May 8-10, 2017
Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH USA

Sessions

The IndustryWeek Manufacturing & Technology Conference & Expo offers a variety of sessions in thematic tracks that allows you to meet your team’s learning objectives and schedules. Choose the sessions that best meet your business challenges. Our content is presented by our 2016 Best Plants Winners, local manufacturing facilities, experts in their fields, and practitioners just like you.
 

Tracks = Advanced Continuous Improvement Track, Assisted Engineering Track, Continuous Improvement Fundamentals Track, IoT Track, Leadership Track, Manufacturing Practices Track, Manufacturing Technology Strategies Track, Smart Manufacturing Track, Workforce Track

Tuesday, May 09
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Workforce Track
Sponsored by:   Tooling U-SME
Most companies have embraced lean at some level in order to improve results. Unfortunately, most of these lean efforts end in limited success and several start-and-stop attempts at achieving a lean culture. In this session, Dan Cavanagh, president of MacLean-Fogg’s Metform Group (a 2016 IW Best Plants winner), will discuss how...
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Dan Cavanagh

President - MetForm Group
MacLean-Fogg
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Advanced Continuous Improvement Track
Sponsored by:   TBM
A safe workplace is a key deliverable for any manufacturing company.  Harley-Davidson has significantly improved workplace safety by leveraging lean manufacturing tools and practices. Improvements have been made through a focus on three areas: best practice safety processes, a culture of accountability and a robust change-management process to provide clarity...
Speakers
Paul Antonneau

Corporate Safety Manager
Harley Davidson
Co-Speaker

Jim Fulkerson

Manager - Lean Production Systems
Harley Davidson
Co-Speaker

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Manufacturing Technology Strategies Track
Sponsored by:   Synchrono
As manufacturing environments become more digital and agile, many are adopting demand-driven methods to drive end-to-end production flow and position themselves for the Factory of the Future. This presentation will address how and why modern approaches to demand-driven manufacturing are enabling a more connected environment and serving as the foundation...
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John Maher

VP of Product Strategy
Synchrono, Inc.
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Smart Manufacturing Track
Sponsored by:   Kepware/MESA
This presentation will review three different implementations of real-time data analytics, closed- loop process control and in-process OCR (optical character recognition) implemented in high-volume factories at Sanmina in 2016.  All of these technologies were implemented on high-speed production lines with significant ROI.  These production lines use all electronic travelers, and...
Speakers
Gelston Howell

Senior Vice President, Marketing
Sanmina Corp
Co-Speaker

Srivats Ramaswami

CTO
42Q
Co-Speaker

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Leadership Track
Sponsored by:   Plex Systems
Modern manufacturing is about doing more with less, and doing it better. But you can’t get there if your systems and processes are stuck in the past. Digitally transforming the business to deliver higher efficiency and automation is a fantasy for some companies, but others are accomplishing this and more,...
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Sandy Kolp

Plant Manager
Firstronic LLC
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Continuous Improvement Fundamentals Track
In many companies, the tools to reduce variation have been deployed as part of a Six Sigma framework with the traditional certification for "Belt" levels and accompanying multiweek project to drive improvement.  As an alternative, this presentation focuses on using the lean structure of a kaizen to deploy the foundational...
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Eric Lussier

VP
Steel Business Partners/Handy & Harman
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Tuesday, May 09
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Manufacturing Practices Track
Come and learn how 3D printing has been driving true change across industries by improving product innovation and time to market, streamlining traditional manufacturing processes and reducing costs. And while the technology plays a strategic role in many of the world’s leading manufacturers, customers are now taking the next step...
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Kent Firestone

Chief Operating Officer
Stratasys Direct Inc
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Bob Wolter


Stratasys Direct Inc
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IoT Track
In this session participants will learn how to design the system that wirelessly powers an IOT sensor using a photovoltaic device. Topics covered will include energy storage, energy harvesting electronics, photovoltaic (solar) technologies, determining the power requirements for your sensor system. The session will involve a demonstration of measuring idle and...
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Daniel Stieler

