What is the Connected Manufacturing Forum?

The Connected Manufacturing Forum brings together 150+ leading Manufacturing, Operations, Technology, Supply Chain and Advanced Engineering executives for a collaborative debate on the latest Industry 4.0 trends, challenges and opportunities. Join them to benchmark your digital enterprise strategy, create your blueprint, promote effective change management and learn how to become a smarter, more connected manufacturer.

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IIoT, IoT connectivity
Augmented Reality (AR)
Cloud computing
Advanced real-time analytics
Additive manufacturing
MES/MOM automation
System integration
Legacy equipment retrofitting
Real-time data leveraging
OT & IT integration

Who Attends the Connected Manufacturing Forum?

You will rub shoulders with Manufacturing, Operations, Technology, Supply Chain and Advanced Engineering executives from Top 500 manufacturing companies, as well as the world’s most innovative start-ups, including: :


Be Inspired - Our 2018 Featured Speakers Included

Be inspired by leaders from the worlds largest manufacturing companies who have smart manufacturing figured out and underway. You’ll benchmark your progress towards connected manufacturing, cultural and change management and the latest Industry 4.0 capabilities.

Bart Talloen

Vice President, Product Supply Strategy & Deployment
Johnson & Johnson
Smart Manufacturing at The Heart of Your Business Transformation

Antonio Paesano

R&D Project Manager, Additive Manufacturing Focal
The Boeing Company
Challenges, Business Opportunities, and Advances in Metal Additive Manufacturing

Sibylle Buettner

Plant Director
Continental Automotive GmbH
Industry 4.0: Continental’s Journey to Becoming a Smart Factory

Jesper Toubøl

Vice President Elements and Moulds
LEGO Group
Starting Small to Deliver Big Results: Identifying High ROI Pilots

Heather Hardman

Ideation and Innovation Management
Duke Energy Corporation
Stimulating Investment in Connected Factories

Mike Meagher

Head of Group Supply Americas
Driving Change Through Connected Quality Management

David Hunt

Manufacturing Technology – Improve
International Paper Company
Developing a Connected Manufacturing Blueprint

Derrick Register

Vice President of Supply Chain
The Coca-Cola Co.
Process Automation & Advanced Analytics to Increase Efficiency

Why Attend?

Industry-Driven Agenda


Get practical insights on the topics that concern you the most: our program is tailored to meet your specific needs through in-depth market research with 100+ industry practitioners and innovators.

5-Star Speaker Faculty


Hear from Top 500 global manufacturing organizations and innovative startups that are transforming manufacturing ecosystems as we know it.

Exclusive Networking Opportunities


Don’t miss a unique opportunity to enhance your connections with industry frontrunners through interactive off-stage discussion groups, creative boardrooms, strategy-building task forces, and structured networking activities.

What You'll Learn

Leading Manufacturing, Operations, Technology, Supply Chain and Advanced Engineering executives like you are clearing their calendars to be at the Connected Manufacturing Forum. From forward-looking keynotes to a private board room discussion amongst thought leaders with similar interest, 2018 covered the topics below:

Five Fundamentals to Know Before Conceptualizing and Developing a Connected Manufacturing Blueprint

  • Moderated by Prasad Satyavolu, Chief Digital Officer, Cognizant
  • Josef Kriegmair, Representative Production Turbine Blade / Structure Castings, MTU Aero Engine
  • Michael Harmon, Director, Americas, ISG
  • David Hunt, Director, Manufacturing Technology – Improve, International Paper Company

Industry 4.0 Revolution is a global phenomenon shifting industry paradigms and modernizing manufacturing practices with connectivity, interoperability, virtualization and real-time capabilities. However, there is no one-size-fits-all transformational approach. So how do you maximize your assets and resources to avoid major roadblocks that might stall smart factory initiatives adoption and innovation at your organization? Join this session for best practices in:

  • Fashioning a vision and a smart manufacturing blueprint that would work for your company
  • Developing an efficient smart factory blueprint and get the buy-in on Industry 4.0 solutions from top stakeholders within your organization
  • Moving from the conceptualization to the implementation phase
  • Turning “looks good on paper” into “looks great in practice”

Stimulating Investment in Big IoT Infrastructure and Putting Your Data to Use

  • Heather Hardman, Ideation and Innovation Management, Duke Energy Corporation

A major question on every C-level executive’s plate is whether smart manufacturing strategy can be implemented through incremental changes in their existing manufacturing ecosystem, and how their investment in smart technology solutions can be maximized to the fullest. Demonstrating short-term and long-term ROI is key in getting your department up and running with the latest high-tech advancements, but how do you go about getting stakeholders to agree to fund your smart project?

Join Heather Hardman to hear about SmartCities initiatives and effective strategies you can employ in order to take your smart manufacturing project off the ground.

