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Day 1 – Monday October 30th 2017
7:30 – 8:45am
Registration & Refreshments

8:45 – 8:55am
Chair’s Opening Remarks

8:55 – 9:30am
Advanced Leadership & Manufacturing Strategies
How can you Increase People Engagement through Coaching, Mentoring and Empowerment?

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  • Stephanie has held Senior Management positions at Nestlé in the US, Switzerland and Australia

Stephanie Hart
Vice President of Manufacturing

Developments in Lean & OpEx
The Future of Continuous Improvement

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  • How is CI going to be different in the future and how can we prepare?
  • The world around us is changing and therefore, CI requires a rethink from how it has been done in the last 50 years
  • How can lean and Six Sigma be interpreted and deployed moving forward?

John Biedry
Senior Director, Global Lean Enterprise

10:05am – 10:10am
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10:10 – 10:40am
Case Study
How can Determining the Maturity of your Lean Journey Open Up New Possibilities?

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  • What is the best way to measure your lean initiative?
  • What external accreditation boards are being used?
  • How are new developments in IT supporting continuous improvement and its measurement?
  • Can different facilities be truly compared if the processes used and products manufactured differ?

Andrew Lux
Vice President

Case Study
Future Technologies & IoT
“Who Said Nothing Is Free?” – Understanding the Science of Inventory Reduction


  • The science of inventory reduction – demand forecast, orders, supplier data
  • Data points to factor in
  • Practical case study – inventory reduced by 25% with no impact on shipping performance or premium freight fees
  • Applying an OpEx mindset

Jack Feng
Vice President of Operational Excellence
Commercial Vehicle Group

10:40 – 11:40am
iSolve & Networking Refreshments

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11:40 – 12:10pm
Case Study
Developments in Lean & OpEx
How to Launch a Lean Academy in Your Business to Develop Staff – “It’s Not What You’re Making, It’s What You’re Doing”


  • Launching a lean academy – key considerations
  • Cost of implementing and having the resources to do support it
  • Working with outside organizations to staff the academy
  • Convincing staff of the benefits of attendance, particularly those who need it the most
  • Applying lean thinking outside strict operations groups to the complete enterprise – sales, finance, business development, etc.

Mark Gooch
Global VP, Lean Enterprise & Operations

Case Study
Advanced Leadership & Manufacturing Strategies
“It’s A Ground War Not An Air War” – Supporting Your Hoshin Kanri Systems With the Right Organizational Mindset from Day 1


  • Wabash’s Hoshin Kanri journey – starting with passion, having perspective, building your plan
  • Recognizing the company’s climate and the culture it sets for teams
  • Ensuring the mindset supports the systems
  • Don’t underestimate the courage it takes to launch an initiative and the grit and tenacity it takes to stay with it
  • Building highly collaborative environments that encourage healthy debate

Ryan King
Director of Operational Excellence
Wabash National Corporation

12:10 – 12:15pm
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12:15 – 12:45pm
Solution Spotlight
Developments in Lean & OpEx
Driving to Zero: An Executive Discussion and Case Study on Exceptional Manufacturing Performance

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  • Challenge existing paradigms by embracing zero-loss thinking in cost, quality, and safety
  • Build and optimize a performance system vs. launching more initiatives
  • Leverage the power of operational excellence to deliver on corporate strategy and outperform competition
  • Establish the business case for change at all levels of the organization

Jordan Workman
Director of NA & EMEA Client Development

Solution Spotlight
Future Technologies & IoT

Commercial Technologies Meet Industrial Environments

      Implementing new technology into manufacturing is more complex and challenging than, for example, buying a new cell phone. Workflow processes, safety and employee usage are all key considerations when changing your manufacturing eco-system.

In this session, we’ll demystify some of the IoT, smart manufacturing, and Industrie 4.0 rhetoric in the market today. Learn more about scalable approaches to harness the power of industrial IoT and put that information to work to improve productivity, safety, and workforce knowledge into the future.

Keith McPherson
Market Development Director
Rockwell Automation

12:45 – 1:45pm

Networking Lunch

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1:45 – 2:15pm
Case Study
Advanced Leadership & Manufacturing Strategies
Change Management: Managing Change at the Top

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  • A full change of the leadership team impacting on people, processes and government

Atul Patel
Plant Manager
The Clorox Company

Case Study
Future Technologies & IoT
Intelligent Automation: What must you Consider when Initiating a Digital E-Business Program?

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  • How to benefit from intelligent automation technologies that generate new business ideas, gain a competitive advantage and to better serve your customers
  • Optimizing “Digital Manufacturing”: the way of the future
  • What role will 3D printing play as we move forward?

