Connected Manufacturing Forum

June 19 - 20, 2018

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, MO


Day One – June 19, 2018 | The Rise of Industry 4.0: Connecting Your Manufacturing Ecosystem to Drive Process Optimization and Gain Operational Visibility

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

8:00 am - 8:10 am Welcome Remarks & Ice Breaker

Antonia Kay, Program Director,Connected Manufacturing Forum

Antonia Kay

Program Director
Connected Manufacturing Forum

8:10 am - 8:20 am Chairperson’s Opening Address

8:20 am - 8:50 am State of The Industry: Putting Smart Manufacturing Strategy at the Heart of Your Business Transformation

Bart Talloen, Vice President, Product Supply Strategy & Deployment,Johnson & Johnson
We have reached Industry 4.0, the era where IIoT, robotic process automation, digitalization, and predictive analytics serve as a catalyst for executive leadership to monetize their strategy, redefine business models, and deliver better services, improved innovation and customization to the customer.  This session explores:

  • Recognizing and acknowledging the major healthcare trends and disruptors 
  • How does embracing these trends impact manufacturing capabilities and the end-to-end supply chain organization?
  • How to develop a bold and holistic manufacturing transformation strategy, framework and deployment approach to address  these implications and meet future customer and market expectations?
  • Insights into how to connect and seamlessly integrate the Technology Innovation Process (Mode 2) with the “Operational World” (Mode 1) for broad adoption and deployment across business segments
  • Sharing of critical success factors for implementation of this manufacturing & technology transformation to drive sustainable business and customer impact

Bart Talloen

Vice President, Product Supply Strategy & Deployment
Johnson & Johnson

8:50 am - 9:20 am Case Study: Starting Small to Deliver Big Results: Identifying High ROI Pilots and Data Leveraging Opportunities to Promote Your Digital Journey

Jesper Toubøl, Vice President, Elements & Moulds,LEGO Group
Preparing your business for the inevitable shift towards digitalization and informed manufacturing is a complex process that requires full assessment of existing assets, people, systems and processes paired with a careful prioritization of goals and projections for each smart factory project your company is planning to implement. Starting small may be the answer to getting stakeholders approve the budget for a project and demonstrating true benefits your company can realize in future.  Hear about improving performance on quality and ROI using pilot approach:

  • Exploring new opportunities for capturing data by leveraging sensor technology 
  • Predicting quality and improving performance and cost
  • Managing material variances and exploiting new design opportunities
  • Focusing on close loop approach

Jesper Toubøl

Vice President, Elements & Moulds
LEGO Group

Industry 4.0 Revolution is a global phenomenon shifting industry paradigms and modernizing manufacturing practices with connectivity, interoperability, virtualization and real-time capabilities. Manufacturers all over the world are upgrading their business strategy to include smart factory initiatives and turn traditional factories from cost centers into profitable innovation platforms.

However, it is not an easy journey and there is no one-size-fits-all transformational approach that can work for every company. So how do you maximize your assets and resources and what do you need to do 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” 

Josef Kriegmair

Representative, Production – Turbine Blade/Structure Castings
MTU Aero Engine


Michael Harmon

Director, Americas


David Hunt

Director, Manufacturing Technology – Improve
International Paper Company


Prasad Satyavolu

Chief Digital Officer

9:50 am - 10:30 am Morning Refreshment and Networking Break

10:30 am - 11:00 am Digitalization and New Dimensions in Workforce Management

Lloyd Colegrove, Data Services Director, Fundamental Problem Solving Director,The Dow Chemical
Join this session for practical recommendations on how to prepare your organization and workforce for Industry 4.0 transformation. Main takeaways include:

  • The impact of digitalization on your workforce management and company culture
  • Ensuring your existing talent gets adequate training to keep up with the latest technologies
  • Competing with Silicon Valley: efficient strategies in attracting and recruiting new talent
  • Aligning your teams around the same strategic goals
  • Putting data to work: turning your data assets into actionable insights


Lloyd Colegrove

Data Services Director, Fundamental Problem Solving Director
The Dow Chemical

11:00 am - 11:30 am Deploying Industrial IoT Technology Solutions to Connect Your Factory Floor for Increased Operational Visibility

Shiraz Hasan, AVP Industrial IoT Solutions,AT&T
Improved visibility into the near real-time status of manufacturing processes and asset performance is one of the biggest gains that industrial organizations can achieve. Incorporating Industry 4.0 technology into the digital factory can translate into lower operational costs, increased uptime of machines, and greater productivity. 
Join this session to explore the latest Industrial IoT (IIoT) and cloud solutions that can help you connect your people, processes, and machines to gain near real-time plant floor visibility, and help turn your generated data into actionable insights for more informed decision making.

Sponsored by: AT&T


Shiraz Hasan

AVP Industrial IoT Solutions

11:20 am - 11:40 am Case Study: Industry 4.0 in Perspective: Continental Automotive’s Journey to Becoming a Smart Factory

Sibylle Buettner, Plant Director,Continental Automotive GmbH
The next phase in the digitalization of the manufacturing sector has started. It is driven by four disruptions: 

  • Rise in data volumes, computer-based power and connectivity 
  • New capabilities in analytics and business intelligence 
  • New forms of human-machine interaction (touch interfaces, AR-systems) 
  • Improvements in transferring digital instructions to the physical world 

Artificial intelligence, cloud storage and applications as well as smart sensors are enablers of our projects for “Smart Factory” and “Ideal Warehouse”. Get an insight on our approach to Industry 4.0, implementation status as well as overall strategy and roadmap development. 

