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Natalia Méndez DeBriones
Global Head of Manufacturing for Medical Devices
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October 10 - 14, 2022
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Mike Carroll
Vice President of Innovation & Transformation
Dion Eusepi
Director of Enterprise Architecture, Data & Cloud Integration Platforms
Allison Grealis
President and Founder
Peter Fritsche
Vice President of Global Operations & Business Process Optimization
Dr. Satyandra Gupta
Smith International Professor and Director, Center for Advanced Manufacturing
Shekhar Khandekar
Vice President of Global Operational Excellence
Gilbert Meyer-Gauen
Director, Asset Management
Richard Coffey
Former Senior Director of Workforce Development
Alex Bunda
Director of Innovation
Rafaela Marangoni
Senior Director of Manufacturing and Operational Excellence
Scott Mattmiller
Director and General Manager - Rear Discharge Mixers
Natalia Méndez DeBriones
Global Head of Manufacturing for Medical Devices
Juan Manuel Santiago
Chief Executive Officer
Prashanth Sankaran
Vice President of Digital Solutions
Jesper Toubol
Vice President of Molding
Mili Mladenovic
Vice President of Operations
Tim Perkins
Head of Performance and Continuous Improvement
Fabio Vitali
Vice President of Marketing
Neil Cavill
Head of Business Improvement

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Unleash the Power Within Your Team: How Your Company’s Training and Development Program Can Become a True Competitive Advantage
Losing knowledge is probably one of the major reasons we face flow interruptions in our manufacturing space. We try to collect some of that crucial knowledge through detailed operating instructions, but reality tells us there is a big portion of knowledge that is lost once we lose the expert. How can we build a culture of keeping knowledge inside our organization? How can we build on to the knowledge we have today to develop the next generation of smart manufacturing? I think all of us have heard, at least once, the saying: “Knowledge is power”; yet we keep losing it daily on our sites. Join me in sharing my experience on how to develop, run and measure the success and value added to the company P&L of a training and development program.

Key Takeaways:

  • Constant enhancement of current skills
  • Undesired attrition reduction
  • Increased tenure and internal rotations
  • Faster learning curves
  • Better overall sustained results (quality, throughput, gross margin)
  • A basic Training & Development program should have the commitment of the executive management. It takes time, money, and patience to develop it until you can start harvesting from it.
  • If you don't invest in your people, they will soon leave. And those who stay won't develop to their max capacities.

Speakers:

Natalia Méndez DeBriones
Global Head of Manufacturing for Medical Devices
How to Create Value at Exponential Scale and Compete as an Industrial Company in the Exponential Age

Industry 4.0, IT/OT Convergence, and Digital Transformation are the megatrends the industry is navigating through today and into the future. Innovative, technology companies are changing the nature of competition through the power of data growth. This session explores the dynamics of this transition, how it impacts the industrial world, and how companies must adapt to effectively compete in the “Exponential Age.”

Key Takeaways:

  • Companies need to focus on creating value in parity with the rate of data growth to compete in the future
  • Current Industry 4.0/Industrial IIOT is not enough to be competitive and successful in the future
  • Guidance suggests starting now as there are current examples of “exponential” companies demonstrating even fast followers are very far behind their 1st place competitors

Speakers:

Mike Carroll
Vice President of Innovation & Transformation
Six Sigma - What You Need to Know

Does your problem-solving typically end with blaming someone, poor training, or inadequate procedures? Are you (or your organization) perpetually battling the same issues? In this fast-paced, information-packed session, Peter will explain why you are not achieving the improvement results you need and how to change your problem-solving approach.

Key Takeaways:

  • Appreciate the importance of how to approach a problem to obtain optimal results (and it’s not blaming someone for making a mistake).
  • Become knowledgeable about the most beneficial improvement tools.
  • Realize that the answer to the question, “how good is good enough,” is “it depends…”.

Speakers:

Peter Fritsche
Vice President of Global Operations & Business Process Optimization
The Challenges of Significant Turnover: Methods to Help Accelerate Learning and Skill Development of New Hires

With the increased rate of turnover that many organizations are facing, it is becoming more essential that companies have optimal processes and practices in place to ensure a rapid rate of assimilation and training for new employees. This workshop explores associated research and different frameworks, methods, and processes that can help accelerate learning and skill development.

Key Takeaways:

  • Explore Current Research into Methods to accelerate and enhance employee learning and skill development.
  • Understand different frameworks and methods that increase the success rate for getting new team members to an acceptable level of baseline proficiency.
  • Learn how technology is less essential to learning and skill development practices than other approaches.

