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DAY 1: Tuesday April 26, 2022

7.30 am
Networking & Refreshments

KEYNOTES: WHAT ADVANCED MANUFACTURING LOOKS LIKE

7.30 am
Networking & Refreshments
-KATHY MILLER, CO-FOUNDER, OPSISTERS (IN)
8.45 am    
Presentation: CONFRONTING THE COMMON CHALLENGE: STEPS TO FIXING THE SUPPLY CHAIN IN 2022

Before the pandemic, most manufacturers could focus primarily on market growth, and now the focus for many is how to address supply chain problems, raw material shortages and the broken components of logistics.

Join and gain immense insights from this data analytics leader, responsible for driving operational efficiencies within ABB’s manufacturing plant and supply chain, as well as solving customers’ challenges. Hear the latest on how to leverage data and analytics when tackling the supply chain issue, discover which partners you need to help with inventory management and planning, and how to transform teams and processes.

- MICHAEL THORNE, DATA ANALYTICS ARCHITECTURE LEAD – ELECTRIFICATION BUSINESS AREA, ABB (NC)
9.10 am
Presentation: THE WHY, WHAT & HOW: MICHELIN’S DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION JOURNEY
- CHAD CORBIN, DIGITAL MANUFACTURING LEADER, MICHELIN, (SC)
9.30 am 
Presentation: ADVANCING MANUFACTURING- STARTING WITH THE BUSINESS OUTCOME & TRANSFORMING THROUGH TECHNOLOGY

Meet to hear different perspectives from those who have done it already, and those who have helped them, as they address the important ‘Ps’ to help you get started with tech-led smart manufacturing, or to help reevaluate, your digital transformation strategies.

Questions to be answered include…
PEOPLE: How to address labor shortages, and build the right teams? Which roles should collaborate to ensure implementation does not fail
PLAN: Where do you start? And how do you win over skeptics to gain buy-in? Why is automation investment crucial now more than ever?
PROCESSES: How do you get your ERP, MES, and PLM seamlessly communicating? How do you automate business processes for more seamless change management?
PARTNERS: How do you ensure you choose a vendor that suits you? Which platforms, tools, systems, etc. work together well and can scale?

Moderator: JOSEPH ETRIS, VP OF IOT SOLUTIONS, GEMBA SYSTEMS (SC)
- RAMY HARIK, CHIEF MANUFACTURING OFFICER, NEPHRON PHARMACEUTICALS (SC)
- CHRIS MERCURIO, CONNECTED INDUSTRY CONSULTANT DC/PJ-I4.0, BOSCH REXROTH (NC)- CHAD CORBIN, DIGITAL MANUFACTURING LEADER, MICHELIN, (SC)
10.10 am
NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK

DIVING INTO INDUSTRY 4.0 & BEYOND

10.55 am
Panel Discussion: INDUSTRY X.0 101 - STARTING SMART MANUFACTURING

This panel brings together large, medium, and small-sized manufacturers to focus on how to get started with digitalization. Hear stories on how manufacturers took their first steps away from manual, pen and paper, analog management, and implemented real-time digital tools and leveraged the power of data.

Panelists discuss where they drew inspiration for digital transformation and what they learned along the way. Take away lessons in:
Gaining buy-in for digital initiatives.
How to run pilots while avoiding downtime and avoid purgatory.
Coaching, and getting people behind new technology.
How to coordinate across different teams and plants, without stunting creativity.
The technologies they started with, and initial results.
Where they are today, and where they want to be.