Vice President of Research and Development
PowerFilm Inc
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Tuesday, May 09
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Manufacturing Technology Strategies Track
Sponsored by:   Synchrono
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is projected to be a $150B business by 2020. Like previous technological advances, adoption of IIoT into currently operating facilities is fraught with risk. In this talk we will discuss how to successfully and smoothly integrate IIoT technologies into your facility with minimal disruption...
Speakers
Dr.  John F. Carrier

Senior Lecturer
MIT Sloan School
Co-Speaker

Karl Wadensten

President
VIBCO Inc.
Co-Speaker

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Workforce Track
Sponsored by:   Tooling U - SME
Interested in starting an apprenticeship program at your company but don’t know where to start? In this panel, two manufacturers share how they’ve done it successfully. Tom Lucas, CIO of Sherwin-Williams, talks about how he transformed a small summer internship program into a widely respected on-the-job training program for IT...
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Peter Feil

Vice President/General Manager
STOBER Drives Inc
Panelist

Thomas Lucas

Chief Information Officer
The Sherwin-Williams Company
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Continuous Improvement Fundamentals Track
Choosing the right KPIs for the Johnson Control Manufacturing system has been key to its success.  This presentation summarizes how to choose the appropriate KPIs (which ones and how many) to visualize process performance, to identify actions that reinforce key success factors, and to minimize reactiveness, thus enabling course correction. It...
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Ricardo Estok

Enterprise Principle Leader, Manufacturing Excellence
Johnson Controls, Inc.
Co-Speaker

Jose Miguel Lopez-Ascaso

VP Manufacturing Excellence
Johnson Controls
Co-Speaker

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Advanced Continuous Improvement Track
Sponsored by:   TBM
Many organizations miss their Annual Operating Plan goals because they lack the information needed to take the right actions, right now.  In order to win the year, you must win every day.  This session will explore how a daily management system can empower operations leaders to leverage a vital combination...
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Ken Koenemann

Vice President
TBM Consulting Group Inc
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Leadership Track
Sponsored by:   Plex Systems
Very few companies can successfully change their business model. Even fewer still can move from a model of low margin commodities to high margin electronics. In this session you'll hear how a Midwestern rustbelt manufacturer successfully transformed itself from low margin commodities to high margin technology systems. You'll learn about...
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Steve Blue

President and CEO
Miller Ingenuity
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Smart Manufacturing Track
Sponsored by:   Kepware/MESA
What does it take to go from a manually operated to a fully automated factory?  Learn from the automation manager of Gentex Optics as he shares with you the highlights of the five years of his journey. The highlights include: understanding what automation can bring to a plant, understanding current...
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Amit Agarwal

Sr. Manager, Automation Engineering & MIS
Genetix Optics
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Tuesday, May 09
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Manufacturing Technology Strategies Track
Sponsored by:   Synchrono
In the new Industry 4.0 world, manufacturing leaders need more visibility into their operations, greater agility to adapt to changing customer requirements, and a workforce capable of working in harmony with new technologies bringing data and smart, connected equipment to the production environment. That’s where wearables provides a compelling solution....
Speakers
Paul Boris

VP, Manufacturing Industries, GE Digitals
General Electric
Panelist

Chris Croteau


Intel
Panelist

Jay Kim

Chief Strategy Officer
Upskill (formerly APX Labs)
Moderator

Neal Kohl

Director of Product Strategy & Innovation
Dell Client Solutions
Panelist

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Leadership Track
Sponsored by:   Plex Systems
This concise and practical presentation will guide attendees on how to apply GPS-based methods to mobilize operations while incorporating “destination-focused” initiatives. The presenter will explain why the companies who merit the descriptor “high-performing” devote such enormous energy toward three vital components: goals, people and systems. And while the world’s most...
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Frank Hacker

General Manager - Wisconsin Operations
Rockline Industries
Co-Speaker

Shane Yount

Principal
Competitive Solutions Inc
Co-Speaker

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Workforce Track
Sponsored by:   Tooling U-SME
The “Power of 3” encompasses a solid partnership between industry, education, and government working in concert to build additional capacity, expertise, and continuously improve our 21st century advanced-manufacturing workforce. After this session attendees will be able to:   1. Communicate the benefits of partnering with education and government for more robust, impactful...
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Duane Hebert

