Full Schedule

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.

Monday, May 07
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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    • Main Lobby & Exhibit Hall
Open ONLY for Exhibitors.

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Tuesday, May 08
6:30 AM - 6:30 PM

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    • Main Lobby
Badge pick up; registration assistance.

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Tuesday, May 08
7:30 AM - 12:45 PM

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    • 305A
Cummins Inc. designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves customers through the network of 500 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and approximately 7,500...

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Tuesday, May 08
8:00 AM - 11:15 AM

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    • 306A
For more than 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2016 sales and revenues of $38.537 billion, Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction...

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Tuesday, May 08
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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    • 305B
bioMérieux, a world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics, is present in more than 150 countries through 42 subsidiaries. bioMérieux, Inc. represents the group throughout the Americas region with headquarters based in Durham, NC, manufacturing sites in Durham, NC, St. Louis, MO and Lombard, IL and bioMérieux’s molecular affiliate...

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    • 305 B
CORMETECH is the industry’s leading SCR manufacturer and regenerator of full life cycle SCR catalyst.  Over the past 29 years, CORMETECH’s focus on innovation and technology has produced the largest stationary SCR catalyst base in the world.  CORMETECH has delivered operating catalysts, optimized catalyst management strategies and on-site services for...

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Tuesday, May 08
8:20 AM - 11:00 AM

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    • 306B
* 30 minutes travel time Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land - those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world's...

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Tuesday, May 08
8:45 AM - 10:15 AM

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    • 305B
*10 minutes travel time. Larry's Coffee is committed to delicious coffee...and making the world a better place. 100% of their coffee is Organic, Fair Trade, and Shade Grown, all slow-roasted to bring out its indigenous flavor. The B Corp company's green-o-vated facilities minimize their impact on the planet. At the bean...

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Tuesday, May 08
8:45 AM - 10:45 AM

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    • 305A
* 10 minutes travel time Flowserve Corp. is one of the world's leading providers of fluid motion and control products and services. Operating in more than 55 countries, the company develops and manufactures precision-engineered flow control equipment integral to the movement, control and protection of the flow of materials in our...

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Tuesday, May 08
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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    • 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...
Speakers
Edwin Robledo

Product Support Specialist
Autodesk
Workshop Speaker

Johnathan Odom

Fusion 360 Specialist & Community Manager
Autodesk
Workshop Speaker

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    • 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...
Speaker
Phil McIntyre

Managing Director
Miliken
Workshop Speaker

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    • 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...
Speaker
Richard Phillips


Polytron
Workshop Speaker

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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 the opportunity to streamline your sales process and enhance customer service. Intelestream, a CRM implementation firm specializing in supporting manufacturers,...
Speaker
Jason Green

Founder & Managing Director
Intelestream
Workshop Speaker

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Tuesday, May 08
9:15 AM - 12:15 PM

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    • 306A
*35 minute travel time Protolabs is the world's fastest digital manufacturing source for rapid prototyping and on-demand production. The technology-enabled company produces custom parts and assemblies in as fast as 1 day with automated 3D printing, CNC machining and injection molding processes. Its digital approach to manufacturing enables accelerated time to...

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Tuesday, May 08
11:15 AM - 3:00 PM

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    • 305A
Note: *1 hour travel time to the plant. Bridgestone Corporation is a multinational auto and truck parts manufacturer founded in 1931 by Shojiro Ishibashi in the city of Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan. The name Bridgestone comes from a calque translation and transposition of ishibashi, meaning "stone bridge" in Japanese. As of 2015, the...

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Tuesday, May 08
11:50 AM - 2:00 PM

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    • 306B
* 30 minutes travel time Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land - those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world's...

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Tuesday, May 08
12:15 PM - 3:15 PM

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    • 306A
For more than 90 years, Caterpillar Inc. has been making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. Customers turn to Caterpillar to help them develop infrastructure, energy and natural resource assets. With 2016 sales and revenues of $38.537 billion, Caterpillar is the world's leading manufacturer of construction...

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Tuesday, May 08
12:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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    • 306B
AW North Carolina, Inc., located in Durham, N.C., manufactures automatic transmissions, as well as transmission components, for automotive OEM Toyota Motor Corp. Established in 1998, the company employs a workforce of approximately 2,000 people. Its commitment to quality is reflected in the phrase "Quality People, Quality Products." AW North Carolina's...

