Day One – Emerging from Pilot Purgatory to Realize Full Scale Implementation

Aug. 31, 2020

Achieving High Impact Results From End-to-End Digitalization

7:00 am - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast & Registration

8:00 am - 8:20 am Welcome Remarks & Ice Breaker

8:20 am - 8:30 am Chairperson’s Opening Address

8:30 am - 8:50 am Opening Keynote: Busting Out of Pilot Purgatory – Facing the Fear of Implementation

As the Engineering Lead for Manufacturing Engineering within Airbus’ Silicon Valley-based Innovation Center, Acubed, Trevor Johnson will bring all his experience to bear on why so many companies get stuck in pilot purgatory, in some cases for years, and how you can avoid it. These bottlenecks are preventing manufacturers from realizing any real digitalization benefits and lead to stagnation of the existing tool set. Find out:


·    What these pilot bottlenecks are that cause companies to get stuck in pilot purgatory

·    The elements and benefits of proper pilot planning and goal setting to improve stakeholder accountability and accelerate success

·     How you can gain a competitive edge by identifying the positive markers that your product is ready to scale up to full implementation.

Trevor Johnson

Engineering Lead for Manufacturing Engineering for ADAM (Advanced Digital Design and Manufacturing project)

8:50 am - 9:10 am Keynote: Ford Motor Company’s Journey to a Scaled Digital Ecosystem

Ford Motor Company, with annual sales of $156 billion, is leveraging more than 115 years of continuous improvement practices, built on a foundation of standardized work, to transform into a globally scaled digital operations ecosystem.  In this powerhouse session, Mike, with the company for 27 years, will share how Ford:

•Is pursuing new ways to use advanced technology to maintain Ford’s position as an industry leader in lean manufacturing.  
•Accelerate business momentum with legacy systems while adopting more potent technology solutions.
•Plans to stay ahead of disruptive 3D printing/additive manufacturing, and explores what role blockchain technology might play in the manufacturing domain.

* In 2017, Mike was appointed Powertrain Global Chief Engineer for manufacturing system and infrastructure where he oversaw processes for engines, transmissions, axles, batteries, and e-motors across the globe, playing a critical part in the introduction of Ford’s next-generation electrical and hybrid technologies. In 2018, he was named to his current position responsible for introducing technology in practical ways to address existing challenges, while pursuing manufacturing methods that combine technologies to maintain Ford’s position as an industry leader.

Mike Mikula, Chief Engineer for Advanced Manufacturing at Ford Motor Company

Mike Mikula

Chief Engineer for Advanced Manufacturing
Ford Motor Company

9:10 am - 9:50 am Keynote Panel: All Aboard – How to Get All Stakeholders to Understand the Vision and Buy into Your Long-Term Digitalization Plan

Although many acknowledge the three vital steps of any digitalization plan are the right organizational structure, skilled people and teams and then innovative technologies, too often the first two steps are skipped. It’s easy to get distracted by the cool new applications and technologies, but if your company is not ready to adopt them you can waste a lot of time and money, and end up in dreaded pilot purgatory. This panel of experts will: 

-Share some of their pain points and lessons learned on their digitalization journey
-Outline what departments and people should be involved in planning a successful digital transformation
-Discuss strategies and tactics for getting all stakeholders to buy into the visions and plan – from c-suite to factory floor (or vice versa)

Mahendraprabu Sundarraj, Enterprise Architect at SunPower Corporation

Mahendraprabu Sundarraj

Enterprise Architect
SunPower Corporation

Michael Gerlach, Operations Technologies Specialist at 3M

Michael Gerlach

Operations Technologies Specialist

Laurent Laporte, CEO at Braincube

Laurent Laporte


Lawrence Whittle, CEO at Parsable

Lawrence Whittle


9:50 am - 10:30 am Refreshment Break

10:30 am - 10:50 am Keynote Presentation – The State of Edge Adoption in Manufacturing

Come hear about the results of primary research conducted by CenturyLink about the level of knowledge and adoption of edge computing in manufacturing operations. 

Paul Savill, Senior Vice President, Core Network & Technology Solutions at CenturyLink

Paul Savill

Senior Vice President, Core Network & Technology Solutions

10:50 am - 11:10 am Keynote: The Brewery of the Future – Piloting and Scaling on Parallel Tracks

For the past two years, AB InBev – the world’s largest brewer -- has been on a transformation journey that by 2022 will have digitalized all 220 of its breweries and 70 vertical manufacturing operations globally. Beginning with connectivity, data accessibility, and process controls, the plan is to then add mobile and smart manufacturing. Santiago will explain how:

•This digitalization program is not only paying for itself, but is experiencing ROI within months of site implementation
•The $55 billion company is using regional manufacturing sites as testing grounds to pilot new innovations while scaling up simultaneously
•AB InBev is building capabilities as an adoption strategy to ensure program success, rather than forcing the change from the top
•You make the best out of your own transformation journey.
Santiago Duarte, Global Solutions VP for Tech Supply & Logistics at AB InBev

