The Red Rock Resort, Las Vegas, NV
May 7-9th, 2017

This event is co-located with

Red Rock Resort, Las Vegas
May 7-9th, 2017

Agenda Overview

IMPACT brings its attendees a truly comprehensive educational program that is 100% peer-driven and developed by 62 steering committee members from distinguished companies.  The program addresses the major pressures and challenges seen in today’s manufacturing world, from maintaining a successful continuous improvement system, to plant administration, and the complex managing and developing of innovation, technology and workforce. Paired with dedicated sessions on food and beverage strategies and sustainability, IMPACT is a must-attend event for all manufacturing executives. 
Attendees are also able to customize their schedule by choosing topics from up to 3 different tracks to fit their specific needs. Join the event and take control of your learning experience by designing your own agenda!

 

                                                           PROGRAM 3 KEY THEMES

Topics will be divided into 3 tracks which will be open to our attendees for crafting of their individualized agendas.

 

 

 

 

Plus, attendees have full access to the Food & Beverage Manufacturing track!

Visit our Co-located Food & Beverage Event to see full list of topics available. 

 

Keynote Presentations

Solving the Manufacturing Data Problem with the Digital Twin

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Jon Sobel
Co-Founder & CEO, Sight Machine

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Solving the Manufacturing Data Problem with the Digital Twin

The good news: there’s more data available on the factory floor than ever before. The bad news: most manufacturers have been unable to turn most of that data into useful information due to the data variety challenge.

The digital twin is one of the most important new technologies to help manufacturers drive actionable insights from their data. In fact, Gartner named it as one of the five most important emerging technology trends for 2017. Come learn about the industry’s first “plant” digital twin, which mirrors the entire production process, including machines, lines and plants.   During this session, Sight Machine will also review:

Key Take-Aways:

  • The role of AI and digital twins in making plant floor data useful
  • Real-world use cases with measurable ROI
  • Best practices from digital manufacturing leaders 

Breakout Presentations

Shared Best Practices in Managing the New Manufacturing Workforce

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Chris Drees
Vice President Global Operations, Mercury Marine

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Shared Best Practices in Managing the New Manufacturing Workforce

The presentation will focus on sharing best practices for managing the new manufacturing workforce.  By outlining the changing dynamics in the workplace then coupling it with tested business practices will arm people with specific tools to help reduce turnover and attract talent.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Changes in the workforce are demanding new strategies and tactics to recruit and retain skilled talent
  • Recognizing that there is no “silver bullet” answer to solving issues with employee retention and absenteeism and that any approach needs to be both multi-faceted and realistic
  • Why repositioning manufacturing with the youth is critical to helping sustain manufacturing into the future
Leadership Planning and Development: Influencing Without Authority

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Ashton Lee
Vice President of Quality & Service, AIC

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Leadership Planning and Development: Influencing Without Authority

As a leader or manager, what types of power are available to you? Which ones do you use most? Why do you think that most leaders or managers in real daily life have been performing leadership effectiveness? Does position really make you a leader?  I am going to discuss about leadership as the proven effective development of vision and strategies. The alignment of related team member behind those strategies, and empowerment approach of individuals to make a different and achieve business objectives. I wouldn’t bring up academic stuff and discussion, but really practical ways in dealing with a situation you have been facing every day. Try to inspire audiences in learning processes of getting into every point of each cases and also get a full feeling of it. Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with our passion. 

Key Take-Aways

  • Know about and defend why leadership is so indispensable in organization
  • Describe the meaning of leadership and how it real work effectively
  • Understand the step by step processes to plan and develop your leadership
  • Give an in-depth portrait of each approach of leadership
  • Know how to utilize the different leadership approach
  • Apply the contents of the presentation to your own personal career life 
Lean Culture: Our Lean-Journey in Different Sites in Different Cultures

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Clemens Honeder
COO, Miba Bearing Group

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Lean Culture: Our Lean-Journey in Different Sites in Different Cultures

Miba Bearing Division is part of Miba AG. Miba AG is an Austrian mid-sized company ($800m Sales) with the strategic positioning as technology leader. The value chain of Miba Bearing Division is long and complex. We work on implementing lean in the different sites more than 10 years. For the last 3 years the next step is to improve leadership and develop the organization towards a new understanding of continuous improvement. The major target is to implement a behavior that improvement activities are daily routines. Key elements for this lean culture are the “structured problem solving” – Process and an integrated approach for Human Capital in order to create an environment of mutual trust.

