transition a company from esoteric government funded research to engineering product development? Case studies of development of a radar for foreign object detection on airport runways, and the development of a next generation celestial compass. Areas of discussion include teamwork and communications, implementing AGILE in a traditional waterfall company, and what worked and what didn’t.

Key Takeaways

  • Changing corporate culture is difficult
  • Trial and error is paramount; if it doesn’t work, try something else
  • Preconceptions and rigid frameworks almost never work

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Robert Bible
Vice President, EngineeringTrex Enterprises
MondayBreakout Presentation

close 80/20: The Key To Operational Performance

Continuous Improvement & InnovationAnchor Investments - Chief Operating Officer

Regardless of your end product, 80% of operational initiatives are standard across product lines and industries – it is the 20% of how to effectively apply them that makes the difference. Achieving maximum results is knowing how to use metrics and apply processes specific to your company and culture.

Key Takeaways

  • What are the key elements of operational excellence?
  • Know your business and your people
  • Complexity is found in simplicity
  • Build an action plan and celebrate victories

Speaker

Greg Frye
Chief Operating OfficerAnchor Investments
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Screw It: Incremental Change Towards Transforming R&D

Digital Transformation of R&DDynoJet Research, Inc - Vice President, Engineering

Companies love to “flip the switch” on new systems innovation and when they do, they can leave employees with crucial business functions in the dark. I embrace the “screw it” approach where instead of implementing the system with the flip of a switch (or like a nail and a hammer) you gradually implement the system with buy-in that is appropriate to revenue throughout the process. Use a screw and screw driver to methodically and empathetically bring your employees along for the journey.

Key Takeaways

  • Change is hard, but growth cannot occur without it
  • Bring your team along for the journey as soon as possible
  • Get feedback often and early from all stakeholders; don’t ask questions you don’t want answers to
  • Exercise empathy towards your team throughout the process

Speaker

Spencer Kreikmeier
Vice President, EngineeringDynoJet Research, Inc
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Taking an Underperforming Manufacturing Company and Turning it into a World Class Manufacturing Company. Changing Process Culture , People and Performance

Plant & Facilities ManagementSMTC Corporation - Chief Operating Officer

Too often, underperforming companies need a playbook to survive. We will articulate how to take a company to world class just as we did with SMTC Corporation NASQ: SMTX From ($7m) combined losses, 7-CEO’s in 7-years, to best in class in the EMS industry.

Key Take-Aways

  • Disciplined business processes and metrics – stop the losses
  • Right people right positions – Hire up
  • Passionately externally focused – All about the customer; never about me
  • Culture of continuous improvement at the factory level as the internal customer; and support groups around them

Speaker

Rich Fitzgerald
Chief Operating Officer SMTC Corporation
MondayNetworking

Lunch

Monday

Targeted Research Meetings

MondayBreakout Presentation

close Kickstarting Innovation: Hackathons, Patent Brainstorming, and Other Collaborative Ideation Techniques

Agile Product, Design, Development and InnovationHillRom - Director of Innovation

Examples of techniques for organizing dedicated opportunities that encourage cross-functional teams to tackle meaningful innovation opportunities.

Key Takeaways

  • Organizing hackathons to both deliver meaningful innovation, and build a culture of ongoing innovation
  • Techniques for working closely with legal teams in developing meaningful intellectual property
  • Advantages and disadvantages of different innovation techniques, including online tools

Speaker

David Ribble
Director of InnovationHillRom
MondayBreakout Presentation

close The Creation of a Business Process Management (BPM) Culture to Accelerate Innovation and Organizational Learning

Continuous Improvement & InnovationE & J Gallo Winery - Senior Director Workforce Development

For organizations to remain competitive, they must continually adapt, learn, and innovate. However, the urgency of change sometimes causes significant breakdowns in consistency, optimization, and effective learning. This presentation explores how to effectively apply business process management (BPM) to optimize rapid innovation and accelerate efficient learning practices throughout the organization.