Speakers:

Richard Coffey
Former Senior Director of Workforce Development
Insights to Drive Effective Business Transformation
An overview of how to generate an exceptional customer focus and ensure end-to-end strategic alignment within an organization to drive large-scale business transformation. We will discuss the need to use agile thinking in an established environment to introduce new technology, improve operating performance, and effectively navigate the manufacturing challenges of today. Gain an understanding of how a successful business transformation can create a win-win for companies and their customers alike.

Speakers:

Scott Mattmiller
Director and General Manager - Rear Discharge Mixers
Enabling Insight and Practical Innovation with Product Lifecycle Data at the Edge

Join this technology leader to understand how to innovate product lifecycle management through a data-driven approach to integrating and managing industrial IoT and PLM data consumption models at the point of execution.
Discussion topics include:
– Striking the right balance between centralized cloud-based data ingest, compute, and consumption models versus distributed data sets in decentralized edge compute manufacturing environments.
– Adopting data integration and democratized data consumption and distribution models with open API ecosystems, event-driven architectures, and standards to connect and collaborate with disparate teams and open, secure data interfaces.
– Embracing collaborative data and API governance models to enable insight-driven product life cycle management.

Key Takeaways:

  • Drive product lifecycle innovation with data at the point of execution in edge compute environments
  • Democratize data distribution models to empower execution and secure consumption in distributed manufacturing environments
  • Transform data integration models with optimized and modern technology architectures

Speakers:

Dion Eusepi
Director of Enterprise Architecture, Data and Cloud Integration Platforms
Smart Robotic Assistants for Manufacturing Applications
This presentation will provide an overview of an integrated decision-making approach that combines concepts from perception, planning, control, and learning to realize smart robotic assistants that can program themselves from high-level task descriptions. We will describe an approach for robots to learn task parameters from self-supervised learning. We will also discuss computational methods for endowing robots with introspection capabilities to enable them to seek help from human operators when robots are unable to complete the task. Assembly, composite layup, inspection, and finishing tasks will be illustrative examples to show how robots can be used in small volume manufacturing tasks.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand recent trends in industrial robots and their implications on high-mix manufacturing applications.
  • Select AI component technologies for implementing robotic cells for manufacturing applications.
  • Select methods for automatically generating trajectories for robots.

Speakers:

Dr. Satyandra Gupta
Smith International Professor and Director, Center for Advanced Manufacturing
State of Women in Manufacturing

The number of women in the manufacturing industry has remained relatively static in recent years, with women making up only 5% of manufacturing CEOs. We know that there is a strong correlation between what women want in their careers and what the manufacturing industry offers, but we also know that the majority of women outside of our industry are not aware of the available opportunities in manufacturing. In this presentation delivered by Founder & President of Women in Manufacturing, Allison Grealis, we’ll discuss contributors to this underrepresentation in the industry and strategies for attracting and retaining women to the manufacturing workforce.

Key Takeaways:

  • Perspective by the Numbers: the makeup of women in the labor force, the C-Suite, and the manufacturing industry as a whole
  • Contributors to the underrepresentation of women in the manufacturing industry
  • Initiatives and strategies to help attract, retain, and advance women in the manufacturing workforce

Speakers:

Allison Grealis
President and Founder
How to Adapt Sustainability Into Branding & Product

Sustainability is for Sofidel a pillar in its strategy. It is part of its competitive edge for more than a decade. Everything we do, every product we launch has some level of sustainability embedded in it. In the presentation, Fabio Vitali, VP of Marketing at Sofidel will explain the risks and the opportunities of transferring, and how to incorporate and adapt your company’s sustainability asset into brands and products.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand a basic methodology to incorporate Sustainability into branding
  • Learn how to monetize and get profit from the efforts of being sustainable
  • Identify the risks and opportunities in your sustainability efforts

Speakers:

Fabio Vitali
Vice President of Marketing
Understanding and Implementing a Supply Chain Transformation Programmed

Key Takeaways:

  • What challenges are putting pressure on supply chain processes currently and how can leaders tackle them?
  • How can supply chain move away from a siloed area of the business to a collaborative network?
  • Does this shift help streamline processes, reporting and help optimise the overall strategy?