Moderator: MIKE DEMOS, SOUTH CAROLINA COORDINATOR, OPEXCHANGE (SC)
- MIKE CUGGY, GLOBAL OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE LEADER, ASTENJOHNSON (SC)
- ROBERT STUCKY, LEAD MANUFACTURING ENGINEER, SYLVANSPORT (NC)
- ERIN WELKEN, PLANT OPERATIONS MANAGER, CORNING (NC)
- MEG LANZA, US HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY at BSH – BOSCH’S HOME APPLIANCES (SC)
11.35 am
Presentation:  INTRODUCTION TO SERVITIZATION - ENGINEERING EXPERIENCES, NOT JUST PRODUCTS

Join this large, global manufacturer to understand what the later steps of digital transformation can bring. Understand how data is enabling manufacturers to deliver the service, not just the product.
Begin by exploring the term ‘Servitization’. And get details of what IoT has allowed manufacturers' suite of products and services?
Dig deep into how to leverage the data yielded from 5G connectivity and IoT to create end-to-end experiences e.g., customization, upgrades, repairs, platforms, and user communities.

- JAN PINGEL, PRODUCT LEADER, DIGITAL SOLUTIONS, INGERSOLL RAND (NC)
12.25 pm
NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK
1.30 pm    
Presentation:  DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION: GETTING IT WRONG UNTIL YOU GET IT RIGHT

Join to hear this digitalization journey within Boeing; discover the steps and sore points of going from a whiteboard to company standard.

See the full lifecycle of removing a paper chain to creating a full digital kit, cutting down administration time and utilizing data effectively. Hear how to get business buy-in, what it involves when taking plans from the factory floor to IT adoption.

- THOMAS ORTIZ, DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION LEADER, BOEING (SC)
1.55 pm
Presentation: ACCELERATE YOUR DIGITALIZATION JOURNEY TO ACHIEVE AN INTELLIGENT FACTORY WITH INDUSTRY 4.0

Digitalization of manufacturing operations is and will continue to be a top priority in coming years for most of manufacturing organizations. The traditional path with silos of multiple solutions and application stacked in different parts of the business poses multiple challenges. Challenge examples include – higher time to deploy, innovation cost, and overall achievement of potential of benefits. To achieve the transformation goals and speed up incremental benefits achievements, it is:

Critical to have one integrated data flow from initial Product Design through Planning and Manufacturing and Delivery including all Operational processes that support each phase.
Important to also have integrated processes that span across business functions from the design in an engineering department, to production on the shopfloor, on-time logistics/traceable material flow and finally maintenance and service operations – until an asset is sunset as a single digital thread.
Key to enable these processes work on common taxonomy to achieve a cohesive approach to production and intralogistics processes, while also empowering workers for better productivity through bi-directional machine to machine, person to person and machine to person connectivity.

In this session, you hear examples of companies who have enabled factory and plant process transformations at enterprise scale with an approach towards Industry 4.0 best practices. This comprehensive, yet simple approach helps mitigate innovation challenges for customers looking to reinvent production, intralogistics, quality, maintenance, and service processes to build the journey toward Intelligent factory and plants and to embark on journey which creates a competitive advantage, increases productivity, and – ultimately – improves business performance.

- RAKESH GANDHI, VP DIGITAL SUPPLY CHAIN & INDUSTRY 4.0 CUSTOMER INNOVATION HUB, SAP (MD)
2.15 pm
Presentation:  BUSINESS AGILITY IN A ‘PROJECT TO PRODUCT’ TRANSFORMATION: BALANCING TYPE OF TEAMS, WORK, AND PEOPLE

The digital transformation of business has a huge impact on IT, and often barriers are faced when it comes to IT integration. IT/OT Convergence is the biggest pain point for manufacturers as they digitalize and embrace Industry 4.0. Tying together teams, solutions, partners, and infrastructure components, requires a lot of analysis around better ways of working.

In this session we will take a high-level view of Business Agility and the concept of migrating from a Project Mindset to a Product Mindset. Business Agility is the ability to compete and thrive in the digital age by quickly responding to market changes and emerging opportunities with innovative, digitally enabled business solutions. We will look at balancing our transformation from Projects to Products, focusing on types of teams, work, and people. The goal is to give you a starting point for each of the important concepts to help you in your specific journey.

