Conference Program

Schedule subject to change.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
M&T Workshop
John Dougherty
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
M&T Keynote
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 Steven Sumner Kareem Maine

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

7:30 AM - 8:15 AM
8:15 AM - 9:45 AM
M&T Keynote

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

Ron Wilson
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
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Advanced Manufacturing

Manufacturers don’t have to scrap the complex web of equipment and software services they’ve assembled over decades to take advantage of artificial intelligence and machine learning. A technology infrastructure can simplify systems, unlocking the potential of predictive systems.

Michael Canty
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.

Brandon Davis Greg Wesling Tony Topencik Arun Pattanaik
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 Paul Touloukian
Continuous Improvement
Boosting productivity and performance often requires capital and expertise. Learn about what resources are available to companies in Ohio and how companies are sharing best practices with each other through networking events.
Karthik Kumar Avadhanula Erica Fitzpatrick
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
Join local meats provider Fresh Mark (the team behind Sugardale) and our Silver Sponsor ScreenCloud for a live case study exploring how to boost productivity and engagement with digital signage.
Skye Pathare Eric Ellis

Thursday, October 20, 2022

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
M&T Keynote
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
The Circle of Influence is a strategic, democratic leadership approach that has proved effective for lean leadership at Ford Motor Co. It consists of five components, and emphasizes compassion, accessibility and inclusion. This session examines these charismatic leadership traits in depth and shows how they work together to transform teams—and entire organizations.
Saso Krstovski
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
M&T Plant Tours

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

M&T Plant Tours

Tour is limited to 50 participants and registration is required. Reserve your seat now!  

M&T Plant Tours

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