Even though the concept is global, the details of the concepts in each area (US, Europe, China) are different.

Staffing and Attracting A-Players

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Ronald Ward
Vice President Operations, Origlio Beverage

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Staffing and Attracting A-Players

The participants will engage in a discussion about the pervasive, but sometimes un-noticed, human capital issues facing their industry.   A recent McKinsey study reported the United States will be short over 200,000 data scientist and other technical professionals by the year 2020. This gives rise to a few issues: (1) Why?  (2) Will it impact my industry?  (3) Why should I care?  (4) What could I do?  Last, we will have an open discussion around workforce aging and creating a personal action plan around it.   

Key Take-Aways:

  • The issues impacting their industry
  • Strategies to attract and cultivate talent 
  • Strategies to retain talent  
  • Strategies to insulate themselves against aging market value
Lean Six Sigma – Deployment from the Middle

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April Young
Director, Operational Excellence, Alcon

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Lean Six Sigma – Deployment from the Middle

Many books and presentations have been given about the successful Top-Down Deployment approaches to Lean Six Sigma at places like GE and Toyota.  However, not every organization has the support required for this type of deployment.  This presentation will give real examples of the Lean Journey that began from the Middle Management and spread throughout the organization. It will compare and contrast the two deployment methods, and share key learnings on how to be successful deploying Lean Six Sigma from the Middle.

Key Take-Aways

  • Identify your key influencers
  • Relationships are critical
  • Do you like to Limbo? A test in flexibility
  • Approach may take longer, but may be more sustainable
Start Preparing for the Integrated Business Planning (IBP) of 2025 Today

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Steven Hainey ,CPSM, CPIM, CPF, MCIPS, C.P.M.
Director of Supply Chain, Applied Materials, Newell Brands

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Start Preparing for the Integrated Business Planning (IBP) of 2025 Today

What will the integrated business planning (IBP) processes of 2025 look like and why should companies start preparing for them today? The pace of technology change is happening faster than ever see before while being indiscriminate on the industries it is completely disrupting. With the increasing complexity of today’s markets and corporate structures, getting internal and external planning alignment across key customers, functional areas, geographical regions, suppliers, and other service providers is becoming more critical for company’s survival each year.

Key Take-Aways

  • Cover the rapid technology changes occurring presently and what the IBP processes of 2025 may look like
  • Review the different IBP maturity stages for People, Process, and Technology
  • Interactive smartphone surveying to benchmark attendees on their IBP maturity levels
  • Examine benefits of collaborative IBP processes on organizations’ overall performance
  • Discuss methods companies should use to progress IBP maturity 
The Future of Manufacturing is Disrupted

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Drura Parrish
CEO, MakeTime

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The Future of Manufacturing is Disrupted

As each day’s new technology leapfrogs over what came before, everything from procurement to R&D must shift. The
Fourth Industrial Revolution is here, and manufacturers can either embrace disruptive technology to win new market
share or face irrelevance and extinction. Disruption is the path to winning, and it’s more attainable and attractive than
most of us realize.

Key Take-Aways:

  • How to achieve flexible, reliable outsourcing
  • How to get improved supply chain visibility
  • Why a distributed supply base is essential and how to get it
  • How to gather and properly leverage the right data to improve your production and procurement processes
Lean & Continuous Improvement in a

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Warren (Bud) Degraff
Chief Operating Officer, Numotion

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Lean & Continuous Improvement in a "Transactional" Environment

Discuss opportunities on transactional environment to remove non-value added work and drive process efficiencies.  How to best utilize automation to drive productivity and "poka-yoke" systems and processes to remove waste and increase transaction speed.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Creating a DMAIC "Six Sigma" Culture
  • Understanding your true process flow
  • Removing process waste and inefficiencies
  • Expected results of process improvement & decreased cycle times
 
Setting up a World Class Associate Engagement System

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William Kirchmeier
Director, Global Supplier Development, Tecumseh Products Company

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Setting up a World Class Associate Engagement System

What manager doesn't desire to maximize their team's performance?  A new approach has proven to engage employees in even the most hardened environments.  It focuses on rebuilding the culture around the leader-associate relationship across all company levels and has been successful in small organizations to large multinationals.