- DAVID WADE, SENIOR AGILE TRANSFORMATION COACH, BOEING (SC)
2.40 pm
NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK

DEVELOPING A WORKFORCE FOR THE DIGITAL AGE

3.20 pm
Presentation: DON'T SLEEP ON A LEAN JOB: ENGAGING YOUR PEOPLE IN TRANSFORMATION
- JOSEPH STANFORD, SR. MANAGER OF ENGINEERING, SLEEP NUMBER (SC)
3.45 pm
Presentation:  ASSESSING THE PAYBACK - INVESTING IN REAL-TIME LOCATING SYSTEM ASSISTANCE

When and how do you decide to take the leap with a technology investment? Join Eric Borowicz, General Manager of AFL Accessories in South Carolina, to understand the complexities of a build to order job shop, and which technologies are helping to assist systems, and bring time and cost savings. Benefit from a 360 view of the delivery and implementation of a new technology investment. And then, gain real life examples of the advantages brought to the operations of a ‘spaghetti shop’, and a view of the new possibilities automated processes bring to customer service.

- ERIC BOROWICZ, GENERAL MANAGER, AFL ACCESSORIES (SC)
4.10 pm
Panel Discussion: ADVANCING PEOPLE & SKILLS TO ENSURE MANUFACTURING PROWESS

To get true ROI from your technology investment, you need to take your people with you and gain buy-in at all levels. However, this is much easier said than done, especially in a time of labor shortages and skills gaps.

This broad range of panelists bring a mix of perspectives and tips on people management, answering questions and discussing:
What does Manufacturing X.0 management look like? Coaching and leading through change.
Which do core competencies are required in the digital age, and how do you train, and assess?
What is the best way to fill a skills gap- do you build your own ‘digital brain’ or outsource?
Steps to inclusive recruitment and diverse teams.

Moderator: JON QUIGLEY, COLUMN WRITER, PMTIPS, ASSEMBLY MAG & AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRIES ONLINE (NC)
- IDA STÅHL, SENIOR MANAGER, VOLVO CARS (SC)
- ALICIA LOPEZ FLOYD, HR LEADERSHIP NEXT SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER, BOEING (SC)
- ANN WYATT, PRESIDENT/AGENCY OWNER, ANN WYATT RECRUITING (AL)
4.50 pm
MANUFACTURING X.0 INNOVATION DEN

This session will consist of 3 x 10-minute pitch-style presentations focused on how new, innovative vendors’ products or platforms are bringing savings and efficiencies, followed by comments and questions from our judging board, and audience vote.
The winner will be announced at the beginning of Day 2 of the conference.

4.50 pm – Judge’s Intro
4.55 – 5.05 pm    PITCH 1: CHRISTOPHER LEWIS, SENIOR DIRECTOR, SOLUTION CONSULTING, INFOR
5.05 – 5.10 pm    Judges’ Q&A
5.10 – 5.20 pm    PITCH 2: AMANDA DOTTEN, SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE, SYMPHONY INDUSTRIAL AI
5.20 – 5.25 pm    Judges’ Q&A
5.25 – 5.35 pm    PITCH 3: JASON ADAIR, VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES, AIRGAP NETWORKS INC.
5.35 – 5.40 pm    Judges’ Q&A

Judges:
BRYAN BAUW, HEAD OF MANUFACTURING & PARTNER, PRIME MOVERS LAB (AL)
DANIEL GAMBRELL, INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE, SCRA: SOUTH CAROLINA RESEARCH AUTHORITY (SC)
RHONDA HUSKINS, REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT, SCMEP (SC)
MIKE UNGAR, BUSINESS COACH, FOCALPOINT (SC)
5.40 – 6.45pm
CLOSE OF DAY 1 & NETWORKING DRINKS RECEPTION

DAY 2: Wednesday April 27, 2022

8.15 am
Networking & Refreshments

KEYNOTES: FUTURE RESILIENCE

7.30 am.
CHAIRPERSON’S OPENING REMARKS
- MIKE UNGAR, BUSINESS COACH, FOCALPOINT (SC)
9.10 am
Presentation: A SIMPLE STRATEGIST'S GUIDE

