Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel, Chicago, Illinois
October 1-3rd, 2017

Leadership & Innovation

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

  • Leadership Strategies to Bridge the Performance/Strategy Gap
  • The Effects of Changing Political Policies and How It Affects Business
  • Understanding the VOC And Its Relation to Key Processes

Breakout Presentations

Advanced Product / Process Quality Planning: The Key to World Class Design, Manufacturing, Quality and Delivery

SPEAKERS

Joseph Myers
Vice President of Quality, Dayco Products LLC

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Advanced Product / Process Quality Planning: The Key to World Class Design, Manufacturing, Quality and Delivery

We always have the time to do right the second and even the third time: Sound familiar? We can do it right the first time, every time. Not just planning, but planning effectively. We must look at the past and the future for our planning, what tools work what tools have not worked. What has gone right what has gone wrong in the past? Einstein quipped; “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity”. This is what we do we use the same tools, the same systems that have not worked in the past and expect our teams to perform differently, our processes to perform better and our quality and delivery to improve. What are we going to do different?

  • Why Advanced Product / Process Quality Planning
  • 8 Steps in APQP
  •  Implementation in any organization regardless of product, process, manufacturing or service. 
Leadership Strategies to Inspire your Team and Ignite innovation

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Patrick Masterson
Vice President of Corporate Manufacturing, Husco International

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Leadership Strategies to Inspire your Team and Ignite innovation

Breakthrough innovation is difficult.  Technology, action plans and communication tools will only get you part way to your goal.  The best ideas that are true breakthroughs will come from the people on your teams.  How can you inspire innovation & ignite the performance shift that you envision?  

Key Take-Aways

  • Develop a personal leadership plan that articulates your mission
  • Build a compelling narrative that creates context around your goals
  • Identify innovation techniques that can engage & inspire your team
  • Build the culture that drives future breakthroughs
LEADING FASTER, BETTER AND SUSTAINABLE PRODUCT AND SUPPLY CHAIN INNOVATION IN TODAY’S CHANGING WORLD

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Pietro Di Pilato
Senior Vice President Technical, Innovation and Brand Change, Diageo

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LEADING FASTER, BETTER AND SUSTAINABLE PRODUCT AND SUPPLY CHAIN INNOVATION IN TODAY’S CHANGING WORLD

In this session, attendees will learn how Diageo North America has achieved success by identifying and implementing innovative approaches throughout its supply chain. From planning and manufacturing to liquid development and packaging, Pietro Di Pilato will share innovative approaches that :  In this session, attendees will learn how Diageo North America has achieved success by identifying and implementing innovative approaches throughout its supply chain. From planning and manufacturing to liquid development and packaging, Pietro Di Pilato will share innovative approaches that have increased the company’s ability to execute faster, better and more sustainably in today’s rapidly changing world. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Using data analytics to improve inventory management
  • Driving faster product development and achieve speed to market
  • Improving improve environmental sustainability across the supply chain
  • Transforming packaging through innovation
  • Inspiring your people to experiment and unlock opportunities for growth
Threading the Voice of the Customer to the Factory Floor

SPEAKERS

Paul Cafaro
Director LSS, Quality, North America - Latin America, Sherwin Williams

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Threading the Voice of the Customer to the Factory Floor

During this presentation, you will see how to harmonize three business functions to address customer needs.  The needs of the customer are obtained by capturing the Voice of the Customer or VOC.  The three business functions that need to work as one cohesive and unified team are: Commercial (Sales and Marketing), R&D (Product Properties and Services) and Operations (Product Quality). When we collect the VOC, it is not always obvious on how it is translated to company metrics.  That is why we link the VOC to the business functions by using the Design for Six Sigma tool: Houses of Quality or HOQ.  Threading the VOC through the Houses of Quality helps map those customer needs all the way to the factory floor variables that are key to the customer’s CTQs.

Key Take-Aways

  • Using “house of quality” methodology to meet customer quality standards
  • Translating the customer’s needs all the way up to the manufacturing parameters
  • From critical to quality to functional requirements
  •  Process variables as key indicators of your process
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO CREATE INNOVATION THAT WINS?

SPEAKERS

Andria Long
Vice President of Innovation, Johnsonville Sausage LLC

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WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO CREATE INNOVATION THAT WINS?

This Food & Beverage industry's leading best in class insights based approach to innovation has generated significant organic revenue growth for a  diverse  range of companies in terms of size, ownership (private/family run/public), cultures, innovation capabilities and business stage (during & post acquisition, transformation, turnaround) as well as brands in terms of market position, size, budgets & categories.  This presentation  will address  how you can achieve  success rates well above industry norms  both in terms of revenue generated,  and sustainability – staying power in market. 

Key-Takeaways 

  • Penetrate a crowded marketplace
  • Techniques on how to ensure you are only pushing the best ideas forward
  • Best practices to using innovative approaches for revenue growth
TIME TO OUTPERFORM THE INDUSTRY

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Dorel Agafitei
Vice President of Quality, Crane Aerospace and Electronics

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TIME TO OUTPERFORM THE INDUSTRY

The inevitable march of commoditization has finally arrived on portions of the Aerospace & Defense market’s doorstep. It’s changing the fundamental basis of competition in the industry and shaking the foundation on which many companies have based their strategies.

