Manufacturing 4.0: Going for Gold


Jump to: [Monday, 6/10/19] | [Tuesday, 6/11/19/] | [Wednesday, 6/12/19] Monday, June 10, 2019 | Manufacturing Leadership Council Annual Meeting

Manufacturing Leadership Council Annual Meeting

Manufacturing Leadership Council Members Only


7:15 AM

Manufacturing Leadership Council Day Breakfast

8:00 AM

Welcome & Introductions

John Fleming, Board Chairman, Manufacturing Leadership Council
Former Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs, Ford Motor Company

8:10 AM

Remarks by MLC Vice President

David R. Brousell, Co-Founder, Global Vice President, & Editorial Director, Manufacturing Leadership Council

8:20 AM

Remarks by NAM

Todd Boppell, Chief Operating Officer, National Association of Manufacturers

8:35 AM

Manufacturing Leadership Council Progress Report

Overview of Manufacturing Leadership Council growth, key membership programs, and deliverables over the last year.
Facilitator: David R. Brousell, Co-Founder, Global Vice President, & Editorial Director, Manufacturing Leadership Council

9:05 AM

MLC Open Forum

Rapid-fire introductions from a selection of Manufacturing Leadership Council members

10:35 AM

Networking & Refreshment Break

10:55 AM

New MLC Members App
Ryan Gonzalez, Senior Director, Council Development, Manufacturing Leadership Council

11:10 AM

MLC Member Programs
Critical Issues Debates, Decision Compass Groups, and Plant Tours

Reviews of key Council member programs including ML Plant Tours and Executive Roundtables, Critical Issues Debates, and Decision Compass Group meetings, plus details of 2019 DC Group topic agendas

11:45 AM

MLC Hannover Fair Delegation 2019 & Beyond

12:00 PM

Council Lunch

1:00 PM

New MLC Opportunities: Introduction to NAM Member Services

Paul Hartgen, Vice President, Member and Business Services, National Association of Manufacturers

1:30 PM

2019/2020 Critical Issues Agenda – Introduction

1:45 PM

Critical Issues Agenda – Results, Debate, & Votes
Review of 2019 Critical Issues Survey results and Council Call, plus ML Council Member debate to develop preliminary set of Critical Issues for the year ahead. Council votes on draft Critical Issues Agenda and Specific Areas of Focus for 2019/2020.

2:55 PM

Networking & Refreshment Break

3:15 PM

Critical Issues Agenda – Results, Debate, & Votes Cont’d
ML Council Member debate continues to develop preliminary set of Critical Issues for the year ahead. Council votes on remaining elements of Critical Issues Agenda and Specific Areas of Focus for 2019/2020 for final recommendation to the ML Board.

4:45 PM

2019 Manufacturing Leadership Council Meeting Concludes


Manufacturing Leadership Summit Activities Begin

3:00 PM

Sponsor ROI Workshop & Orientation*
An opportunity to meet peers and colleagues, get some insights on where and when to be throughout the event and get tips on how to maximize your experience. This workshop will prepare you by walking you through activities you’ve yet to encounter at previous events.
*Sponsors Only

5:00 PM

VIP Exhibit Hall Guided Tour
Get a sneak peak of our exhibit hall through this guided tour where you will be able to get the lay of the land and learn about each solution provider exhibiting. Take notes and plan out who you would like to visit more with throughout the event!

6:00 PM

Welcome Networking Reception
Hosted by:

Jump to: [Monday, 6/10/19] | [Tuesday, 6/11/19/] | [Wednesday, 6/12/19] Tuesday, June, 11 2019 | Manufacturing Leadership Summit Opens: General Session, Networking & Exhibition

Manufacturing Leadership Summit Opens: General Session, Networking & Exhibition


7:15 AM

Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Exhibition
Didn’t get your badge at last night’s reception? Make sure you’re down in time for breakfast and registration to get your event materials now! Already have your badge? Make sure you pick up your event packet and start networking bright and early.

8:00 AM

Welcome and Introduction

8:10 AM

Opening Address

Building a Coalition Manufacturing 4.0
David R. Brousell, Co-Founder, Vice President and Executive Director, Manufacturing Leadership Council

Successfully transitioning to Manufacturing 4.0 is not only the responsibility of manufacturing operational leaders. Leaders in all areas of the manufacturing company, particularly business-side executives, must be on the same page in understanding and embracing M4.0, the next wave of industrial progress based on digitization. Moreover, other elements of society must be aligned with and supportive of this once-in-a-generation shift in order to ensure that manufacturing retains its crucial role as the principal driver of economic and social prosperity.