 

Key Takeaways

  • The linkage between business process management (BPM) and the acceleration of innovation and effective change
  • How BPM can benefit and not hinder R&D and innovation
  • The benefits of BPM for accelerating effective learning at all levels throughout the organization

Speaker

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

close How To Approach Problems and Overcome Challenges to Deliver Results

Leadership and Workforce StrategiesACIST Medical - Vice President, Global Operations and Service

Most companies face many of the same challenges: human diversities, low employee engagement, ever-increasing customer expectations, relentless business pressures and unprecedented advances in technology. Peter will highlight how we need to approach problems, have a healthy blend of leadership and management and outline a process-based methodology for delivering results.

 

Key Takeaways

  • The need to approach problems differently
  • The required blend of Leadership & Management
  • A methodology for delivering results

Speaker

Peter Fritsche
Vice President, Global Operations and ServiceACIST Medical
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Transforming Discrete Manufacturing with A.I. & Computer Vision: Starting the journey to IIoT – Smart Manufacturing

Continuous Improvement & InnovationAtollogy - CEO and Founder

Computer vision and Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) can be leveraged to digitize any of your physical operations to improve machine utilization and reduce cycle times thereby increasing Overall Equipment Efficiency. Collected data can be used to analyze trends and provide actionable intelligence upon which to make business decisions to increase operational efficiency and profitability. The Computer vision and A.I. processes span the entire manufacturing cycle from fabrication to assembly to loading docks and provide you the tools to start your IIoT Smart Manufacturing journey.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • How starting the IIoT Smart Manufacturing journey is easy to begin now
  • How computer vision and Artificial Intelligence technologies help address challenges by tracking people, equipment and materials
  • How this technology can directly relate to improved financial impact to the bottom line
  • How this technology could be leveraged at a wide range of manufacturing facilities including job shops, electronic components, bearings, machining, laminated plastics, electronic assemblies, injection molding, auto components and many more

Speaker

Rob Schoenthaler
CEO and FounderAtollogy
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Innovation Process and Risk Management: Role of AI, Big Data and Digital Transformation

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

Porex has implemented a robust Front End of Innovation process that has helped generate numerous valuable and novel ideas in a short period of time. At the same time, we have also focused heavily on the Back End of Innovation to ensure proper selection of ideas for project execution while minimizing risk to the business. Our vision is to execute these projects at maximum speed and minimum risk through a combination of traditional risk management strategies (project management) as well as through digital transformation, AI and Data Analytics.

 

Key Takeaway:

  • Idea Generation and Selection
  • Balancing Speed of go to market and Risks
  • Digital Transformation, AI and Big Data for materials R&D

Speaker

Rahul Maharsia
Global Director of Research and DevelopmentFiltration Group
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Lean College at the Plant site Level

Continuous Improvement & InnovationGeorg Fischer Conglomerate - Director of Operations

Plant site Lean transformation has been an elusive achievement in most industries and is key to continuous improvement activities, which in turn boost the bottom line profits for most manufacturing companies. It has been elusive because most lean program roll outs have been squarely based on 1 or 2 key lean leaders. This is not sustainable. The lean college is a great strategy that encompasses adequate training, tool utilization, structured kaizen events and a cadence to keep learning continuously. It also rewards with “lean college credits”. Want to know more?

