Program 2019

October 21-22; Houston, TX

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration & Refreshments

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM

8:40 AM - 9:15 AM - Keynote

Future Technologies & IoT

Harnessing IT in Manufacturing

Michele C. D'Alessandro, Vice President and CIO, Manufacturing IT, Merck

  • Full session abstract TBC

9:20 AM - 9:55 AM - Case Studies

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Driving Large-Scale Transformations in Efficiency, Performance and Quality

Jim Rink, Plant Manager, Caterpillar Inc.

  • Full session abstract TBC

Future Technologies & IoT

The Digital Transformational Effect of Automation on the Industry

George "Nick" Bullen, Technical Fellow, Advanced Automation and Global Manufacturing, Northrop Grumman Corporation

  • Full session abstract TBC

10:00 AM - 10:35 AM - Solution Spotlights

Developments in Lean & OpEx

An Executive Discussion on Exceptional Manufacturing Performance & Quality

  • Using a system-based performance management methodology to move past compliance to assurance
  • Discerning between popular trends and the real tools that will define the next jump in manufacturing productivity
  • Cascading the business strategy into financial and operational results

Future Technologies & IoT

What can Implementing New Technology Innovations and Additive Manufacturing do to Revitalize your Assembly Lines?

  • Sourcing and procuring new technologies to advance your production processes is only half the battle, as the implementing and maximizing the usage is pivotal
  • Optimizing new purchases requires a change in mentality, training and plant configuration

10:35 AM - 11:25 AM

iSolve Meetings & Networking Refreshments

11:25 AM - 12:00 PM - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Achieving Empowerment via Skill Blocks

Paul Unitas, Director of Manufacturing - Cleaning, The Clorox Company

  • Purpose of Skill Blocks - Retain, Attract and Align Talent
  • How to Setup – Various formats
  • T&Q support
  • Annual Evaluation - Ensuring fairness for both the individual and the company

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Session Title TBC (Acuity Brands)

Shawn McManigal, Director Of Operations, Acuity Brands

  • Full session abstract TBC

12:05 PM - 12:40 PM - Solution Spotlights

Future Technologies & IoT

Good, Bad & Ugly of Industry 4.0

  • Understanding what is possible with Industry 4.0, today, tomorrow and in the future
  • Business case – return on investment

Developments in Lean & OpEx

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 recognizing waste is the underlying challenge
  • Learning new methods and techniques in waste identification can help you streamline and help execute your lean programs

12:40 PM - 1:40 PM

Networking Lunch

1:40 PM - 2:15 PM - Case Studies

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Selective Implementation

Matthew Patrick, Director of Operations, Industrial Kiln & Dryer

  • Lean, Six Sigma, Theory of Constraints etc.
  • Common approaches to lean implementation
  • Why lean fails
  • Strategy for a successful implementation
  • How to make it stick

Future Technologies & IoT

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Dr. Nourredine Boubekri, Professor of Engineering Technology, University of North Texas

We are the midst of a technological revolution that is having a profound impact on the global economy, the impact extent of which is yet to be understood. The objective of this presentation is three fold: 1) highlight some of the trends in select technologies; including Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, The Internet of Things, Big Data, 3D/4D printing, Smart Materials, Autonomous Vehicles, Quantum computing, and other emerging technologies, 2) highlight management challenges for both developers and end users, and 3) highlight research trends in theses technologies.

2:20 PM - 2:55 PM - Solution Spotlights

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Building the Production System through a Developed Lean Program

  • How can you unlock the hidden potential of your existing systems and factory space?
  • How can you optimize your site, facility or plant to implement the most effective lean and six sigma processes?

Future Technologies & IoT

How can you Ensure full ROI on Automated and Semi-Automated Processes?

  • Decrease the level of risk when introducing new technologies and processes through an effective measurement system prior to implementation
  • Successful forecasting is pivotal to choosing the correct level of automation and ensuring the highest level of output

3:00 PM - 3:35 PM - Case Studies

Advanced Production Strategies

Supervising and Managing Complex Manufacturing Environments with Multi-Functional Business Elements

Luis Fuentes, Director of Manufacturing Engineering, Boston Scientific

  • Full session abstract TBC

Leadership & Workforce Development

How do we Find People to do All the Work?

Gardner Carrick, Vice President, National Association of Manufacturers

  • The importance of apprenticeship programs to ensure a successful future for American manufacturing

3:35 PM - 4:25 PM

iSolve Meetings & Networking Refreshments

4:25 PM - 5:00 PM - Case Studies

Developments in Lean & OpEx

The Journey to Total Asset Management and Equipment Reliability

Valerie Knupp, Plant Manager, San Antonio, Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages

Do you suffer from too much equipment down time, have ineffective PM routines, struggle with trying to understand how to get from reactive to preventative and preventative to predictive? Learn how Total Asset Management can help you drive mechanical efficiencies and higher throughput which will deliver lower costs and increased profits.