Key Take-Aways

  • What drives underperforming individuals and teams might not be what you think
  • Why do traditional associate engagement practices often fall short of expectations?
  • How do world class performing organizations drive associate engagement?
  • Key elements in setting up your own associate engagement system
  • Launch plan for your own engagement system to exceed expectations
Different Approach to an Integrated, Customer-Focused Quality Management System

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Edward Niemi
Senior Director, Global Quality, Lam Research, Inc

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Jeff Wheeler
Account Executive, Sparta

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Different Approach to an Integrated, Customer-Focused Quality Management System

Expanding products and ramp in shipments, Lam Research needed to improve its ability to work on the right quality issues that were impacting the customers.  To accomplish this, an integrated quality management system, with new process and a new software package was enabled, collecting the impact at submission, and prioritization of resources to get maximum results.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Use of customer impact, not cost, company impact or who makes the most noise is key to prioritization
  • Integrating the sources of non-conformance into one system allows a holistic view of quality across the company
  • Ability to combine issues with a common factor into single investigation with clear connection and traceability can multiply the impact of your resources on the customer, and overall quality
  • Less impacting issues can be combined and resolved to get to true root cause, preventing issues from getting to the critical customer impact stage
Lean-Driven Innovation

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Norbert Majerus
Master Black Belt, Lean & Six Sigma, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

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Lean-Driven Innovation

Although lean has found widespread application in manufacturing and services, there have been very few sustained implementations in R&D organizations. Lean-startup thinking has energized the computer industry but the applications in the innovation creation process of traditional manufacturing industries have been very rare and there are very few publications on that subject.

This is very unfortunate because the benefits of applying lean principles to innovation, including the fuzzy front end of innovation cycle can be much higher than we have seen in the more traditional applications like manufacturing. The same lean thinking applies to the product design, manufacturing, distribution, sales etc.

As documented by the recent AME Excellence Award, Goodyear has developed a very successful lean Innovation creation that helps the company launch more than 1,500 new and successful products globally every year. This presentation shares not only what Goodyear learned but also how Goodyear implemented the principles and achieved synergy through the value stream.

Key Take-Aways:

  • How lean principles affect innovation in manufacturing industries
  • How lean is applied to create profitable value streams
  • How a major transformation generates sustainable results
  • What participants can do the next day to get started with a lean-driven initiative
The Four Points of Lean Leadership

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Shannon Barrett
Director of LEAN Six Sigma, Jabil

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The Four Points of Lean Leadership

Regardless of if your organization is just beginning your Lean journey or if you have achieved a high level of maturity, leading in a Lean organization requires a deliberate and thoughtful approach.  During this engaging presentation, we will discuss the mindset, habits, and behaviors needed to lead a Lean Transformation irrespective of your place on the organizational chart. These timeless concepts are applicable on the manufacturing floor, as well as our back office and service processes. And managers, supervisors and leaders at every level will discover new ways to help drive Lean thinking in their organizations.

Key Take-Aways

  • Self-reflection; examining your own leadership.
  • What are the things that successful Lean leaders are willing to do?
  • What are the pitfalls and traps that prevent most organizations from becoming Lean?
  • In a Lean organization, what are the behaviors that we should demand from ourselves and our teams?
  • What are the systems we should deploy to assure our success in a Lean Transformation?
Continuous Improvement at Rolls Royce - A Journey to deliver excellence

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Emer Higgins
Head of Manufacturing Operations, Rolls Royce

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Continuous Improvement at Rolls Royce - A Journey to deliver excellence

An overview of the continuous improvement journey at Rolls Royce, from failed starts, to highly successful employee led initiatives.  What it takes to succeed and how to get started, how to push forward and how to celebrate the success.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Fundamentals of what it takes to create a lean environment
  • How to engage the workforce
  • How to take the knowledge of tools and apply them 
  • What the behaviors of a lean leader look like
 
Beyond Lean and Six Sigma: One CI Methodology is Not Enough

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Aubrey Jones
Sr. Director, Continuous Improvement Deployment, Ingredion

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Beyond Lean and Six Sigma: One CI Methodology is Not Enough

The presentation will cover why one CI methodology is not sufficient to drive and sustain CI in manufacturing and non-manufacturing organizations.  An array of CI methodologies and tools are required meet the demands of today’s business environment.  A roadmap to evolve to a diversified, mature CI program will be provided.