Santiago Duarte

Global Solutions VP for Tech Supply & Logistics
AB InBev

Keeping factories humming and never having to shut down lines for maintenance or equipment failure is the Holy Grail of manufacturing – it’s like printing money. Experienced operations and engineering experts will share how they measure success and maximize equipment utilization, as well as how they use: 

-Machine learning and artificial intelligence to enable predictive maintenance to reduce downtime
-Advanced data analytics to identify patterns and processes that can be tightened up and improved
-A variety of asset management techniques to help improve uptime

Marc Turco

Director, Global Manufacturing Operations Special Hazard Products
Johnson Controls

Eddie Smith, Director, Operations at Kuhn Krause

Eddie Smith

Director, Operations
Kuhn Krause

Ian Bone

Industrial Engineering Manager
Broadcom Limited

Shank Iyer

Senior Digital Transformation Executive
Edwards Lifesciences

11:50 am - 12:50 pm Lunch For All Attendees

One of the byproducts of digitalization is the deluge of Big Data, which many manufacturers have not yet figured out how to harness and optimize. But the data is key and with the right analytics strategy will enable companies to convert data into operational insights. Our phone research identified these companies as leaders in advanced analytics. This panel of manufacturing experts is custom-made to will help you:  

-Understand the importance of developing an advanced analytics strategy and what its components should be
-Identify best practices to enable continuous processes improvements based on actionable insights and pattern recognition
-Move from real-time analytics to predictive -- and prescriptive -- analytics to improve processes and productivity  
Jason Ryska, Chief Engineer for Stamping Engineering at Ford Motor Company

Jason Ryska

Chief Engineer for Stamping Engineering
Ford Motor Company

Trever White, Group Manager, Manufacturing Engineering Systems at Toyota Motor Corp.

Trever White

Group Manager, Manufacturing Engineering Systems
Toyota Motor Corp.

Matt Townsend

Director of Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
Dana Incorporated

Jeff Flynn

Industry 4.0 Site Manager
Altana Chemicals

Sam Chance

Principal Consultant
Cambridge Semantics

1:30 pm - 1:50 pm Fireside Chat: Industry 4.0 Lessons Learned & Milestones Achieved

As the fifth largest manufacturer in America with $121.6 billion in annual revenue, General Motors produces more than 8 million vehicles annually. Last year the company accelerated its “transformation for the future,” building on the strategy it laid out in 2015 to strengthen its core business, capitalize on the future of personal mobility and drive significant cost savings. In an intimate one-on-one live interview, Jennifer will share how GM is:

•Evolving its product development workforce and processes to drive world-class levels of engineering using advanced technologies
•Improving quality and speed to market through these new processes and technologies
•Driving innovation and business value after “insourcing” all of its IT functions in 2018 

Jennifer Watson

Director of Manufacturing
General Motors

1:50 pm - 2:10 pm Keynote: Proving the ROI: Selling the Benefits of Industry 4.0 Roll Outs to the C-Suite for Investment

While top executives intrinsically know digitalization will improve processes, reduce costs and ultimately increase revenue, many are loath to invest in it heavily, pressing their teams for fast ROI and immediate hard benefits. But how do you measure opportunities lost from failure to move quickly enough as competitors eclipse you? Will you ever be able to catch up? Passionate about this topic, Jesper will share his considerable Industry 4.0 experience on convincing the c-suite to bolster investment by:

•Putting on your sales hat to convince executives of the intangibles such as competitive-edge erosion and fear of obsolescence
•Using your pilot programs intelligently to achieve significant wins in key areas of your operation that are important to executive management
•Clearly outlining the deliverables and milestones you should hit that will convince the c-suite to finance full implementation

Jesper Toubol, VP Elements and Moulds at LEGO

Jesper Toubol

VP Elements and Moulds

2:10 pm - 3:10 pm TECHNOLOGY ROUNDTABLES: Technologies Supporting Digital Transformation

Roundtable #1 - SpeachMe
Roundtable #2 - CMF/Connection
Roundtable #3 - Cambridge Semantics – “Data Interoperability” 
Roundtable #5 - Signavio
Roundtable #6 - Vistex

  • IIot Platforms -- Creating  a True Digital and Paperless Factory with a Completely Mobile Workforce 
  • Artificial Intelligence -- What are the Real and Tangible Benefits? Where it is Working, Where it is Not?
  • 3D/Additive Printing – On-Site Solution for Machine Maintenance and Parts/3D Printing for Product Design & Prototyping 
  • Robotics --  Determining the ROI of All the Moving Parts         
  • Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality – Using AR/VR to Assist with Training, Improve Worker Safety and Remote Assistance
  • Cyber Security – Protecting your Data in the Age of Data Sharing
  • RFID and Blockchain -- Asset Tracking & Management/What are the Cyber Security Applications? 
  • Blockchain – What Blockchain Business Applications Should Manufacturers Be Considering for the Future
  • MES/MOM – Integration that Optimizes Business Results
  • Cloud Solutions –Managing the Costs as you Migrate Data to the Cloud
  • Edge Computing – Reducing Data Latency and Bandwidth Usage
  • Advanced Data Analytics –How to Improve Your Data Visibility for Strategic Business Insights

3:10 pm - 3:50 pm Refreshment Break

Some argue technology is evolving too rapidly to allow for lengthy (and costly) pilot programs. Manufacturer pilot programs are often too complex and last too long -- 56% run pilots lasting 1 to 2 years, according to research by the World Economic Forum:

-What are the pros and cons of skipping the beta stage and going straight to implementation?
-Which use-cases are ideal for skipping the pilot stage and which are likely to require a beta program first?
-If pilots are necessary, what is the best way to structure and manage them so they do not become excessively lengthy and can be more readily scaled for implementation.

