Agenda: Visualize the Future*

*Agenda subject to change.

Tuesday, June 4

 

Breakfast & Registration

8:00AM – 9:00AM

 

INNOVATION IN PRODUCT DESIGN

mHUB fosters connections between local manufacturers, university researchers and Chicago’s entrepreneurial community of makers and technologists, not to mention investors who are eager to support new businesses. This session, led by Manas Mehandru, Chief Operating Officer at mHUB, will feature a fireside chat with a startup and local manufacturer discussing how to ensure that the Midwest region’s manufacturing industry continues to grow, lead, and reduce the cost and barriers to entry for physical product innovation.

9:00AM – 10:00AM

 
Manas Mehandru Chief Operating Officer, mHUB

Manas Mehandru
Chief Operating Officer, mHUB

 
 

10:00AM – 11:00AM

AI Case Studies on Improving Production Efficiency

Microsoft will share how manufacturers are using artificial intelligence to enhance product quality and improve production efficiencies. The session will include building an AI strategy, critical questions to answer before implementing AI, and making AI a reality for your organization.

 
Eddy Saad Manufacturing Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft

Eddy Saad
Manufacturing Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft

 

Break

11:00AM – 11:30AM

 

Building Success from the Ground Up – Building the Culture of the Steel Business System

Many companies struggle with how best to leverage lessons learned and best practices to achieve meaningful success and tangible business results. This presentation showcases a proven business system approach that has been utilized by a manufacturing holding company to drive dramatic results across a portfolio of diversified companies. By focusing on viewing the businesses as a collection of processes, traditional optimization and improvement tools like lean and variation reduction can lead to bottom line improvements that sustain over the long term.

11:30AM – 12:30PM

 
Eric Lussier Senior VP - Steel Business System, Steel Partners

Eric Lussier
Senior VP - Steel Business System, Steel Partners

 
 

12:30PM – 1:30PM

Lunch and mHUB Tours

 

VIRTUAL COMMISSIONING WITH THE DIGITAL TWIN

What should manufacturers be doing in addition to attempting to optimize their normal automation processes? During this session, Colm Gavin, Factory Automation Digitalization Specialist at Siemens, will argue that they should be forming a Digital Twin, defined as a virtual representation of the machine which can be used to evaluate different automation concepts in the early phase of a project, reduce the commissioning time and accidents on site, and even assist with advanced training for machine operators.

1:30PM – 2:30PM

 
Colm Gavin Factory Automation Digitalization Specialist, Siemens

Colm Gavin
Factory Automation Digitalization Specialist, Siemens

 
 

THE ENGINEER’S ROLE IN THE VOICE OF THE CUSTOMER

In this colorful talk, market research and new product development guru Gerry Katz, Vice Chairman at Applied Marketing Science, will describe the proper role of Voice of the Customer (VOC) in innovation.

VOC is a particular kind of market research that has been instrumental in market expansion. Gerry will also talk about the dozen or so most common rookie mistakes that companies make in trying to utilize these tools and techniques. The talk will conclude with a description of how machine learning and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing the field.

2:30PM – 3:30PM

 
 
Gerry Katz Vice Chairman, Applied Marketing Science

Gerry Katz
Vice Chairman, Applied Marketing Science

 

3:30PM – 4:15PM

IGNITE SESSION

Join fellow manufacturing leaders to discuss the issues most important to you. Have candid conversations with peers to help you solve your most pressing challenges.

4:15PM – 4:45PM

Travel to Factory Tour

FAST RADIUS Networking reception: remarks from ceo Lou Rassey and FACTORY TOUR

Join us for a unique opportunity – a tour of Fast Radius' headquarters, which houses the largest carbon factory in the Western Hemisphere. Fast Radius is the leading provider of additive manufacturing solutions, with capabilities from application discovery and launch to production-grade manufacturing. This “factory of the future” was recognized by the World Economic Forum as one of the top 16 most advanced in the world, and the only one recognized in North America. Prior to the tour, Lou Rassey, CEO and Co-Founder of Fast Radius, will touch on the company’s mission and the global forces at play that are driving the push towards Industry 4.0.

4:45PM – 6:00PM

 
Lou Rassey, CEO and Co-Founder, Fast Radius

Lou Rassey,
CEO and Co-Founder,
Fast Radius

 
 

Wednesday, June 5

 

8:00AM – 9:00AM

Breakfast

APPLYING ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING IN A STRICT ENVIRONMENT

In this session, Bill Massaro, Director of Advanced Manufacturing at Moog, will discuss what it really takes to build an additive manufacturing facility, run it and adopt AM in a typically very conservative aerospace environment. Additive manufacturing brings many challenges with this dynamic new technology. Those challenges need some unique solutions in an aerospace manufacturing environment that has already built 70 plus years’ of legacy knowledge of traditional manufacturing methods. This session will discuss how Moog has solved for some of those AM challenges and continues to seek improvements.

Specific discussion topics will include, special considerations while designing additive manufacturing, how aerospace process controls apply to additive, adoption of additive manufacturing in an aerospace environment and challenges we still face.

9:00AM – 10:00AM

 
Bill Massaro Director of Advanced Manufacturing, Moog

Bill Massaro
Director of Advanced Manufacturing, Moog

 
 

10:00AM – 11:00AM

Innovation and Collaboration with New Product Introductions

This session examines how Rockwell Automation, a global manufacturer, developed and deployed people, process and technology-related strategies along the journey to achieving it’s own Connected Enterprise. Bob Rossoll, Connected Enterprise Solutions Consultant at Rockwell Automation, describes the identified opportunities for increased competitiveness, the recognized need for change, and the barriers that had to be overcome in order to enable the transformation. Highlights include discussion on how the integration of technology provided actionable information to manufacturing decision-makers in real time, allowing them to maximize production output based on current conditions, minimize production readiness, as well as a frank review of the quantitative results recorded and planned next steps for the automation giant as the evolution of the Rockwell Automation Connected Enterprise continues in the pursuit of continual improvement. Questions to be answered include:

  • Why is it critical to integrate design data for a manufacturing facility?

  • How does The Connected Enterprise generate value?

  • How do manufacturers efficiently and strategically utilize data to communicate actionable information back to design engineers?

Bob Rossoll Connected Enterprise Solutions Consultant Rockwell Automation

Bob Rossoll
Connected Enterprise Solutions Consultant
Rockwell Automation

 
 

11:00AM – 11:15AM

Break

MECHATRONICS AND THE ENGINEER OF THE FUTURE

Mechatronic engineering is a hybrid of mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering, which puts applications of robotics, control systems, electro-mechanical systems, and similar engineering in this field. But with only eight accredited schools, how do we get enough mechatronic engineers? Hear from Dr. Henry Zhang on what he is seeing with the next generation and how this position helps bridge the talent gap in manufacturing today.

11:15AM – 12:15PM

 
Henry H. Zhang, Ph.D.  Professor, Director of Center for Technology Development Purdue Polytechnic Institute

Henry H. Zhang, Ph.D.
Professor, Director of Center for Technology Development
Purdue Polytechnic Institute

 
 

Lunch

12:15PM – 1:15PM

 

1:15PM – 2:00PM

IGNITE SESSION

Join fellow manufacturing leaders to discuss the issues most important to you. Have candid conversations with peers to help you solve your most pressing challenges.

 

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