Sr. Learning and Development Analyst
Tooling U - SME
Co-Speaker

J. Craig McAtee

Executive Director
National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers (NCATC)
Co-Speaker

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Smart Manufacturing Track
Sponsored by:   Kepware/MESA
Cloud computing is causing a transformational shift in the way we do business and protect sensitive data assets and mission critical software applications in an increasingly complex regulatory environment. Organizations are taking a cautious attitude to cloud computing because of concerns about security and compliance with their security policies and...
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Goran Novkovic

Professional Engineer
Toronto Water
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Advanced Continuous Improvement Track
Sponsored by:   TBM
What is the psychological science behind successful safety leadership in manufacturing?  Discover how Kenworth Trucks, a division of PACCAR, is leveraging new research and technology in industrial psychology to develop the safety leadership skills of its supervisors.  Kenworth’s Heath Ewing and Select International’s Esteban Tristan will describe how psychometric assessments...
Speakers
Heath Ewing

Training & Development Manager
Kenworth Trucking Company
Co-Speaker

Esteban Tristan

Director of Safety Solutions
Select International
Co-Speaker

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Continuous Improvement Fundamentals Track
Learn best practices employed by 2016 IndustryWeek Best Plants Award winners on their continuing journey of manufacturing excellence. No manufacturing facility’s path to excellence is the same, as demonstrated by these winning facilities. One representative on this panel, for example, manufactures threaded pipe products for water well drilling and operates...
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Bobby Brogden

Plant Manager
L.B. Foster Co
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Steven Fraser

Vice President of Operations
Firstronic LLC
Panelist

Darrell Wilson

General Manager
UTC Aerospace
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Tuesday, May 09
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

IoT Track
Magnetic resonance technology allows wireless charging over distance, multiple device charging, charging through materials and high efficiency power transfer, and these benefits create a next-generation, seamless “drop and go” charging experience for end users. Enabled by magnetic resonance, the use cases for wireless charging that we can expect in the...
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Sanjay Gupta


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Manufacturing Practices Track
All signs are pointing to 2017 being an important year for 3D printing with innovative new technologies, new printers and new applications emerging. 3D printing has been a cost-effective prototyping option for some time now, but it is rapidly gaining steam as a production option as well.  With all of...
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Cullen Hilkene


3Diligent
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Tuesday, May 09
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Smart Manufacturing Track
Sponsored by:   Kepware/MESA
Over the past two years, Mondelēz International has taken what it calls a “Simple Start to Smart Manufacturing.”  The approach has been built around first being extremely clear regarding the business objectives for manufacturing and linkage with the corporation’s strategy.  Then Mondelēz International looked at how the evolving technology landscape...
Speakers
Paresh Kalwani

Global Manufacturing Solutions and Strategy Lead
Mondelez International
Co-Speaker

Erik Nistad

Director ITS, Global Mfg./ RDQ COE Lead
Mondelez International
Co-Speaker

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Manufacturing Technology Strategies Track
Sponsored by:   Synchrono
Advances in 3-D printing, including the introduction of HP’s Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) 3-D printing technology, are poised to move 3-D printing out of the realm of product prototyping and into the manufacturing mainstream. Before that promise can become reality, 3-D printed parts must embody the quality, consistency, mechanical integrity...
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Tim DeRosett

Director of Marketing, Additive Manufacturing
Jabil
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Leadership Track
Sponsored by:   Plex Systems
Executed properly, Hoshin Planning is one of the most powerful tools you can implement to ensure a data-driven and systematic approach to developing executive level Strategic Vision.  It provides a robust, deployment process that ensures constant visibility on which initiatives will result in the greatest impact to the overall vision...
Speakers
Ryan King

Director of Operational Excellence, Commercial Trailer Products
Wabash National Corporation
Co-Speaker

