Conference Program

Schedule subject to change.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
With electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing surging in Ohio and surrounding areas, take this opportunity to learn what battery maker Ultium Cells (a GM, LG Electronics joint venture), Eaton eMobility and other automotive OEMs and Tier-1s need from manufacturing suppliers.
Scott Adams Heather Soerries

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

7:30 AM - 8:15 AM
8:15 AM - 9:45 AM

Fortune Brands Water Innovations President Cheri Phyfer will detail how Moen executives managed the myriad challenges that 2020 and 2021 threw at manufacturers while demand for its core products grew dramatically.

Cheri Phyfer
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Advanced Manufacturing

Automating lower-value plant tasks with robotics allows manufacturer Flex lower production costs, boost productivity and improve quality. Cobots promise more improvement.

Jonathan Crespo
Continuous Improvement
Attend this session to learn how manufacturer Vitamix reduces waste in its work environment by capturing and implementing small improvement ideas from the workforce.
Tim Stasko
Leadership & Workforce

Kimberly-Clark attracts top talent with a mandate to improve the lives of people around the world. Manufacturing leader Lori Shaffer will detail how to attract and rally employees.

Lori Shaffer
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Advanced Manufacturing

One of IndustryWeek’s sponsor partners will discuss a key aspect of advanced manufacturing during this session.

Continuous Improvement

Winners of the 2022 IndustryWeek Best Plants Awards will discuss the strategies and tactics they use to excel, even during the most challenging times.

Leadership & Workforce

Communication skills training for shop floor employees can create a two-way flow of information, giving managers actionable data and workers the information needed to improve operations.

David Watkins
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Advanced Manufacturing

Intel’s explanation of how it uses digital twins to map out manufacturing processes will offer a glimpse into how the chip giant will operate in Ohio.

Paul Schneider Jeff Story Paul Touloukian
Continuous Improvement

One of IndustryWeek’s sponsor partners will discuss a key aspect of continuous improvement during this session.

Leadership & Workforce

Virtual and augmented reality tools supported Johnson & Johnson during the pandemic, and the global health company now plans to use them to boost training and collaboration efforts.

Thembani Togwe
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Advanced Manufacturing

Manufacturer Lester Buildings will share how it pinpointed production time losses and used overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) technology to boost continuous improvement efforts.

Martin Cloake Tyler Bennett
Continuous Improvement

Building a lean supply chain takes work, but the financial rewards are tangible. Regular IndustryWeek columnists Rick Bohan and Paul Ericksen will explain how to do it.

Paul Ericksen Rick Bohan
Leadership & Workforce

One of IndustryWeek’s sponsor partners will discuss a key aspect of leadership and workforce during this session.


Thursday, October 20, 2022

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Navistar’s San Antonio plant is the operational backbone launch facility for Industry 4.0 concepts and lean manufacturing processes that will be deployed to Navistar’s existing manufacturing network of plants, so it will lead Navistar’s manufacturing in process optimization, real-time production management and sustainable operation techniques. Hernandez will share what it takes to build a modern-day truck manufacturing facility.
Mark Hernandez
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Advanced Manufacturing

Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) boost productivity but require massive amounts of wireless data. Ericsson will detail how it uses 5G technology in its Texas manufacturing plant to control its AMRs.

Per Treven
Continuous Improvement

Quick, well-informed factory floor decision-making hinges on information being clear with little room for interpretation. When done right, visual management communicates at the pace of manufacturing, sharing all the unique challenges and parameters that define your shop. Learn how Hiab Streetsboro uses visual management and discuss how to build your own visual management system.

Brian Peshek
Leadership & Workforce

A lean manufacturing expert from a global automaker will discuss how to win over skeptical employees when launching massive digital transformation projects.

Saso Krstovski
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Plant Tours

Tour is limited to 30 participants and registration is required. Reserve your seat now!  

Plant Tours

Tour is limited to 20 participants and registration is required. Reserve your seat now!

Plant Tours

Tour is limited to 40 participants and registration is required. Reserve your seat now!