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

Agenda

IMPACT brings its attendees a truly comprehensive educational program that is 100% peer-driven and developed by 24 Executive Steering Commitee Members from distinguished companies.  The program addresses the major challenges seen in today’s manufacturing world, from maintaining a successful continuous improvement system, to complex managing and developing of innovation, technology and workforce,IMPACT is a must-attend event for all manufacturing executives. 

Attendees are also able to customize their schedule and choose topics from 4  different tracks to fit their specific needs

                                                                         PROGRAM KEY THEMES/TRACKS

Continuous Improvement

Continuous improvement is a great way for companies to identify opportunities and integrate improvements into their day-to-day operations. Working to constantly improve is the number one way in which businesses reduce operating overhead and streamline workflows.  A successful CI plan allows companies to reduce wasted time and effort, resulting in time and money savings. This track will highlight some effective and tested continuous improvement strategies through carefully crafted presentations and case studies for the manufacturing leader of today.

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.

Workforce & Talent Management

In the business world, it has now been established that to drive optimal levels of operational success, business leaders need to engage high-performing employees, foster new talent and keep developing their workforce. Throughout this track workforce management experts will discuss top approaches to keeping an engaged workforce, managing the changing landscape and tackling the task of attracting qualified talent.

Digital Manufacturing 

The digital revolution is now breaking into manufacturing and is set to change the nature of manufacturing itself. Many industry experts have agreed that digital manufacturing will transform the whole value chain, therefore, becoming a priority for many manufacturing leaders. This track was designed to offer  fresh perspectives on the opportunities and challenges that come along with implementation, costs and  transitions to a digital operation. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attendees will also able to customize their schedule at the event by choosingtopics from up to 4 different tracks to fit their specific needs. Join the event and take control of your learning experience by designing your own agenda!

Keynote Presentations

Operationalizing Digital Manufacturing

SPEAKERS

Jon Sobel
CEO, Sight Machine

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Operationalizing Digital Manufacturing

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 Take-Aways 

  • How can companies identify their current level of Digital Readiness?
  • What use cases become available as a company increases their Digital Readiness?
  • What pitfalls threaten successful Digital Manufacturing implementations?
  • What has Sight Machine learned from working with the world's most advanced Digital Manufacturers?
Building Smarter Manufacturing With The Internet of Things

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Stephen Engel
Senior Vice President, Practice Lead, Hitachi Consulting

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Building Smarter Manufacturing With The Internet of Things

Are you pleased with your current margins?  Does your revenue grow by single digits?  Is 2017 another year of “trimming costs” to be more efficient with the result being mediocre at best?
Hitachi has 100+ years of manufacturing experience.  Today, convergence of operational technology and information technology enables manufacturers to be more efficient, agile, and profitable.   Learn how Hitachi has employed IoT and Advanced Analytics to solve internal manufacturing challenges and address customer pain points, to realize real operational savings.
Key Take-Aways 
  • Where is manufacturing headed? IoT will fundamentally change how products are invented, manufactured, shipped and sold
  • With IoT, IP networks and analytics, manufacturers can become more efficient, improve worker safety and offer new business models
  • IoT will help manufacturers improve resource efficiency, safety and return on assets
  • Manufacturers that master this new dynamic will have a variety of new opportunities for revenue growth and cost savings
 

 

Breakout Presentations

Competing for the Future: The Future of Operational Excellence and Continuous Improvement

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John Biedry
Former Senior Director, Global Lean Enterprise, Nike

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Competing for the Future: The Future of Operational Excellence and Continuous Improvement

The world is changing, business is changing, and all of it is changing faster than ever before. Business is experiencing a revolution rather than evolution. So, with change impacting business like never before how has operational excellence changed and where it is heading in the future? What are we doing and what do we need to do differently to be able to compete in the future?

  • How have operational excellence methodologies changed over the years?
  • How will the deployments change to adapt to business changes?
  • Leading the change: What are key initiatives from Nike to shape the future of continuous improvement?
Advanced Product / Process Quality Planning: The Key to World Class Design, Manufacturing, Quality and Delivery

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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
Attraction and Retention: Getting Millennials On-board and Keeping Them

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Tim Schafhauser
Vice President of Manufacturing, US Vision

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Attraction and Retention: Getting Millennials On-board and Keeping Them

Strategies built specifically for recruiting the millennial and retaining them long enough to make a significant impact.  These include emphasis on teaching contemporary manufacturing technology by using diverse learning methodologies.  Once trained, making them feel part of "something bigger" by getting them involved in company and community causes.