Companies that rethink their strategies and business models can improve financial performance and outperform the Aerospace & Defense industry over the next decade.

The new Aerospace Quality Management System standard for the aviation, space and defense industries comes to support the alignment of quality strategy with company strategy. 

Key Take-Aways

  • Strategy deployment aims to formulate clear corporate objectives and goals, disseminating and aligning those objectives throughout all levels of the organization, and then creating plans of action to achieve those objectives
  • Rethinking the constraints that are the basis upon which strategy and business model decisions are made today will be the hallmark of those companies that will outperform the market.
  • Making better strategy and business model choices demonstrably improves financial performance
INDUSTRIALIZATION OF NEW PRODUCTS

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Joaquin Anon Suarez
Performance Manager, Danone Wave

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INDUSTRIALIZATION OF NEW PRODUCTS

In the F&B industry, we are in a time of continuous innovation, as our portfolio changes all the time. Speed to Market and Costumer Service Level are key to survive in this environment. In the INDUSTRIALIZATION OF NEW PRODUCTS a clear and detailed VSUP  (Vertical Start Up Process) is required. This presentation will walk you step by step through this process. This process allowed me to manage multiple successful projects, meeting the launch windows on time with quantity and quality. Practice, Rigor and Discipline of this process is a competitive advantage you can not ignore. 

Key Take-Aways 

  • New innovation industrialization time lines
  • Detail Vertical Start Up Process
  • Resources need it for implementation of the process
  •  Results and examples
PURSUING OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE

SPEAKERS

Brian Strobel
Director of Quality, L-3 Communications Corporation

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PURSUING OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE

This case study will highlight L-3 Communications' integration of Strategic Goal Deployment  (SGD) using the concepts of Operational Excellence to gain buy-in and integration throughout their Sector.  

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION

SPEAKERS

Michael Armstead
Regional Director of Safety, Bimbo Bakeries

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PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION

Key Take-Aways 
  • Employer’s responsibility to provide a safe work environment for their employees in the eyes of OSHA
  • How product development and innovation can directly affect Labor Relations
  • Workstation ergonomic considerations when developing, or improving, work areas or changes to a facility layout
  • Some of the advantages and pitfalls of being proactive with product development and a forward thinking innovator
ROBUST ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING DEVELOPMENT FOR ROBUST PRODUCTION IMPLEMENTATION

SPEAKERS

Youping Gao, Ph.D.
Discipline Lead, Manufacturing Engineering Associate Fellow, Aerojet Rocketdyne

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ROBUST ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING DEVELOPMENT FOR ROBUST PRODUCTION IMPLEMENTATION

Metal additive manufacturing has demonstrated cost saving, schedule reduction, and product performance gain in terms of weight saving, higher performance output, higher product reliability.  In many cases, for a geometrically complicated hardware, the cost and schedule savings each can exceed 80% compared to the similar product produced with traditional manufacturing processes.  The compounding factors of savings have resulted the product’s cost on component level to be at tiny fraction of the original’s along with performance gain have made the additive manufacturing an indispensable part of today’s product development and production.  The critical part for implementing an AM production strategy is ensuring a consistent and robust AM process capable of delivering high quality AM hardware that is well characterized and defects free.  In this case study, additively manufactured hardware for Orion crew module spacecraft’s reaction control system is presented.

Key Take-Aways

  • Upon completion, participants will be able to understand AM process control and achieve Qualified Metallurgical Process in AM production
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to take advantages of AM process and apply it to mission critical applications
  • Upon completion, participants will be able to evaluate and select the most fit AM processes for productions
PRODUCT AND SERVICE INNOVATION IN A COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE - MEETING THE CHALLENGE

SPEAKERS

John L. Knolla
Director, Product Support Engineering & Certification, LMI Aerospace

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PRODUCT AND SERVICE INNOVATION IN A COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE - MEETING THE CHALLENGE

Discuss challenges and approaches for defining product and service offerings in the face of new or enhanced competition or during tough market conditions.  Focus on current trends and opportunities in Commercial Space, Connectivity (inflight entertainment), UAV/UAS (unmanned), and Certification including how to seek and gain internal approval and customer acceptance.

Key Take-Aways

  • Discover current market needs and trends
  • Define the product or service including internal as well as external benefits/ROI
  • Develop the internal sales pitch to gain management approval
  • Demonstrate mastery of the subject matter
  • Dominate the marketspace
Analytics: A Journey from Adhoc to Insights

SPEAKERS

Wylie Smith
Director, Software Engineering, Dell

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Analytics: A Journey from Adhoc to Insights

The presentation will focus on standing up an analytics capability, from inception and investment, architecture design, data cleanliness, governance and finally insights into business results.

Key Take-Aways:

  • The overall journey explored to develop an analytics capability
  • Use of innovation toolsets to define an approach and gain organizational investment
  • Architecture and key elements for success
  • Visualization to allow democratization of data and insights - make the data consumable
  • Governance processes - data is fun, but you have to influence change with the insights