Key Take-Aways

  • Why Lean and Six Sigma are only a partial solution for CI in today’s business environment
  • Different types of processes and problems require different CI tools and methods for optimal results
  • How to evolve from where you are today to a mature, diversified CI program
  • What a mature CI program encompasses
  • A description of the business benefits that a mature CI program delivers
Creating a Culture of Innovation

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Linda Lavelle
Director, Quality Global Strategic Design Office, Johnson & Johnson

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Creating a Culture of Innovation

Creating a culture of Innovation in Supply Chain functions is critical to meet the rapidly changing customer environment.  As our customers demand integrated solutions with more personalization and shorter lead times, our Supply Chain organizations will need to innovate to compete.  This presentation focuses on creating a culture of innovation in your organization in order to meet customer demands.

Key Take-Aways

  • Innovation culture is critical to meeting customer demands
  • Design Thinking can be used to solve supply chain problems
  • Supply Chain employees need to improve innovation capability
  • Processes, Capabilities and Measurement systems must evolve
Risk-Based Product Definition, Design, Development, and Transfer

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Vladislav Nodelman
Director, New Product Introduction Operations, Hologic, Inc.

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Risk-Based Product Definition, Design, Development, and Transfer

The optimization of product desirability, quality, and cost is a key goal of product development and can be particularly challenging in a regulated environment. This presentation provides a strategy to support this goal, and requires risk-based, cross-functionally defined product requirements that are translated through feasibility, development, and transfer gates into risk-based specifications and product testing controls.

Key Take-Aways

  • Criticality of and strategies for defining risk-based product requirements
  • Transitioning through the feasibility, development, and transfer gates per objective criteria that minimize risk
  • Strategies for bridging product requirements with risk-based product specifications and associated test methods
  • Aligning above with cGMP and ISO requirements.
When You Find Yourself in A Hole, Stop Digging and Start Innovating

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Ken Creasy
Senior Director, Manufacturing Technology & Innovation and Advanced Engineering, Johnson & Johnson

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When You Find Yourself in A Hole, Stop Digging and Start Innovating

The need to continually improve manufacturing is clear. The need to know when to stop pursuing incremental improvement and to go after significant innovation must be made clearer.  Disruptions and crises provide an opportunity to rethink manufacturing systems and strategies.

Key Take-Aways

  • What are we entitled to expect from our current manufacturing process?
  • What do we do when our current process will never meet our needs?
  • How do we make the case for significant or disruptive innovation?
  • How do we select the innovation?
  • How do we successfully execute on the innovation we bring forward?

 

Supply Chain Risk Management Policies & Strategies

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David Fortes
Director, Manufacturing Operations, McAfee

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Supply Chain Risk Management Policies & Strategies

Threats to your supply chain due to counterfeit supply or malicious intent is ever present. Having a SCRM policy/strategy can mitigate risk to your organization, brand reputation, and your end customers. Ensuring genuine and authentic products are manufactured, tested, delivered & deployed to your end-customers and into organizations that protect US interests requires SCRM policies/strategies.

Key Take-Aways

  • Understand the importance of developing & deploying SCRM policies/strategies within your organization
  • Validate your SCRM policies/strategies with a 3rd party Subject Matter Expert
  • Audit your Supply Chain against your SCRM policy, identify GAPs, and Deploy Counter-Measures
  • Create SCRM mind-set and cultural shift in your organization
Get More From Your Plant Floor

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Jeffrey Price
Executive Vice President, 5ME

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Get More From Your Plant Floor

The emergence of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is bringing to market technologies that are fundamentally transforming the world of manufacturing. Asset Connectivity, Data Extraction, and Data Manipulation are no longer technical barriers to achieving Smart Manufacturing. Is your organization educated, aligned, and structured to leverage these technologies and reap their benefits? Learn why deploying a Smart Manufacturing platform is easier than ever.

Key Take-Aways

  •  Connectivity Layers and Strategies – Edge, FOG, Cloud
  •  Communication Protocol Standardization
  •  Begin with the End in Mind: What’s the problem you’re trying to solve?
  •  Which Data is Right for You? - Define Your Use Cases
  •  Driving Transparency Across the Enterprise – Integrating with Business Systems
Connecting Machines and People - Making our Factories

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Paul Hogendoorn
President, Freepoint Tecnologies Inc.