 

Key Takeaways

  • Adequate training on lean tools
  • Structured kaizen events with a defined roadmap
  • Cadence on continuous learning on a predetermined frequency
  • Lean transformation

Speaker

Lawrence Akpore
Director of OperationsGeorg Fischer Conglomerate
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Excellence in Safety - The Cultural Journey from Worst to First in Safety Performance

Leadership and Workforce StrategiesCraftsmen Industries, Inc. - President, CEO & Co-Owner

This session addresses Safety Performance Improvement through Leadership and Management Methods and its impact on Risk Management, Cost Containment, Continuous Improvement. The presenter has led five medium-sized manufacturing businesses from very poor safety results and performance to world-class results in each case over a 24-36 month period. Previously, he had global safety responsibility for a $2 Billion organization with 50 factories in 16 countries. The focus has been largely on creating a culture of care and concern, diligence and excellence. The speaker will also discuss the linkage between safety, quality and productivity and why the safest organizations are often higher quality manufacturers with superior productivity.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • You can drive dramatic improvement in safety performance with the right leadership effort.
  • You will walk away with prescriptions with specific actions, techniques, methods, and resources to improve safety
  • You will be inspired to help advance and improve safety in your organization with specific strategies, tactics, and messages.
  • You will be able to point to statistics and data that demonstrate the power of the methods along with the ROI.

Speaker

Mark Steele
President, CEO & Co-OwnerCraftsmen Industries, Inc.
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Revolutionizing Your Indirect Spend

Continuous Improvement & InnovationCorcentric - Vice President of Sales for Indirect Spend

Did you know that indirect spend accounts for up to 40% of a company’s total purchases? And that ‘maverick’ spend, or spend that is unmanaged, can account for an average of 30% to 45% of all indirect spend. That’s a drain on and organization’s cash flow.

 

Please join our presentation, “Revolutionizing Your Indirect Spend,” for a comprehensive look at what makes indirect spend such a challenge and how you can get maverick spend under control. The key is to leverage group buying power and industry expertise so that you have visibility to every dollar you spend and ensure it is working for you.

Learn how an indirect spend solution that combines cutting-edge technology with personal industry expertise enables your business to control spend through:

  • Spend analysis and buying behavior optimization
  • Industry and price benchmarking
  • Best practice supplier management and consolidation
  • Contract negotiation and management

Speaker

Sean Bliss
Vice President of Sales for Indirect SpendCorcentric
MondayBreakout Presentation

close Pioneering San Diego's Craft Beer Scene: Staying Relevant in a Disrupted Industry!

Continuous Improvement & InnovationKarl Strauss Brewing Co - CEO

Hear the inside story of how Karl Strauss Brewing Company started San Diego’s craft beer revolution in 1989 and how we have built manufacturing systems, customer feedback loops, and a company culture focused on continuous improvement that has enabled us to keep pioneering through the decades and stay relevant through industry disruption and a changing consumer base.

Key Take-Aways

  • Development and Nurturing of Company Culture as a Key to Continuous Improvement
  • Creating a Continuous Customer Feedback Loop to Monitor Changing Consumer Demand

 

Speaker

Chris Cramer
CEOKarl Strauss Brewing Co
MondayNetworking

Industry Dinner

TuesdayNetworking

Breakfast Buffet

TuesdayKeynote Presentation

close R&D & Innovation Principles to Accelerate Growth of a Leading Consumer-Centric Brand Portfolio

Agile Product, Design, Development and InnovationThe Coca-Cola Company - Vice President of R&D

The Coca-Cola Company´s growth strategy is well defined – consumers and the drinks they want, distributing them around the world better than anyone else, creating shared value across the system which in turn attracts more investment so we can continue to grow. Learn how we approach innovation, leverage best practices and drive new ways of thinking within the organization to ensure we stay relevant and competitive in this fast-changing world.

Key Takeaways:

  • The strategic direction of the company establishes the innovation framework
  • Mapping the consumer and technologies to develop winning consumer-centric innovations
  • Implementing a culture to drive innovative behavior throughout an organization

Speaker

Robert Scott
Vice President of R&DThe Coca-Cola Company
Tuesday

Targeted Research Meetings

TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close Industry 4.0: OEM Readiness & Challenges

Agile Product, Design, Development and InnovationID Technology - Director of Operations

As manufacturers strive for industry 4.0 readiness, they may need to equip their manufacturing lines with the fundamental tools that allow them to function in that domain. The need to be driven to a smart factory with machine monitoring and optimal relative quality controls means manufacturers need to integrate each piece of equipment with the rest of the line as well as integrate the controls with their respective MES and ERP. This presentation describes some of the options available to integrate such equipment and demonstrate some functionalities. The goal for manufacturers to improve their OEE, reduce cost, and strengthen their continuous improvement will be discussed.