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Tuesday, May 08
12:45 PM - 2:45 PM

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    • 305A
* 10 minutes travel time Flowserve Corp. is one of the world's leading providers of fluid motion and control products and services. Operating in more than 55 countries, the company develops and manufactures precision-engineered flow control equipment integral to the movement, control and protection of the flow of materials in our...

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Tuesday, May 08
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

MESA Smart Manufacturing
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,...
Speaker
Conrad Leiva

VP Product Strategy & Alliances
iBASEt
Workshop Speaker

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    • 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. ...
Speakers
Corey Vodvarka

Director of Manufacturing Solutions
Parsec
Workshop Speaker

Richard Phillips


Polytron
Workshop Speaker

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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...
Speakers
Doris Chan

Digital Transformation and Innovation Team
Salesforce
Workshop Speaker

Robert Martin

Director, Technology Services
Rehrig Pacific Company
Workshop Speaker

Tony Kratovil

Industry Senior Director
Salesforce
Workshop Speaker

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    • 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...
Speakers
Ed Marsh

Founder
Consilium Global Business Advisors
Speaker

John Panaccione

President & CEO
LogicBay
Workshop Speaker

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    • 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...
Speakers
Nick Castellina

Director, Industry & Solution Strategy
Infor
Workshop Speaker

Steve Beard

Sr. Principal, EAM Program Services
Infor
Workshop Speaker

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Tuesday, May 08
2:00 PM - 6:30 PM

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    • Exhibit Halls A & B

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Tuesday, May 08
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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    • Center Stage - Exhibit Hall
The last decade has been defined by innovation in the consumer internet. The next decade will redefine the industrial world. For the last 125 years, GE has met the challenges of industrial change head-on. That’s why it will power the next wave of large scale innovation: the Digital Industrial Revolution....
Speaker
Bill Ruh

CEO of GE Digital, Senior Vice President & Chief Digital Officer
GE
Keynote

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Tuesday, May 08
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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    • Center Stage - Exhibit Hall
Plant managers rarely receive the critical information they need fast enough, but that’s about to change. Come learn how Meggitt’s cloud-based wireless IIoT network tracks and improves overall equipment efficiency and better understand machine utilization and compliance.  Join us for a chance to win a Multi-Tool with Bit Set, Pen &...
Speaker
Raymond Almgren


Swift Sensors, Inc.
Speaker

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Tuesday, May 08
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

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    • Center Stage - Exhibit Hall
The New Equipment Digest (NED) Awards celebrates the year's most disruptive innovations in industrial equipment, celebrating the tools, technology, and gear that offer new capabilities and new levels of efficiency to the market. Join us at the Center Stage to acknowledge and congratulate this year's winners! Be there for a chance to...
Speakers
John Hitch

Senior Technology Writer
IndustryWeek, New Equipment Digest
Speaker

Travis Hessman

Editor-in-Chief, Senior Content Director
InduatryWeek New Equipment Digest
Speaker

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Tuesday, May 08
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

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    • Exhibit Halls A & B
Drinks and appetizers served in the Exhibit Hall. 

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Wednesday, May 09
6:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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    • Main Lobby
Badge pick-up; Registration assistance.

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Wednesday, May 09
7:30 AM - 8:45 AM

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    • General Session Stage - Hall C
Speaker
Sean Suggs

President
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi
Keynote

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Wednesday, May 09
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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    • Exhibit Halls A & B

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

Advanced Continuous Improvement
Developing and deploying a robust manufacturing system is not enough to deliver value. A clear vision, leadership sponsorship and well-established processes are not sufficient to sustain benefits. Significant year-over-year improvements are only one of the key factors for success.  Attend this Johnson Controls presentation, which will focus on:  •  Defining and measuring...
Speaker
Ricardo Estok

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

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Continuous Improvement Fundamentals
Attend this session and learn how technology company Lenovo drives big, bold improvements across its business operations. Lenovo's Mario Bofill and Cliff Richards will discuss the company's BOLD Workout process. A continuous improvement method that relies on operator-driven activities and ownership of actions, the BOLD process sets targets and takes...
Speakers
Cliff Richards

