Connected Manufacturing Forum 2021

July 29 - 30, 2021

JW Marriott, Austin, TX

Day Two – Building an Agile Organization, the Vital Foundation for Digital Transformation Success


Sept. 1, 2020  


Achieving High Impact Results From End-to-End Digitalization

7:20 am - 8:20 am Continental Breakfast & Registration

8:20 am - 8:30 am Welcome Remarks

8:30 am - 8:40 am Chairperson’s Opening Address

8:40 am - 9:00 am Keynote: The Need for Continuous Investment to Best Leverage Innovative Technologies

Digital transformation is not a one-and-done deal. It is an ongoing quest and evolving process with no end that requires continuous attention and investment. Join Bart of Johnson & Johnson -- an Industry 4.0 front runner with lighthouse factories designated by the World Economic Forum – to understand: 

•Strategies and plans you should put in place to ensure initiatives and applications you roll out today will be relevant long term
•How to keep pace with new and innovative technologies and applications that are rolling out at breakneck pace
•The funding required to achieve front-runner status and what it takes to maintain front-runner status in the future.
Bart Talloen, Vice President, Product Supply Strategy & Deployment at Johnson & Johnson

Bart Talloen

Vice President, Product Supply Strategy & Deployment
Johnson & Johnson

9:00 am - 9:20 am Keynote: Building an Agile and Empowered Organization that Fosters True Digital Transformation

Rigid organizations will struggle with all aspects of Industry 4.0. Organizational agility is the critical foundation for transformation. Daimler, a $186 billion German automaker, is known for its decentralized structure and culture of innovation.  A passionate coach in the area of digital leadership and agility working methods—Sama will explore:

•What types of organizational structures ensure you can reap and leverage maximum Industry 4.0 benefits
•How to build an agile organization and an innovative and open cultural mindset from the top down
•What type of workforce training and development must take place to ensure more successful technology pilots and full-scale implementation.

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

9:20 am - 10:00 am Keynote Panel: Robotics Automation --The integration of Man and Machine, and How to Quell Job Loss Fears

Many claim robotics create a stronger, faster, and more powerful workforce, one that elevates—not eliminates— human roles in manufacturing, but job-loss fears still concern factory workers and managers. Our panel of experts will:

•Help separate fact from fiction about the impact robotics has on jobs and workers
•Explore the role of robots to carry out very repetitive and/or unsafe tasks so that the human workforce can perform higher-value manual tasks
•Discuss how manufacturers should address job loss fears and manage expectations about robotics -- what is realistic and what is not

Jennifer Watson

Director of Manufacturing
General Motors

Eddie Smith, Director, Operations at Kuhn Krause

Eddie Smith

Director, Operations
Kuhn Krause

Jay Douglass, COO at Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing

Jay Douglass

COO
Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing

10:00 am - 10:20 am Vendor Keynote Presentation

10:20 am - 11:00 am Refreshment Break

Track A Industry 4.0 Taking Off & Acceleration

11:00 am - 11:20 am Case Study: Evolution of Digitalization from Education and Experiments to Lighthouse Plants
The idea of Industry 4.0 is to “learn early and fail small.” Executives from specialty chemicals and performance materials company, Cabot Corporation, will explore how to:

-Leverage Industry 4.0 experience and learnings from other areas of the organization that might be ahead of manufacturing in their digitalization journey
-Minimize wasted investments by communicating cross-functionally and learning from both successes and failures? 
-Accelerate the pace of your digital transformation by breaking down corporate silos
*Cabot Corporation was recently cited as one of America’s Most Responsible Companies by Newsweek

Rob Davies

VP, Global Manufacturing – Reinforcement Materials
Cabot Corporation

Dean Serpico

Director of Manufacturing – IT
Cabot Corporation

Track B Industry 4.0 High Fliers

11:00 am - 11:20 am Case Study: Building a Sustainable Business Model – Linking your Digital Transformation to Reducing Your Carbon Footprint
Industry 4.0 is all about transforming your business to a more sustainable model for competitive advantage now and into the future. Learn how Colgate-Palmolive, which recently unveiled the first ever recyclable toothpaste tube, and was named 19th on Barron’s Top 100 Sustainability list, is:

-Integrating its digitalization strategy with it corporate responsibility and sustainability program 
-Reducing costs across the organization by marrying reduction of its carbon footprint with its digitalization
-Bolstering its social reputation by being a good corporate citizen.