**Limited seats, advance sign-up required**

Manufacturing Workforce of Tomorrow: Are You Ready to Become a Connected Factory?

  • Glen Schwab, Executive Director, Quad Cities Manufacturing & Innovation Hub
  • Bradley Rhorer, Assistant Senior Manager – HR, Subaru
  • Melissa Smith, Senior Director of Product Safety & Quality, Nature’s Variety

As the plant floor evolves to include Smart Manufacturing technologies, the need to recruit highly skilled workforce is skyrocketing. While many executives are striving to overcome the challenge of finding new outside talent, others focus their efforts on the existing talent and try to close the skill gaps through internal and external training. Whose side are you on?

High Tech for High Touch: Digital Storytelling in a Millennial World

  • Stefan Zippel, Industry 4.0 Architect, Georg Fischer

Many people speculate that Industry 4.0 will completely transform the manufacturing ecosystem through the introduction of automation, IIoT and AI capabilities and by replacing human labor jobs with robots. But will machines, in fact, take the place of people in factories? How will your workforce makeup change with the adoption of the latest technologies? And what does it mean for the manufacturing industry overall?

  • How will your smart manufacturing journey change the distribution of personnel and leadership roles?
  • What is the reality behind replacing low-skilled jobs with high-skilled jobs?
  • How can you ensure that humans continue to play an integral part in driving innovation, improving sustainability, and streamlining asset management throughout the digitalization transformation?

Workforce and New Technology Enhancements

Tammy Snow, Director, User Experience Research, Expedia, Inc.

It is not a secret that we all are effected by our aging workforce and limited number of available resources; therefore we must search for enhancements to aid this shortfall. We must develop plans to marry our workforce with State of Art Technologies to create a stable business model that has potential growth. This is the only way we are going to bridge the gap between the groups below:

  • Gen Z or Centennials: Born 1996 and later
  • Millennials or Gen Y: Born 1977 to 1995
  • Generation X: Born 1965 to 1976
  • Baby Boomers: Born 1946 to 1964
  • Traditionalists or Silent Generation: Born 1945 and before

Technical Challenges, Business Opportunities, Advances, and Near Future in Polymeric and Metal Additive Manufacturing

Mark Molinari, Corporate VP of Revenue Management & eCommerce, Las Vegas Sands

  • Antonio Paesano, Ph.D., R&D Project Manager, Additive Manufacturing Focal, The Boeing Company

Global market (printers, materials, and services) size, and number of processes, materials and applications is growing at sustained pace, expecting to reach $21.5B in 2025 from $5.31B in 2015. This presentation focuses on metal and polymeric AM. Starting with an introductory overview of current processes and materials, and present and future market data, it describes some major technical challenges, business opportunities and latest technical developments enabling to boost performance, productivity and profitability, and concludes with a forecast of the near future for AM.

Machine Vision and Applied Machine Learning

  • Thomas Sandrisser, VaaS Platform Manager, General Motors

Driving Operational Excellence through Smart Automation

  • John Settineri, Director, Manufacturing Automation, Avery Dennison

Gearing up for Blockchain: The Next Disruptive Force in Manufacturing

  • Michael Blumberg, President and Founder, Field Service Insights

Leveraging Big Data and Automation to Become a Smarter Factory

  • Steve Chadwick, Senior Principal Engineer, Intel Corporation

As manufacturing leaders are setting on a digital journey by adopting the latest IIoT technologies, they are starting to collect more data than ever before. With the increased data volumes comes a dilemma: how does one make sense of all these newly generated data sets, and is there an efficient way to transform the ever-growing data into actionable insights? Join this session to hear how Intel leverages data analytics to maintain the health of the capital equipment and drive manufacturing quality. Steve will share practical recommendations on:

  • Using adaptive monitoring to improve equipment utilization and product quality
  • Increasing performance and productivity on the factory floor
  • Cutting costs through enhanced efficiency of your overall manufacturing processes

Predictive Maintenance: Using Process Automation and Advanced Analytics to Reduce Downtime and Increase Efficiency

  • Derrick Register, Vice President of Supply Chain, The Coca-Cola Co.

Factories, power plants and manufacturing centers across the world are transitioning to the latest automation and real-time data analytics solutions to optimize their production lines, reduce costs, and meet consumer demands for customization. Learn how predictive maintenance can make your manufacturing process more efficient:

  • Increasing productivity and operational efficiency through the transition to predictive maintenance
  • Preventing unexpected equipment failures, downtimes, and supply chain bottlenecks before they arise

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Sponsoring Connected Manufacturing puts your brand in the spotlight. There are 150 leading executives waiting to meet a company like yours. We offer you custom sponsorship packages with branding, thought leadership and face time all built in. It’s like a big party, and you’re bringing the drinks!

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