Director of Manufacturing
Lenovo
Speaker

Rich Rosselle

Director, Global Mfg Strategy & Operations
Lenovo
Speaker

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Leadership
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American manufacturing alone is the world’s 10th largest economy– but the nation’s largest manufacturing companies have an aging workforce and will be facing increased turnover through the next decade as baby boomers retire. Whirlpool Corporation is dedicated to making manufacturing jobs a destination not a last-ditch option.  Byron Green is...
Speaker
Dale Laws

VP Manufacturing Operations - Laundry & Dishwashers
Whirlpool
Speaker

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Manufacturing Technology Strategies
Drop by AGCO Corp.'s Jackson Operations, a 2017 IndustryWeek Best Plants Awards winner, and see the junction of advanced manufacturing technology and lean culture. To keep this massive operation running smoothly, facility leaders have built a strong culture of policy deployment and vigorously pursued new technologies such as wearables, cobots,...
Speaker
Peggy Gulick

Director, Digital Transformation, Global Manufacturing
AGCO Corporation
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Talent Management
Companies are transforming their organizations through technology and building end-to-end strategic engines that will drive sustainable growth & shareholder value. As part of the digital transformation process, the human element of the operation is often overlooked. How can you maximize the effectiveness of your employees and ensure they aren’t left...
Speakers
Barb Grofic

Executive Director
Merck Manufacturing Division
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Christine Tutssel

SVP of Strategic Initiatives
Axonify
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Rebecca Sinclair

Chief People Officer
American Tire Distibutors
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MESA Smart Manufacturing
Trelleborg considers itself to be truly just beginning their Smart Manufacturing journey, driving a "Production Intelligence" initiative across 120 plants globally. Learn how they've gotten started, what they’ve accomplished to date and where they're turning for help moving forward.Many manufacturers started their Smart Manufacturing journey years ago - before we...
Speakers
Erik Nistad

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

Tomas Norbut

IT Infrastructure Project Manager/ioT Program Manager
Trelleborg AB
Speaker

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Wednesday, May 09
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

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    • Center Stage - Exhibit Hall
Think drones are more novelty toy than safety and efficiency-driving tool of the modern smart factory?  Watch how drone integrator Wilstair uses a lightweight quadcopter embedded with a scanning sensor to make inventory management a breeze and provide the data to blow away the competition. Join us for a chance to...
Speaker
Will Stavanja

Founder & Lead Consultant
Wilstair, LLC
Speaker

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Wednesday, May 09
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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    • Exhibit Halls A & B

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Wednesday, May 09
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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    • Center Stage - Exhibit Hall
Wearables can change how your workers interact with their environment, from assembly to maintenance, as long they leave their hands free to do the work. RealWear's voice driven smart headset does just that, providing the most practical wearable interface yet for such a hands-on industry. Join us for a chance to...
Speaker
Matt Davidson


RealWear
Speaker

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Wednesday, May 09
11:00 AM - 11:20 AM

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    • Center Stage - Exhibit Hall
As Industry 4.0 continues to transform the face of advanced manufacturing, industrial firms must also change how work gets done on the factory floor - or risk being left behind. Robotics, IoT and AI alone are not enough. Nor is simply digitizing existing paper-based processes. Tomorrow’s successful firms will need...
Speaker
Lawrence Whittle

Chief Executive Officer
Parsable
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Wednesday, May 09
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Talent Management
Manufacturers across the nation are facing a shortage of skilled labor, and grappling with how to attract, recruit, onboard, train, and retain top talent. Attend this session to explore real-world challenges such as hiring multi-craft technicians, and how these issues could be resolved with out-of-the-box solutions such as recruiting ex-military...
Speakers
Mike Brown

VP of Talent Acquisitions
Siemens
Speaker

Mike Starich

CEO
Orion Talent
Speaker

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Advanced Continuous Improvement
With 95 years of leadership in the materials handling industry, The Raymond Corporation continues to demonstrate its world-class manufacturing capabilities. Raymond’s relationship with Toyota Industries Corp. provided an opportunity to learn and apply the Toyota Production System (TPS) concept within its organization. In 2006, TPS implementation began at Raymond’s Greene,...
Speaker
Tony Topencik