Warren Pruitt, Vice President, Global Supply Chain at Colgate-Palmolive Company

Warren Pruitt

Vice President, Global Supply Chain
Colgate-Palmolive Company

Gary Binstock, Director of Technology – Strategic Innovation and Alliances at Colgate-Palmolive Company

Gary Binstock

Director of Technology – Strategic Innovation and Alliances
Colgate-Palmolive Company

Track C Labs & Executive Boardrooms

11:00 am - 11:20 am INDUSTRY 4.0 LAB WORKSHOP: Building the Workforce of the Future: How to Prepare Your Organization for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
In this small classroom style workshop, come take a deeper dive on developing agile working methods and building a strong future workforce. You will learn how to: 

-Embrace  change and an agility mind set from the factory floor to top leadership
-Foster innovation through a co-creation organizational cultures
-Stimulate innovation and  change-management by adopting strong reward mechanisms
-Sharing the vision, communicating milestones and celebrating accomplishments along the way

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

11:20 am - 11:40 am Case Study: Using Software Integrators to Accelerate Implementation

Are you overwhelmed by the amount of new and innovative technologies out there and can’t keep pace with the number of vendors who knock on your door? Eddie has some tips that may make it easier for small and medium manufacturers with limited resources:

-Learn how Kuhn Krause, an industrial and agricultural equipment manufacturer with more than 2000 patents worldwide, uses technology integrators to ensure smooth interoperability and deployment.
-By working with a handful of integrators that bring them myriad solutions, Kuhn Krause virtually eliminates vendor friction and system compatibility issues.

Eddie Smith, Director, Operations at Kuhn Krause

Eddie Smith

Director, Operations
Kuhn Krause

11:20 am - 11:40 am Case Study: Implementation Flexibility: Making Important and Unanticipated Changes to Your Plan Along the Way

Implementation blueprints are important, but how do you ensure you have the organizational agility to make needed adjustments when needed? Come hear how Nestle Purina tackles the challenge:

-What type of implementation results should give you pause to consider altering the original plan?
-How should the plan then be adjusted and which stakeholders should be involved in the plan alteration?
-How fluid should your plan be 
to ensure it is a living and breathing strategy

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

Terry LeDoux

Director Information Systems - Product Supply North America
Purina-Nestle

Paul Ingram, Director Digital Manufacturing at Nestle-Purina

Paul Ingram

Director Digital Manufacturing
Nestle-Purina

11:40 am - 12:00 pm Vendor presentation

11:40 am - 12:00 pm Vendor presentation

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch for all attendees

All too often, digitalization team members are pulled in many different directions, executing digitalization initiatives in addition to their  core jobs. Join our We’ve handpicked this  panel of talent specialists who will  explain and assess:

-The risks of trying to digitalize your manufacturing operations with part-time task forces
-What a digital transformation team should look like and what departments should be included
-How to get support from executive management for a full-time dedicated digitalization team for optimal  long-term success  

Stephen A. Childs, Vice President, Global Human Resources & Facilities at Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America

Stephen A. Childs

Vice President, Global Human Resources & Facilities
Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America

Ashley Baron, Vice President HR, Industry 4.0 & Corporate at Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.

Ashley Baron

Vice President HR, Industry 4.0 & Corporate
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.

Thomas Kelly, Executive Director and CEO at Automation Alley

Thomas Kelly

Executive Director and CEO
Automation Alley

1:00 pm - 1:40 pm Panel: Fostering Innovation Through a “Pull” Co-Creation Culture from the Factory Floor to the Top of Your Organization

According to The World Economic Forum’s research of Industry 4.0 Lighthouses, a “pull” approach -- the antithesis of a top-down “push” mentality -- is intrinsic of an inclusive and successful culture. Hear how: 

•That type of inclusion will get 100% percent of your organization involved in your digital transformation.
•These companies are communicating their digitalization vision to get buy-in and support at all levels of their organizations
•This “pull” approach improves employees’ skill levels and helps shape jobs of the future

Mike Nitz, Senior Architect, IT at Boston Scientific

Mike Nitz

Senior Architect, IT
Boston Scientific

David Schultz, Chief Procurement Officer at CONMED Corporation

David Schultz

Chief Procurement Officer
CONMED Corporation

1:00 pm - 1:40 pm Executive Boardroom: Cyber Security – Crafting a Threat Management Plan That Also Protects Your Company’s Intellectual Property

IIoT and other Industry 4.0 enabling technologies can expose companies to bad players and serious security breaches. This top-to-top discussion will ensure you are:
-Properly assessing the risks and what is at stake for your company
-Facing the risk head-on with a thorough threat management plan that protects your company at all levels and enables secure data sharing across you supply chain
-Protecting your data and other intellectual property with robust cyber security solutions

*By invitation only; VP level and higher

Stephen Mellor, Chief Technology Officer at Industrial Internet Consortium

Stephen Mellor

Chief Technology Officer
Industrial Internet Consortium

1:40 pm - 2:00 pm Case Study: Data Quality & Integrity – The Dangers of Layer Good Data on Top of Bad Data

As the old adage goes, “Garbage in, garbage out.” What are the best strategies for cleaning old data in preparation for new data migration form your new digital assets? Join Steve for a master tutorial on:

•The pros and cons of layering new data on top of old and/or inferior data?
•What should you do with old data that on face value appears useless?
•Should you blend your data sets or keep the old and new separate?

