Program 2020

All timings in US Central Standard Time

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Networking & 1-2-1 Meetings

9:00 AM - 9:05 AM

Opening Remarks

9:05 AM - 10:00 AM - Panel Discussion

Leadership & Workforce Development

What can Manufacturing Leaders do to Optimize their Productivity and Operations During a Health Crisis?

  • Full session abstract TBC

10:05 AM - 10:40 AM - Case Studies

Collaboration & Transparency

Successfully Leading a Global Supply Network Through COVID-19

Gregory Toornman, Vice President Global Materials, Logistics & Demand Planning, AGCO Corporation

Learn how AGCO Corporation was able to successfully navigate through COV19 headwinds by leveraging agile innovation and a global integrated supply network.

  • Learn out how AGCO Corporation was able to identify early supply risk and execute mitigation actions
  • Learn how early decisions focusing on supply network safety were a critical enabler of AGCO’s success
  • Learn how globally integrated teams, tools, innovation, processes, and operating culture enable supply chain agility    

Leadership & Workforce Development

Breaking the Silos That Keep Divisions Within the Company from Working Together Effectively

  • Developing a culture that promotes collaboration
  • Retrospectives and continuous improvement system
  • Incorporating collaboration in your employee’s normal workflow

10:40 AM - 11:30 AM

Networking Break

11:30 AM - 12:05 PM - Solution Spotlights

Logistics & Inventory Management

Warehousing – Back to the Basics

Amy Marzonie, Director, Operations Excellence, Carlisle & Co., Inc.

Eric Francucci, Manager , Carlisle & Co., Inc.

Through decades of supporting motor vehicle OEM aftersales supply chains, Carlisle has developed a toolkit of best practice warehousing techniques. Using a fundamental, “Back-to-Basics” approach, Carlisle has worked with several OEMs to achieve double-digit annualized productivity gains, far surpassing industry rates

12:10 PM - 12:45 PM - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

Time to Bring Manufacturing Back To America

Rosemary Coates, Executive Director, Reshoring Institute

  • We live in turbulent global manufacturing times. Dealing with the pandemic, tariffs, trade wars, and global politics is causing manufacturers to rethink their global manufacturing strategies.  Should you keep sourcing parts and products from China or is it time to bring manufacturing back to America?  Explore the possibilities with the leader of the Reshoring Institute.

Technology & IoT

What Opportunities Does the 3D Printing Revolution Offer Supply Chains?

  • Overview of available technology and practical applications
  • Potential for decentralised manufacturing – impacts on responsiveness and lead times
  • Looking at the inventory management benefits
  • The customer at the centre - providing a customer-specified product, produced near or at point of need

12:45 PM - 1:45 PM

Networking Lunch

1:45 PM - 2:20 PM - Solution Spotlights

Technology & IoT

Autonomous Warehouse Management

  • A look into machine learning embedded into robots
  • Primary type of robots that could work in your warehouse
  • The benefits of robotic warehouse automation
  • Developing individual routes in the most effective manner without risk of collision

Logistics & Inventory Management

Is Dark Warehousing the Future?

  • Investment in intelligent automation will reach $232 Billion in 2025
  • Fully Automated Warehouses are becoming increasingly popular
  • Dark Warehousing to reduce labour costs and increasing accuracy and efficiency
  • Can Dark Warehousing handle highly-variable operations?

2:25 PM - 3:00 PM - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

Session Title TBA (Walden University)

Tom Butkiewicz, Ph.D., Core Faculty-Research, Walden University

  • Full session abstract TBC

Leadership & Workforce Development

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: Implementation and Research Trends

Nourredine Boubekri, Ph.D., Professor, College of Engineering, University of North Texas

The fourth industrial revolution has resulted in a number of technologies being developed in a number of areas including: information systems, smart materials, robotic systems, smart technologies, and others. The focus of this contribution highlights the challenges of implementing some of these technologies as well as some of the research trends.

3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Networking Break

3:55 PM - 4:30 PM - Solution Spotlights

Logistics & Inventory Management

Integrating Your Inventory Software with Your Accounting and Back-Office Processes

  • Real-time visibility of your inventory for planning the right level and amount of stock 
  • Using production network accomplices to deal with their inventory levels and client shipments
  • Decreasing admin task by reducing duplicate work
  • Assessing your integration needs

Technology & IoT

Using Digital Twins to Ensure Successful Inventory Management

  • Benefits of Digital Twins in Inventory management
  • How Digital Twins can be used for real-time product monitoring?
  • Help plan for spikes in product demand

4:35 PM - 5:05 PM - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

The Importance of Women’s Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion

Yuko Kitamura, CPSM, Director - Supply Chain Operations, Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc.

