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Monday, May 7

8:00 am – 6:00 pm Registration Open
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Exhibitor Move In

Tuesday, May 8

6:30am – 6:30pm Registration Open / Badge Pick Up
8:00am – 8:30am Breakfast for Conference Pass Attendees
8:00am – 12:00pm Exhibitor Move In
7:00am – 4:00pm Plant Tours - Level 3 - Rooms 305A to 306B
9:00am - 12:00pm Pre-Conference Workshops:
  • A Hands-on Exploration of the Future of Making Things
  • Improving Efficiency and Productivity: An Executive Discussion and Case Study
  • Leveraging Smart Manufacturing for Digital Transformation
  • Total CRM and Manufacturing: A Beginner's Playbook
11:00am – 1:00pm Boxed Lunches (Workshop & Tour attendees)
1:00pm – 4:00pm MESA  NA Conference
1:00pm – 4:00pm Pre-Conference Workshops:
  • MESA Workshop: Seeking Common Ground for Smart Manufacturing 
  • Best Practices for Optimizing Operations Using a Digital Manufacturing Platform
  • Digital Transformation: The Foundation for Your Competitive Advantage
  • Industry 4.0 - Technology Insights for Channel Program Optimization
  • IoT: Improving Your Tool Set for Organizational Change
3:00pm – 3:30pm KEYNOTE: Becoming Digital Industrial - Bill Ruh, GE (CENTER STAGE)
2:00pm – 6:30pm Expo Hall Open
  • 4:00pm - 4:30pm: IIoT: To Detect & Protect
  • 4:30pm - 5:00pm: NED Innovation Awards
  • Join us for a chance to win a multi-tool with bit set, pen, and custom fit dual sheath bundle 
5:00pm – 6:30pm Networking Cocktail Welcome Reception (Drinks & Food)

Wednesday, May 9

6:30am – 4:00pm Registration / Badge Pick Up
7:00am – 7:45am Breakfast Buffet
7:30am – 8:45am

Welcome Remarks & Opening Keynote

  • Toyota Addresses M&T Audience - Sean Suggs, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi
9:00am – 5:00pm Exhibit Hall Open
9:00am – 10:00am

Conference Breakout Session #1

  • Continuous Improvement Fundamentals
    Lenovo’s BOLD Workout Delivers a Cultural Transformation
  • Advanced Continuous Improvement
    Is a Best-in-Class Manufacturing System Sufficient for Success?
  • Leadership
    Manufacturing in Your Community and Beyond
  • Manufacturing Technology Strategies
    Manufacturing Lean Digital Transformation at AGCO – Shifting Corporate
  • MESA Smart Manufacturing
    Trelleborg is at the Gate
  • Talent Management
    The ROI Factor: The Role of Workforce Training and How it Fits Into a Digital Transformation Strategy
10:00am – 11:00am Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
10:00am – 12:00pm Show Floor Activity
  • 10:00am - 10:30am: Stocking Up: Using Drones to Scan Hard-to Reach Inventory
  • 10:30am - 11:00am: Hands-Free Computing: See Voice-Driven Wearables Built for the Factory Floor
  • Join us for a chance to win KEEN Utility Work Boots
11:15am - 12:15pm Conference Breakout Session #2
  • Continuous Improvement Fundamentals
    IW Best Plants Winners Panel: Lessons Learned on the Journey of Operational Excellence
  • Advanced Continuous Improvement
    Downtime Reduction Activities: Creating Baseline Data in Preparation for Industry 4.0
  • Leadership
    You’re Not Going to Like This: How to Have Tough Conversations and Not Lose
  • Manufacturing Technology Strategies
    Get Lean on Inventory
  • MESA Smart Manufacturing
    Virgin Orbit Blasts Off into Production with MES
  • Talent Management
    Case Study: Insights from Siemens’ Workforce Program to Attract and Retain Top Talent
12:45pm IW Best Plants Awards Presentation
1:00pm - 1:45pm  KEYNOTE - Automation and Education: Addressing the Nation’s Skills Gap - Chris Mapes, Lincoln Electric
2:00pm – 3:00pm Conference Breakout Session #3
  • Continuous Improvement Fundamentals
    Apply Continuous Improvement Methodologies to Improve Yield in a People-First Culture
  • Advanced Continuous Improvement
    Toyota’s Floor Management and Development System – Toyota’s Engine for Leadership and Operational Excellence
  • Leadership
    Linking Lean and Quality Systems with Business Strategies
  • Manufacturing Technology Strategies
    Go! Go! Fighting Robots!
  • MESA Smart Manufacturing
    Small Manufacturers are Smart Manufacturers with Analytics
  • Talent Management
    When Reshoring Makes Sense: Learn Why Sherrill Manufacturing is Flourishing
3:00pm - 5:00pm Show Floor Activity
  • 3:00pm - 3:15pm: Armed with Analytics: Manufacturing as a Martial Art
  • 3:15pm - 4:00pm: Meet the Robot Makers
  • Join us for a chance to win a mini wireless 3D printer
3:00pm – 4:00pm Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
4:15pm – 5:15pm Conference Breakout Session #4
  • Continuous Improvement Fundamentals
    Seven Best Practices to Maximize the Impact of Your CI Process
  • Advanced Continuous Improvement
    How to Merge Two Separate Lean Cultures: A Case Study
  • Leadership
    Leveraging The Super Genius: Drive MIT and CIA Thinking In All of Your Employees
  • Manufacturing Technology Strategies
    IoT Programs: Land Them in IT or Continue to Struggle
  • MESA Smart Manufacturing
    Think BIG, Start Small - The Keys to Balancing Speed and Agility in Digital Transformation
  • Talent Management
    Ingersoll Rand’s 8 Simple Rules to Talent Acquisition
6:30pm Special Event / Night Out at Solas