Future Technologies & IoT

Aerospace 4.0: Implications to the New Manufacturing Ecosystem

Dr. David Pritchard, Associate Professor/Aviation Researcher, State University of New York Empire State College

The research presentation is titled “Aerospace 4.0: Implications to the New Manufacturing Ecosystem” and will focus on the next generation single aisle aircraft (late 2020s) that will be adopting advanced manufacturing robotic applications (Cobots, Mobots), automated fiber placement, additive manufacturing and thermoplastic composites. The next single aisle aircraft design will be standardizing the processes and practices of additive manufacturing components (3D printing) and thermoplastic composites for aircraft structures.

5:05 PM - 5:50 PM - Panel Discussion

Leadership & Workforce Development

How can you Build a Workforce for the Future?

  • With digitalization heralding a new dawn and great opportunity for manufacturers, how can you ensure that you are creating a team capable of the technical demands of the future?
  • Digital transformations will be about the people implementing them as much as the technologies themselves, so how can the companies attract and train their workforce accordingly?

5:50 PM - 5:55 PM

5:55 PM - 6:55 PM

Evening Drinks Reception

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM

Registration & Refreshments

8:50 AM - 8:55 AM

8:55 AM - 9:30 AM - Keynote

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Solving Production Problems that Remain Unsolved in Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma Deployment

  • Building self-sufficient problem-solving teams
  • Using push/pull techniques to motivate and encourage teams

9:30 AM - 10:05 AM - Solution Spotlights

Leadership & Workforce Development

Business Bootcamp: Driving Greater Execution, Engagement and Ultimately Earnings!

Shane Yount, President, Competitive Solutions, Inc.

Are you ready to accurately assess your teams, your leaders, and your performance? Attend this engaging and highly rated session where you’ll learn tools that will immediately impact your business.
  • Eliminate hours of unproductive meetings per week
  • Discover non-negotiable processes that will increase team performance
  • Drive accountability and elevate employee engagement
  • Learn the eight essential elements of great leaders

10:10 AM - 10:45 AM - Case Studies

Developments in Lean & OpEx

How to Create a Culture of High Performance and Accountability within Operational Excellence through Training and Coaching

James Felsted, VP - Plant Commercial, Bosch Rexroth

  • Full session abstract TBC

Leadership & Workforce Development

The Perfect Exit – The Importance of a Good Company Succession Plan and How it can provide Wonderful Benefits for the Company, Employees and Greater Profits

Ken Baker, CEO, NewAge Industries, Inc.

This session with provide a real-life case study of how a manufacturing company did a good company succession plan which gave the company an advantage in: hiring new employees, retaining existing employees, creating a better corporate culture, higher employee engagement, higher profits and decease federal and state taxes. Sound too good to be true? It is so true. Data about this case study will be provided along with examples of many other companies.`

10:45 AM - 11:35 AM

iSolve & Networking Refreshments

11:35 AM - 12:10 PM - Solution Spotlights

Future Technologies & IoT

Implementing IoT Principles in Order to Improve Energy Efficiency

  • 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 and efficiency

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Driving Your Business: Utilizing Decades of Hands-On, Rigorous Operational Expertise

  • Full session abstract TBC

12:15 PM - 12:50 PM - Case Studies

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Leadership & Workforce Development

Using Apprenticeship Programs: The Workforce Challenges of Finding and Attracting Talent

Miquela Craytor, Executive Director, Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Council, New York City Small Business Services

  • Full session abstract TBC

12:50 PM - 1:50 PM

Networking Lunch

1:50 PM - 2:25 PM - Case Studies

Future Technologies & IoT

Digital Manufacturing - Making Customized Products Possible

Thomas Cole, Vice President - DIS Operations & Global Expansion, Dentsply Sirona

  • Full session abstract TBC

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Successful Lean Transformation - The Role of Leadership

Ken Guity, Executive Advisor - Business Transformation, MacLean-Fogg Company

  • Why do some companies succeed to transform and sustain a lean environment, yet others fall short?
  • What are the key elements of driving an effective change?
  • What are the characteristics of an effective leader in a lean environment?
  • What is the role of a leader in a lean environment?

2:30 PM - 3:05 PM - Case Studies

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Socially Responsible Innovation through Lean Six Sigma

Billy Ingram, Director of Lean Product Development, Interface

Social responsibility is the most direct path to sustainability. Lean Six Sigma methods are the most well understood improvement concepts. Applying Lean Six Sigma methods to affect social responsibility is an effective way to align your organization and enable the full strength of innovation through highly engaged individuals. Learn first-hand how these techniques have been successfully applied at Interface in global product development and why Interface has consistently been called one of the most sustainable companies in the world for the past 20 years.

