AGENDA, SPEAKERS & 
SESSION DESCRIPTIONS
BREAKFAST KEYNOTE
8:00am  -  9:15am
Winning Strategies to Successfully Implement Disruptive Technologies in Manufacturing

Globalization is driving intense competitive environment in manufacturing. Kaizen is necessary but no longer sufficient.  Hence, use of emerging or disruptive technologies is almost mandatory to sustain competitiveness.  


The challenge is therefore to not only identify the right emerging and disruptive technologies, but also how to successfully deploy these technologies in your manufacturing environment.  The goal of this presentation is to provide insights into winning strategies for successful technology transfer from R&D space into the manufacturing environment.

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Vice President of Manufacturing

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RAJA SHEMBEKAR

SESSION 1A
9:30AM  -  10:30AM
Affordable Real-World Manufacturing Solutions
Through Advanced Technology
Innovations using advanced manufacturing play a critical role in being competitive in today’s global market. Discover emerging manufacturing technologies and automation ideas that offer affordability, design freedom, streamlined production, and cost reduction.

Robotics/Automation

  • Collaborative Robots

  • Remote Monitoring – Industry 4.0

  • Cyber Security


A.I. on the Machine Tool

  • Digital Machine Twin – Programming with Machine Specific Data Right at your PC

  • Solid Model Programming & G-Code Simulation Directly on the machine tool Itself

  • AI Learning – Automatically Optimize Speeds, Feeds, & Even Processes from a vast library of machining expertise
     

Additive Manufacturing

  • Laser/Multi-Laser Deposition

  • Wire Arc

  • Both Additive & Subtractive Manufacturing on the Same Machine

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President

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MARK HARRIS

SESSION 1B
9:30AM  -  10:30AM
Navigating the Workforce of the Future
The battle for good talent has never been fiercer and at a time where leaders are battle fatigued – economic volatility, lingering covid restrictions, supply chain issues, and more. Remote work demands, pay equity, employment laws, “The Great Resignation”, “Quiet Quitting”, technology, and generational shifts have forever changed the future of work. Learn what you need to be thinking about and planning to do to become (and remain) an employer of choice in this new world.
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President & CEO

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SHANNON KAVANAUGH

SESSION 2A (PANEL)
10:45AM  -  11:45AM
What's new with manufacturing ERP Business Systems and how will they transform my company?
We have a panel of ERP professionals that can shed light on how the latest business systems technology will transform and streamline manufacturing businesses.  Experts from Epicor, Microsoft, ProShop, Kocer Consulting and Engineering, SAP and Netsuite will share their insights and answer your questions. The panel discussion will be moderated by Dan Kocer, President of Kocer Consulting and Engineering.
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President

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DAN KOCER

SESSION 2B (PANEL)
10:45AM  -  11:45AM
Workforce Solutions
Become an employer of choice. Solve your workforce problems as you build company culture, by practicing inclusivity. When your company embodies inclusivity your workforce will grow and your business will thrive. In this panel discussion you will meet employers and the successful employees who have benefited from employer support. Learn more about how your business can practice inclusivity and the resources that are available to employers. Because an inclusive workforce is key to business success.
 
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CEO

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NIKKI WEGNER

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CEO

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TODD DUNNINGTON

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Vice President of Services

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KATHY POWERS

LUNCH KEYNOTE
12:00PM  -  1:30PM
Cloud Innovation
Hear how Amazon Web Services (AWS) is able to take the power of the cloud to change the fundamentals of Manufacturing Operations.  We will tie together customer stories and anecdotes to show how Cloud is relevant to your business and the benefits that others are seeing by harnessing this incredible capability.
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Business Development Executive,
Industrie 4.0 & Smart Factory

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DOUGLAS BELLIN

SESSION 3A
1:45PM  -  2:45PM
Sustainability Primer for Manufacturing
Ms. Bakke will lay out some of the key drivers, trends and impacts of what is being called the Sustainability Transformation by thought leaders in sustainability and other professions. Having worked with several manufacturers in her career, Rory will engage the group with interactive exercises and case examples that highlight the importance of this transformation for the continued competitiveness of both private and publicly held manufacturers in the U.S.
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Certified Professional Coach & Sustainability Advisor

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RORY BAKKE

SESSION 3B
1:45PM  -  2:45PM
Integrate Change Management Into Your Culture
To Drive Innovation

In today’s rapidly shifting landscape, effective change management is critical to not only your organization’s success but its overall survival. Change management isn’t a corporate trend. The only thing that is constant is change and this point is even more applicable for manufacturers moving further down the road of innovation. Norman will take you on a journey of his experiences driving change in fast-paced environments, from factory production lines to mountains in Afghanistan. He will draw upon his academic education (Masters in Learning and Organizational Change, Northwestern University) to broaden your understanding and appreciation for change management. Learn actionable tips for adopting a change mindset that can be instilled in your organizational culture to be well positioned for the future.

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Director, Manufacturing
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NORMAN YU

AFTERNOON PANEL
3:00PM  -  4:15PM
Accessibility of Innovation Today
Technology today is more affordable, easier to train for & use, and is more readily available than ever before. How do you know what is right for your company? Our afternoon panel will examine current solutions and applications through a real-life manufacturer’s use case. In an interactive discussion you’ll understand common problems, misconceptions, results and successes that are possible as your organization progresses on your technology journey.
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CEO

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TODD DUNNINGTON

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President

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MARK HARRIS

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CEO / Co-Founder

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ZEESHAN ZIA

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Vice President of Sales

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CARLO MEARS

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CEO / Founder

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PRIYANSHA BAGARIA

RECEPTION
4:30PM  -  6:00PM