Key Take-aways

  • Ability to attract millennials through emphasis on working with contemporary technology
  • Use of multiple learning methodologies so employee understands the focus is on them as an individual
  • Methods to keep the millennial engaged
  • Integrating and retaining the millennial through corporate sponsored activities that correspond to their interests and builds unity and commitment that goes back to the workplace
LEADING FASTER, BETTER AND SUSTAINABLE PRODUCT AND SUPPLY CHAIN INNOVATION IN TODAY’S CHANGING WORLD

SPEAKERS

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
A LOOK AT AN AUTONOMOUS TEAM / MATRIX ORGANIZATION

SPEAKERS

Philippe Babel
Director of Operations, Zodiac Aerospace Corporation

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A LOOK AT AN AUTONOMOUS TEAM / MATRIX ORGANIZATION

This presentation of an autonomous team concept will address the link between an autonomous team and a reactive organization, how to standardize efficient processes and how to improve standards with suggested ideas of teams and support functions.

Key Take-Aways

  •  Responsibilities & accountability are critical
  •  A learning organization to get the continuous improvement dynamic
  • The power of Visual management to support the autonomous team
Cognitive Manufacturing and Supply Chain

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Binny Samuel
Offering Leader, Internet of Things, IBM

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Cognitive Manufacturing and Supply Chain

Are you ready for Industry 4.0? Manufacturing leaders are under constant pressure to improve plant efficiency despite rising component and raw materials costs, shrinking margins, and increased competition. We want you to succeed in the digital disruption era. Harness the power of your data and apply artificial intelligence to your operations and supply chain. One of our clients doubled production output without doubling their production assets.  See how cognitive manufacturing can improve productivity and decision-making for your factory.

Key Take-Aways 

  • Understand how Internet of Things, analytics and machine learning technologies are transforming operations 
  • Discover the top applications for Cognitive/AI in Manufacturing- including intelligent assets, cognitive processes, and smarter resources.
  • Learn how to get started in applying AI to your operations and supply chain
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
Smart Manufacturing: Connect your Machines to Significantly Improve Machine Efficiency

SPEAKERS

Kevin Terwilliger
IoT Solutions Director, Dell

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Smart Manufacturing: Connect your Machines to Significantly Improve Machine Efficiency

Manufacturers face disruption in this digital world. A desire to compete is a prime reason why IDC finds that 75% of industrial manufacturers have technology initiatives driven by digital transformation. At Dell, we understand the challenges faced by manufacturers because we are one, and offer an expansive portfolio of solutions from Industrial PCs to Rugged Tablets which address these top needs.  In this session we will cover real deployments where we are enabling manufactures (including ourselves) to achieve digital transformation with our broad industrial solutions.

  • Key use cases to start your digital transformation journey with
  • Achieving digital transformation in your operations with flexible infrastructure
  • The importance of Edge analytics to future proof your IoT/Automation deployments
  • How to scale faster and safer with the right security and manageability strategy
Manufacturing Takes the Lead in Lean Product Creation

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Art Hyde
Global Product Development System Chief Engineer, Ford Motor Company

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Manufacturing Takes the Lead in Lean Product Creation

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
People: Still our Most Valuable Resource? – Challenges and Opportunities to Increasing Engagement

SPEAKERS

Justin Kobler
Vice President of Manufacturing, Land O'Frost

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People: Still our Most Valuable Resource? – Challenges and Opportunities to Increasing Engagement

This growing Food & Beverage company's insights based approach to investing in their people to generated revenue growth.  This presentation will address how you can achieve success by focusing on your people by providing education, practicing servant leadership and building systems to support behaviors. 

Key Take-Aways 

  • Realizing the value of retained employees
  • Mgmt committed to applying
  •       a. Transformational leadership approach
  •       b. New technologies that support people as operators and leaders
  •       c. Training and development to supplement skills at all levels
  •  Automation as an alternative to increasing labor to support growth
BUILDING BLOCKS TO A CONNECTED REAL-TIME DIGITAL ENTERPRISE

SPEAKERS

Conrad Leiva
VP Product Strategy and Alliances, iBASEt Inc.