Dean L. Bartles, Ph. D
Founding Chairman
Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition

2:15 – 2:20pm
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2:20 – 2:50pm
Solution Spotlight
Going Lean in a Low Volume Custom Manufacturing Environment
  • Transferring OpEx concepts from mass production to highly customized products: What works and what does not?
  • Find commonalities between each unit of production to shape future strategies
  • Working with the designers and operators to create a CI program that combines and modifies several relevant approaches
Solution Spotlight
Future Technologies & IoT
Utilizing Energy Management Software to Drive Cost Savings
  • Using software to find and use cost-effective energy strategies
  • Choosing the right energy management system
  • Data integration across all energy types and operational data sources
  • Viewing data in real-time to make quick responses
  • Integrating your energy management with financial data
2:50 – 2:55pm
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2:55 – 3:25pm
Case Study
Advanced Leadership & Manufacturing Strategies
Threading the Voice of the Customer to the Factory Floor


  • Valspar’s novel approach to the using “house of quality” methodology to meet customer quality standards
  • Translating the customer’s needs all the way up to the manufacturing parameters
  • From critical to quality to functional requirements
  • Process variables as key indicators of your process

Paul Cafaro
Director LSS, Quality, North America – Latin America

Case Study
Future Technologies & IoT
Creating a Technology Ecosystem for Flexible Hybrid Electronics

  • Giving everyday products the power of silicon ICs by combining them with new and unique printing processes and new materials
  • Technologies available today
  • Consumer and commercial applications
  • Challenges of implementation

Jason Marsh
Director of Technology (CTO)

3:25 – 4:25pm
iSolve & Networking Refreshments

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4:25 – 4:55pm
Case Study
Developments in Lean & OpEx
Quality Management Efforts in Mexico: How do you Work Towards a World Class Facility?

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  • The key challenges and benefits of the Maquiladora business model

Ariel Abam
General Manager
Zodiac Aerospace

Case Study
Advanced Leadership & Manufacturing Strategies
Recognizing Waste: Why is Identifying Waste Pivotal to the Success of your Lean Program?


  • The ability to eliminate waste has become a staple of the manufacturing process, though effectively recognising waste is the underlying challenge
  • Learning new methods and techniques in waste identification can help you streamline and help execute your lean programs

Mark Brajer
Vice President of Operations

4:55 – 5:00pm
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5:00 – 5:40pm
Panel Discussion
Advanced Leadership & Manufacturing Strategies
Your Say – Interactive Panel
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The interactive panel discussion will focus on the following key focus areas from last year’s summit:

  • How can multiple sites follow a shared way of working and performance improvement program when the working cultures and backgrounds are so varied?
  • What pattern of performance improvement can be expected from implementing corporate lean programs in multiple factory networks?
  • What can and cannot be reflected in KPIs?
  • With human error contributing close to 50% of all quality deviation related issues, what are the solutions to this issue? Increased automation or a change in mentality and approach?

Stephen Wolff
VP of Global Operations (IGT Devices)
Philips Health Systems

William Osborne
Senior Vice President, Global Manufacturing & Quality

Amy Meyer
VP – Kohler Operating System and Supply Chain
Kohler Co

Chair’s Closing Remarks & End of Day 1

5:45 – 6:45pm
Evening Drinks Reception
7:00 – 10:00pm
Awards Dinner 2017

Awards-dinnerThe American Manufacturing Strategies Awards will see the American Manufacturing Leadership Award and American Manufacturing Rising Star Award won during an unforgettable evening in San Diego harbour. Both the awards will be nominated and voted for by manufacturing industry professionals from America, with a nomination, selection and voting process before the winners are announced in October.

Delegates are able to purchase tickets for the Awards Dinner on a first-come, first-served basis for $95.

Day 2 – Tuesday October 31st
8:00 – 8:30am
Registration & Refreshments

8:30 – 8:35am
Chair’s Opening Remarks

8:35 – 9:10am
Advanced Leadership & Manufacturing Strategies
Developing Leadership Talent Capable of Executing your Manufacturing Vision

Schreiber logo (web version)

  • Why developing leaders is as important as your manufacturing strategy
  • Who is responsible for leadership development?
  • Leading vs managing; what is the real difference?

Ron Dunford
Schreiber US

9:10 – 9:45am
Case Study
Future Technologies & IoT
Latest Manufacturing Technologies for Low-cost, Energy-efficient Manufacturing of Advanced Polymer Composites


  • IACMI’s focus on development and characterization of energy-efficient, high-rate, and low-variability manufacturing processes from constituent materials through composite structures
  • Where the technology stands now and where will it be in 5-10 years
  • Capabilities to move innovative composite materials technologies from the laboratory to commercial-ready status

Uday Vaidya
Chief Technology Officer
Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation

Case Study
Advanced Leadership & Manufacturing Strategies
Data Systems and Metrics to Drive Continuous Improvement in Waste Reduction

  • Synergising the goals of lean operation and environmental compliance
  • How we have achieved zero landfill since 2004
  • Advances in continuous waste reduction programs
  • Getting buy-in from all levels of the organisation
  • The level of associate involvement required – incentivising line workers to contribute waste reduction proposals
  • Support from the right data systems – how we track our waste and set targets based on that data and how we communicate it

Michelle Long
Environmental Compliance and Energy Manager
Subaru of Indiana Automotive

9:45 – 9:50am
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9:50 – 10:20am
Case Study
Developments in Lean & OpEx
Continuous Improvement – How do you make it Work?