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Connecting Machines and People - Making our Factories "Millennial Ready"

FreePoint is making the factory floor "millennial ready" by connecting all value adding machines and processes to the cloud without modification, regardless of the machine type, brand or age, and then making the work accomplished visible to both management and workers in a live stream, in effect gamifying the work.  

Key Take-Aways

  • Every value adding machine or process can be connected to the cloud easily with FreePoint.
  • Younger workers require feedback and visualization of goals and results accomplished.
  • FreePoint's patent pending technology makes it easy to gamify any process.
  • Gamification can improve productivity by as much as 35%.
  • The value added metrics used for engagement can be plugged into ERPs and other systems.
Creating Inspirational Leaders and Developing a Comprehensive Talent Development Strategy for Global Operations

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Brian Feller
Vice President, Global Production Planning, Dell

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Creating Inspirational Leaders and Developing a Comprehensive Talent Development Strategy for Global Operations

Hiring, developing and retaining talent in today’s marketplace can be extremely challenging.  As Global Operations organizations continue to require diverse skillsets, including data sciences and analytics, supply chain management, operations, procurement, and others, companies must have a comprehensive talent development process.  Top talent are no longer satisfied with applying for their first job within a company, they want to understand opportunities for the next two, three or four roles.  Further, a key decision criteria for joining or staying with a company is often related to how much of an investment the company is willing to make in individual career development.  In this session, Brian will talk about the comprehensive strategy the Global Operations organization within Dell Technologies uses to develop inspirational leaders, invest in program development, and provide growth opportunities for all its team members.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Creating a talent management framework
  • Driving individual development planning at all levels of the organization
  • Ensuring development programs meet needs of early, mid, and late career leaders
  • Using formal and informal key talent programs to inspire top performers
Solve these 5 Team Challenges and Transform your Business

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Steve Dwyer
Flippen Group, Senior Consultant

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Solve these 5 Team Challenges and Transform your Business

We are all in the people business, and we know that in every industry people are our business.  We also know that when people work together there is an exponential impact on the mission and production of the organization.  Identifying talent is often the easiest part of our job, connecting and maximizing that talent is the key.  In this session, we will look at the 5 most significant team challenges and share ways to engage these issues and solve them to create dynamic teams and extraordinary outcomes.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Dealing with Contentious Teams / Teammates
  • Navigating Change Initiatives
  • Accelerating the Effectiveness of New Teams / New Leaders
  • High Potentials Development
  • Optimizing High Functioning Teams
Data-Driven Manufacturing: Making Iiot And Industry 4.0 Come Alive on The Factory Floor

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David McPhail
CEO, MEMEX

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Data-Driven Manufacturing: Making Iiot And Industry 4.0 Come Alive on The Factory Floor

The Industrial Internet of Things. Industry 4.0. Real-time Continuous Improvement. Cyber-physical systems. The manufacturing world is swirling with buzzwords and urgency around data-driven manufacturing. So how do you make it real in your factory? This presentation boils it down to a proven approach. Embrace every machine as a node on your corporate network that delivers real-time dashboard data.

Key Take-Aways

  •  Change culture to harness the power and profit of data-driven manufacturing
  •  Incorporate process-driven data from real-time analog sensor sources
  •  Introduce dynamic job scheduling and ERP connectivity
  •  Case studies: 20%-plus profit improvement based on an achievable 10% increase in OEE
Achieve Operational Excellence by Digitalizing the Manufacturing Value Chain

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Keith Chambers
Director of Global Operations Management, Schneider Electric

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Achieve Operational Excellence by Digitalizing the Manufacturing Value Chain

The manufacturing industry is building up an appetite for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Industry 4.0 and digitalization strategies. Cloud, mobility, predictive analytics, digital twin, augmented and virtual reality are being used now to improve operational performance, maximize asset reliability, and reduce time to market. Attend this session to learn best practices for getting started on your manufacturing operations journey today.