Dustin Smith

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Commercial Trailer Products
Wabash National Corporation
Co-Speaker

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Advanced Continuous Improvement Track
Sponsored by:   TBM
Kanban is, in concept, a simple process that can have great benefits in manufacturing by assisting in providing a continuous supply of materials needed to produce the needed products.  Like all lean manufacturing tools, it has the potential to influence the way we think and approach problems within the operations...
Speakers
Steven Fraser

Vice President of Operations
Firstronic LLC
Co-Speaker

Sandy Kolp

Plant Manager
Firstronic LLC
Co-Speaker

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Workforce Track
Sponsored by:   Tooling U - SME
When the Ohio-based Great Lakes Cheese built a state-of-the-art packaging and distribution facility in Manchester, Tenn., they needed to get their new employees up to speed quickly to ensure a smooth startup of their production lines and meet high quality standards. Hear about Great Lakes' best practices for training a...
Speakers
Laury Ferguson

Training Manager
Great Lakes Cheese Co. Inc
Co-Speaker

Jennifer Yaros

VP of Operations
Radcom Services
Co-Speaker

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Continuous Improvement Fundamentals Track
Sponsored by:   Microsoft/Mariner
Come participate in an interactive panel where Mariner and Steelcase share their IIoT journey, lessons learned, recommendations on where to start, and more.  
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Peter Darragh

VP of Delivery
Mariner
Co-Speaker

Steve Jones, PhD, PE

Technical Materials & Process Consultant, Global Technical Services & Mfg. Engineering
Steelcase
Co-Speaker

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Wednesday, May 10
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Continuous Improvement Fundamentals Track
Learn how Intertape Polymer Group engages employees through the implementation of the Intertape Performance System (IPS).  This 2016 IW Best Plants Award winner will share how--using lean manufacturing and continuous improvement best practices--it develops teams, assesses performance, sets goals and creates a culture of continuous improvement through employee engagement at...
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Philip Kauneckas

Continuous Improvement Leader
Intertape Polymer Group
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Workforce Track
Sponsored by:   Tooling U - SME
The job of equipment service tech/industrial maintenance technician is changing and evolving, and the changes are happening quickly. Scot McElmore and Lindsay Rippingale, experts in talent acquisition for Honda North America, will talk about the needs around this position and the particular challenges of filling it. They will also discuss...
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Mike Hannah

IIoT Market Development Manager
Rockwell Automation
Co-Speaker

Scot McLemore

Manager of Talent Acquisition and Deployment
Honda Manufacturing
Co-Speaker

Lindsay Rippingale

Recruiter
Honda North America Inc
Co-Speaker

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Smart Manufacturing Track
Sponsored by:   Kepware/MESA
Existing and rapidly evolving technologies are transforming industry through the creation of an environment that affords real-time visibility into production status and the efficacious management of global operations. Profound insight into operator usage patterns, materials and equipment enables enriched performance and better efficiency. The information is readily available; companies with...
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Ken Marapese

Manager, MES & Security
Rockwell Automation
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Manufacturing Technology Strategies Track
Sponsored by:   Synchrono
There’s no doubt that advanced analytics can help fine-tune factories and make them more competitive, but what’s not always obvious are the steps that should be taken in order to identify, outline and execute an analytics project or how to circumnavigate potential pitfalls and challenges that can delay a project...
Speakers
Dennis Hodges

CIO
Inteva Products LLC
Co-Speaker

Jon Sobel

Co Founder & CEO
Sight Machine
Co-Speaker

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Advanced Continuous Improvement Track
Sponsored by:   TBM
The Raymond Corporation began implementation of Total Process Reliability (TPR) at its Greene, New York, manufacturing facility in 2014.  Raymond has accomplished a significant amount of improvement and rolled out TPR at facilities in Muscatine, Iowa, and Syracuse, New York.  This seminar will explore the challenges involved with managing equipment...
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Tony Topencik

