Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops are 3-hour long specialized training sessions focused on best practices to improve processes, people and technology across the manufacturing business. They are designed to give in-depth training on specific topics.

Workshop

A Hands-on Exploration of the Future of Making Things

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Room: 302B

Today's design and manufacturing processes are nothing like we've witnessed before. For the first time in engineering history, we're seeing the convergence of what were once separate, isolated disciplines into an integrated whole. This is the Future of Making Things, and it's here, right now.

In this hands-on workshop you'll explore how advances in automation, design and manufacturing technologies are completely reshaping how we think about and make products. From generative design to additive processes, this is the start of a manufacturing revolution.

Leave with a complete audio speaker that you created yourself.

Join us to learn:

  • How to take advantage of the latest electronics, PCB, mechanical, and manufacturing technologies to build better products.
  • How to eliminate costly delays on the shop floor with integrated design and manufacturing platforms.
  • How to utilize the newest simulation technologies to identify and resolve design errors without wasting physical prototypes.

Be sure to secure your seat at this fun, interactive workshop.

SPEAKERS:

Edwin Robledo
Product Specialist
Autodesk

Jonathan Odom
Fusion 360 Specialist & Community Manager
Autodesk

Leveraging Smart Manufacturing For Digital Transformation

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Room: 302A

Smart Manufacturing is not a destination – it is a journey to digital transformation that begins at the plant floor. Identifying which latest technologies such as IIoT, Big Data, cloud computing, wireless, predictive analytics, etc., should be leveraged in your factory can be overwhelming.

Where do you begin? A proven road map that allows you to appropriately leverage these technologies to make incremental, short term business improvements, as part of a bigger, longer term strategy can deliver sustainable value on your journey to smarter manufacturing.

This interactive hands-on workshop will provide proven methodologies and case studies to help attendees begin their own journey toward digital transformation. Start small with a big picture in mind, while prioritizing projects that can deliver the highest short term returns.

Attendees will learn:

  • What is Smart Manufacturing and how does it apply to my facility?
  • How do I identify opportunities?
  • How do I justify a Smart Manufacturing project using ROI and proven case studies?
  • How to best execute these projects using a proven Roadmap
  • From other workshop participants: their challenges, journey, learnings and successes

Be sure to secure your seat at this fun, interactive workshop.

SPEAKERS:

Richard W. Phillips, PE, PMP
Manufacturing Intelligence Group Lead
Polytron

Improving Efficiency and Productivity: An Executive Discussion and Case Study

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Room: 302C

A commitment to continuous improvement and safety has been the foundation of Milliken & Company's success. We've spent the past two decades scouring the globe to discover the best ways to work. In this session, we'll discuss our findings and review our holistic approach to operational excellence based upon lean manufacturing concepts.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to challenge existing paradigms by embracing zero-loss thinking in cost, quality, and safety
  • Building and optimizing a performance system vs. launching more initiatives
  • Leveraging the power of operational excellence to deliver on corporate strategy and outperform competition
  • Establishing the business case for change at all levels of the organization

SPEAKERS:

Phil McIntyre
Managing Director
Performance Solutions by Milliken

Total CRM and Manufacturing: A Beginner's Playbook

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Room: 303

Manufacturers work in a complex world, juggling the entire supply chain and managing relationships with employees, independent reps, customers, suppliers, and partners. By improving how these relationships are handled, there is opportunity to streamline your sales process and enhance customer service.

Intelestream, a CRM implementation firm specializing in supporting manufacturers, hosts this 3-hour workshop to dig deep into customer relationship management (CRM) concepts and best practices.

By attending, you will:

  • Learn how a concise CRM strategy can help you streamline operations and improve efficiency
  • Understand how to provide an enriched 360-degree customer view by integrating CRM to your existing ERP systems
  • Explore the CRM maturity framework and how this can positively affect your business
  • Discover how gamification improves employee engagement and drives better selling and service behavior

SPEAKERS:

Jason Green

Jason Green
Founder and Managing Director
Intelestream

Afternoon MESA Workshop: Seeking Common Ground for Smart Manufacturing

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room: 301A

Help us clear the air on Smart Manufacturing drivers, benefits and building blocks. Start with a reveal of the current ideas from your peers, based on a recent industry survey conducted jointly by IndustryWeek and MESA International.

This session promises to uncover both common ground and controversy among Smart Manufacturing initiatives, priorities and tactics.

The session will break into sub-groups for interactive workshops on the following topics:

  • Smart Connect Factory: IIoT, Smart Machines, Robotics, Augmented Reality
  • Analytics: Predictive and Prescriptive, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning
  • MES/MOM: Its role in Smart Manufacturing
  • Enabling New Business Models: Product-as-Service, Mass Customization, IoT Data Services, On-demand 3D printing

Learn and gain new ideas that you can put into action right away. Come ready to participate and network in this new community of peers that will support you through your Smart Manufacturing journey.