 

Key Takeaways

  • Process Control
  • Smart Manufacturing
  • Quick Changeover
  • Line Monitoring

Speaker

Michael Salloum
Director of OperationsID Technology
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close JnJ Supply Chain Digital Transformation to address Agility, Speed to Market, Customization and Access

The Application of Digital ManufacturingJohnson & Johnson - Senior Director, Strategy Innovation and Insight

Adoption of Industry 4.0 digital and transformative technologies are key enablers to transforming our Supply Chain and ensuring it is a driving force to help address Johnson and Johnson’s vision. Leveraging our foundational capabilities such as System, Quality, as well as EHS&S has been critical to accelerating the adoption and scaling, and has moved us from the “Pilot Purgatory” environment.

 

Key Takeaways

  • Ensure that there is comprehensive Business Case that focuses on critical enablers such as Digital Worker, Asset Performance Optimization, IoT, etc
  • Develop the approach to Future of Work – build the workforce muscle across the organization
  • Leverage the external environment – don’t invent everything!
  • Ensure that Executive Sponsorship and Governance is established with clear line of accountabilities

Speaker

Sultan Aziz
Senior Director, Strategy Innovation and InsightJohnson & Johnson
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close Cyber AI: An Immune System for OT & IT

The Application of Digital ManufacturingDarktrace Limited - EVP, Industrial and Operational Technology Immune Systems

Between the cloud, IoT, 5G, and global supply chains, the modern enterprise is increasingly complex and increasingly vulnerable. Manufacturers, in particular, have become the target of choice, in part due to the rapid adoption of IIoT devices. Across ICS and SCADA networks, self-learning cyber AI is powering real-time threat detection, autonomous response, and investigation, serving as a force multiplier for strained security teams and enabling businesses to safely keep pace with innovation.

Key Takeaways:

  • How today’s attackers are exploiting increased connectivity between IT and OT to disrupt critical environments
  • How the first AI security system ever deployed across ICS and SCADA networks understands and learns the patterns of life for unique operational environments
  • Where AI shines a light on key blind spots to provide visibility across the digital infrastructure, including ICS, cloud, email, and the on-premise network.
  • How cyber AI has neutralized real-world threats to a medical manufacturing company’s IP, a transportation center’s IoT devices, and a major organization’s assembly line

 

Speaker

Jeff Cornelius, Ph.D
EVP, Industrial and Operational Technology Immune SystemsDarktrace Limited
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close Innovation Using Systems Thinking Approach

Continuous Improvement & InnovationViking Range, LLC - Chief Engineer, Innovation and Advanced Engineering

Product development through research and development or through innovative idea generation relies on the approach taken by the team or the inventor. In many cases, inventors try to solve a problem using critical thinking to find various solutions and adapt a best solution using analytics based on certain factors like cost to build, a certain quality upgrade, or on a certain performance characteristics.

This presentation provides an insight into how systems thinking approach would help inventors develop ideas based on its influence of one other factor within the overall system and its life cycles. This is a holistic approach to understanding the relationships among its constituents through various viewpoints, and a way to establish a model that provides an effective solution.

