Connected Manufacturing Forum

June 19 - 20, 2018

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, MO


Day Two – June 20, 2018 | Embracing Digitalization & Innovation: Leveraging Big Data and Connectivity to Drive Operational Efficiency, Productivity and Innovation

7:30 am - 8:30 am Continental Breakfast & Registration

7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast VIP Think Tank - Leaders in Manufacturing

*Invite-Only –  pre-event RSVP required*

8:30 am - 8:35 am Welcome Remarks & Benchmarking

Antonia Kay, Program Director,Connected Manufacturing Forum

Antonia Kay

Program Director
Connected Manufacturing Forum

8:35 am - 8:50 am Chairperson’s Opening Address

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?

Melissa Smith

Senior Director of Product Safety & Quality
Nature's Variety


Glen Schwab

Executive Director
Quad Cities Manufacturing & Innovation Hub


Bradley Rhorer

Assistant Senior Manager, HR

9:30 am - 10:00 am Case Study: 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

Steve Chadwick

Senior Principal Engineer
Intel Corporation

10:00 am - 10:20 am Predictive Maintenance: Using Process Automation and Advanced Analytics to Reduce Downtime and Increase Efficiency

Derrick Register, Vice President, Supply Chain,The Coca-Cola Company
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

Derrick Register

Vice President, Supply Chain
The Coca-Cola Company

10:20 am - 11:00 am Morning Refreshment Break

Some of the benefits of having a fully connected factory is having access to real-time data and full visibility into equipment health and production cycle, and thus being able to diagnose and act on operational disruptions before they arise. Hear practical recommendations on:

  • The benefits of having smart and communicative equipment
  • Knowing the real-time status of your equipment and fixing issues before they arise 
  • Ensuring that your plant operations and existing systems and processes are not disrupted by the transformation


Bart Talloen

Vice President, Product Supply Strategy & Deployment
Johnson & Johnson


Jesper Toubøl

Vice President, Elements & Moulds
LEGO Group


Stefan Zippel

Industry 4.0 Architect
Georg Fischer

11:40 am - 12:00 pm FactoryTalk Analytics: Where Information Transforms to Value

Brian Vogel, Information Solutions Sales Executive,Rockwell Automation
Smart manufacturing and industrial operations embrace a new way forward. This new direction is highly-connected ad knowledge-enabled, where devices and processes are connected, monitored, and optimized. Smart operations require the use of new disruptive technologies, from analytics and mobile to collaborative machines. You’ve all heard about Big Data, the Factory of the Future, the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing. The common threads throughout is the digitization of the factory, but why?

Sponsored by: Rockwell Automation


Brian Vogel

Information Solutions Sales Executive
Rockwell Automation

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Path to Automation and 5G in Manufacturing

Mike Meagher, Head of Group Supply Americas,Ericsson
Leveraging technology-driven machine learning and real-time monitoring is key to improving quality control and overall manufacturing process, ensuring compliance, eliminating bottlenecks in production and throughout the supply chain.

This session will explore the future of smart manufacturing leveraging digital technologies for flexible and intelligent production processes in areas such as:
•Inventory management
•Supply management
•Operations Center
•Assembly Line

Mike Meagher

Head of Group Supply Americas

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Luncheon For All Attendees

Main Session

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Case Study: Choosing the Right KPIs to Drive Excellence Transformation and Improved Manufacturing
Ricardo Estok, Global Operations Excellence & Transformation Leader,Johnson Controls
As industrial leaders across the globe are actively rethinking their existing business models in order to keep up with a blazing fast Industry 4.0 race, one of the major challenges they face is conceptualizing realistic and actionable smart manufacturing goals and aligning their strategy around the defined measurements and targets.

Join this session for practical  recommendations on:

  • Choosing the right KPIs that will work for your organization
  • Aligning goals and adjectives 
  • Measuring, analyzing and improving metrics 
  • Failures to avoid in KPIs selection

Ricardo Estok

Global Operations Excellence & Transformation Leader
Johnson Controls

Main Session

2:00 pm - 2:10 pm Innovation Spotlight

Industry Lab Workshop

1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Increasing Process Reliability and Asset Utilization
Adoption of IIoT creates new opportunities associated with enterprise-level performance management. With the latest smart censors, connectivity and real-time capabilities at hand, plants have the ability to focus on performance monitoring, develop comprehensive predictive maintenance programs, and eliminate unplanned downtime. 

•Predicting system failures and providing proactive response to reduce unplanned downtime
•Minimizing costs and efficiency losses

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

To  reserve your seat, contact Antonia Kay at

Main Session

2:10 pm - 2:50 pm Case Study: Lessons Learned and Pitfalls to Avoid: Recent Automation of Momentive’s Packaging Line
John Glaser, Global Packaging Technology Leader,Momentive
This session provides real-life examples of cross-departmental collaboration in choosing the right technology for your smart factory and recommendations on avoiding potential roadblocks when you move into implementation phase

  • The Journey - Defining priorities and setting the goals for your project
  • The big sell - Ensuring that the new solution aligns with business units’ & exceed expectations
  • Safety culture enhancer – Effectively eliminating multi-touch points
  • Talent management – Empowering the workforce and effective training needs
  • The doors open – End effect of a successful program within a multi-site, multi-national company

John Glaser

Global Packaging Technology Leader

Industry Lab Workshop

2:20 pm - 3:10 pm Integrating Customer Feedback to Enhance Product Research and Development
  • Upgrading your production requirements and creating new opportunities by listening to your customer
  • Leveraging customer data to fulfill their changing requirements

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

To  reserve your seat, contact Antonia Kay at

2:50 pm - 3:30 pm Afternoon Networking and Refreshment Break

3:30 pm - 4:10 pm Approaches for Cyber Manufacturing Systems Integration Strategy Generation

Cihan Dagli, Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering,Missouri University of Science and Technology
Multi-faceted systems of the future will entail complex logic and reasoning with many levels of reasoning in intricate arrangement organized by web of connections and demonstrating self-driven adaptability. They are designed for autonomy and exhibiting emergent behavior that can be visualized. Manufacturing industry is being effected by these changes extensively as production activities and facilities are evolving into cyber manufacturing systems. The challenge in cyber manufacturing systems integration is to create an organized complexity that will allow induvial manufacturing system to achieve its goals that are dynamically changing due to constantly evolving manufacturing configurations in sectors. In this talk possible approaches that can be adapted in generating  cyber manufacturing systems integration strategies using evolutionary approaches, complex systems modeling and model based systems engineering and digital twins will be discussed and how industry 4.0 standard can facilitate this change will be stressed. 

Cihan Dagli

Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Post your burning questions about smart manufacturing strategy development and implementation, technology integration and optimization of your assets, people and processes to have our panellists offer advice on your biggest challenges and recommend actionable solutions that you can apply as soon as you are back to the office. 

Chris Taylor

Director, Operations
Lennox International


Steve Chadwick

Senior Principal Engineer
Intel Corporation


Melissa Smith

Senior Director of Product Safety & Quality
Nature's Variety

5:00 pm - 5:00 pm End Of Connected Manufacturing Forum 2018