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

This event is co-located with

Renaissance Dallas Hotel
April 24-26th, 2016

Educational Program

If you are interested in speaking at the IMPACT Manufacturing Summit or joining the IMPACT Steering Committee and provide your input on the Summit's agenda, please email joshridener@quartzevents.com

 

Keynote Presentations

Driving to Zero: The Measure of Perfection

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Jordan Workman
Director of Client Development, Performance Solutions by Milliken

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Driving to Zero: The Measure of Perfection

Many organizations want to achieve organizational excellence but are quickly frustrated by the obstacles presented by business conditions, corporate culture, workforce stress, and much more. Milliken & Company, which celebrated its 150th year in 2015, was on that same journey for years – until it learned about the harnessing power of Zero. 

 

In this engaging session, you will learn how to:

  • Change the mindset by embracing Zero loss thinking in cost, quality and safety
  • Establish the business case for change
  • Leverage the strategic power of operational excellence
  • Engage ALL associates
  • Optimize the actual system vs. launching more initiatives
  • Understand the power of “Zeroing-In”

Breakout Presentations

Magic 8-Ball: Avoiding the

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Tony Johnson
Chief Information Officer (CIO), Doctor's Best

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Jeff Russell
Industry Practice Director, Armanino LLP

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Magic 8-Ball: Avoiding the "Outlook Not So Good" 8 ERP Implementation Best Practices

Do “signs point to yes”? Join Tony Johnson, CIO of Doctor's Best and Jeffrey Russell, Director at Armanino as they share tips to successfully evaluate, plan, and get the most from your next ERP investment. Walk away with actionable insights, including:

  • How to prepare your team and avoid cost overruns
  • Best practices and considerations for evaluating a new ERP
  • Strategies and tactics for implementation successes
  • Methods for maximizing the value of your ERP—for “now” and in the future 
Leveraging Culture to Deliver Extraordinary Results

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Amir Ghannad
Sr. Director - Global People Excellence, Campbell Soup Company

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Leveraging Culture to Deliver Extraordinary Results

This is a transformative learning experience regarding how the participants can personally unleash their own potential and that of their organization to deliver extraordinary results.  The participants will gain insights on their unique opportunities to increase their effectiveness and a wealth of suggested approaches to accelerate progress in their organizations.

  • Examine the unique role and responsibilities of leaders in transforming the culture and results of an organization.
  • Demonstrate the power of Servant Leadership - Putting people first and expecting them to be extraordinary.
  • Introduce practical leadership approaches that compel and empower the participants to move their organization beyond the constraints of the past and to the next level of performance and fulfillment.
Sustainability and Lean, Better Together

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Billy Ingram
Director of Lean Product Development, Interface

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Sustainability and Lean, Better Together

Considering design, disruptive innovation and continuous improvement projects through the viewpoint of both sustainability and lean concepts, generates radically different results and more holistic solutions. The ability to generate both continuous improvement and disruptive innovation by considering both sets of concepts is a major advantage to any person applying them.

  • Don't wait for the entire company culture to improve before you begin. The 'right' culture can exist in smaller group 'bubbles' with supportive leadership.
  • Administrative improvement targets are the softest. Attack them first.
  • Continuous improvement and disruptive innovation are not the same. Both are important and should be pursued but they are nurtured and grown differently.
  • Protect and support introverts, early adopters, dreamers and those who don't fit into the mainstream. Make sure their voice is heard. Disruptive innovation is often hiding in plain sight.
Taking People with You in Continuous Improvement

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Brad Elledge
Director of Continuous Improvement, Nosco

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Taking People with You in Continuous Improvement

Lean Manufacturing  has highly effective tools to drive out waste in any process.  With experience, initial obsession with the tools morphs  into the realization that the tools are actually just a vehicle for employee engagement.  Learn from Nosco’s experience using Lean to help shape employees into owners who drive change.