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BUILDING BLOCKS TO A CONNECTED REAL-TIME DIGITAL ENTERPRISE

Integrated manufacturing processes enabled by the model-based enterprise (MBE) leverage 3D models throughout the product lifecycle into a “digital thread”. Technologies including IIoT connected equipment, optimized 3D illustrated instructions, automated inspection, augmented reality, and advanced analytics are converging into a new platform to achieve revolutionary new levels of productivity. 

 
Key Take-Aways
  • Goals of a Digital Thread in the Real-Time Digital Enterprise 
  • What does the Digital Thread look like today? 
  • How do we put building blocks in place for increased digital connectivity?
  • Expected Benefits from realizing a true Digital Thread for the entire product lifecycle 
Maximizing Strategic Planning to Drive Results from Senior Leadership to the Factory Floor

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Scott Detillo
Vice President of Operations, Safariland

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Maximizing Strategic Planning to Drive Results from Senior Leadership to the Factory Floor

Strategic planning is an effective way for an organization and a senior leadership team to become aligned on goals, however, how can you use this plan to drive continuous improvement on the factory floor? In this presentation you'll learn the process to develop a strategic plan that can be used by the entire organization to get results and become a little better every day.

Key Take-Aways

  • The strategic planning process and getting alignment on key goals
  • Benchmarking to understand strengths and opportunities
  • Best practice sharing to leverage organizational learning and improvement
  • Utilizing skills assessments to drive training
  • Daily use of the strategic plan on the factory floor to drive decision making
TIME TO OUTPERFORM THE INDUSTRY

SPEAKERS

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
Future Proofing Manufacturing with Non-Destructive Testing

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Gail Stultz
Business Development Director, Advanced Material Solutions

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Future Proofing Manufacturing with Non-Destructive Testing

Competitive forces are driving unheard-of levels of innovation in product design, materials and lean manufacturing processes. A rigorous and proactive approach to risk containment is essential to protect your brand and bottom line. This talk presents an overview of various NDT methods, their strengths and limitations, and culminates with a 4-step plan for implementation.

Key Take-Aways

  • NDT 101: An overview and comparison of NDT disciplines, capabilities, limitations and application
  • Minimizing containment costs through proactive materials evaluation
  • “Seeing things differently” to protect your company’s tomorrow
 
SERVANT OF THE CUSTOMER; DRIVING SUSTAINABLE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE BY ACTIVELY LEADING A QUALITY CULTURE AND PRODUCTION OF A GREAT WIDGET

SPEAKERS

Mike Davis
Director of Quality, Baldwin Richardson Foods

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SERVANT OF THE CUSTOMER; DRIVING SUSTAINABLE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE BY ACTIVELY LEADING A QUALITY CULTURE AND PRODUCTION OF A GREAT WIDGET

This presentation will address the principle objectives are to drive engagement with each other and encourage serious thought about one’s character, actions, and motives. Humble Pie – Lessons in Leadership through Humility (a modest view of one’s own importance)

Key Take-Aways

  • Act with Humility
  • Be a Giver
  • Challenge yourself to be a better leader
  • Listen and Learn
INDUSTRIALIZATION OF NEW PRODUCTS

SPEAKERS

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
GET MORE FROM YOUR PLANT FLOOR

SPEAKERS

Jeffrey Price
Executive Vice President, 5ME

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GET MORE FROM YOUR PLANT FLOOR

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 ever.

Key Take-Aways

  •  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
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.  

The Case for Data-Driven Manufacturing

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David McPhail
CEO & President, MEMEX Inc.

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The Case for Data-Driven Manufacturing

From a technical standpoint, the concept of Data-Driven Manufacturing is simple: use data that is automatically collected in real time from manufacturing equipment and use that information to monitor and manage plant operations. From a business point of view, Data-Driven Manufacturing offers a complex offering of benefits and advantages.