8:30 AM


Leadership 4.0
Peter Holicki, Senior Vice President, Operations Manufacturing & Engineering Environment, Health & Safety Operations, Dow Chemical Co., and the recipient of the 2018 Manufacturing Leader of the Year Award.

Speed. Agility. A more value-driven experience for customers.
  These are essential elements of a company’s Manufacturing 4.0 strategy. How do you avoid the pitfalls of investing in the next shiny innovation, instead of ensuring digitalization makes your company shine in the market? How do you motivate thousands of employees to join you on the transformational journey? In a word: Leadership. Discover the essentials of leadership in the digital era and beyond.

9:15 AM


Innovating for More than 350 Years: How Saint-Gobain Sustains Innovation
Regan Gallo, Operations Director and Industry 4.0 Project Lead, CertainTeed Corp., Saint Gobain

Come learn how after three-and-a-half centuries of manufacturing, Saint-Gobain is navigating the Digital Industrial Revolution. Founded in 1665, Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions, has manufactured products through each of the three previous Industrial Revolutions. As we navigate the current Digital Industrial Revolution, Saint-Gobain is formalizing our approach in order to expedite our journey to Manufacturing 4.0 and bringing the Digital Revolution and World Class Manufacturing to our 135 North American manufacturing locations.

9:45 AM

Networking, Refreshment, and Exhibition Break
Featured Demonstration Hosted by:

10:15 AM


How 3M is Driving Innovation with M4.0
Dr. Rebecca Teeters, Corporate Manufacturing Operations Director, Film and Materials Resource Division, 3M

Since its founding in 1902, 3M has been on a mission to improve the lives of people around the world. In its next 100 years, the iconic company is determined to reset its benchmarks by moving beyond the continuous improvement efforts that have characterized its factories and value streams for decades. To do so, 3M is focused on leveraging Manufacturing 4.0 technologies to create new competitive advantages through operational excellence. This session will describe how 3M is driving innovation in its execution system and rearchitecting it end-to-end value chain to create new businesses by changing the economics of its operations.  

11:00 AM

Meet the Innovators – 1:1 Briefing Sessions

12:40 PM

Session-to-Session Travel Time

12:45 PM

Food For Thought Luncheon – Networking Roundtables Hosted by Industry Leaders
Practitioners and solution providers host a menu of luncheon roundtable discussions on pertinent industry issues. Dine and dish with industry experts.
Hosted by:
ServiceMax IBM

1:45 PM

Session to Session Travel Time

1:50 PM

Concurrent Collaboration  – ThinkTanks
Expert-led ThinkTanks capture the power of all participants’ voices, insights and experiences via group discussion and exploration of the issue at hand.

1. AI in Action in the Supply Chain
Ron Castro, Vice President, IBM Supply Chain, IBM
Frank Crnic, North America Sales Leader, IBM Watson Supply Chain, IBM

Artificial intelligence is transforming the supply chain, replacing spreadsheets and disparate processes with the same conclusions in minutes rather than months. This session will explore how AI can be applied today to deliver value to both your business and your end customers.

Key Take-Aways:
• How AI can help you predict and mitigate disruptions and risks
• How to get started with AI now – no matter where you are on your supply chain journey
• Best practices for applying AI to your supply chain

2. 5G Networks: The Next Wave of Connectivity
Facilitator: David Van Dorselaer, AT&T

The unprecedented demands on manufacturing processes are requiring new approaches to managing the data generated through IoT and emerging tech. This session will discuss how 5G offers a new approach to connectivity for instant provisioning, the high bandwidth required for metrology, and other mission-critical tasks to avoid bogged down operations to achieve better throughput.

Key Takeaways:
• The key advantages of 5G over 4G
• Early applications of 5G
• Requirements for implementing 5G

3. Leveraging IoT on the Plant Floor
Facilitator: Roger Thomas, SAS Institute

After years of hype, many manufacturers are now investing in IoT technologies on or near their production processes. But fewer are putting IoT projects into production and reaping the rewards. Curious about how IoT projects go from science experiments to valued parts of the manufacturing process? Join us for an interactive discussion around keys to success, typical barriers and how to overcome them, and how different technologies come into play.

Key Take-Aways:
• A methodology for identifying high value, quick return investments
• Keys to getting disparate teams working together
• Roadmap strategy for continued success

4. New Trends in Predictive Maintenance
Facilitator: Lubor Ptacek, ServiceMax

Today, manufacturers can eliminate unplanned machine downtime by harnessing the Industrial IoT (IIoT) and combining the power of machine data, condition monitoring, and predictive analytics. Moreover, effective predictive maintenance helps deliver on contractual uptime promises and also offer product-as-a-service programs.