  • If you have a better EE suggestion program than this, I’ll buy you dinner.
  • Yellow Belt Training as a vehicle for rapidly expanding agents of change.
  • Team problem solving:  the slow road as the fastest way to making change stick.
  • Team building: getting nay sayers turned around and on the team.  
  • Incentivizing new behaviors on the shop floor; making change fun.
LEAN, Pathway to Profitability

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Bruno Padovani
Director of LEAN Manufacturing, Ferrara Candy Company

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LEAN, Pathway to Profitability

Lean continuous improvement is the single biggest profit driving initiative that the typical manufacturing organization can undertake. Most companies have significant latent manufacturing capacity, the unleashing of which results in a virtuous cycle of lower operating costs, leading to more business, leading to lower costs. This combined with a relentless application of LEAN & six sigma tools to drive out the "7 Wastes", will drive profits to previously impossible levels.

  • Reasons to deploy & benefits of formal LEAN/CI
  • Organizational readiness assessment. Are you a candidate?
  • Typical deployement sequence & timeline
  • Barriers to successful implementation & what to do
  • 7 Pillares of an effective LEAN program
Building for the Future

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Bryan Hoffman
Director, Engineering, Traditional Medicinals

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Building for the Future

Traditional Medicinals has been growing, fast!  This is driving the need to re-invent the way we leverage our space and manage product through our production facility.  Investing in tea packing equipment and new case packers is only part of the equation.  People, training, supply chain management, and continuous improvement are the keys to success.

  • Growth can feel painful
  • Continuous Improvement is a culture
  • Equipment is only as good as its supporting cast
  • Change is inevitable, be prepared for it
     
Visualizing and Strengthening a Quality System to Achieve Zero Defects

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Dave Neidert
Quality Director, Autoliv North America

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Visualizing and Strengthening a Quality System to Achieve Zero Defects

  • Three main categories of quality improvement tools are: predict, prevent, and protect. 
  • A diagram can be used to visualize the relative strengths of each category and the overall power of the quality system.
  • A systemic analysis tool, drill deep, can improve the power of the quality system to eliminate defects.

Key Takeaways:

  • A new concept called the Quality System Power Pyramid
  • The quality planning and improvement tools contained in the predict, prevent, and protect legs of the Pyramid
  • How a systemic problem solving tool, Drill Deep Analysis, can help to strengthen a quality system
  • Instructions for completing a Drill Deep Analysis worksheet
Workforce Empowerment Drives Continuous Improvement

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Ed Gumina
Vice President Operations, Americas, Bridon

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Workforce Empowerment Drives Continuous Improvement

Empowering Workforce Maximizes Continuous Improvement  Results

  • Moving decision making as close to the product as possible  
  • The people that touch the product every day continue to achieve amazing results
  • This presentation is to walk through the steps we took to prepare our teams to embrace their opportunities

Safety-reduced OSHA Incidents by 60%
People-Unplanned absences from 8.0% to 1.8%
Quality-Reduced scrap by 28%  
Speed-Increased production by 25% with existing resources

How IoT impacts Supply Chain

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Jeffrey Davis
Sr Dir of Operations, EMC

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How IoT impacts Supply Chain

Internet of Things (IoT) technology as applied to supply chain and manufacturing is emerging. My presentation aims to explain in more clear terms what IoT is, its current application in supply chain operations, and project a path forward for broader value adoption..

 

High level, IoT is simply technology which enables multiple isolated computer automations to be connected. The most common implementations support implementing command and control (control tower) type mechanisms, enabling electronic tracking, and extraction and aggregation of supply chain information.

 

The largest current example of IoT technology in the supply chain space is in shipping and logistics, where IoT enables direct tracking of packages and carrier information. IoT coupled with logistics control enables logistics carriers and their customers a greater view of where packages, trucks, containers, etc are in the logistics chain and enables route assignment management as needed to support customer needs.

How to Create Excitement for Continuous Improvement and Kaizen Events

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Kostas Tsimiklis
Senior Director Six Sigma, Maple Leaf Foods

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Christian Lanouette
Six Sigma Coach – Lean Specialist, Maple Leaf Foods

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How to Create Excitement for Continuous Improvement and Kaizen Events

Learn our successful approach in creating buy-in and excitement for Continuous Improvement and Kaizen events, from Leadership to employees. It's not only about the tools and concepts, but also about our people and guiding them to see the opportunities to achieve a step change in performance.