Speakers:

Juan Manuel Santiago
Chief Executive Officer, Mercedes Benz Logistics
Enhancing Communication Across Global Facilities

The presentation will detail what the challenges are for Communication Across Global Facilities such as:
– Cultural – Men vs Women, Ageism, & Local Traditions
– Geographic – Time Difference
– Legal – labor laws & worker’s unions
– Authorities – Various geographies have a very specific authority hierarchy and need to be respected
– Language difference and accents – language barriers and how to come over those issues
– Perception vs Reality – What one culture assumes is not some other culture’s reality
The author will describe the details of each of these challenges and others. He will then go through the case studies describing/explaining how he has managed these and will offer tips to overcome these challenges. Lastly, he will describe, how global companies survive.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to come over the challenges of communicating globally across cultural boundaries
  • Communication in a global setting during the pandemic and post-pandemic world
  • Overcoming legal, geographic, and language barriers

Speakers:

Shekhar Khandekar
Vice President, Global Operational Excellence
Transforming Your Organization to Inspire Innovation

What matters in Innovation? What techniques and strategies should you be implementing? How do you resource, fund, and ensure the success of Innovation teams long-term? What business status-quos should you be reimagining altogether?

Take a look back on Southwire’s journey to conceive, produce, and scale Innovation inside of a large manufacturing organization. Learn how the Spark team explores transformational business opportunities, inspires a culture of Innovation, serves as the organization’s lisaon to knowledge, perspective, and creativity, and enhances the Southwire brand within Tech Square and the greater Metro Atlanta area.

Speakers:

Alex Bunda
Director of Innovation
How Condition Monitoring Enables Educated Decision-Making At NOV's Manufacturing Facilities

This presentation will highlight how NOV’s digital product line, NOV Max, is used internally to improve the reliability of their manufacturing equipment and help a growing number of internal business units make better decisions utilizing live data. Using one of NOV’s Houston facilities, the author will look at the technologies employed to retrieve low- and high-frequency readings from manufacturing machines and describe how it helps optimize maintenance schedules, better predict spare parts needs, and even help departments such as QA and Customer Relations to improve their processes and products.

Key Takeaways:

  • Condition monitoring (CM) is at the center of major cost savings at plants
  • CM data can be used for a large variety of areas, from EHS to Quality Assurance to ESG
  • See examples for different stakeholders at a plant

Speakers:

Gilbert Meyer-Gauen
Director, Asset Management
BUNN Digital Journey

BUNN, a global leader in commercial smart beverage dispensing equipment, has been on a long journey of transforming value for BUNN and for its partners by focusing on digital and IoT. There have been many milestones on the way and many learnings to gain from it. This presentation is about that journey, why it is relevant to other product/solution developers and manufacturers, and sharing those learnings.

Key Takeaways:

  • Identifying opportunities for digital transformation
  • IoT as a key to digital transformation
  • Challenges you are bound to face and how you can prepare for it

Speakers:

Prashanth Sankaran
Vice President of Digital Solutions
Global Director, Quality Presentation Title: A Good Process Map is like turning on a Light Bulb....Opportunities Shine!

Key Takeaways:

  • How can a complex and regulated process be optimized at scale?
  • What structures and ways of working can allow rapid process improvement and lay the foundations for implementation?
  • The role of senior leadership in the journey from a functional-based to process-led organization.
  • How can a new process be monitored and continuously bring in employees to empower them?

Speakers:

Tim Perkins
Head of Performance and Continuous Improvement
Achieving Sustainable Manufacturing
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Join us for an exclusive Panel Discusson on creating a more sustainable manufacturing industry, something that’s undoubtedly on the minds of many Manufacturing professionals today.

Speakers:

Mark Whitten
President and CEO
Chad Raynes
VP of Business Development & Engineering
Brad Nelson
Operations Director, Quality & Regulatory
Agile Product Development

Agility is necessary to be successful in R&D product development. We can learn this from taking a look at case studies of successful companies over time and how they’ve remained relevant as society changes. Agility, however, is usually associated with a small size, so how does a large company remain agile? Dow Inc. has successfully delivered new innovations in short times as demonstrated by its response to the pandemic with the development of PPE for the medical industry. In addition to examining the critical elements which made that possible, I will discuss my experience on leading the team through changing times and discuss 7 key components I found critical for agile product development.

Key Takeaways:

  • Agility is critical for success
  • There are seven keys to agility: monitor loading trends, collaborate with a cross-functional team, empowerment, prioritization, robust pipeline, leadership and the right team

Speakers:

Stephanie Potisek
Senior R & D Manager
Strategies for Navigating Adversity

Key Takeaways:

  • Developing a fixed strategy with flexible tactics
  • Tools for ensuring buy in, flexibility and agility
  • How to implement the 80/20 approach for success

Speakers:

Mili Mladenovic
Vice President of Operations
Eliminating Inefficiencies In The Factory Of The Future

Discuss eliminating inefficiencies, managing costs and building a sustainable foundation, and integrating with legacy systems. I will also review managing strategy, security, and scalability.