SPEAKERS:

Conrad Leiva

Conrad Leiva
VP Product Strategy & Alliances
iBASEt

Best Practices for Optimizing Operations Using a Digital Manufacturing Platform

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room: 302A

Today it is vital that companies seek to streamline their business processes, reduce production losses, and improve the productivity and throughput of their existing assets and systems. While methodologies such as Continuous Improvement offer an excellent framework for driving improvement, many companies still struggle to obtain higher levels of performance. Identifying and prioritizing optimization require accurate and timely information about current plant production. How do you know where to begin? Which improvements will produce the greatest benefit? How can we become more proactive vs. reactive?

Please join us for an informative live event to hear former factory manager, Six Sigma black belt and CI expert Corey Vodvarka share best practices for optimizing operations using digital technologies. Share stories with other manufacturing professionals about productivity solutions that can help you increase the efficiency of your operation, often without disruption or infrastructure changes.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to identify and prioritize goals
  • How to extract accurate data to improve efficiency
  • How to engage operators in improvement activities
  • How to unify different perspectives and disciplines
  • How to manage the process of change

Be sure to secure your seat at this fun, interactive workshop.

SPEAKERS:

Richard W. Phillips, PE, PMP
Manufacturing Intelligence Group Lead
Polytron

Corey Vodvarka
Director of Manufacturing Solutions
Parsec Automation Corp.

Digital Transformation: The Foundation for Your Competitive Advantage

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room: 303

Let's face it. Competing on price and product alone is no longer enough to be successful and drive growth in modern manufacturing. To drive growth today, manufacturers need to meet the rising expectations of customers and deliver a complete customer experience. Learn how digital transformation can help you create a truly customer-centric organization, create and nurture lasting relationships with customers, and maintain a workplace that your employees love - all in order to supercharge your growth.

In this workshop, we will address the three key opportunities for manufacturers and showcase the power of digital transformation and what it can do to drive a competitive advantage:

  • How digital transformation can unlock your front office to drive growth
  • How you can utilize service to transform your customer relationships from one-and-done, to on-and-on
  • How to give your workforce more to work with by driving digital engagement across operations
Tony Kratovil

Tony Kratovil
Industry Senior Director, Salesforce

Doris Chan

Doris Chan
Digital Transformation and Innovation Team

Robert Martin

Robert Martin
Director, Technology Services, Rehrig Pacific Com

Industry 4.0 – Technology Insights for Channel Program Optimization

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room: 302B

The impact of smart technology is not limited to the supply chain and manufacturing operations. Opportunities to innovate exist in the sales and distribution channel as well. Reach your channel goals, address marketing challenges, and improve relationships with your channel partners by evolving the processes and technology used to support them.

LogicBay helps manufacturers navigate the complexity of technology chaos in the sales channel. Our Partner Relationship Management (PRM) solution drives a technology stack that allows manufacturers to effectively and efficiently manage their sales channels.

Join our workshop to learn how to assess and tackle challenges in the sales channel like:

  • Monitoring key indicators that guide success.
  • Managing the complexity of a global network of dealers.
  • Incorporating researching buyers into your sales channel strategy.
  • Creating an integrated approach to technology solutions.
  • Educating channel partners on new product offerings and sales enablement strategies.

SPEAKERS:

Panaccione

John Panaccione
President & CEO
LogicBay

Ed Marsh
Founder
Consilium Global Business Advisors

IoT: Your Tool Set for Organizational Change

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room: 302C

You've likely heard the basic premise behind the Internet of Things (IoT) and may even have your own projects in the works. But do you know what separates data overload from data insight? It's context. And it's easy to lose.

Join this session to understand the state of the IoT market in manufacturing and learn how to implement IoT-enabled processes in your organization today that are relevant, but also practical. Learn how to walk the fine line between "data chaos" and data which is relevant, consumable, and can be turned into very practical applications. Learn how to tell the difference between "so what?" reports and "code red!" triggers which demand fast action—or even automated responses.

Key learning objectives include:

  • How to effectively contextualize data for business decisions
  • Tips for collecting and consuming data effectively
  • The importance of cloud deployment's elasticity in storing contextual data
  • How condition-based monitoring can trigger a maintenance call
  • Steps to prioritizing practical applications of IOT and projecting the ROI

SPEAKERS:

Nick Castellina

Nick Castellina
Director, Industry & Solution Strategy
Infor

Steve Beard

Steve Beard
Sr. Principal
EAM Program Services