  • Getting Started: Use informal influence strategies so that Senior Leadership want to try it.
  • Early Wins: Preparation up-front is critical in ensuring you don't fail the first few attempts. This will build credibility, so that Senior Leadership sees your approach as the way to do things moving forward.
  • Empower Employees: Employees become the owners of their process within only a few days.
  • Everyone is On-board: The importance of sharing between sites, to create more activities and momentum in C.I. results.
  • Building Momentum: Build strong internal competencies in C.I and Kaizen facilitation.
Near Shoring and Strategic Advantages of a North America Based Supply Chain

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Martin Calvo
VP and General Manager, Visual Pak San Diego LLC

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Near Shoring and Strategic Advantages of a North America Based Supply Chain

Over the past three years outsourcing strategies have become more complex due to increased manufacturing costs in the Far East, increase in freight costs, and port delays due to labor action. This presentation will explore ways as to how a North America based supply chain can have strategic advantages over a Far East based supplier chain.

  • Advantages of a near-shoring.
  • Most attractive near-shoring regions.
  • Strategic advantages of a  North American based supply chain: US, Canada, Mexico.
  • Near-shoring supply models.
  • Determining if a near-shoring is right for your organization.
     
A Continuous Improvement Culture by Gemba Walks

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Silvain DeVreese
NA Director Engineering, Lydall

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A Continuous Improvement Culture by Gemba Walks

Introducing Gemba walks will initiate a CI culture at any selected area, auditing the current state to the implemented standard and reducing waste. Gemba audit walks are performed in teams which include any associates; operators, technical & engineering support, supervision, mid level & senior management leadership. All have an equal voice during this activity, enabling an empowerment culture. 

  • Gemba walks will tells us how are we performing to the developed standard.
  • Where do we see problems: developing eyes to see waste.
  • Gemba walks enable & enhance PDCA Thinking.
  • It will learning the team to lean thinking and seeing.
Goodheart's Lean Journey

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Tom Christensen
Vice President of Operations, Goodheart Brand Specialty Foods

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Goodheart's Lean Journey

In a lean enterprise, people work together to solve problems, perfect processes, and search continually for the best wats to deliver value to customers.

"Lean" is a wat of managing your organization to deliver maximum value to customers with minimal resources and zero waste. Companies that put "lean thinking" into action become highly competitive, resilient, and adaptive.

Lean companies continually improve cost, quality, delivery, and capabilities by:

  • Simplifying processes across the entire enterprise and supply chain.
  • Shortening lead times.
  • Aligning production and service delivery to match customer demand and cash flow.
  • Learning continuously and dynamically, with a culture rooted in daily problem-solving and mutual respect.
Diminishing Technical Talent; Strategies for the Future

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Vic Patel
Director of Operations – Aerospace Group/Stratoflex Products Division, Parker Hannifin

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Diminishing Technical Talent; Strategies for the Future

  • Recruiting & Retention
  • Developing Technical Talent
  • Helpful Tools
  • Business Strategies
So, You Want to Transform...Are You Ready?

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Paul Matthews
EVP & Chief Supply Chain Officer (Retired), Topco Associates

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So, You Want to Transform...Are You Ready?

We hear many war stories of transformations, some good and bad outcomes. Lessons learned and challenges do not always make the articles or into presentation slides. The best and most successful transformations are painful and cause havoc across the stakeholders. Operating the business while transforming requires unique skills and capabilities.

  • Transformations are far more difficult and painful than you can ever imagine
  • Staying the course is not easy
  • Top down / bottoms up alignment is mandatory and critical
  • Communication, Communication, Communication  
  • Its worth it
Surviving The Challenges of Getting People to do the Work and Keeping them Engaged!

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Ronald Ward
Vice President Operations, Origlio Beverage

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Surviving The Challenges of Getting People to do the Work and Keeping them Engaged!

The presentation will focus on key challenges between as the work environment changes technically and culturally.  The presenter will discuss solutions to the big 8 problems within the work place as it relates to "execution" and "talent."

  • Address creative ways to find employees who are excited about the work
  • Think creatively about keeping millennials engaged
  • Challenge their thinking about how they lead for action
  • Develop an action plan that will work to keep your best employees engaged
“Bright Ideas” – Creating a High Performing Continuous Improvement Culture

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Andreas Torell
VP, Commercial Plant Manager, Bosch Rexroth Corporation

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“Bright Ideas” – Creating a High Performing Continuous Improvement Culture

Bosch Rexroth Corporation has created a high performance culture through a “BRight Ideas” Continuous Improvement program. The presentation will reveal the keys to this successful program which has created employee enthusiasm, driven significant process improvements, and has saved the company millions of dollars.