Transforming operations and augmenting human capabilities to drive scalable value. There can be no success without a vision. Join Peggy Gulick, a renowned smart factory leader as she shares her invaluable insights on:
There can be no success without a vision
           ⦾ Evolution vs revolution
           ⦾ Rethinking how we work
Culture eats strategy for breakfast and technology for lunch
           ⦾ Continuous Innovation, the new continuous improvement
When you have the ideas, but the plants have the money
Millennials, meet the Gen Z workforce
           ⦾ Upskilling for factory of the future

- PEGGY GULICK, DIRECTOR, SMART FACTORY, KOHLER (WI)
9.35 am
Presentation: THE DIGITAL T’S - THREADS, TWINS, TECHNOLOGY, & TRANSFORMATION

Learn about the history of 3D model-based engineering (MBE), which some years ago fostered the creation of the Digital Thread and enabled improved integration between engineering, manufacturing, suppliers, and sustainment. Gain further knowledge of the plethora of advanced manufacturing technologies such as automation, optical projection, and non-contact metrology.

Then examine Digital Twins, a close relative of the digital thread, and how the digital representations of physical or virtual assets engendered the use of modeling and simulation to reduce the cost and span for product development and testing.

Analyze how together these technologies comprise Digital Transformation, focused on increasing enterprise speed, agility, insight, and competitiveness, and what distinct advantages they can bring to your business.

Moderator: JOSEPH ETRIS, VP OF IOT SOLUTIONS, GEMBA SYSTEMS (SC)
- KIRSTEN BOOTH, SENIOR MANAGER, MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING, ROLLS ROYCE (SC)
- CHETAN POLAVARAM, GLOBAL DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION LEADER, COCA-COLA COMPANY (GA)
- THOMAS ORTIZ, DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION LEADER, BOEING (SC)
- JOHN CADE FARRIS, CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT MANAGER, SUNLAND LOGISTICS SOLUTIONS (SC)
- MINA HOSTAGE, COMMERICAL EXEC, DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION, TULIP (SC)
10.00 am
NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK

MANAGING INVESTMENT & IMPLEMENTATION

11.45 am
Presentation: INDUSTRIAL CYBERSECURITY ISN'T A DESTINATION—IT'S A JOURNEY. WHERE DO YOU BEGIN?

Join this session and leave with key takeaways in:

1. Defining the OT, IoT, IIoT, XIoT and why securing it is critical to the uptime and safety of your OT environment.
2. Best practices for getting started with an XIoT asset visibility program.
3. Common pitfalls other manufacturing teams have faced in their journey to gaining visibility into the XIoT, and how you can avoid them.
4. Next steps in the journey to securing the XIoT once you gain visibility.
5. How to measure the success of your XIoT visibility program.

RYAN BOWERY, PRINCIPAL SOLUTIONS ENGINEER, CLAROTY
12.05 pm
Presentation: MANAGING RISK TOGETHER: HOW CAN PARTNERS AT A STATE-LEVEL AID YOUR ADVANCEMENT?

Hear how regional bodies can support manufacturers’ plans to advance their manufacturing processes and people through technology investment.
Learn the moves being taken to overcome labor shortages, attract and upskill talent and investment in South Carolina.
Dig into the resources available for small and midsize industrial producers.
Ask your questions directly to the panel, to pinpoint how local partners can back your business goals and lower the risk of your investment.