Social responsibility is not what you think. With years of green wash and bad marketing the term doesn’t get the credit it deserves. However, the correct definition and practical demonstration of the concept is much more refreshing. When the concept of social responsibility is thoroughly understood and applied, individual engagement and innovation bloom. Aligning the individual, functional area and organization is the best way to create a culture defined by accountability, transparency, ethical behaviour and respect for stakeholders’ interests. These attributes are the first four guiding principles of social responsibility. If you are interested in doing well while doing good you should attend this presentation.

Leadership & Workforce Development

Strategic Planning in a Millennial World

Mike Quinn, VP of Operations, Rio Grande

  • Millennials became the largest segment of the workforce in 2016. They will make up 75% of the workforce by 2030
  • Companies need their strategic planning and execution process to engage this Millennial generation
  • We will cover key strategic elements to ensure this engagement happens

3:10 PM - 3:45 PM - Case Studies

Developments in Lean & OpEx

The Herman Miller Performance System Story and the Development of the Next Generation of Operations Leaders

Raymond Muscat, Industry Director, University of Michigan, Tauber Institute for Global Operations

  • Developing and sustaining a lean manufacturing system for over 23 years requires tremendous management commitment, leadership and employee engagement.  Herman Miller Inc., known for its innovation and world class product designs, was challenged by growing customer demands to transform its operations, and as a result developed the Herman Miller Performance System (HMPS)
  • This presentation chronicles the Herman Miller Performance System’s journey from its humble beginnings, in collaboration with the Toyota Supplier Support Center at a small Herman Miller subsidiary, to its enterprise-wide implementation today including results achieved at both the local and corporate level, and the process used to propagate HMPS principles and application of lean thinking from the factory floor to traditional office functions
  • We will cover the challenges encountered, lessons learned, and changes made along the way to foster a corporate culture of continuous improvement.  We will also explore the difficulties and opportunities encountered when gaining knowledge and experience in lean application, including the changing nature of leader’s roles, employee development and organizational commitment
  • Finally, we will describe developing the next generation of operations leaders through the Tauber Institute for Global Operations innovative, award winning graduate program.   The Institute is a joint venture between the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering, working together with a wide range of industry partners to facilitate experiential cross-disciplinary education in global operations management

Future Technologies & IoT

Design Manufacturability: Employing Innovative Technologies during Production

Arno Holschuh, Chief Operating Officer, Bellwether Coffee

  • Full session abstract TBC

3:50 PM - 4:25 PM - Case Studies

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Greenfield Global’s Path to Business Excellence

Connie Deyo, VP Business Excellence, Greenfield Global

  • 2008 – Controller at a Plant Start-up
  • 2010 – Introduced (traditional) Lean Manufacturing Concepts to the Finance/Admin processes
  • 2013/2014 – Graduated from a 10 month program on Lean Excellence
  • 2015 – Director of Financial & Business Lean Initiatives – Corporate Role – sharing the Vision, growing the culture – team of 1 – Lean now supported at the VP level
  • 2017 – Introduced Business Excellence – expanded lean concepts into our whole business and our ERP – Business Prioritization introduced and Scrum methodology
  • 2019 – VP Business Excellence – over 12 on team – responsible for ERP Implementation across nine sites

Advanced Production Strategies

How to Become More Agile, Flexible and Customized in your Production to meet Key Market Challenges

  • Utilizing technological advances to deal with the increase in volatile demands
  • Meeting customer needs, controlling costs, promoting innovation, creating efficient supply chains, minimizing risk and ensuring error-free compliance
  • Streamlining operations and controlling risk across your supply chain
  • Promoting heightened transparency to real-time operating performance together with production process improvement

4:30 PM - 5:05 PM - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

Session Title TBC (GKN Aerospace)

Dr. John H. Danley Jr., President & General Manager, GKN Aerospace Transparency System

  • Full session abstract TBC

5:05 PM - 5:15 PM

7:45 AM - 1:00 PM

NASA Johnson Space Center Tour

We have two exclusive guided tours, each taking two groups of 30 people.

The Private Tram Tour (Price: $95 per person)
This exclusive tour includes a 90 minute Private Tram Tour around the NASA Johnson Space Center and an all-day admission ticket to the Center. Be one of the first daily visitors to the Historic Mission Control. On the tour, you will be able see the Astronaut Training Facility and the Rocket Park, where you can see a life size Saturn V Rocket aircraft.

Exclusive Guided Tour of Space Center (Price: $150 per person)
As well as a 90 minute Private Tram Tour and an all-day admission ticket, this option also includes a 60 minute personal tour of the Space Center. This tour has been specifically designed for our summit, looking particularly at the Manufacturing and Supply Chain processes at the Center.

Also, get exclusive access to the Independence Plaza that has a full size 747 carrier and hear about the engineering processes that go into creating and running the shuttles.

Discover the intriguing details of flown spacecraft on display and learn more about the innovations NASA is making today to achieve the feats of tomorrow.

This option also includes a lunch at the Zero-G Diner. Fuel your space adventure by selecting from deli sandwiches, salads, vegetarian meals, pizza or hamburgers!


Please note: There are only 30 places on each of these tours and they will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.