 

Key Takeaways for Associate Idea Management:

·         Is the foundation for creating a high performing continuous improvement culture

·         Has to be transparent, agile and easy to manage; therefore undergoes continuous improvement itself

·         Should be embedded in target deployment, reporting systems and recognition structures at all levels

·         Must be integrated into company culture and leadership rather than a special project or an added responsibility

Is Your Supply Chain a Competitive Advantage?

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Mark Heinrich
General Manager of Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain, Microsoft

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Tim Dorsey
President, The Dorsey Group

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Is Your Supply Chain a Competitive Advantage?

“As good as it can be” or only “Good enough”?  Which will give you the competitive advantage? Learn how to dramatically improve supply chain performance.  Utilizing existing resources,  gain insight on how to enhance your program.  We will show you the specific tools and techniques you need for all levels including leadership, supervisor, associate and vendor.

 

Key Takeaways:

  •  The role of leadership in operating at a world class level
  •  Supervisors: the key to sustainability
  •  Integrating lean principles to drive 100% employee engagement
  •  Leveraging your vendors
  • Case study will be presented and discussed
So You've Moved the Needle in Your Company Culture. What's Next?

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Angeleah Smallwood
Quality Program Manager, FEI Company

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So You've Moved the Needle in Your Company Culture. What's Next?

Changing a company culture toward one which exemplifies Quality takes years. When employees start speaking the language of quality, then the needle has moved. So what's next? What steps can you take to keep the momentum and continue along the path of Quality?

  • Changing direction mid-way along the Journey is both dangerous and necessary.
  • Keeping momentum requires continued focus on 'what worked' via monitoring and coaching.
  • Communicating  what's new must relate to 'what worked'.
  • Looking at continuous improvements from all sides.
If You're Going Through Hell....Keep Going

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Brad van Dam
President & CEO, Marich Confectionery Company

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If You're Going Through Hell....Keep Going

The rollercoaster from stagnation, confused culture, tolerating poor fit people, shareholder alignment issues all affecting growth and harmony, process of: culture, alignment, dealing with underperformers, elevating expectation, investing in people, systems, strategic shift from private label to a brand focus, setting the company up for success and future growth potential.

* The importance of clarity and acting in alignment with your Culture and Values
* It really is all about the people and having the guts to do what you know you have to do
* Investing in the development of people to increase performance, potential, retention and attraction
* Know what your company does well, what it needs to do better and what it never will be able to do...and then do something about it!
* OPTIONAL at the end - The #1 thing leaders can do to profoundly affect the performance of their business.

Adapting To Consumer Needs: Why Brands Like Zevia Are Thinking Like Tech Startups

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Paddy Spence
CEO, Zevia

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Adapting To Consumer Needs: Why Brands Like Zevia Are Thinking Like Tech Startups

By running Zevia more like a tech startup than a "big soda" brand, Paddy Spence has inverted the longtime CPG approach of keeping products fixed while iterating marketing frequently. Zevia is focused on making frequent iOS-style improvements to their formula – last year, they became the first top 20 soda brand to remove coloring from their entire portfolio (17 flavors), and they’ve already made updates to their formula since. Among the top 20 diet soda brands in Mainstream US Food, Zevia is the only natural brand and the only independent (Zevia is #12). 

  • Paddy Spence was Kashi’s first head of sales & marketing in the 90s and has been a key figure in mainstreaming the natural products industry ever since.  His soda brand Zevia, like Kashi, is another example of leveraging familiarity to create a brand while making one key change that consumers are requesting -- in this case, removing artificial sweeteners from diet soda.
  • Paddy epitomizes the natural movement - he cut out sugar 15 years ago, completed 40 triathlons and now has switched his focus to training in mixed-martial-arts. 
  • Zevia has a significantly younger audience: 28.4% of Zevia's dollars come from millennials vs. 12.2% of the overall diet CSD category coming from millennial dollars - that’s 2.3x more millennial dollars for Zevia than the overall diet soda category.