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.

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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

Edwin Robledo graduated as an Electronic Engineer at Polytech University of Puerto Rico. Currently, he is a Global Support Manager for the Autodesk EAGLE support Team. His career began primarily working in the communications industry before joining the EAGLE team 25 years ago. His passion for support has lead him to publish best practices articles, Blogs and hundreds of video tutorials. His favorite are live Online Workshops or onsite boot camps demonstrations. If he is not working on electronics, he is usually avoiding alligators while mountain biking the trails in South Florida.

Josh Spencer
Autodesk Fusion 360 Technical Specialist

Josh has over 14 years of experience working with various design, engineering & CAM technologies. With a background in Engineering and CAM, Josh has a passion for Fusion 360 and how it's changing the way companies innovate and take products to market.

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

Richard W. Phillips, PE, PMP, leads Polytron’s Manufacturing Intelligence Group. His expertise and focus on strategic plant floor data management provides solutions to enable manufacturers to execute data-driven decisions across the enterprise – from supply chain to production to the warehouse. Richard has consulted and implemented Smart Manufacturing strategies for major manufacturers to help provide a roadmap for effective plant wide data management. Richard has over 25 years experience implementing capital projects with a focus on Packaging, Process, and Material Handling Systems. He holds an M.S. and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University. Richard is a published author and speaker for Manufacturing Intelligence and Smart Manufacturing related content.

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

Conrad Leiva is VP Product Strategy and Alliances at iBASEt (www.ibaset.com). Conrad consults many Aerospace & Defense companies on how to streamline business processes and information flow among Engineering, Planning, Inventory, Quality, Production, Services, and Supply Chain disciplines. Recently, his work has focused on Smart Manufacturing, IIoT, manufacturing intelligence, and the Digital Thread between engineering, business, manufacturing, and sustainment systems working with PLM, ERP, and Automation partners. Conrad is also Chairman of the Smart Manufacturing Working Group at MESA International (www.mesa.org).

Julie Fraser

Julie Fraser
Principal
Iyno Advisors Inc

Fraser has a passion for production business as an engine for good. Founder and Principal of Iyno Advisors Inc., she has researched and written hundreds of reports, papers, presentations and blog posts explaining how software can improve business outcomes in production companies and their supply chain partners. Prior companies include Cambashi, Baan, and AMR Research (now Gartner). Fraser is a certified Conscious Business Change Agent and a lifetime member of MESA International.

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

Richard W. Phillips, PE, PMP, leads Polytron’s Manufacturing Intelligence Group. His expertise and focus on strategic plant floor data management provides solutions to enable manufacturers to execute data-driven decisions across the enterprise – from supply chain to production to the warehouse. Richard has consulted and implemented Smart Manufacturing strategies for major manufacturers to help provide a roadmap for effective plant wide data management. Richard has over 25 years experience implementing capital projects with a focus on Packaging, Process, and Material Handling Systems. He holds an M.S. and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University. Richard is a published author and speaker for Manufacturing Intelligence and Smart Manufacturing related content.

Corey Vodvarka
Director of Manufacturing Solutions
Parsec Automation Corp.

Corey Vodvarka, Director of Manufacturing Solutions, Parsec Automation Corp. is a Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and has led the global roll-out of Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma at multiple Fortune 500 companies. He has facilitated and led over 500 Kaizen, TPM, and Six Sigma projects and transformed organizations to continuous improvement focused cultures.

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

Tony Kratovil is a leader in our Industries Team focused on Manufacturing and Automotive clients and the Salesforce solutions that support their transformational journeys. He has over 25 years experience in enterprise software and consulting working with Fortune 500 companies in the Industrial Products, Automotive, and Diversified Industrials sectors.

Doris Chan

Doris Chan
Digital Transformation and Innovation Team

Doris Chan works with manufacturers to understand strategic goals and desired business results, and create product solutions optimized to drive towards these results. With over 20 years in IT, many as a Solution Architect, she helps frame key questions, strategies for success and pitfalls for achieving digital transformation.

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

John has over 18 years of experience leading teams that focus on using technology to improve corporate performance. As CEO, John works with leading companies to develop and implement strategies for scaling indirect sales channels using a combination of services and technology that LogicBay offers. Learn more about John's background on LinkedIn.

Ed Marsh
Founder
Consilium Global Business Advisors

Ed has been a consultant and speaker who helps B2B companies sell more. Working with companies to understand how buying habits are evolving, Ed then helps companies adapt strategy and implement technology to grow sales globally through direct and indirect channels. Connect with Ed on LinkedIn, Twitter & Facebook.

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

Nick Castellina is the Director of Industry and Solution Strategy responsible for Infor manufacturing.

Prior to Infor, Nick was Vice President and Research Group Director of the Aberdeen Group's Business Planning and Execution research practice. There, he worked with software vendors and end users to analyze trends and produce industry-leading content in topics related to Enterprise Resource Planning, Enterprise Performance Management, Project Portfolio Management, and Business Process Management.

Steve Beard

Steve Beard
Sr. Principal
EAM Program Services

Steve works closely with customers in applying Infor’s portfolio of solutions to business and digital transformation opportunities for immediate and long term realization of value. Steve has over 25 years experience in the business software industry, with domain expertise in Human Capital Management and Enterprise Asset Management.

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