Key Take-Aways

  • Learn about the value proposition behind Data-Driven Manufacturing
  • Hear why experts say Data-Driven Manufacturing is shifting from a competitive advantage to a must-have capability
  • Note the efficiency improvements achieved by companies that adopted Data-Driven Manufacturing practices
  • Comprehend how Data-Driven Manufacturing helps tighten supply chain integration
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
Manufacture to Profit. The Financial Thread (Engine) of the Digital Enterprise

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John Jackie
VP of Sales and Marketing, Alta Via Consulting

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Manufacture to Profit. The Financial Thread (Engine) of the Digital Enterprise

The age of the digital financial enterprise is here. Every part of the business relies on finance for decision making and understanding, in terms of reporting, compliance, and predictive analytics.  Finance is the key to delivering understanding on what businesses should do versus what business and engineering wants to do.

“In this new information age, the financial thread binds it all together.”

Enabling your business to react and respond before getting BLINDSIDED.

Key Take-Aways

  • The value of a unified reporting tool and financial models enabling fast top level decisions and the ability to drill down to highly specific plants
  • How the digital enterprise has changed the landscape and how you can gain a competitive advantage.
  • Connect disparate systems as well as allowing the rapid development of predictive analytics
Continuous Improvement will Solve all your Problems... Really?

SPEAKERS

Rafael Romero
Enterprise Principle Leader for Continuous Improvement Culture, Value Stream Flow and Visual Factory, Johnson Controls

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Continuous Improvement will Solve all your Problems... Really?

Johnson Controls launched a Manufacturing Excellence Strategy to achieve its vision of becoming the most operationally capable company in the world. The centerpiece of the strategy,is the Johnson Controls Manufacturing System (JCMS). The system has 9 Principles and one of them is Continuous Improvement Culture where provides a comprehensive model with clear road maps for engaging employees, driving manufacturing excellence and growing the business via One Johnson Controls Way of manufacturing.
Key Take-Aways
  • How the Continuous Improvement Culture 'Principle' provide increased sustainment of value delivery
  • Practical examples of Continuous Improvement's success 
  • CI teams vs all plant employees continuously improving  
  • How to integrate Continuous Improvement into a Manufacturing System  

 

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
Making Natural Products Work in Your Operation

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Mark Novak
Director of Operations, Global Organics

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Making Natural Products Work in Your Operation

Production operations are increasingly asked to use less processed materials as part of a sustainable initiative. Recognizing the functional differences in the way materials perform is essential to project success. We adapt the R&D commercialization process to explicitly identify differences, and in partnership with Operations, develop solutions consistent with the sustainable values a new product represents.This presentation will walk you through some essential basic understanding needed to work with less processed natural and/or organic raw material.This process makes expected costs realistic. Your organization then goes to market with confidence and meets consumer expectations. 

Key Take Aways

  • The Sustainable Difference:  Implications for sourcing and use of more natural Raw Materials
  • Identifying where costs are different: Accurate assessment of cost of production for sustainable products
  • Cost Control: Developing solutions to maintain throughput and yield
  • Walking the Walk : Meeting customer expectations consistently 
Connecting Machines and Your people - Using IIoT to Make Your Factory

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Paul Hogendoorn
President, Freepoint Tecnologies Inc.

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Connecting Machines and Your people - Using IIoT to Make Your Factory

FreePoint is making the factory floor "millennial ready" by connecting all value adding machines and processes to the cloud without modification, regardless of the machine type, brand or age, and then making the work accomplished visible to both management and workers in real time, in effect gamifying the work.
Measuring the performance of your machines is only a small part of the objective - having the data affect positive change is the key, and that is best accomplished by better engaging your people.
Key Take-Aways
  • Every value adding machine or process can be connected to the cloud easily with FreePoint, - not just new machines or expensive machines, but older machines and manual processes too. Usually within an hour
  • Younger workers require feedback and visualization of goals and results accomplished. Visualization of work accomplished is key to engagement and motivation
  • FreePoint's patent pending technology makes it easy to gamify any process
  • Gamification can improve productivity by as much as 35%
  • The value added metrics used for engagement can be plugged into ERPs and other systems

 

ALLERGIES: THE POWER OF QR CODES TO PROTECT YOUR CUSTOMERS AND YOUR COMPANY

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Colleen Kavanagh
CEO & Co-Founder, ZEGO Snacks

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ALLERGIES: THE POWER OF QR CODES TO PROTECT YOUR CUSTOMERS AND YOUR COMPANY

Food allergy awareness and prevalence are on the rise and FALCPA raises companies' liability for cross contamination. Learn how ZEGO has revolutionized allergy transparency for better consumer AND company protection.

