Conference Program

Schedule subject to change.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Workshop

To become future manufacturing executives, up-and-coming leaders need a better sense of how companies work and how to solve problems. This workshop offers an introduction to business acumen.

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Keynote
 
 

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
 
 
 
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Plenary

The leader of a major manufacturing company will discuss the challenges inherent to running an instantly recognizable consumer brand. Attendees will get a rare look at the inner workings of one of the region’s largest companies and insights into how they address difficult market conditions, major crises (such as global pandemics) and the constant need to improve operations. 

 
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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 D. Ericksen Rick Bohan
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

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

Continuous Improvement

One of Northeast Ohio's most successful consumer products manufacturers will detail how it chooses its targets when assigning continuous improvement targets.

 
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.

Dave 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

A global manufacturer of liftgates and truck-mounted forklifts shares how its Streetsboro, Ohio, manufacturing plant deploys visual management as a driver of its well-rounded continuous improvement program.

 
Leadership & Workforce

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

 
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Advanced Manufacturing

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

Per Treven
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 - 4:15 PM
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.

 

Thursday, October 20, 2022

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Plenary

Just like most drivers have dream cars or do-it-yourself aficionados have dream homes, a lot of manufacturing leaders have dream factories—gleaming new facilities with every technology and tool available to ensure great operations. Well, one executive for a global manufacturing company in the transportation sector got his wish. Attendees will learn how he got the chance to build the factory of his dreams, how he chose to outfit it and what the results of the project have been.

 
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Advanced Manufacturing

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

 
Continuous Improvement

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

 
Leadership & Workforce

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