Moderator: MIKE UNGAR, BUSINESS COACH, FOCALPOINT (SC)
- ANDY CARR, SVP - OPERATIONS, SC MEP (SC)
- CYNTHIA DAVIS, BUSINESS & INDUSTRY PROGRAM MANAGER, SC DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (SC)
- CATHERINE HAYES, INDUSTRY MANAGER, SCRA: SOUTH CAROLINA RESEARCH AUTHORITY (SC)
- JAMES RITCHER, DIRECTOR OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, SOUTH CAROLINA MANUFACTURERS ALLIANCE (SC)
- SUSIE SHANNON, PRESIDENT & CEO, SOUTH CAROLINA COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS (SC)
12.50 am
Presentation: INVESTING FOR SCALE IN HARD TECH
- BYRAN BAUW, HEAD OF MANUFACTURING & PARTNER, PRIME MOVERS LAB (AL)
1.10 pm
NETWORKING & LUNCH BREAK

TODAY’S TECHNOLOGIES DRIVING EFFICIENCIES & SPEED

2.10 pm
Presentation: XR-BASED TECHNOLOGY: FROM PLAYSTATIONS TO THE PLANT FLOOR

The use of mixed reality in manufacturing has become more and more prevalent in production and design, and now XR tools are starting to transform the industrial workforce training and development, driven undoubtedly in part by the widespread shift to work from home policies. Join this expert to determine how XR training can help you overcome the challenges of a retiring workforce, the skills gap, and safety concerns when returning to the plant and office.

NICHOLAUS HUGHES, DIGITAL EXPERIENCE DESIGNER, XR LEAD, AMSTED RAIL (SC)
2.35 pm
Presentation: LARGE LANGUAGE MODELS AND MANUFACTURING APPLICATIONS
- SANDEEP JEEREDDY, RESEARCH & INNOVATION ENGINEER, BMW GROUP (SC)
3.00 pm
 Group Sessions: INNOVATION TABLES: NOW IT IS TIME TO ACT!

Work with fellow manufacturing attendees, share ideas, challenge ideas, and have fun!
Join one of three groups.
60 minute engaging and interactive sessions.
Discussion is led and facilitated by subject experts.
Summarize the key conclusions you will take back to the office.

Group discussion centered around:
1. What did you come to learn at the conference?
2. Where are you up to in your digital transformation journey, and did you have a specific problem to solve?
3. Which application of Industry 4.0 impressed you the most? Why?
4. What is one discovery from the conference that you will be taking back to your company that will be a quick win to improve business results?
5. Who have you met at the conference that you will reach out to after the conference?  And for what purpose?

Group Facilitators:
- MIKE UNGAR, BUSINESS COACH, FOCALPOINT (SC)
- BRIAN KUNEY, SCMEP REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT (SC)
- JERRY PILEWSKI, FOCALPOINT BUSINESS COACH (SC)
- TONY MOORE, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, SCMEP (SC)
- JOHN RONEY, OWNER, FOCALPOINT (SC)
4.00 –4.20 pm
WRAP UP & CHAIR’S CLOSING REMARKS
Hear the group leaders share key points discussed on each Innovation Table during the previous session, and final remarks from the day’s Chairperson.

MX.0 Past Attendees Include:

2024 MX.0 Midwest Agenda


We are now placing speakers for the September 2024 agenda.
If you are interested in sharing your experience with other manufacturers please contact us.

Intro

For the first time a team of Webflow experts will get together in order to teach you personally

No many people will have this kind of opportunity, so get ready and prepare for the most productive, full of learning and a lot of fun at the Webflow conference.

Jorge Natielly

Conference Director

Yes, the deal is real.
We will have our first Webflow
Conference!

Collaboratively administrate turnkey channels whereas virtual e-tailers.

Objectively seize scalable metrics whereas proactive e-services. Seamlessly empower fully researched growth strategies and interoperable internal or “organic” sources.

Credibly innovate granular internal or “organic” sources whereas high standards in web-readiness. Energistically scale future-proof core competencies vis-a-vis impactful experiences.

Dramatically synthesize integrated schemas with optimal networks.
Interactively procrastinate high-payoff content without backward-compatible data.

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Speakers

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Workshops

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AI in Manufacturing Workshop


Hosted by Jeff Winter, Smart Manufacturing Advisor, CESMII

Limited to the first 50 registered manufacturers, this is an exclusive opportunity to learn with and from peers
how to move forward with AI and use it to speed up processes and drive innovation. 