Key Take-Aways:
• Best practices in moving from monitoring equipment to predictive maintenance
• What actual benefits can be achieved through predictive maintenance?
• How does the job of a maintenance professional change with predictive analytics?

5. 3D Printing: Will It Transform production?
Facilitator: Anirban Bhattacharyya, Amplo Consulting

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is moving beyond its early application in prototyping to becoming a more mainstream production method. Now, 3D printing offers the promise of product and parts quality that can rival industrial tooling. The 3D model holds many potential benefits for manufacturers, including cost savings, faster time to market, and greater agility.

Key Takeaways:
• What are some of the most successful production-level applications?
• What skill sets must manufacturers have in-house for 3D printing?
• What are some of the challenges still to be overcome with 3D?

2:50 PM

Session to Session Travel Time

2:55 PM

LIGHTNING ROUND: ML Award Winners Present

Six winners of the 2019 Manufacturing Leadership Awards present concise case studies of their projects. 

1. Merck & Co. Inc., Project Ivan
After Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017 and left thousands of residents unable to obtain essential medicines, Merck launched Project Ivan to deliver medications by cargo delivery drone. The company is now planning more ways that drones can extend existing supply chains.
2. Cisco Systems, Inc., Fully Connected Customer Experience
Cisco underwent a digital transformation aimed at allowing it to engage more effectively with customers. Leveraging AI, machine learning and data science, Cisco created a fully-connected experience that spans the customer lifecycle.
3. The Dow Chemical Company, Dow Digital Centers
The Dow Chemical Company has created three Digital Centers where cross-disciplinary expertise groups work in an open and collaborative environment to radically change how Dow does work and to develop and deploy Industry 4.0 technologies throughout the company.
4. Northrop Grumman, Assembly Metadata Integration, AI and Analytics Leadership
Northrop Grumman created a system that pulls quality data from aircraft assembly machines and automatically mines it to accelerate corrective actions. In combination with augmented reality technology, the systems are being used to evaluate and improve the performance of the production line.
5. Nexteer Automotive, Digital Manufacturing Process and 1Link Implementation
Nexteer built an ambitious Digital Manufacturing Process Platform and Virtual Factory Portal that digitized and standardized information collected across 27 facilities in 8 countries. The platform is driving an ongoing Manufacturing 4.0 transformation at Nexteer.
6. Lockheed Martin, IIoT Shop Floor Dashboard Analytics Project
As part of a larger effort to define and implement digital factories of the future, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics revamped its plant floor network architecture and data standards, creating a system of dashboards and OEE scoring systems that “listen to the heart beat” of machine tools in real time and collect machine run time data.

3:55 PM

Networking, Refreshment and Exhibition Break

4:25 PM


Turning Data Into Gold
Sath Rao, Director, Digital Solutions for Manufacturing, Hitachi Vantara

Today’s increasingly connected factories and plants are generating mountains of data, but many companies are struggling with mining that data for insights that can lead to a step change in the business. Maximizing return on data can enable manufacturers to go beyond incremental operational improvements to true digital transformation. This keynote session will examine how future vision frameworks around technologies such as IoT, AI, analytics, and 5G networks will enable manufacturers to realize the promise of M4.0.
After the keynote, Sath will host two panelist for additional insights on technology trends, customer challenges and future directions. The two panelist joining will be James Destro, VP Product Management Hitachi Vantara and Angelica Moden, VP Strategic Partnerships and Ventures Ericsson.

5:00 PM

Cocktail Reception
Join us for another great opportunity to make new friends and further business relationships!

Co- Hosted with:


Manufacturing Leadership Council Board of Governors Meeting and Dinner *Board Members Only

Jump to: [Monday, 6/10/19] | [Tuesday, 6/11/19/] | [Wednesday, 6/12/19] Wednesday, June 12, 2019 | Day Two of the Manufacturing Leadership Summit General Session, Networking & Exhibition

Day Two of the Manufacturing Leadership Summit:  General Session, Networking & Exhibition

7:15 AM

Continental Breakfast and Exhibition

8:00 AM

The Manufacturing Leadership Summit Reconvenes and Manufacturing Leadership Council Member Recognition

8:15 AM

KEYNOTE: Lighting The Way To Manufacturing 4.0
Lou Rassey, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Fast Radius

The only U.S. company so far awarded the World Economic Forum’s Manufacturing Lighthouse status for successfully embracing digital transformation, Chicago-based Fast Radius is deploying a suite of M4.0 technologies to help pioneer a new kind of manufacturing business model for the future. Learn about the fundamental trends now driving manufacturing transformation, how embracing digital design and manufacturing technologies can bring innovative products to market faster, and why manufacturers now need to embrace digital technologies and new business models to help make the world a better place for future generations.