 

Key Takeaways

  • Bring systems thinking to design solutions
  • Consider all the view points in new inventions
  • Model based approach to new inventions

Speaker

Jemsheer Thayyaullathil
Chief Engineer, Innovation and Advanced EngineeringViking Range, LLC
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close Case Study - Organic, Gluten Free Cracker Launches in a New State of the Art Facility

Agile Product, Design, Development and InnovationMary's Gone Crackers - Director of Research, Development & Innovation

Mary’s Gone Crackers has become one of the top Organic & Gluten-Free companies in the world. In 2017, a state of the art, dedicated Organic, Gluten-Free facility was opened in Reno, NV. Additional commercialization and increased capacity have allowed the company to increase sales in all grocery channels.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Fill capacity in a new plant that aligns with the global business plan for growth.
  • Attain speed to market using a streamlined version of Stage-Gate for increased competitiveness.
  • Increase presence in the mainstream & natural, specialty grocery channel with an MGC brand refresh & social media.
  • Maintain communication in a multicultural business model.

Speaker

Diane Wright Hoffpauer
Director of Research, Development & InnovationMary's Gone Crackers
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close Integrated Hiring, Assessment, and Coaching for Managers: A Case for Continuous Improvement

Plant & Facilities ManagementMcGrory Glass Inc. - Vice President, Director of Operations

This presentation discusses how structured interviews, assessment testing, and individual coaching can improve the performance of your team. Multiple integrated methods will be presented to best help a company faced with an ever-changing manufacturing environment, challenges in operation of new equipment, and hurdles in helping a workforce keep up with advances in technology. Individual assessments utilizing relevant psychological, emotional, intelligence, and skill testing will be investigated. GROW programs, Stay interviews, ongoing assessment tools, and review techniques will be introduced. Effective use of tools such as a Learning Management System (LMS), training classes, and Lean Six Sigma programs will be examined to promote operational excellence, plant optimization, and achieve reduced production delays in day-to-day operations.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • How to help individuals to find core strengths and the right fit in a manufacturing organization.
  • How individual development plans build worker, team, and company effectiveness.
  • How emotional intelligence training strategically supports 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 constantly improves to increase its competitive advantage.
  • Other management tools will be demonstrated such as Structured interviews; standardized and customized assessment testing (HireSelect – Criteria Corp); GROW programs, Stay interviews, ongoing assessment tools, and reviews; Learning Management System (LMS – BizLibrary), night classes, Lean Six Sigma; SOP creation, and how to manage chaos through growth.

Speaker

James Gulnick
Vice President, Director of OperationsMcGrory Glass Inc.
TuesdayBreakout Presentation

close 3 Key Learning Transformations to Upskill Your Workforce for the Digital Age

Leadership and Workforce StrategiesStanley Black & Decker - Director, Industrial Strategy for Industry 4.0

Transforming your approach to learning can have a positive impact on the speed, quality, and learner disposition to the learning process. This talk will transform your thoughts about learning and approach to upskilling in this digital age. It will delve into how to prepare your workforce not just for tomorrow but for the future onslaught of changing technology. Allowing you to create a workforce that is fearless, agile and unstoppable.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Learning capacity can be improved
  • Emotion, self-talk, and approach to learning can impact learning efficiency
  • Simple perspective changes to learning can improve your entire workforce

Speaker

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

Lunch

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Hotel and Travel

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

The Hotel

Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa

Luxurious accomodations, an Eden-esque pool nirvana complete with waterfalls, sumptuous spa treatments, award winning restaurants, miles of trail and a top notch casino–all overlooking the stunning Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Nestled at the entrance of the Red Rock Canyon National Recreation area,  just minutes from the Strip, Red Rock Resort Casino & Spa offers the best of both sides of Vegas. Enjoy the shows, the gambling, and all the pizazz Vegas is famous for, or feed your thirst for adventure with mountain climbing and exploration. Stunning views and an even more stunning atmosphere make Red Rock one of the best that Vegas has to offer.
We’ll book your accommodations, cover your first night’s stay and offer a discounted rate thereafter. To make your reservations please contact:
Red Rock operates a complimentary shuttle to and from McCarran Airport (LAS). The shuttle schedule is located here. Taxis and other ride sharing is also available and cost approximately $50 each way.  
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