Jesper Toubol, VP Elements and Moulds at LEGO

Jesper Toubol

VP Elements and Moulds

Josef Kriegmair, Representative Production Turbine Blade / Structure Castings at MTU Aero Engines

Josef Kriegmair

Representative Production Turbine Blade / Structure Castings
MTU Aero Engines

Phillip Krotz

Principal Project Manager
Collins Aerospace

You have a data analytics plan in place, but now how do you implement it? From what we hear, that’s a common  problem, so we put this expert panel together so you can learn how to: 

-Scale the data to extrapolate actionable insights from all of your factories to improve overall processes and existing product production?
-Move from real-time analytics to predictive analytics to anticipate what’s next.
-Harness data to support more successful and innovative new product launches?

Dr. Sama Mbang, Global Head of Digitalization – Simulation Manufacturing Load Cases at Daimler/ Mercedes Benz

Dr. Sama Mbang

Global Head of Digitalization – Simulation Manufacturing Load Cases
Daimler/ Mercedes Benz

Allen Turner, Remote Analytics Team Leader at International Paper

Allen Turner

Remote Analytics Team Leader
International Paper

3:50 pm - 4:30 pm Executive Boardroom Meet-Up

Come meet and network with other top company executives and hear about their Industry 4.0 wins and lessons learned.

*By invitation only; VP level and higher

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm Vendor Presentation

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm Vendor Presentation

4:50 pm - 5:10 pm Keynote: Value Creation: How to Maintain A Customer Centric Focus Throughout the Digital Transformation

After initially focusing for three years on digitalizing its factories, American multinational Johnson & Johnson, with annual revenue of $81.6 billion is currently looking more broadly at end-to-end transformation. This new focus includes external customers, vendors and consumers by scaling its closed-loop process management. As a supply chain management expert, Sultan will explain how a customer-centric focus will help you:

•Ensure value-creation and process improvement remain central to your strategic plan and execution
•Continuously create value – vertically and horizontally -- at every stage of you process transformation
•Keep your eye on the prize to ensure new technologies adopted are more than dazzling and actually add value 
Sultan Aziz, Senior Director, Product Supply Strategy Management at Johnson & Johnson

Sultan Aziz

Senior Director, Product Supply Strategy Management
Johnson & Johnson

4:50 pm - 5:10 pm Case Study: Important Learnings from a Brewery Lighthouse

AB InBev’s brewery in Brazil has embraced the megatrends of industry 4.0 and serves as the company’s lighthouse.

•Learn how and why AB InBev selected a site in Brazil as its first testing ground and what criterion was critical to that decision.
•Hear about lessons learned during this initial site transformation and how it evolved into a Lighthouse globally.
•As the brewer rapidly scales, hear how key learnings from its Lighthouse support other implementations with important data insights and best practices. 

Santiago Duarte, Global Solutions VP for Tech Supply & Logistics at AB InBev

Santiago Duarte

Global Solutions VP for Tech Supply & Logistics
AB InBev

4:50 pm - 5:30 pm Connected Manufacturing Think Tank

Come meet with other top industry executives and discuss Industry 4.0 wins, lessons learned, and compare notes on the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

*By invitation only; VP level and higher

5:10 pm - 5:30 pm Case Study: Tearing Down the Walls Between IT/OT for Seamless Interoperability

Come hear how Nestle Purina is tackling the IT/OT challenge of competing agendas and departmental silos. With more than 300,000 employees, 413 factories in 85 countries, Nestle Purina knows a thing or two about breaking down silos. Here’s what  you’ll walk away with:

•What is the ideal organizational structure to ensure IT and OT work in concert?
•Should companies merge IT and OT to ensure seamless digitalization and minimize the logjams of competing departmental agendas? 
•What are the pros and cons of separate vs. blended these departments?

Terry LeDoux, Director Information Systems - Product Supply North America at Purina-Nestle

Terry LeDoux

Director Information Systems - Product Supply North America

5:10 pm - 5:30 pm Case Study: Benchmarking & Measuring Implementation Success

Benchmarking and measuring implementation success is one of the most elusive aspects of Industry 4.0 that manufacturers contend with. Join Hicham and learn:

•What are the most vital KPIs are to track in your pilot program to enable faster implementation?
•What are the most important milestones to achieve, prove and measure in your implementation?
•How do you find similar size manufacturers in non-competitive markets to benchmark against?

Hicham Wazni, Director of Manufacturing Intelligence and Smart Manufacturing at Howmet Aerospace

Hicham Wazni

Director of Manufacturing Intelligence and Smart Manufacturing
Howmet Aerospace

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Backyard BBQ Reception