9:00 AM

CASE STUDY Scaling M4.0 at Stanley Black & Decker
Sudhi Bangalore, Vice President, Industry 4.0, Stanley Black & Decker

In a time of disruptive technological change, Stanley Black & Decker, the 176-year old manufacturer of tools and storage systems, has embarked on an enterprise-scale digital transformation initiative to push the frontiers of productivity and differentiation. Learn how SBD is connecting its factories, using advanced technologies such as the IoT, robotics and analytics to transform the way it works, and how it is upskilling and retraining its people to transition to the digital era of Manufacturing 4.0.

9:30 AM

Networking, Refreshment, and Exhibition Break

10:00 AM

LIGHTNING ROUND: ML Award Winners Present Six winners of the 2019 Manufacturing Leadership Awards present concise case studies of their projects. 

1. Tractors and Farm Equipment Ltd., Synchron – Sell 1 Make 1 Procure 1 TAFE replaced a traditional forecast-based, make-to-stock production model with a cross-functional, flow-based system that is unique to its industry. Where it previously took the company on average 75 days to get ordered product to dealers, TAFE can now do so in seven days.
2. Cooley Group, We Make It – We Take It Back Working with customers, suppliers, sourcing partners, and recycling partners, Cooley made good on its commitment to take back every product it makes at the end of its original, useful life. The program has put Cooley in a leadership position in the industry’s transition from reliance on polyvinyl chloride to 100% recyclable materials.
3. Saint-Gobain North America, Essentials of Manufacturing With 46% of its manufacturing talent likely to retire in the next 10 years, Saint-Gobain North America set out to reengineer its talent acquisition strategy. Central to the new program is a two-year Essentials of Manufacturing early career program aimed at developing the manufacturing leaders for Saint-Gobain’s factories of the future.
4. Noble Plastics, Getting Proactive, Predictive with Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 Noble Plastics put in place a cloud-based Industrial Internet of Things system that automatically pulls production data from robots and molding machines and uses anomaly-detection algorithms to keep tabs on machine health, maintenance requirements, and parts quality. The system is enabling Noble to more effectively compete with much larger companies.
5. IBM, Infusing Blockchain in the IBM Supply Chain IBM pioneered the use of blockchain technology to create an immutable shared ledger with the goal of becoming a single-source-of-truth synchronized across its 18,000-supplier business network. So for the project has focused on keeping counterfeit parts out of the supply chain, real-time visibility, and streamlining the customs declaration process.
6. Jabil, Suite of Tools for Enterprise Technology Strategy Jabil created a framework and selected a set of technology tools that let executives, business leaders, strategists, and technologists view real-time technology development and investment information across the entire organization. This enables data-driven technology decisions that align to the company’s customer needs and megatrends and foster a culture of focus, alignment, and discipline.

10:50 AM

Meet the Innovators – 1:1 Briefing Sessions

12:30 PM

Session to Session Travel Time

12:35 PM

Food For Thought Luncheon – Networking Roundtables Hosted by Industry Leaders Practitioners and solution providers host a menu of luncheon roundtable discussions on pertinent industry issues. Dine and dish with industry experts. Hosted by:

1:35 PM

Session to Session Travel Time

1:40 PM

CONCURRENT COLLABORATION – THINKTANKS Expert-led ThinkTanks capture the power of all participants’ voices, insights and experiences via group discussion and exploration of the issue at hand.

