May 8-10, 2018
Raleigh Convention Center
Raleigh, NC USA

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. We are diligently working to confirm this year’s line-up of sessions for IndustryWeek’s Manufacturing & Technology Conference; complete session schedule for 2018 will be available in early December. See the full 2017 program.

View our current confirmed sessions for 2018 here.

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

Manufacturing Technology Strategies Track
The new technology being deployed in robots today means that old ideas of capital expenditure ROI are less applicable. The methods used for budgeting for new hires are more in line with the robotic technology. If even Bill Gates thinks robots need to be taxed to offset the number of...
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Ben Sagan

Business Development Manager
Mitsubushi Electric Automation
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Michael Marseglia

Director of Robotics
Calvary Robotics
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Advanced Continuous Improvement Track
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...
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Ricardo Estok

Enterprise Principle Leader, Manufacturing Excellence
Johnson Controls, Inc.
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Continuous Improvement Fundamentals Track
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...
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Cliff Richards

Director of Operations
Lenovo
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Mario Bofill

Senior Western Operations Lean Professional
Lenovo
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Leadership Track
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...
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Byron Green

Vice President of Manufacturing
Whirlpool
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Smart Manufacturing Track
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Talent Management
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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...
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Mike Brown

VP of Talent Acquisitions
Siemens Americas
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Mike Starich

CEO
Orion Talent
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Advanced Continuous Improvement Track
In 2006, TPS implementation began at Raymond’s Greene, New York, manufacturing facility as a way to control costs and quality. Since then, Raymond has accomplished a significant amount of change and improvement. At last year’s IndustryWeek Manufacturing & Technology Conference, Raymond presented Total Process Reliability as a critical activity in...
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Tony Topencik

Director of Manufacturing Operations
The Raymond Corporation
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Continuous Improvement Fundamentals Track
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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Manufacturing Technology Strategies Track
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Smart Manufacturing Track

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Leadership Track
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...
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Dustin Kaehr

Director of Leadership Development
Lippert Components
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Wednesday, May 09
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Continuous Improvement Fundamentals Track
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...
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James Korich

Engineering Systems Manager
Brewer Science
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Tom Brown

Executive Director, Corporate Productivity & Sustainability
Brewer Science
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Manufacturing Technology Strategies Track
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 … then watch them judge the next wave of...
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Gui Cavalcantia

Co-Founder
Megabots
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Matt Oehrlein

Co-Founder
Megabots
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Leadership Track
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Smart Manufacturing Track
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Advanced Continuous Improvement Track
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...
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Jeremiah Duncan

Production Group Leader
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky - Powertrain
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Sam MacPherson

Founder and Executive Director
The Lean Leadership Academy
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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...
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Harry Moser

Found & President
Reshoring Initiative
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Matt Roberts

President & COO
Sherrill Manufacturing
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Wednesday, May 09
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Continuous Improvement Fundamentals Track
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Advanced Continuous Improvement Track
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...
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Edward Kestel

Operations Directions
OrbitalATK
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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...
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Marc Cochran

Talent Acquisition Manager
Ingersoll Rand
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Patrick Davis

OpEx Value Stream Coach
Ingersoll Rand
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Manufacturing Technology Strategies Track
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...
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Steven Meyer

Sr Principal Engineer
Intel Corp
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Leadership Track
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...
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John Frehse

Senior Managing Director
Ankura Consulting Group
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Smart Manufacturing Track
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Thursday, May 10
7:45 AM - 8:45 AM

Continuous Improvement Fundamentals Track
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...
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John King

Chief Engineer, Microelectronics, Advanced Technology Laboratories
Northrop Grumman
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Talent Management
Steel Partners, a part of the Diversified Industrial Group – a $1.4 billion company comprising 9 business units – has developed a program called Steel Grow to leverage talent across the units to resolve difficulties in filling positions, a result of skilled labor shortage and aging demography. The program was...
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Eric Lussier

VP
Steel Business Partners/Handy & Harman
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Manufacturing Technology Strategies Track
While the notion of lean manufacturing has been the cornerstone of operational efficiency in manufacturing for several decades, it’s the advent of digital manufacturing that is truly catapulting lean to another level. The digitalization of processes along the entire continuum of the manufacturing supply chain, starting with a product’s design...
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Charlie Johnson


Proto Labs
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Leadership Track
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
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Thursday, May 10
7:45 AM - 8:45 PM

Advanced Continuous Improvement Track
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Thursday, May 10
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Manufacturing Technology Strategies Track
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%...
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Mike Brooks

IT Manager
SEEPEX
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Todd O'Boyle

CTO
Strongarm
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Advanced Continuous Improvement Track
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Talent Management
Dates and times are subject to change. 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...
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Jeff Mills

Director|Solutions Manager|Talent Acquisition
SAP SuccessFactors
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Joy Baumgarten

Manager, Global Talent Management & Acquisition
AGCO Corp
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Continuous Improvement Fundamentals Track
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Thursday, May 10
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Leadership Track
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...
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Joseph Morgan , Jr.

Founder and Chief Strategist
siY, LLC (Be safe. Be Inspired. Be YOU.)
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Kevin Young

VP, Corporate Development
Web Industries, Inc
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Smart Manufacturing Track
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