Thursday, May 10

6:30am – 1:30pm Registration / Badge Pick Up
7:00am – 7:45am Breakfast Buffet (Conference Attendees)
7:45am – 8:45am Conference Breakout Session #5
  • Continuous Improvement Fundamentals
    How Northrop Grumman Leveraged Green Belt Projects to Enhance Program Value
  • Advanced Continuous Improvement
    Sustaining the Continuous Improvement Momentum
  • Leadership
    The Secret to Unlocking Continuous Improvement in Every Employee
  • Manufacturing Technology Strategies
    3D Printing Beyond Prototyping: How Current and Emerging Additive Manufacturing Technologies are Redefining 3D Printing as an End-Use Production Method
  • MESA Smart Manufacturing
    3 Approaches for Integrating Legacy Assets Into an IoT Ecosystem
  • Talent Management
    Front Line Leadership - The Key to Employee Engagement and Satisfaction
8:30am – 9:30am Breakfast Buffet (Exhibit Hall Attendees)
9:00am – 10:00am

Conference Breakout Session #6

  • Manufacturing Technology Strategies
    Making Sense of Sensor Data: Adventures in Analytics
  • Leadership
    The Automation That Brings Intel’s Factories to Life

9:00am – 12:30pm

Expo Hall Open
9:00am – 12:00pm M&T Career Day - Powered by Capital Area Workforce Development Board
10:00am - 11:00am Refreshment Break in Expo Hall
10:00am - 10:30am Show Floor Activity
  • 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM: Need a Lift?
  • Join us for a chance to win an augmented reality experience headset
11:00am – 12:00pm Conference Breakout Session #7
  • Continuous Improvement Fundamentals
    Case Study: Value Stream Mapping as a Catalyst for Lean Transformation
  • Advanced Continuous Improvement
    The Road to Zero Downtime and Maximum Output
  • Leadership
    Leveraging Values to Accelerate Growth
  • Manufacturing Technology Strategies
    A Three-Step Cybersecurity Battle Plan for Manufacturers
  • MESA Smart Manufacturing
    Analytics That Matter
  • Talent Management
    Case Study: How AGCO Leverages Recruiting Strategies and Solutions to Support Business Plans
12:15pm – 1:30pm

Closing Luncheon Keynote 

  • Cybersecurity for Manufacturers: Is Your Operation Protected? - Roel Schouwenberg, Celsus Advisory Group
12:30pm Exhibit Hall Closes
12:30pm - 5:00pm Exhibitor Move Out
1:30pm Conference Concludes