Key Take-Aways 

  • Companies are increasingly being held responsible for cross contact.
  • Most of cross contact comes in as contamination in your other ingredients.
  • Batch testing the final product gives you constant feedback on your supply chain and operational effectiveness.
  • Tying the batch test results to the QR code on your packaging gives your customers the information they need to decide if eating that particular product is safe for them.
  • Costs of testing are minimal compared to cost of recall and could prevent a consumer having a reaction, hospitalization or fatality. You protect your customer and your brand
PRODUCT AND SERVICE INNOVATION IN A COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE - MEETING THE CHALLENGE

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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
From P&L to Artificial Intelligence

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Maya Gal
Co-Founder, Okapi

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Iris Tsidon
Co-Founder, Okapi

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From P&L to Artificial Intelligence

Experience Artificial Intelligence for Operational Excellence in this hands-on workshop. We have transformed a real-life business challenge into an interactive game. Get ahead of the curve, and experience for yourself how cutting-edge technologies are transforming the way people manage their businesses.

Key Take-Aways

  • Key concepts in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Collective Intelligence
  • Real-life example of how they can be implemented to improve Operational Excellence
  • Key Performance Indicators and Business Notification samples
  • Have fun while learning about innovative technologies
INCREASING EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT IN THE CURRENT FOOD MANUFACTURING ENVIRONMENT

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Sean Maroney
Plant Manager, Maplehurst Bakeries LLC

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INCREASING EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT IN THE CURRENT FOOD MANUFACTURING ENVIRONMENT

As regulatory scrutiny continues to increase across the food manufacturing industry, it directly impacts the environment in which our associates operate.  Effective planning and proactive communication aid in helping our employees distill the complexity of their daily responsibilities.  What strategies can operations professionals employ to keep their workforce engaged.

Key Take-Aways

  • Values vs. priorities - how to communicate what's most important
  • Begin and end with the consumer - where quality and food safety intersect
  • Cultural barriers to employee engagement and how to counter act
  • Are you engaged ?
  • Leveraging engagement to drive organizational performance
PINpoint V5 MES

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Jarda Smrz
General Manager, PINpoint Information Systems Inc.

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PINpoint V5 MES

Are you achieving your manufacturing goals?  Have you attempted to implement software solutions that ultimately provided you with an ocean of data without a grain of useful information?  PINpoint Information Systems has been providing real time actionable metrics to our customers for 20+ years.  Learn about a common sense approach to manufacturing execution designed from the ground up to solve your manufacturing challenges.

Key Take-Aways 

  • Establish a goal oriented culture throughout all levels of your facility.
  • Account for every second of every station to establish real time metrics and long term trends.
  • Recreate any point in time to evaluate circumstances surrounding the exact time you deviated from your plan.
  • Rigid is good but flexible is necessary – this is the real world after all!
  • Measure the effectiveness of management decisions and capital investments
Analytics: A Journey from Adhoc to Insights

SPEAKERS

Wylie Smith
Director, Software Engineering, Dell

Details

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
SHIPBUILDING APPLICATIONS OF 3D LASER SCANNING

SPEAKERS

Thomas A. Schubert
Chief Engineering Officer, Gibbs & Cox, Inc.

Details

SHIPBUILDING APPLICATIONS OF 3D LASER SCANNING

3D Scanning technology is affordable and widely applicable within complex manufacturing environments.  In this presentation, Gibbs & Cox, Inc. will illustrate applications of this technology in the shipbuilding environment to resolve design issues discovered during construction, monitor construction physical progress, and ensure consistency between the 3D design model and the as-built configuration. 

Key Take-Aways

  •  Understand the state of the market for precision 3D laser scanning hardware and software
  •  Understand how scan data can be integrated with other 3D design information 
  •  Learn the potential of scan data in resolving interferences or other design issues during construction of complex systems
  •  Learn how scan data can be used to document construction physical progress to support EVM or other measures
  •  Learn how scan data can be used to ensure consistency between the 3D design model and the as-built configuration