Director of Manufacturing Operations
The Raymond Corporation
Co-Speaker

George L. Westcott

Fabrication Manager
The Raymond Corporation
Co-Speaker

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Leadership Track
Sponsored by:   Plex Systems
Operational excellence is less about innovative management practices and more about process discipline and alignment of functions and tiers. The tools Goodyear uses, as well as demonstrations of how they use them will be featured on this track. The “intersections” is where strategic elements and tactical execution overlap to override...
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Ellis Jones

General Manager Race
Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
Co-Speaker

Billy Ray Taylor

Director of Commercial Manufacturing
Goodyear Tire Company
Co-Speaker

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Wednesday, May 10
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Assisted Engineering Track
Collaborative robotic applications are fundamentally changing the way people and machines interact on the plant floor. People and robots are working in closer proximity and more collaboratively than ever before. This is reducing physical burdens on workers, freeing floor space, saving money, improving production efficiency and increasing flexibility in the...
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George Schuster

Business Development Manager
Rockwell Automation
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Wednesday, May 10
10:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Assisted Engineering Track
Sponsored by:   Dassault Systemes
Additive manufacturing (AM), also popularly known as 3D printing, is a manufacturing technology that has been evolving since the late 1980s—but can finally be said to be proving its worth in many fields. Hardly a day goes by when you do not see an article in the news about a...
Speakers
Murali Pandheeradi

Technical Sales Director & Technical Expert
Dassault Systemes
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Sai Sudharsanan Paranjothy

Solution Consultant
Dassault Systemes SIMULIA
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Wednesday, May 10
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Advanced Continuous Improvement Track
Sponsored by:   TBM
Discover how Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) partners with its supply base in a series of continuous improvement engagements, designed to methodically improve understanding, operations and relationships.  A variety of assessment and development tools serve as the backbone of the NNS Supplier Development and Continuous Improvement Program.  The approach is grounded...
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Brian Tapajna

Program Manager - Supplier Development and Continuous Improvement
Huntington Ingalls Industries - Newport News Shipbuilding
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Manufacturing Technology Strategies Track
Sponsored by:   Synchrono
Learn how edge computing is bridging the gap between physical assets and digital capabilities and transforming the IIoT space. GE Automation & Controls’ General Manager Rebecca Boll will share how connected controls technology brings analytics to the edge and taps into the higher potential of IIOT, giving equipment and factories...
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Rebecca Boll

General Manager, GE2GE/GE4GE
GE Automation & Controls
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Workforce Track
Five years ago, Willington Nameplate, a Connecticut manufacturer of product labels and plates, did next to nothing to recommend itself to younger workers. The 50-year-old company’s workforce was on a slow march to retirement, with the average employee tenure at 17 years. But as the family-owned company took on bigger...
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Brett Greene

President
Willington Nameplate
Co-Speaker

Brent Robertson

Partner
Fathom
Co-Speaker

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Continuous Improvement Fundamentals Track
What does it take to successfully implement a CI program in a facility where it has repeatedly failed? How do you reinvigorate a workforce that has already become bored with the message? Why does the same set of tools, techniques, and terms result in failure in one instance, yet major...
Speakers
Dr.  John F. Carrier

Senior Lecturer
MIT Sloan School
Co-Speaker

Tony Dotta

Director of Continuous Improvement
Ameriwood Home
Co-Speaker

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Leadership Track
Sponsored by:   Plex Systems
In the early 1990s Lantech was a poster child for the power of high-speed kaizen and continuous improvement. But once the dramatic conversion from process villages to single-piece-flow was completed, Lantech found it hard to sustain its gains and to improve further. In this presentation CEO Jim Lancaster will describe...
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Jim Lancaster

CEO
Lantech
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Smart Manufacturing Track
Sponsored by:   Kepware/MESA
We’re at a tipping point with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). A recent report from LNS Research shows that 34% of companies are either currently adopting or planning to adopt IIoT technology in the next year. Although adoption of IIoT technology is still in its early stages, organizations that...
Speakers
Maicon Jean de Oliveira

IT Industrial Support Manager
Faurecia Automotive
Co-Speaker

Alex Herbert

Strategic Accounts Manager
Kepware
Co-Speaker

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