Director of Manufacturing Operations
The Raymond Corp
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Manufacturing Technology Strategies
Too much inventory on hand? Stock outs disrupting production? Lack of visibility with suppliers? Variability in demand? Frequent expediting? If these challenges sound familiar, here’s your chance to hear from others who have been there—and who have used eKanban technology to right-size inventory and automate replenishment, even in highly complex, multi-plant...
Speakers
Jim Shore

Principal
Quality Lean Solutions
Speaker

John Maher

VP of Product Strategy
Synchrono, Inc.
Speaker

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Continuous Improvement Fundamentals
Learn best practices employed by 2017 IndustryWeek Best Plants Award winners on their continuing journey of manufacturing excellence. While every manufacturing facility’s path to excellence is not the same, what all the IW Best Plants Award winners share is a drive for excellence coupled with the constant challenge to build...

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MESA Smart Manufacturing
Manufacturers understand that the foundation to digital transformation and  Smart Manufacturing requires digital processes at the plant floor. Virgin Orbit, best known for capturing our imaginations with its development of commercial spacecraft and its goal of providing suborbital space flights to tourists, is one of those manufacturers. Their discrete, complex...
Speaker
Andrzej Goryca

Sr Enterprise Systems Manager
Virgin Orbit
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Leadership
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Sometimes having a tough conversation is not only necessary, but unavoidable. Every tough conversation is an opportunity to strengthen a relationship or a pitfall to create tension, hurt feelings, and possibly a ruined relationship.  Drawing on 17 years of officiating high school and college basketball, Kaehr shares three key strategies...
Speaker
Dustin Kaehr

Director of Leadership Development
Lippert Components
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Wednesday, May 09
12:45 PM - 1:00 PM

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    • General Session Stage - Hall C
Now in its 28th year, the IndustryWeek Best Plants Awards program annually recognizes manufacturing plants located in North America that are on the leading edge of efforts to increase competitiveness, enhance customer satisfaction, and create stimulating and rewarding work environments. 2017 Best Plant Award Winners will be honored during the Keynote Luncheon. OPEN TO...

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Wednesday, May 09
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

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    • General Session Stage - Hall C
Filling the 60% of skilled manufacturing jobs that remain open is critical to sustain long-term growth. In this presentation, Chris Mapes will discuss how Lincoln Electric is leading the effort to address the skills gap in arc welding with a multifaceted strategy that includes automation/robotics, a unique education platform, and...
Speaker
Chris Mapes

Chairman, President & CEO
Lincoln Electric
Keynote

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Wednesday, May 09
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Continuous Improvement Fundamentals
Gain insight from Brewer Science, a leader in innovative materials and processes for the semiconductor industry, on how to successfully implement practical applications into your manufacturing processes. Hear Brewer Science's Tom Brown and James Korich discuss how aspects of lean, Six Sigma and 8 Wastes helped guide the company to...
Speakers
James Korich

Engineering Systems Manager
Brewer Science
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Tom Brown

Executive Director of Operations
Brewer Science Inc
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Manufacturing Technology Strategies
Come meet the team behind MegaBots Eagle Prime. Join a panel discussion and Q&A where the MegaBots founders discuss how they partnered with top manufacturers, including Parker Hannifin, to create the world’s undisputed ultra-heavyweight robot champ, the 16-foot, 12-ton Eagle Prime.
Speakers
Gui Cavalcanti

Co-Founder
Megabots, Inc
Speaker

Jeff Falkowski

Group Digital Marketing Manager
Parker Hannifin Corporation
Speaker

Matt Oehrlein

CEO
Megabots, Inc
Speaker

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Leadership
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Hoshin Kanri: This hands-on session helps participants learn how to effectively develop an aligned quality & lean management systems (QLMS) plan by transforming business strategies into agile, tactical actions. This method is used successfully by multiple types of organizations. Participants will create and take home a working sample relevant to...
Speaker
Jim Hanson

