Program 2022

October 11 - 12: Houston, TX (All timings in US Central Time)

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration & Morning Refreshments

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM

8:40 AM - 9:25 AM

The Macro Panel: The Customer of My Customer

Steve Rader, Program Manager NASA Tournament Lab (NTL) , NASA Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation

  • Marketing, Branding, Sales - Which Should Come First
  • Roadmapping Your Digital Transformation
  • The Impetus for R&D

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

IoT & Technology

Keynote Speaker

A Customer-First Approach to Tech Implementation
  • Suppliers Vs The End-User: Who should be the focus of your strategy?

Leadership & Workforce Development

Keynote Speaker

What Makes a Successful Manager:
  • Managing from the bottom-up - training tomorrow's leaders
  • Developing Management from the Shop Floor

10:05 AM - 10:35 AM

Solution Spotlights

10:30 AM - 11:25 AM

1-2-1 Pre-Scheduled Meetings & Networking Break

11:25 AM - 11:55 AM

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Case Studies

Milson Gondim, Senior Vice President, Small Molecule Network, Elanco Manufacturing

Making Lean Continuous Improvement & Operational Excellence fit for the Customer
  • Streamlining your Business Processes and Workforce 
  • The Benefits of Data Analytics

Strategic Operations

Case Studies

Design, Build, Procure...
  • Overcoming the Barriers and Roadblocks to Deliver your Procurement Transformation

12:00 PM - 12:35 PM

Solution Spotlights

12:35 PM - 1:05 PM

IoT & Technology

Case Studies

Good Hardware is Hard to Find
Who's making what 
Is the tech of today what you really need?
How to make 4.0 work for you

Strategic Operations

Case Studies

Steve Rader, Program Manager NASA Tournament Lab (NTL) , NASA Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation

The Importance of a Flexible R&D Strategy
  • Maximizing your R&D Budget
  • Staying in Control of your IP
  • The Impact of the Start-up in Accelerating Growth

1:05 PM - 2:05 PM

Networking Lunch

2:05 PM - 2:35 PM

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Case Studies

Marco Padilla, Director of Administration, Grupo Cuinba

Strategic Alliances and what you need to know to stay in the game

Strategic Operations

Case Studies

Innovation requires Innovation:
  • What can the manufacturing sector learn from other disciplines
  • How are blockchain capabilities benefiting big pharma

2:40 PM - 3:10 PM

Solution Spotlights

3:10 PM - 3:50 PM

1-2-1 Pres-Scheduled Meetings & Networking Break

3:50 PM - 4:20 PM

IoT & Technology

Case Studies

The Augmented Shake-down: How to be an industry leader in the new reality
Initializing use of AR and AI
Normalizing ML
Nurturing a culture of design and innovation

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Case Studies

A Tale of Two Lockdowns:
  • Who wins when industry and government collide?
  • Creating Partnerships with Government

4:25 PM - 4:55 PM

Leadership & Workforce Development

Keynote Speaker

Digital Change thru to Sustainable Transformation: 
  • Why investing in your workforce is investing in your customers, which in turn equates to investing in all of our futures

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

IoT & Technology

Panel Discussion: Pen Vs Pad

  • What happens when the tech breaks?
  • What is the next big disruptor?
  • Maintaining connectivity - air, land, and wifi

5:45 PM - 5:50 PM

5:50 PM - 6:50 PM

5th Annual American Manufacturing Awards 2022

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration & Morning Refreshments

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM

8:40 AM - 9:25 AM

Panel Discussion: Man Vs Machine

  • Co-existing for the strength of your bottom line
  • The best tech for colleagues and customers - cost-effective not cost-cutting

9:25 AM - 9:55 AM

IoT & Technology

Case Studies

Cybersecurity and Ransomware:
  • Protect yourself, protect your customer
  • To outsource or to in-house

Leadership & Workforce Development

Case Studies

Neil Betteridge, Senior Vice President Category Development, fairlife

Leadership in an everchanging world:
  • What is needed to shorten the skills gap
  • The top-down approach to leadership, and does it still work

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Leadership & Workforce Development

Case Studies

How Valuable is Onboarding in the Recruitment Process?

IoT & Technology

Case Studies

Machine Learning in the 21st Century
  • From cybersecurity to robotics - from investor base to share price - how digitally transforming your workforce can impact your bottom line

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

1-2-1 Pre-Scheduled Meetings & Networking Break

11:20 AM - 11:50 AM

Solution Spotlights

11:55 AM - 12:25 PM

Strategic Operations

Case Studies

The EV Odyssey: A lesson in designing a robust electrification strategy and mitigating risk
  • Disruption in the Mining Sector
  • Disruption in the Chain Supply
  • Disruption in Grid Connectivity

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Case Studies

Billy Ingram, Director of Lean Product Development, Interface

Best Practices for Developing an ESG culture
  • Onboarding Shareholders and Employees
  • Assessing Cultural Benchmarks required
  • The Impact of a Good ESG Strategy on your Business

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Leadership & Workforce Development

Case Studies

Mind the Diversity Gap:
  • How progressive is the manufacturing industry in 2022, and what more can we do
  • Assessing Diversity and Inclusion with your suppliers

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Case Studies

Ken Snyder, Executive Director, Shingo Institute

Shoring Up is the New Normal
  • Disruptor Preparedness
  • Establishing New Markets 
  • Bringing Home the Supply Chain

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Networking Lunch

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

IoT & Technology

Case Studies

The Digital Twin Stocktake:
  • Implementing Twin Technology as part of your digital strategy
  • Can your business thrive without it

Strategic Operations

Case Studies

Nourredine Boubekri, Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of North Texas

How to apply Tech to the Shop Floor 
  • Planning, Implementation, and Management - Navigating the Issues

2:35 PM - 3:05 PM

Leadership & Workforce Development

Case Studies

Is SMART Tech the Smart Move for Your Business?
  • What is it and who really needs it
  • Making SMART tech work for your workforce 
  • The competitive edge to wearable tech

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Case Studies

Distribution Methods:
  • When a global supply chain is no longer reliable, who will invest into rebuilding domestic markets?

3:10 PM - 3:40 PM

Keynote Speaker

From AI to EI:
Measuring your digital transformation and maintaining your colleague's well being

3:40 PM - 3:50 PM

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Conference