Why Attend?‍

- Actionable Insights: Walk away with practical strategies to enhance your AI initiatives

- Collaborative Learning: Benefit from the collective knowledge and experiences of your peers

- Networking Opportunities: Connect with industry professionals and establish valuable connections

Pre-Event
Unique Homework Component

Before the workshop, you'll receive a set of homework questions designed to take 10-20minutes. The real value comes from hearing the answers to these same questions from your industry peers during the workshop.

12:45 PM
Registration
1:00 PM
State of AI in Manufacturing Presentation

Kick off the workshop with an insightful presentation on the state of AI in manufacturing. Gain a comprehensive overview of current trends, challenges, and opportunities in the industry.

1:30 PM
Interactive Discussion

Engage in a facilitated discussion where we share the aggregate answers to all the homework questions. This is your chance to ask questions, share insights, and learn from the experiences of your peers. Discover where everyone stands and find peers who have the answers you need.

2:30 PM
Coffee & Networking Break
3:00 PM
Peer-Given Best Practices Presentations

Learn from the best! Between 4-7 leading companies will each present their best practices developed when evaluating, applying, or scaling AI. Gain valuable insights and actionable strategies to implement in your own organization. (Selection of best practices will be a part of the Homework assignment).

4:30 PM
Closing Remarks & End of Workshop
Post-Event
Workshop Analysis & Information Pack

MX.0 Midwest 2024 Agenda

7:00 AM
Registration, Networking & Refreshments
8:00 AM
MX.0 Media Welcome & Speed Networking
8:10 AM
Chair's Opening Remarks

Mike Yost
, Director, Manufacturing Excellence Program, Manufacturing Works | Chair, Industry 4.0 Club (OH)
8:20 AM –
10:15 AM
TECH-LED KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER & CHANGE MANAGEMENT
Plenary Session
8:20 AM

PANEL DISCUSSION: How to Utilize Emerging Technologies to Capture Knowledge Quickly & Boost Engagement & Safety on Your Factory Floor

Meet with manufacturing experts to hear how they have advanced their workforce training and development to ensure staff turnover and recruitment do not negatively impact their bottom lines. The panel shares key best practices and answers your questions sent via the Whova App.

- How did you match the technology to the process to improve workforce training and safety on your shop floor?

- What steps are you taking to capture informal knowledge that has been built up over a lengthy career and transfer it quickly to today’s digital native workforce?

- Give examples of how AI and Mixed Reality technologies are driving up employee onboarding and production speed.

- Change management can be specific to the organization, but what approaches and practices have worked for you that others can learn from?

Moderator: Terri Sandu, Director, Talent & Business Innovation, Lorain County Community College | Director, Ohio TechNet (OH)

Panelists:

Susan Carlock, Executive Vice President, Mursix Corporation (IN)

Brian Marsh, Senior Director, Digital Manufacturing, Nestlé USA (OH)

Brian Perlstein, Digital Manufacturing Innovation Leader, Owens Corning (OH)

Bryan Bauw, Chief Operating Officer, Pico

8:55 AM

KEYNOTE: How to Speed Up Your Digital Transformation Journey to Create Value Faster

Hear how Eaton approached digital transformation at scale within a business with a very diversified product range, and therefore, many different approaches to manufacturing.

Discover the steps taken to tackle 200+ global plants and benefit from understanding the criterion required when managing culture, technology choice, and processes during rollout.

Craig Sutton, Vice President Industry 4.0, Eaton (OH)

9:20 AM

KEYNOTE: Watch this Space for Session Details...

Devin Bhushan, Founder & CEO, Squint

9:50 AM

KEYNOTE: How to Build a Culture of Innovation & Inclusion to Drive Scale & Resilience

When driving change, how do you meet people where they are and lead motivation and innovation at the top of your business and bottom? What does change management look like, and what does success really look like?