Key Take-Aways

  • Discover how you can reduce costs and complexity, with standards-based operations
  • Learn about use cases for increase operational performance, improve asset reliability
  • Hear how to improve consumer traceability, maintain quality and increase recipe agility
  • Identify competitive advantages, increase profitability and improve customer satisfaction
  • Receive practice advice for getting started on your digitalization journey
Building Smarter Manufacturing With The Internet of Things

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David McKnight
Senior Manager, Digital Manufacturing Solutions, Hitachi Consulting

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Building Smarter Manufacturing With The Internet of Things

Are you pleased with your current margins?  Does your revenue grow by single digits?  Is 2017 another year of “trimming costs” to be more efficient with the result being mediocre at best?

Hitachi has 100+ years of manufacturing experience.  Today, convergence of operational technology and information technology enables manufacturers to be more efficient, agile, and profitable.   Learn how Hitachi has employed IoT and Advanced Analytics to solve internal manufacturing challenges and address customer pain points, to realize real operational savings.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Where is manufacturing headed? IoT will fundamentally change how products are invented, manufactured, shipped and sold
  • With IoT, IP networks and analytics, manufacturers can become more efficient, improve worker safety and offer new business models
  • IoT will help manufacturers improve resource efficiency, safety and return on assets
  • Manufacturers that master this new dynamic will have a variety of new opportunities for revenue growth and cost savings
Wheel of Fortune – Increasing Throughput and Reducing Chaos Using Product Wheel Scheduling

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Peter King
Principal Consultant, Zinata

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Wheel of Fortune – Increasing Throughput and Reducing Chaos Using Product Wheel Scheduling

Product Wheels are a systemic and structured way to schedule production in high-mix operations by designing fixed production patterns, optimized to reduce frequency and complexity of changeovers.  Nature’s Bounty, a multi-billion dollar producer of vitamins and nutritional supplements, applied Product Wheel scheduling to their packaging operations in Deerfield Beach, FL, resulting in less chaotic planning processes, a 32% increase in throughput, and an on-going annual cost savings of $1.5MM, with no capital expenditure.

This presentation describes product wheel concepts, their application at Deerfield, how the benefits were achieved, how wheels improved the day to day scheduling process, and key learnings.

Key Take-Aways

  • The Product Wheel concept
  • How Wheels can increase line OEE and throughput
  • Examples of other Wheel benefits
  • Where the Nature’s Bounty savings came from
  • How wheels can be effectively used day to day to improve scheduling
  • How Wheels can be seamlessly coordinated with your ERP system.
Pioneer Through the Decades - Continual Evolution Through Industry Trends

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Chris Cramer
CEO & Co-Founder, Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Pioneer Through the Decades - Continual Evolution Through Industry Trends

Craft beer revolutions run in the family for this presenter. Follow the story of how along with his famous relative, Master Brewer Karl Strauss, Chris and his partner, Matt, have started San Diego’s craft beer revolution and how they have built manufacturing systems, customer feedback loops, and a company culture focused on continuous improvement that has enabled them to keep pioneering through the decades.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Product development and innovation to keep up with beer & food trends
  • Shifting consumer trends – how vastly the US beer landscape has changed since 1989
  • How Karl Strauss has adapted and developed new products to keep up emerging trends
  • Sustainability and management of manufacturing flexibility and automation to keep up with customer demands
The VOC (Voice of Customer) Quest - The Difficult Journey Towards the Goal!

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Jerold Schlegel
Director of Quality and Compliance, Sweet Street Desserts

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The VOC (Voice of Customer) Quest - The Difficult Journey Towards the Goal!

The principle objective is to help provide a proven approach to better understand the true voice of the customer needs and the select six sigma tools that are needed to satisfy the customer expectations. This presentation will provide the analysis techniques and process to determine valid customer needs and translate them into meaningful quality requirements.

Key Take-Aways:
  • How to identify the true VOC needs
  • How to analyze and breakdown the VOC needs into actionable areas
  • Design in the VOC requirements to satisfy the needs 
  • Effective Continuous Improvement Tools  
The Candy Game - Running a Sweet and Lean Business

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David Levine
President, Illinois Nut & Candy

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The Candy Game - Running a Sweet and Lean Business

The concept of Lean and Continuous Improvement is a topic that can take weeks to cover. My goal is to look at defining what Lean is and by understanding how we can eliminate waste which in turn will lead to a Kaizen and improved business.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Defining lean and continuous improvement
  • Understanding the improvement process
  • Applying these concepts
Put Some Teeth in Your OAC...OMAR