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  • Continuous improvement is not something that happens naturally
  • Effective continuous improvement is on purpose
  • CI can be executed in many ways, once the decisions is made to go down that path
  • Doing just Lean, Six Sigma or even LSS is not enough
  • So what approach should you take? What approaches are out there?

Aubrey Jones
Sr. Director – Continuous Improvement Deployment
Ingredion Incorporated

Case Study
Future Technologies & IoT
From Idea to Innovation: How can you Streamline the Process of Turning a Prototype into a Product?


  • The market needs are constantly shifting, and to align products to the growing needs of the end-user is becoming an increasingly difficult
  • Decreasing time to market is imperative to improve success rates of product launches and respond to the needs of the market
  • Improving internal processes and creating an innovation culture to encourage ideation and quicker implementation
  • Linking new product development and flawless project launches increases speed and decreases product lifecycle costs

Amy Meyer
VP – Kohler Operating System and Supply Chain
Kohler Co

10:20 – 11:20am
iSolve & Networking Refreshments

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11:20 – 11:50am
Case Study
Advanced Leadership & Manufacturing Strategies
Culture by Design: A Case Study by US Synthetic
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  • How important is it to implement an effective working culture across all sites?
  • Considering all practicalities, how can this feasibly be achieved?

Eric Pope
Vice President, Operations
US Synthetic

Case Study
Developments in Lean & OpEx
Applying a Holistic Approach to Your Lean Manufacturing Strategy

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  • Setting directions to drive quick alignment and speed to the customer
  • Understanding and applying six sigma across the whole value chain
  • Optimizing end to end productivity

John Full
Director of Financial Planning Analysis
Fox Head

11:50 – 11:55am
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11:55 – 12:25pm
Solution Spotlight
MPM™: A Universal Metric for Equipment Maintenance Effectiveness

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  • How effective is your Maintenance Organization?
  • The MAX Group created a solution to improve overall maintenance effectiveness
  • Costs of maintenance are mostly taken at “par”; the “forbidden” item of manufacturing – but, is this impacting your overall manufacturing costs?
  • Right Metrics + Right Structure + Standard Work + Precision = Maintenance Success
  • MAX highlights a case study for a US Semiconductor Manufacturing Facility resulting in improvement of availability

Mario Faria
VP Operations
The MAX Group

Solution Spotlight
Developments in Lean & OpEx
How can you Ensure Continuous Improvement across all Sites?
  • With a surge in offshoring production and operations abroad, how can a lean and operational excellence program be maintained across global sites?
  • How should you tailor working and training regimes for different cultures and backgrounds?
12:25 – 12:30pm
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12:30 – 1:00pm
Case Study
Developments in Lean & OpEx
Implementing Lean on a Global Scale: Succeeding through Diversity of Products, Processes and People

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  • Common success factors throughout the business
  • Leadership – Benchmarking – Accountability
  • Culture of continuous improvement – open minds
  • Balancing the value and priority of the lean methodology to the individual manufacturing unit and the business as a whole
  • A tailored approach without forgetting core principles
  • Coaching and culture – developing the best of each culture across the globe

Alejandro Tassara
Global Director, Luvata Production System
Luvata Special Products

Case Study
Future Technologies & IoT
Setting a Roadmap for Manufacturers on the Journey to a Smart Manufacturing Future

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  • Smart Manufacturing is an initiative to bring about a revolution in manufacturing business strategy, turning traditional factories from cost centres into profitable innovation centres
1:00 – 2:00pm

Networking Lunch

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2:00 – 2:30pm
Case Study
Developments in Lean & OpEx
Using Lean Bootcamp to Drive a Lean Enterprise Transformation
  • How do you structure strategic deployment?
  • What are the key considerations in leadership development?

Tim Lawrence
Former Corporate Vice President of Operations
Baxter International

Case Study
Future Technologies & IoT
Implementing IoT Principles in Order to Improve Energy Efficiency

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  • How to unlock real-time data currently inaccessible or unused through new technology tools
  • Overview of available smart manufacturing tools accessible to all levels of the value chain: sensors, controls, modelling, simulation, and platforms
  • Utilizing data to optimize energy productivity & efficiency

Ray Collett
Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute

2:30 – 2:35pm
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2:35 – 3:05pm
Advanced Leadership & Manufacturing Strategies
Manufacturing Your Work Force: A Community Engagement Approach

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  • Ten thousand baby boomers retire each day. Millennials are not focused on careers in manufacturing. Positions for skilled labor are increasing
  • How do we solve this growing talent acquisition problem?
  • This presentation offers an evaluation of best practices and some new ideas regarding community engagement and collective impact as a solution to the escalating staffing predicament faced by the manufacturing industry

Lorinda Lewis
Sr. Director, Continuous Improvement
Oshkosh Defense

3:05 – 3:15pm
Chair’s Closing Remarks