1. Coping with the M4.0 Data Deluge Facilitator: Venkat Nandikolla Global Head of Manufacturing Industry Group at Mindtree As manufacturers connect more things together on their plant floors and people in their companies and business eco-systems, they are generating unprecedented amounts of data. Deriving insights from that data is the key to improving uptime and efficiency as well as customer satisfaction. Moreover, it may be the key to future competitive advantage. Key Takeaways: • How best to collect and organize data • How to use data to make better business decisions • How to establish rules on data governance and ownership
2. Cyber Resiliency: A Holistic Approach, Beyond Data Protection Facilitator: Nathan Appleton, Director-Technology, West Monroe Partners MLC Research suggests manufacturers are becoming increasingly aware of potential cyber risks and are beginning to understand what they need to do to assess vulnerabilities and protect themselves along their journey to Manufacturing 4.0. During this session, we’ll discuss emerging cyber threats for the industry along with preventative measures and cyberattack response strategies both large and small manufacturers can leverage to make their production operations more resilient to the continuing rise of cyber threats. Key Takeaways: • Effective methods for assessing threats and vulnerabilities • Best practices in cyberattack response strategies • Techniques to improve resilience in production operations
3. IT/OT Integration: Should They Be One Team? Facilitator: Fred Thomas, Dassault Systemes Many manufacturing companies, in pursuit of better enterprise integration, are attempting to bring together their IT teams with their teams in operations technology. Historically, the two organizations have had different mindsets and have had to work with different technologies. But the requirements of M4.0 mandate closer collaboration. Key Takeaways: • What are some best practices in forming cross-functional teams? • What should be the chief goals of IT/OT collaboration? • What’s top management’s role in bringing the teams together?
4. New Digital Skills for the Manufacturing Workforce Facilitator: Bill Frick, NTT DATA Reality check: The manufacturing industry has historically been a leader in technology adoption, but with the next wave of digitization, it only gets more complex. Join us as we discuss the journey and how you can rise to the challenge of an evolving workforce. We’ll address questions such as: What technical and softer skills will be needed? Where can you find this future workforce? And how will you lead and develop your workforce? Learn what you need to do now to be prepared. Key Take Aways: • How new technical skills — in areas such as data, cloud, IIoT, IT/OT and automation — will be table stakes for the next-generation workforce. • Why culture and organizational design will be critical in enabling the digital journey. • How to acquire and develop a collaborative and engaged organization that drives digital transformation.
5. What Should M4.0 Leaders Look Like in Five Years’ Time? Facilitator: Livia Macedo, Development Dimensions International MLC survey research has shown that manufacturing executives believe that in order for companies to successfully make the transition to being digitally-oriented businesses, leaders have to acquire new skills and new behaviors. Moreover, manufacturing companies may need to re-tool their leadership benches functionally in order to grasp opportunities with the new model. Key Takeaways: • How should manufacturing leaders operate in a collaborative environment? • What are some of the new leadership functions and roles that will have to be created? • How should leaders adjust decision-making processes to take advantage of empowered workers?

2:40 PM

Session to Session Travel Time

2:45 PM

Networking, Refreshment and Exhibition Break

3:15 PM

CHAIRMAN’S PERSPECTIVE: M4.0: Is the US Keeping Up With Global Competition?
MLC Board of Governors Chairman John Fleming, former Executive Vice President of Global Manufacturing & Labor Affairs, Ford Motor Co.

The U.S. Government has defined the importance of leading in advanced manufacturing excellence and what is needed if U.S. manufacturers are to fully exploit the “Digital Transformation” inherent in M4.0. But are U.S. companies keeping pace with foreign competitors? To get ahead of the curve, now it is the time for manufacturing leaders to define the strategies, allocate the resources, set objectives, and measure progress.

3:45 PM

PANEL DISCUSSION AI in Manufacturing: Friend or Foe? 
Ron Castro, VP Supply Chain, IBM Supply Chain
Ernesto Chavarin, Director of Artificial Intelligence Strategy, Microsoft
Roger Thomas, Industry Principal, SAS Institute
Tyler Vizek, Project Manager, MxD

AI has been touted as everything from a technology revolution that can improve nearly every aspect of business to an uncontrollable menace that will bring about far-reaching harm. This panel will attempt to separate the truth from the hype, while examining real-world uses for AI and machine learning on the factory floor.

4:30 PM

15th Anniversary Manufacturing Leadership Summit Concludes


6:30 PM

Manufacturing Leadership Awards Cocktail Reception Join us in this elegant start to our black tie evening and network with this year’s Award Winners, Technology Partners and Manufacturing Executives, while enjoying cocktails, champagne toasts and hors d’oeuvres.

7:45 PM

Manufacturing Leadership Awards Ceremony and Banquet Celebrate and honor the 2018 Manufacturing Leadership Award Winners and Technology Partners for their outstanding achievements, while enjoying a fine dining experience.


Need to rent a tuxedo for the Awards Gala?
Our participants and guests will receive a discounted rental rate and have their tuxedo delivered to the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach. Deadline to Rent Your Tuxedo: Monday, May 27, 2019

To secure your tuxedo rental:
1. Call 1-714-843-5215 with your measurements.
2. Visit any Men’s Wearhouse for an up to date fitting. Deadline to Rent Your Tuxedo: Monday, May 27, 2019

Be sure to mention you are a part of the Business Group #8107511 to receive our discounted group rate and have your tuxedo delivered to the hotel!