Steve Chadwick, Senior Principal Engineer at Intel Corporation

Steve Chadwick

Senior Principal Engineer
Intel Corporation

1:40 pm - 2:00 pm Case Study: Important Steps to Prepare for Predictive Analytics and Maintenance

Reducing factory and/or line downtime can significantly boost financial performance. International Paper has been at the forefront of these initiatives for years. Come hear how Allen and his team are:

• Laying important groundwork to achieve predictive analytics and predictive maintenance
• Changing various business process to support these operational changes
• Using machine learning in preparation for layering on artificial intelligence that will enable pattern recognitions and predict trouble ahead.

*FORTUNE magazine named International Paper as one of the "World’s Most Admired Companies®” for the 15th time in the last 16 years.

Allen Turner, Remote Analytics Team Leader at International Paper

Allen Turner

Remote Analytics Team Leader
International Paper

Join 10-12 like-minded manufacturing professionals for a moderated discussion on a topic of your choice.
(Select two 30-minute roundtables)


•Robotics: Quelling the Job-Loss Fears  (Moderated by Jay Douglass, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing)

•Cyber Security: Incorporating it Into your Industry 4.0 Plan (Moderated by Stephen Mellor, Industrial Internet Consortium

•Preparing Your Workforce for Digital Transformation

•Accelerating Speed to Market with Digital Initiatives

•Organizational Bottlenecks that Sabotage Pilot Programs

•How to Retain Valuable Institutional Knowledge from a Large and Retiring Workforce 

•Optimizing Communications Among Your Digitalization Teams – Engineering, Manufacturing, IT/OT and HR

Jay Douglass, COO at Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing

Jay Douglass

COO
Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing

Stephen Mellor, Chief Technology Officer at Industrial Internet Consortium

Stephen Mellor

Chief Technology Officer
Industrial Internet Consortium

Join 10-12 “industry high fliers” for facilitated roundtable discussions.
(Select two 30-minute roundtables)

•Exploring Edge Computing to Reduce Latency and Costs
(Moderated by -Josef Kriegmair, Representative Production Turbine Blade/ Structure Castings, MTU Aero) 

•Using AI for Better Forecasting

•Digital Twin – How to Optimize Real-World Implementation and Create “What If” Scenarios 
(Moderated by Jesper Toubol, Vice President Elements and Moulds, LEGO)

•Transforming Big Data into Actionable Insights
( Lloyd Colgrove, Data Services Director, Dow Chemical Company) 

•Adopting Open IoT Architecture to Enable More Seamless and Secure Data Sharing

•Permeating Rigid Organizational Structures With Diversity of Thought, Skills & Competency for Industry 4.0 Success

•Working with Innovative Tech Start-Ups to Fill the White Spaces in Your Digital Blueprint

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

Josef Kriegmair

Representative Production Turbine Blade / Structure Castings
MTU Aero Engines

Jesper Toubol, VP Elements and Moulds at LEGO

Jesper Toubol

VP Elements and Moulds
LEGO

3:00 pm - 3:40 pm Afternoon Break

3:40 pm - 4:00 pm Keynote: Developing a Data Literate Workforce of the Future to Fully Unleash the Power of Industry 4.0

Data literacy will become a ubiquitous skill set that employees at most levels of a manufacturing organization will have to learn in order to fully support digital transformation. Stephen will navigate the audience through the most important data literacy skills that are table stakes today, and those that will raise the ante in the future:   

•How will workforce data literacy requirements change pre- and post- digital transformation?
•What data analytics skills does the workforce of the future demand? Are you ready?
•What are best practices to upskill your workforce to unleash the power of your data?
Stephen A. Childs, Vice President, Global Human Resources & Facilities at Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America

Stephen A. Childs

Vice President, Global Human Resources & Facilities
Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America

4:00 pm - 4:40 pm Case Study Interactive: Attracting a Tech Savvy Workforce to Manufacturing – How to Compete for the Best Talent and Retain Them

How can manufacturers compete with the amazons, Googles and Facebooks of the world for tech savvy professionals? What smart recruitment and retention strategies should you deploy?  Ashley, an Industry 4.0 talent expert, will spend the first 20 minutes sharing strategies and tactics that are helping Stanley Black & Decker succeed in the talent wars. The second half of the program will be interactive, offering attendees the opportunity to seek Ashley’s sage advice. You might want to ask her how you:

•Retain and reward the most skilled workers during your transformation
•Identify quality workers for digital training who are interested and capable of making the transition
•Continuously train employees to ensure digital skills at all levels of the organization remain current and are prepared for tomorrow?

*Stanley Black & Decker established a state-of-the-art “Manufactory 4.0” in Hartford, Conn. – the epicenter for the company’s global Industry 4.0 “smart factory” and workforce upskilling initiatives – making manufacturing more efficient, productive and adaptable.

Ashley Baron, Vice President HR, Industry 4.0 & Corporate at Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.

Ashley Baron

Vice President HR, Industry 4.0 & Corporate
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.

4:40 pm - 4:40 pm Conclusion of Connected Manufacturing Forum 2020 – Safe Travels Home!