Hear from this established, exceptional manufacturing leader who has a long history of building smart factories and learning from wins and failures that they are now ready to share!

Peggy Gulick, VP of Advanced Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement, Energy, Kohler (IA)

10:15 AM

Refreshment Break & Exhibitor Demos

10:55 AM –
12:45 PM

HOW TO EMPLOY ADVANCED INTELLIGENCE TO DRIVE SECURE, OPTIMIZED OPERATIONS

Plenary Session

10:55 AM

Chair’s Welcome Back

John Dyck, CEO, CESMII (OH)

11:00 AM

PANEL DISCUSSION: Understanding AI - How Can You Take This Intelligence Tool & Optimize Your Business?

AI's potential is recognized and accepted, but how to use it effectively in a production and a wider business setting remains unclear for many manufacturers. Join the panel to unpick the actions needed to ensure you have accurate data and the right tools and technologies to achieve the business outcomes you plan to yield from AI.

Hear detailed, tried, and tested examples of how to apply AI and ML to reduce downtime and costs within a production setting. Understand where Generative AI is being used today and how it is expected to fit in with manufacturing going forward.

Moderator: John Dyck, CEO, CESMII (OH)

Panelists:

Ben Davis, EVP/CIO, Cambria (MN)

Anthony Huffman, Enterprise Architecture Strategist, Industry 4.0, Koch Industries (IL)  

Nathan Settlemire, Director of Digital Transformation, Charter Manufacturing (OH)

Jeffrey Schroeder, Product Manager, HighByte

11:35 AM

Watch this Space for Session Details...

Joe Mulrooney, Head of Manufacturing Industry - Go To Market, ServiceNow

11:55 AM

Deep Dive into How to Structure Your Data & Prepare the Key Foundation to Take Advantage of the AI Hype!

AI and GenAI are definitely at the center of today’s tech hype! However, you have to do the boring work before you have fun, and getting your data clean and structured across multiple plants and business units is critical to the success of your future AI strategy.

Join John Deere’s leadership team to hear the perspectives, priorities, and processes of different business lines as they manage datasets, architecture, and streaming to allow for future innovation.

Brad Bishop, Smart Connected Factory Program Lead, John Deere (IA)

Justin Gold, Manufacturing Data Platform Product Owner, John Deere (IA)

12:25 PM

Watch this space for further session details…

12:45 PM

Lunch, Demos & Discussion 

1:45 PM –
3:45 PM

TRACK A: EMERGING TECHNOLOGY CASE STUDIES FROM THE PLANT FLOOR

TRACK B: GETTING STARTED AS A SMALL-TO-MIDSIZE MANUFACTURER

1:45 PM

TRACK A: Chair’s Opening Remarks

1:45 PM

TRACK B: Chair’s Opening Remarks

Mike Yost, Director, Manufacturing Excellence Program, Manufacturing Works | Chair, Industry 4.0 Club (OH)

1:50 PM

TRACK A: Unpicking a Use Case for Augmented Reality to Achieve Actionable Intelligence in Manufacturing

Dive into the business and use cases Colgate-Palmolive’s Ohio team has been working on to deploy augmented reality.

Unpick the hurdles related to AR implementation and the actionable intelligence tools used by current Operator Technicians, Maintenance Technicians, and Controls Engineers in a real manufacturing environment.

John Whited, Plant Automation Engineer, Colgate-Palmolive Company (OH)

1:50 PM

TRACK B: You Too Can Build a World-Class Digital Transformation Program: How to Achieve Successful & Sustainable Outcomes Regardless of Your Company Size

Too many digital transformation efforts in manufacturing are based on small-scale but unscalable pilots, unrealistic consultant recommendations, and projects that chase the latest technology. Those organizations that are serious about digital transformation need the proper leadership, strategy, and resources to build a program with a long-term impact, not just a short-term project. 