Quality Manager
Accuride Corp
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MESA Smart Manufacturing
Deploying manufacturing systems is often the first step in Smart Manufacturing, but driving your business with analytics off the plant floor is when many companies begin to run.  Vecima Networks manufactures cable boxes for the hospitality industry and wanted to make operational data-based decisions to refine its manufacturing process. However, multiple...
Speakers
Michele Wells

Senior Marketing Manager
SAS
Speaker

Paul Little

Senior Business Intelligence Analyst
Vecima Networks
Speaker

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Advanced Continuous Improvement
Toyota’s Floor Management and Development System (FMDS) is the driving force behind both daily operations management and operationalizing Toyota’s strategic vision or hoshin plan.  Toyota Powertrain V6 Engine Production Group Leader Jeremiah Duncan and the Lean Leadership Academy’s Sam MacPherson will show you how FMDS provides the critical leadership and...
Speaker
Sam MacPherson

Founder
The Lean Academy; Faculty Fellow, The Shingo Institute
Speaker

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Talent Management
Sherrill Manufacturing bought the last US plant of Oneida Limited in March 2005, as the once world’s largest flatware producer transferred its operations overseas in the face of increased competition from low-cost Asian manufacturers. Former Oneida employees Gregory Owens and Matthew Roberts bought the Sherrill plant for $1 million, and...
Speakers
Harry Moser

Founder & President
Reshoring Initiative
Speaker

Matthew Roberts

President/Co-Founder
Sherrill Manufacturing/Liberty Tabletop
Speaker

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Wednesday, May 09
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

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    • Center Stage - Exhibit Hall
Systema, a martial art developed by Russian warriors in the tenth century, has secret elements that can support your success.  The same techniques used to repel marauding invaders can help manufacturers combat costs and protect profits.  Big data brings big threats – and big opportunities.  Survival means you must arm...
Speaker
Marcia Walker

Principal Consultant, Manufacturing
SAS
Speaker

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Wednesday, May 09
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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    • Exhibit Halls A & B

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Wednesday, May 09
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

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    • Center Stage - Exhibit Hall
Learn how  American Manufacturers Came Together to Defeat the Giant Japanese Warrior and through the addressed some of the challenges facing the manufacturing.  So how did the 16-ft-tall real giant fighting robot backed by a giant team, a giant pile of resources, and some of the very best equipment and...
Speakers
Gui Cavalcanti

Co-Founder
Megabots, Inc
Speaker

Matt Oehrlein

CEO
Megabots, Inc
Speaker

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Wednesday, May 09
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Advanced Continuous Improvement
Two companies merge, each with its own culture of continuous improvement. How do you combine those two cultures to create a unified performance excellence system? Attend this session and learn how Orbital ATK did it. Edward (Ed) Kestel, operations director at Orbital ATK – Space Systems Group, will discuss how...
Speaker
Edward Kestel

Director, Operations
OrbitalATK
Speaker

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Talent Management
Attend this session to learn how Ingersoll Rand, a global manufacturing and engineering company, uses the principles of Lean transformation to recruit, onboard, retain and promote talent across the organization in 8 easy steps.  The interactive discussion will help guide attendees better understand their role in transforming the talent acquisition...
Speakers
Marc Cochran

Talent Acquisition Manager
Ingersoll Rand
Speaker

Patrick Davis

Value Stream Coach
Ingersoll Rand
Speaker

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Manufacturing Technology Strategies
When it comes to Industry 4.0 and the Internet Things, pundits stress the need for IT and OT to work closely together. Intel took that imperative a step further by integrating its OT department into IT. Steven Meyer, Senior Principal Engineer in the department--now called Manufacturing IT—goes behind the scenes...
Speaker
Steven Meyer

Sr Principal Engineer
Intel Corp
Speaker

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Leadership
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Employees rarely have access to the information they need to make the best decisions.  The data is available, but the time, energy, and expertise required to transform it into actionable information is often too much.  It does not have to be this way.   Leverage the MIT and CIA ways of thinking...
Speaker
John Frehse

Senior Managing Director
Ankura
Speaker

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Continuous Improvement Fundamentals
Now more than ever 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.  Yet while methodologies such as Continuous Improvement (CI) offer an excellent framework for driving improvement, many companies still struggle to...
Speaker
Corey Vodvarka