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Bill Towsley
Senior Operational Excellence Manager, McCain Foods

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Put Some Teeth in Your OAC...OMAR

Most Lean Functions seem to have one way of accomplishing the task. If you take that approach with OAC you could be purchasing equipment that you don't need. Realizing the typical OAC process wouldn't work for our facility, deep cleaning would just be another sanitation task, we needed more. My process asks how do we bring the packaging equipment to the condition of a brand new line The speeds, The quality and the appearance. When you put together a Team of Operators, Line workers and Maintenance, and in just one week make an entire packaging line purr like it was brand new. It feels great looks great and the employees have a sense of pride when they hear everyone say: Wow, look what you guys did! This line hasn't run this good in 10 years.  I invite you to try Operator, Maintenance Asset Rejuvenation in your facility.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Why should you try this process, could added a few more years to your assets
  • If you have a secondary packaging line that doesn't get all the attention that your Prime line does this is a chance to try out OMAR...     Operator, maintenance Asset Rejuvenation
  • What area or line makes the best candidate for Teeth in your OAC 
  • Who should lead this type of event
FSMA Preventive Controls & Food Safety Plan: Simplified.

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James Giranda
Global Director, Product Safety & Quality Systems, International Flavors & Fragrances Inc.

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FSMA Preventive Controls & Food Safety Plan: Simplified.

FSMA requirements will be presented and discussed: preventive controls for human foods and how to develop your food safety plan. HACCP and HARPC will be compared and contrasted.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Preventive Controls: Simplified.
  • The Food Safety Plan: Everything you need to Know.
  • HACCP versus HARPC: What’s the difference?
Food Trends : The Beauty of Inspiration, The Agony of the Chase

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Ann Hickey
President, Plush Puffs Gourment Marshmallows

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Food Trends : The Beauty of Inspiration, The Agony of the Chase

Cauliflower Rice, Avocado Toast, Salted Caramel, Cold Brewed.. are these trends, fads, inspirations or a source of annoying hipster instagram pics?  One, two or all of the above?  Trends can evoke a lot of emotions and being in the business where they are an integral part of what we do as food manufactures can make them a source of joy or a generator of madness.  But, they can be tamed and even embraced - with the right perspective, tools, skills and mantras.  Whether your in a business that boldly aims to set trends, maintain a more traditional and steady approach, or somewhere in between, join me in untangling, deciphering and setting a course of action in product development with a keen eye on how trends play a role.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Differentiate a trend from a fad - and gain an understanding of the pluses and minuses of both
  • Understand how to follow and stay up with trends (from Food Trucks to Web Influencers) without draining your brain and schedule
  • Incorporate trends into product development that make sense (and potentially only make sense to a minority of colleagues)
  • Explain how a product can stay relevant and profitable for years while following trends that are by definition fickle
  • Give trends their due; embrace the inspiration, motivation, excitement and positive energy that is generated when imagination becomes innovation
Manufacturing Logistics Solutions

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William Marvin
Chief Procurement Officer, Diversified Foods & Seasonings, LLC

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Manufacturing Logistics Solutions

Changing market conditions and elevated distribution costs have forced many companies to adapt in order to survive in today's volatile age. In my review, I will discuss supply chain basics, challenges and solutions to combat distribution price increases.

Key Take-Aways:

  • Supply Chain Basics
  • Key Challenges
  • Solutions
  • Summary
I/T and Business Partnerships Can Accomplish Great Things

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Tom Hauser
Director IS, Rich Products

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I/T and Business Partnerships Can Accomplish Great Things

You pretty much can not do anything without Information Technology. Strong relationships between I/T and the business are critical to successful outcomes. I/T is no longer an order taker. Through relationship management and new techniques such as Agile, I/T and the business are partnering to achieve business results faster.

Key Take-Aways:

  • How a great partnership between I/T and manufacturing defined a multi year strategy and positive business outcomes
  • Adopting Agile methodologies and a new way of working is changing how business results get achieved faster with business and I/T involvement. the I/T role has changed
  • Organizational change management is a critical success factor. You can not want it more
  • Innovation. Is there anything more that can be said that hasn't already been said? Well ... maybe?
  • How this can all help as we figure out the evolving technology landscape (cloud, social, digital)