  • Full session abstract TBC

5:10 PM - 5:45 PM - Keynote

Collaboration & Transparency

Tales From the COVID Front

Motz Feinberg, Vice President Supply Chain, Operations, Cedars-Sinai

  • Throughout history, front line operators have relied on the logistics tail to ensure their survival and effectiveness in the field. The battle against COVID19 is no different from those waged over millennia – only that our enemy is invisible. 
  • As a key logistician in the war on COVID19, Motz will share his experiences supporting two large hospital systems based in California. The talk will include a view to how hospitals activate and manage 24 hour command centers - often stretching beyond the hospital buildings.
  • Further examples will include how healthcare workers and other industries have innovated in a time of urgent supply shortages.  Motz will share personal stories of chasing “vapor” PPE, enabling local and global manufacturing, and helping stand up a surge hospital in 2 weeks.

5:45 PM - 5:50 PM

Closing Remarks & End of Day 1

5:50 PM - 6:50 PM

Networking & 1-2-1 Meetings

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

Networking & 1-2-1 Meetings

9:15 AM - 9:20 AM

Opening Remarks

9:20 AM - 10:15 AM - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

What Measures can Manufacturers Take Today to Protect and Reduce the Impact of a Potential Economic Downturn?

  • Full session abstract TBC

10:20 AM - 10:55 AM - Keynote

Technology & IoT

Industry 4.0 - Why Digitalization is (Not) an IT Project

Paul Mairl, Chief Digital Officer, GKN Powder Metallurgy

We are moving fast with the latest digital technologies and many companies are overwhelmed by the new opportunities and solutions provided. Many are struggling to turn all this into real benefits and lacking speed and clear decision making.

Adaption is more than ever required and traditional manufacturing need to be turned into an agile organization. COVID-19 has increased the pressure on digital transformation.

What is agile manufacturing?
  • Agile, which is the capability to adapt itself continuously to complex, turbulent and unsecure environment
  • Leaders capable to lead and develop employees/teams to drive towards self-managed teams
  • A future-oriented and attractive work environment focused on high value activities
  • Develop highly skilled employees capable to utilize new digital technology and be innovative problem solvers
  • Employees acting on data and driving for improved utilization of resources to harvest the benefits of digitalization

10:55 AM - 11:45 AM

Networking Break

11:45 AM - 12:20 PM - Case Studies

Collaboration & Transparency

Design for Product, for Manufacturing or for Supply Chain?

Aristides Matopoulos, Associate Professor in Supply Chain Design & Logistics, Aston University

This session is brought to you from the United Kingdom, Europe.

This session discusses how you can support your manufacturing/engineering business to strengthen resilience through a structured approach. Attend this session to:

  • Understand the connection between Technology, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Readiness Levels.
  • Become aware of the trade-offs between TRL/MRL/SCRL as an integral part of the new product development process.
  • Learn about the above in the context of a case study

Collaboration & Transparency

Session Title TBC (Primex Technologies Inc)

Heinz Avendano, Vice President of Manufacturing, Primex Technologies Inc

  • Full session abstract TBC

12:25 PM - 1:00 PM - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

Logistics & Inventory Management

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Networking Lunch

2:00 PM - 2:35 PM - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

Session Title TBA (MRC Global)

Barry Gipson, Vice President-Operational Excellence, MRC Global

  • Full Session Abstract TBC

Collaboration & Transparency

Effective Supply Chain Network Design for Reducing Carbon Footprints and Improving Environmental Sustainability

  • Incorporating sustainability into a company's supply chain is complex but the failure to act may be the biggest risk of all
  • Prioritizing efforts with suppliers that value suitability
  • Aligning corporate values and culture with your department’s strategy and goals
  • Performing a logistics assessment to determine where sustainability improvements can be made

2:40 PM - 3:15 PM - Case Studies

Collaboration & Transparency

Scaling the Alternative Protein Supply Chain

Zak Weston, Food Service & Supply Chain Manager, The Good Food Institute

  • Introduction and overview of the growth in plant-based, fermentation-derived, and cultivated protein foods
  • Key challenges in scaling the plant-based and alternative protein supply chain
  • Investment needs, commercial opportunities, and research projects to accelerate industry growth
  • The future of the protein supply chain

Technology & IoT

How Can you Optimise your Workflow to Drive Efficiency in Your Supply Chain?

  • According to Geodis’ Supply Chain Survey supply chain visibility is one of the top three most important supply chain priorities
  • Traditional, manual and isolated workflows provide limited supply chain visibility
  • Optimising workflows digitally has allowed for instant access to data and the opportunity to streamline workflow processes
  • Workflow transparency has become imperative to create a more efficient supply chain

3:20 PM - 3:55 PM - Keynote

Leadership & Workforce Development

How to Provide Industry Leadership in Engaging Government to Address the Skills Gap and Workforce Development William Pratt, VP Operations, Kinamed

  • Full session abstract TBC

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Keynote

Collaboration & Transparency

Session Title TBA (MIT Center of Transportation & Logistics)

Alexis Bateman, Research Scientist and Director of MIT Sustainable Supply Chains, MIT Center of Transportation & Logistics

  • Full Session Abstract TBC 

4:05 PM - 4:40 PM

Closing Remarks & End of Day 2