Sibylle Buettner

Plant Director
Continental Automotive GmbH

11:40 am - 12:00 pm Stop. Look and Listen – How to Avoid Becoming Industry 4.0 Roadkill

Prasad Satyavolu, Chief Digital Officer,Cognizant
The opportunity of realizing the business benefits of integrating IT with OT has prompted countless manufacturers to rush headlong into digital transformation initiatives. Frequently, these initiatives are undertaken without sufficient calibration vis-à-vis business goals, metrics and deliverables or with a vision to innovation all of which can sabotage even the best blueprint before the ink has dried.

Our session will discuss Cognizant’s learnings in designing and implementing industry 4.0 initiatives for clients across multiple industry segments, specifically covering:

  • Organizing for the journey – assembling a combination of skills and expertise,
  • The overlooked, overhyped and underutilized technologies that can make or break an approach including when, where and how to leverage robotics, digital threads and twins,
  • The business value of data and the secret weapons already part of an organization’s infrastructure,
  • Creating the right ecosystem,
  • Characteristics of success - how to measure progress and determine when things are going well, when they are not and what to do about it. 

Prasad Satyavolu

Chief Digital Officer

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Luncheon For All Attendees

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Case Study: Winning the Smart Manufacturing Battle: Robots vs. Humans

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?

Stefan Zippel

Industry 4.0 Architect
Georg Fischer

1:20 pm - 1:40 pm Workforce and New Technology Enhancements

Eddie Smith, Director, Operations,Kuhn Krause
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 married 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

To start this journey we must include the top decision makers so they can understand the why, what, when, where and how. In addition, this comes at a cost which means capital investments.  When they are on board then you can get the rest of the team which impacts all business units and support functions on board. For the manufacturing team it is imperative that the workforce understands the direction and why it is necessary. In addition, this new technology is not to replace them but to enhance their working environment by remove waste and make their jobs easier.

Eddie Smith

Director, Operations
Kuhn Krause

1:40 pm - 2:00 pm Case Study: Reducing Workforce Attrition Rates from 40% to 16%

Bradley Rhorer, Assistant Senior Manager, HR,Subaru

Bradley Rhorer

Assistant Senior Manager, HR

Industry Lab Workshop

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 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**

To  reserve your seat, contact Antonia Kay at

Heather Hardman

Ideation and Innovation Management
Duke Energy Corporation

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm Afternoon Refreshment & Networking Break

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm Learn & Poll Case Study: Technical Challenges, Business Opportunities, Advances, and Near Future in Polymeric and Metal Additive Manufacturing

Antonio Paesano, R&D Project Manager, Additive Manufacturing Focal,The Boeing Company
Since Charles Hull's patent in 1986 on stereolithography, additive manufacturing (AM) has been revolutionizing worldwide manufacturing across industries, ranging from medicine to electronics to aerospace. 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.


Antonio Paesano

R&D Project Manager, Additive Manufacturing Focal
The Boeing Company

3:20 pm - 3:40 pm Impact of the Human Machine Interface (HMI) in a Production Environment

Josef Kriegmair, Representative, Production – Turbine Blade/Structure Castings,MTU Aero Engine
Smart Manufacturing is about data. It is also about the interplay of intelligent objects and workshop staff in order to combine system and human skills. This session focuses on Human Machine Interface (HMI) which has a significant impact on productivity and resilience of manufacturing unit and offers practical recommendations on:

  • User acceptance of a system
  • Training requirements for a system
  • Process robustness and error prevention
  • Adaptability to preferences of different users
  • Impact on flexibility and agility of a manufacturing unit

Josef Kriegmair

Representative, Production – Turbine Blade/Structure Castings
MTU Aero Engine

Industry Lab Workshop

2:40 pm - 3:40 pm Best Practices in Global Process Standardization and Vendor Selection
The technology of yesterday is struggling to support today’s commercial reality, and global manufacturing companies are struggling with prioritizing investments in advanced solutions that can be easily integrated across their facilities around the world. What is your next step in taking smart manufacturing strategy and technology initiatives across the border? Do you have established best practices in selecting and qualifying solution providers that would work across your global facilities? Join this session for practical advice on:

•Making sound vendor selection decisions through efficient cross-functional group collaboration to develop universal supplier qualification/disqualification criteria
•Identifying critical success factors before a new supplier is deemed acceptable Following a structured approach to ensure that resources are properly allocated  
•Monitoring vendors over the short and long term to drive continuous improvement

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

To  reserve your seat, contact Antonia Kay at

3:40 pm - 4:00 pm Afternoon Refreshment and Networking Break

1. Ensuring Successful Rollout of Industry 4.0 Initiatives to Put Your Business in a Better Position Today and in the Future
Danery Flores, Manager Global Equipment Innovation and Standardization, Lear Corporation

2. Change Management Planning Process Part From An Employer Perspective
Chris Taylor, Director of Operations, Lennox International

3. Driving Operational Excellence through Smart Automation
John Settineri, Director, Manufacturing Automation, Avery Dennison

4. Implementing IIoT Solutions to Prepare Your Manufacturing Sites for the Future
Michael Harmon, Director, Americas, ISG

5. Gearing up for Blockchain: The Next Disruptive Force in Manufacturing
Michael Blumberg, President and Founder, Field Service Insights

Danery Flores

Manager, Global Equipment Innovation & Standardization
Lear Corporation


Chris Taylor

Director, Operations
Lennox International


John Settineri

Director, Manufacturing Automation
Avery Dennison


Michael Harmon

Director, Americas


Michael Blumberg

President and Founder
Field Service Insights

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Welcome Cocktail Reception

6:30 pm - 6:30 pm End Of Day One