Director of Manufacturing Solutions
Parsec
Speaker

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MESA Smart Manufacturing
Quad/Graphics realized all aspects of their end-to-end value streams need to be optimized with speed and agility. Quad has been realizing Smart Manufacturing principles throughout its value chains, including digital automation and optimization in manufacturing processes and deploying increasingly automated robots on the shop floor.  Learn how Quad successfully followed the...
Speaker
Steve Jaeger

Chief Information Officer
Quad/Graphics Inc
Speaker

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Wednesday, May 09
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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    • Offsite
What do music, rooftop lounge, multiple bars, tons of food and a personal cigar-roller equal? A fabulous party in the heart of Raleigh, that’s what. After two days of intensive workshops, facility tours, visiting or manning booths, attending keynotes and sessions we ALL deserve a Night Out. This year we’ve booked one of the hottest, most popular hang-outs in...

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Thursday, May 10
7:00 AM - 1:30 PM

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    • Main Lobby
Badge pick up; registrations questions.

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Thursday, May 10
7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

MESA Smart Manufacturing
Any manufacturer who hopes to stay competitive in today’s market needs a connected factory. But legacy machines—often critical to operations—can be extremely difficult to connect and integrate into an IoT ecosystem. Learn about the benefits and drawbacks of three different strategies for integrating legacy machines—as well as a framework for...
Speaker
Jeff Bates

Product Manager
ThingWorx
Speaker

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Manufacturing Technology Strategies
Over the past three decades, 3D printing has developed a reputation as an essential manufacturing process for prototype parts. Create a CAD model of your design, send it to a printer, and a 3D replica can ready in hours. Yet these parts are often little more than conceptual show-and-tell models,...
Speaker
Josh Parker

DMLS Project Lead
Protolabs
Speaker

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Talent Management
Most leaders miss the obvious, glaring issues around employee engagement. They don’t listen to their employees, and they don’t follow-up and act on employee feedback and concerns – all of which drives disengagement. Instead, these leaders delegate, but without buy in or feedback from the people who have the most...
Speaker
Mark Whitten

General Manager
Martinrea Heavy Stamping
Speaker

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Continuous Improvement Fundamentals
Global defense supplier Northrop Grumman participates in a number of diverse technologies. The organization's ability to maintain a leading presence in these technologies is enabled by its microelectronics development and manufacturing capability. The Advanced Technology Labs (ATL) is critical to maintaining performance in these areas. ATL produces and delivers integrated...
Speaker
John King

Chief Engineer
Northrop Grumman
Speaker

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Advanced Continuous Improvement
Learn how to transition from continuous improvement spurts to sustained long-term improvements. Erik Richardson, continuous improvement leader at 2017 IW Best Plants winner Intertape Polymer Group, Tremonton, Utah, will tell the sustainability story of Intertape Polymer Group, a company which has earned back-to-back IndustryWeek Best Plants wins. Five years ago,...
Speaker
Erik Richardson

Continuous Improvement Leader
Intertape Polymer Group
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Leadership
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President Marc Braun shares how Cambridge Engineering follows a People Centric Continuous Improvement model to build a culture where employees thrive and the company enjoys sustained growth.  Braun will discuss how this leadership approach can be employed to restore dignity and respect to U.S. manufacturing.
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Marc Braun

President
Cambridge Engineering Inc
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Thursday, May 10
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Manufacturing Technology Strategies
Exploring new data is much like exploring a new territory: Adventurous. Exciting. Fraught with risk, yet rich with potential. This session will demonstrate how intrepid adventurers in a consumer packaged goods company collaborated with data scientists to “make a map” of unstructured IoT data and gather preliminary insights. Once they...
Speakers
David Frede

Principal Industry Consultant
SAS
Speaker

David Kestner

Senior Data Scientist
Kellogg
Speaker

Marcia Walker

Principal Consultant, Manufacturing
SAS
Moderator

Robert Stevens

Vice President
First Analytics
Speaker

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Leadership
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Intel’s manufacturing automation system has been on a growth journey for 30+ years.  This session will explain lessons we’ve learned along the way regarding what has worked and what has not.  Also, this session will provide an understanding of Intel’s automation reference architecture and the importance of standardization.  This is...
Speaker
Steven Meyer