Key Takeaways:

  • Hard Skills Modelling: Factory simulation
  • Business understanding Simulation user training Governance and maintenance
  • Soft Skills: Communication Collaboration

Speakers:

Jesper Toubol
VP of Molding
Supply Chain Transformation & Innovation: Where Do We Need It, and How to Deploy It
Technology seems to move faster virtually every day. Last year’s blockchain becomes this year’s AI before a supply chain leader has even had a chance to conduct market research. Before the next high-concept idea becomes reality, how do we decipher where the real value is and once we do, how do you deploy cutting-edge high- technology within an aging, low-tech supply chain function? This presentation will provide some battle-tested observations, examples, and best practices on how to weed through the buzzwords and asses the true value of a digital transformation.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to asses and align the value of unproven technological concepts with your organizational needs
  • Best practices for digital change management
  • Synthesizing value into a tangible business case your stakeholders want to understand

Speakers:

Gary Levitan
Global Head of Procurement and Supply Chain
Strategic Planning in Manufacturing

This presentation will cover a practical approach on how to connect and influence your business strategy for your manufacturing and supply chain departments.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand and translate the business strategy
  • Develope operations strategy (purpose, priorities, KPIs, and projects)
  • Establish the proper routines to ensure strategy execution

Speakers:

Rafaela Marangoni
Senior Director of Manufacturing and Operational Excellence
Improving Customer Experience – Through Customer Journey Mapping

Key Takeaways:

  • Customer journey mapping – what it is and what it isn’t
  • Developing a customer journey atlas and individual journeys
  • Pain & gain points and the customer emotional journey
  • Implementing improvements and measuring success

Speakers:

Neil Cavill
Head of Business Improvement
Digital Twin: Enabling 21st Century Manufacturing 4.0

As a 21st-century concept, the Digital Twin captures the idea that we are moving work from the physical world into the virtual one. It moves toward using bits, which are getting cheaper all the time, in place of atoms, which are getting more expensive. We are replacing expensive physical time, energy, and material with much cheaper digital information.

The Digital Twin is the concept driver behind Manufacturing 4.0. It moves us from a functional- centric approach to a product-centric one. It integrates manufacturing as a critical aspect of product creation, so that how to manufacture products is not an after-thought once a product is designed and engineered. It will improve both productivity and quality.

Speakers:

Michael Grieves
Cheif Scientist, Advanced Manufacturing

KEY THEMES

Advancements in Digital Manufacturing and Automation

Recruiting Top Talent & Workplace Education

Continuous Improvement & Quality Management

Plant & Facilities Management

Agile Design and Innovation

Supply Chain Tools and Strategies

Risk Management & Cost Containment

Sustainability and Green Manufacturing

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Based on the details of your registration, we carefully select 10 best-fit solution providers for you to meet with. Each meeting is 30 minutes long and focused on solving a specific priority you have listed.

We are looking for executives with genuine needs for new solutions and buying influence or authority. Invitations are extended to C-level executives, SVPs, VPs, Directors and Managers within all Manufacturing functions.

There are many reasons to attend! For starters, IMPACT is the only event customized to help you with your current challenges. You’ll learn from industry veterans and connect to the solutions you need. Your time is valuable, and sticking to your budget is more important than ever. IMPACT is designed to help you maximize your time and money for the best possible results.

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IMPACT Virtual Summit is unique in its ability to connect you to qualified solution providers. They’re more than willing to underwrite the cost of your attendance in exchange for access to such an exclusive audience.

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Based on the details of your registration, we carefully select at least 6 best-fit solution providers for you to meet with. Each meeting is 30 minutes long and focused on solving a specific priority you have listed. Once completed, you’re eligible to receive a swag package. All meetings will take place on Zoom and all logistics are handled for you!

We are looking for executives with genuine needs for new solutions and buying influence or authority. Invitations are extended to C-level executives, SVPs, VPs, Directors and Managers within all Manufacturing functions.

Yes, but only for your one-on-one meetings which are scheduled for a date and time you prefer. The summit sessions do not expire and will all be available on-demand to watch at your leisure—anytime, any place.

There are many reasons to attend! For starters, IMPACT Virtual Summit is the only online event customized to help you with your current challenges. You’ll learn from industry veterans and connect to the solutions you need. Your time is valuable, and sticking to your budget is more important than ever. IMPACT is designed to help you maximize your time and money for the best possible results.

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