Larry Megan, Head of Digital, Baldwin Richardson Foods (NY)

2:15 PM

TRACK A: Watch this space for further session details…

2:15 PM

TRACK B: Watch this space for further session details…

2:40 PM

TRACK A: How to Implement a Digital Twin & Gain Greater Control of What's Happening on Your Shop Floor in Real-Time

Building a digital replica of processes and the ability to run a what-if scenario are the main objectives of Digital Twin. Leveraging process simulation, 3-D modeling, and real-time monitoring are key to achieving a Digital Twin of any process. Hear the steps Otis takes when implementing a digital twin of any process within the manufacturing space. 

Gain insights into:

  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) and current practices
  • Implementation roadmap for a manufacturing facility
  • Real-time monitoring of the process and asset
  • 3-D layout and process simulation
  • How to build a Digital Twin
  • Otis' current implementation strategy- a case study approach
  • Continuous improvement approach to maintaining sustainability

Jolly Ehiabhi, Staff Manufacturing Engineer, Otis Elevator (SC)

2:40 PM

TRACK B: Jergens Way: Stepping Beyond Technology to Drive Efficiencies

Kurt Schron, CFO at Jergens Inc, provides insights into Jergens' journey to leverage modern technologies in support of their business, sharing lessons learned about people, process, leadership, company culture, and technology along the way.

Kurt Schron, CFO, Jergens Inc. (OH)

3:00 PM

TRACK A: Interactive Round Table Discussion

Led by Squint 

3:00 PM

TRACK B: How Local Small to Medium-Sized Manufacturers Are Building Their Digital Capabilities Roadmap Right Here in Cleveland

Join us for an engaging and informative session that promises to have you thinking differently about charting your Industry 4.0 path forward with confidence and clarity.

Hear from several local business leaders who are leveraging the national "Smart Manufacturing Acceleration Framework" to build their roadmap to their digital future, and, learn from their real-world insights, including:

 ·      Strategy and leadership are more important than bits-and-bytes

·       Resources are available TODAY to help you make smart manufacturing real for you and your company

·       Your company is not too small

·       Your company size may give you an advantage

Moderator: Sophia Long, Manager, Industry & Innovation, Team NEO (OH) 

Mike Yost, Director, Manufacturing Excellence Program, Manufacturing Works | Chair, Industry 4.0 Club (OH)

3:45 PM

Quick Coffee Break & Networking

4:15 PM
– 5:30 PM

DATA-DRIVEN POWER & KNOWLEDGE

4:15 PM 

Chair’s Remarks & Interactive Poll

Jeff Winter, Smart Manufacturing Advisor, CESMII

4:25 PM

PANEL DISCUSSION: How Have You Derived Value from Your Data to Drive Operational Improvements & Business Buy-In for New Investments?

Predictive maintenance, quality control and defect detection, process optimization, and supply chain visibility are all key, well-known areas where data insights can help manufacturers. However, it is also well-known that collecting, managing, and creating meaningful insights from data is not easy.

Join these Manufacturing OT/IT, Continuous Improvement and Quality, and Supply Chain leaders to hear their different perspectives on what works, what does not, and what is next for data management and analysis so that you do not end up with just a load of lakes!

Panelists: 

  • Matthew Miller, Head of Global Operations Technology, Sun Chemical (OH) 
  • Sarah Morgan, Director, Digital Supply Chain, Kellanova North America (MI) 
  • Ashutosh Nadgauda, Director of Global PD&L Quality & North America Quality, Steelcase (MI) 
5:00 PM

CLOSING KEYNOTE: Using Digital Transformation to Revolutionize Manufacturing

 ·      Value realization in manufacturing to boost OEE and productivity

·       IT and OT convergence in people, process, technology, and security

·      Sustaining transformation and innovation through factory automation, AI, and responsible change management

Dhananjay Gadgil, Vice President, Manufacturing Operations, Americas, Rockwell Automation (OH)

5:25 PM

Chair’s Closing Remarks

5:30 PM
– 7:00 PM

Happy Hour Drinks!

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