Sr Principal Engineer
Intel Corp
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Thursday, May 10
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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    • Exhibit Halls A & B
Closing the skills gap, one opportunity at a time. This first-ever event connects young engineers, professionals, veterans and laborers to high demand placement and training opportunities across the local North Carolina manufacturing industry. M&T hosts local and regional manufacturers in an effort to support the manufacturing industry. Powered by Capital Area Workforce Development Board

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Thursday, May 10
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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    • Exhibit Halls A & B

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Thursday, May 10
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    • Room:  
    • Center Stage - Exhibit Hall
Musculoskeletal disorders cost companies billions and sideline workers for weeks to months at a time. Levitate Technologies will demonstrate how its lightweight AIRFRAME passive exoskeleton supports arms as they rise to do overhead work, reducing exertion by up to 40%. Join us for a chance to win an augmented reality experience...
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Joseph Zawaideh

Vice President, Marketing & Business Development
Levitate Technologies, Inc
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Thursday, May 10
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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    • Exhibit Halls A & B

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Thursday, May 10
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Manufacturing Technology Strategies
Almost half of all cyberattacks are aimed at small and midsized businesses (SMBs) because many do not have sufficient defenses in place.  While SMBs may have firewalls and antivirus solutions, these technologies aren’t designed to protect against today’s sophisticated cyberattacks like phishing, exploit kits and malvertising, which make up 90%...
Speakers
Mike Brooks

IT Manager
SEEPEX Inc
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Todd O'Boyle

Director of Product Mangement
WatchGuard Technologies
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MESA Smart Manufacturing
Since 2006, MESA International has lead industry’s efforts to understand the performance metrics that matter to manufacturers and to provide insights into how modern technologies improve access to these metrics.  The technologies continue to evolve rapidly, and MESA continues to offer focused research findings to keep up with the pace...
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Andrew Hughes

Principal Analyst
LNS Research
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Chris Monchinski

Vice President of Manufacturing Intelligence
Automated Control Concepts, Inc
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Talent Management
The US manufacturing industry is going through a digital transformation. In this fast-evolving landscape, there’s a need to identify, recruit and nurture skilled labor. Attend this session to learn how AGCO – a global agricultural equipment maker with nearly 20,000 employees – tackles real-world talent challenges by aligning recruiting efforts...
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Jeff Mills

Director, Solution Management - Talent Acquisition
SAP SuccessFactors
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Joy Baumgarten

Global Talent Acquisition Manager
AGCO Corp
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Continuous Improvement Fundamentals
Attend this session to hear how BrandRPM, a promotional item and branded apparel manufacturer, leverages value stream mapping as a catalyst for their lean transformation.  BrandRPM began their lean journey less than 2 years ago and has since achieved a 100% productivity increase, a 60% reduction in lead time and...
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Sam Sedory

Vice President of Operations
BrandRPM
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Leadership
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    • 303
Web Industries,a $160MM manufacturer, recently rebranded itself as a values-based company, focusing on engaging both customers and the culture of the business. The goal is to create deep relationships, compared to tactical events, and to leverage its focus on values both internally and externally. Building a values-based company requires that...
Speakers
Joseph Morgan , Jr.

Founder & CEO
siY, LLC
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Kevin Young

Vice President Corporate Development
Web Industries, Inc
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Advanced Continuous Improvement
The Industry 4.0 era brings new technologies and processes to maximize uptime and boost productivity. Your factory data can be used to prevent equipment failures, optimize repair schedules, and save maintenance costs all while running more efficiently. Learn what the journey to zero downtime looks like, how to overcome obstacles,...
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Prasad Rajamohan

Business Development Executive
IBM Cloud, Cognitive, IoT, and Blockchain
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Thursday, May 10
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

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    • General Session Stage - Hall C
In 2010, the Stuxnet worm crippled Iran's nuclear centrifuges. Seven years later, the state-sponsored sabotage attack, NotPetya, caused billions of dollars in damages to commercial companies around the world. While an attack on a military target and a widespread attack on the commercial sector may seem very different, these two cyberoperations...
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Roel Schouwenberg

Director of Intelligence & Research
Celsus Advisory Group
Keynote

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