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 Bill Fienup, Co-Founder and Director of Innovation Services at mHUB, will feature a panel of mHUB advisors 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 – 9:45AM
9:45AM – 10:30AM
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.
10:30AM – 10:45AM
LEAN STARTUP FOR NEW PRODUCTS
Being part of a startup is a fast-paced, exhilarating experience. But can the startup mindset transfer to other types of businesses, like established manufacturing organizations? Join this session to hear lessons in improving performance, being more efficient, and cost effective.
10:45AM – 11:30AM
CHOOSING THE RIGHT VENDOR
You can’t do it all. Your business needs experts in finance, operations, logistics, supply chains, technology, and data analysis, among others. It’s likely you will need outside help in a few categories as your manufacturing business transforms and grows. This session aims to help you gather the data you need to choose the right vendor.
11:30AM – 12:15PM
Lunch & Tours of mHUB
12:15PM – 1:15PM
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? Come learn what skills are needed and how this position helps bridge the talent gap in manufacturing today.
1:15PM – 2:00PM
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.
2:00PM – 2:45PM
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.
2:45PM – 3:30PM
FAST RADIUS FACTORY TOUR AND COCKTAIL RECEPTION
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. The tour will continue straight into the cocktail reception at the facility.
3:30PM – 6:00PM
Wednesday, June 5
8:00AM – 9:00AM
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 – 9:45AM
9:45AM – 10:30AM
GETTING DATA TO THE SHOP FLOOR
The handoff between the engineer and the machinist has long been problematic. Digital files often have to be translated to paper versions to get into production, and the risk for errors is high. Attend this session to hear what strides are being made with software solutions that help the two groups collaborate and make a better product.
10:30AM – 11:00AM
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: BACK TO SCHOOL
Artificial intelligence is cropping up in all sorts of applications these days, and manufacturing has embraced the technology. About 61% of companies with an innovation strategy are using AI to identify opportunities in data that they would have otherwise missed, according to Narrative Science. But where do you start? In this session, learn about Microsoft’s AI Business School to help you enable an AI-ready culture at your organization.
11:00AM – 12:00PM
12:00PM – 1:00PM
ENSURING YOUR PRODUCTS ARE SECURE
According to Gartner, 8.4 billion connected "things" will be in use in 2017, up 31 percent from 2016. And some of the most exciting innovation in IoT products is in the manufacturing sector. From intelligent machines capable of performing automated tasks to augmented wearables that allow people to work more efficiently and safely, companies are experimenting with new ways of putting the latest IoT innovations to use. However, how do you keep all those new products safe from cyberattacks? Join us for a discussion on securing manufacturing data and products in the future.
1:00PM – 1:45PM
1:45PM – 2:30PM
The pace of change in the manufacturing industry has been lightning fast these past few years. Technology advancements like robotics, AI, and blockchain, combined with deep data analysis and increased reliance on IIoT, are shifting manufacturing into new directions. We will set the stage for the conference by taking a snapshot of the industry right now.