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May 2016


Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road,
Rosemont, Illinois,
Tel: (847) 692-2220

IndustryWeek Best Plants Conference & Expo






The IndustryWeek Manufacturing & Technology Conference & Expo offers a variety of sessions in thematic tracks that allows you to meet your team’s learning objectives and schedules. Choose the sessions that best meet your business challenges. Our content is presented by our 2015 Best Plants Winners, local manufacturing facilities, experts in their fields, and practitioners just like you. Breakout Sessions will be held on Wednesday May 4th and Thursday May 5th.

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May 02   

4:00pm – 8:00pm

Registration & Badge Pick-Up / Exhibitor Move-in Hours

May 03   

Conference Hours @ 6:30am – 6:30pm / Expo Hours @ 11:30am – 6:30pm

6:30am – 7:00pm

Registration & Badge Pick-Up

7:30am – 11:30am

Exhibitor Move In Hours

6:30am – 8:30am

Breakfast Pastries & Refreshments for Conference Pass Attendees

8:00am – 12:00pm

Plant Tours (Conference Pass Attendees Only)

8:30am – 11:30am


11:00am – 1:00pm

Boxed lunch for Conference Pass Attendees (must have ticket for lunch)

11:30am – 6:30pm

Exhibit Hall Open
Programming on Show Floor (Sessions TBD) @ 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm

1:00pm – 4:00pm

MESA unConference sessions

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Plant Tours (Conference Pass Attendees Only)

1:00pm – 4:00pm


4:00pm – 5:00pm Panel Discussion: Preparing for the Future Today – Public/Private Partnerships You Should Know About

5:00pm – 5:20pm

New Equipment Digest (NED) Innovation Awards (Education Theater Stage)

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall

May 04   

Conference Hours @ 6:30am – 4:30pm / Expo Hours 8:30am – 3:30pm

6:30am – 4:45pm

Registration / Badge Pick- Up

6:30am – 7:30am

Breakfast Buffet located in Exhibit Hall

7:30am – 8:45am

Welcome Remarks
“Manufacturing’s Data-driven and Digital Evolution”
- Jamie Miller, SVP of GE & President and CEO of GE Transportation

8:30am – 3:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open
Programming on Show Floor (Sessions TBD) @ 10am, 1pm, 2:30pm

8:45am – 9:45am

"Demo Drive" in Exhibit Hall

9:30am – 10:15am

Faurecia's Secrets for Onboarding Success

9:45am – 10:30am

Concurrent Breakout Sessions #1

Create a Continuous Improvement Culture in 10 easy steps! .. and 4 .. long .. years..
Hierarchical Organizational Structures Limit Employees and Profitability
Hoshin Kanri: Johnson Controls' Compass to Performance Excellence
How Standby Screw’s Modernizing their Factory for the Future
The Factory of the Future, Today: Case Study & Lessons Learned From Deploying IoT

10:30am -11:00am

Break – Exhibit Hall

11:00am – 11:45am

Concurrent Breakout Sessions #2

Cloud Drives Manufacturing Innovation – from the Shop Floor to the Top Floor
How Orbital ATK is Leveraging the IIoT and Visual Factory Technology to Drive Continuous Performance Improvements
IW Best Plants Winners Panel: Lessons Learned on the Road to Operational Excellence
Listen Up! Driving Global Cross-Functional Excellence with S&OP, Demand Planning and Analytics
Supply Chain Integration at Keystone Foods
Taking Your Specialized Training In-House

11:45am – 1:30pm

Lunch in General Session
IndustryWeek Best Plants Awards Presentation
“How to Build a Successful “Low-Tech” Manufacturing Business in America”
- Arnold Kamler, Chairman & CEO, Kent International

1:30pm – 2:15pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions #3

Change Point Management: Managing Change in a TPS Environment
Elevating Lean to a Higher Level by Focusing on Social Factors
Genentech Leverages Mobile Solutions to Drive Operations Improvements
Lean-Driven Innovation at Goodyear
Seeing is Believing: How Video Games Can Help Shorten Your Order Timeline
Shark Tank Approach to Continuous Improvement

2:15pm – 2:45pm

Break – Exhibit Hall

2:45pm – 3:30pm

Concurrent Breakout Session #4

Is Training All That Important? You Bet Your Future It Is!
Leveraging the Internet of Things to Enable Ownership on the Plant Floor
Maintaining Competitiveness in a Global Economy
Managing for Daily Improvement
Operator Balance: Balancing Manual Work Content to Promote Flow, Reduce Cycle Time and Increase Productivity
SMLC & MESA Talk: What is Smart Manufacturing Anyway?

3:30pm – 4:30pm

“People Driven Operational Excellence”
- Billy Taylor, Director of Commercial, Aviation, Off Highway and NASCAR Racing Manufacturing, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

5:30pm – 8:30pm

Special Event & Night Out at the Hofbrauhaus Rosemont

May 05   

Conference Hours @ 7:00am – 1:00pm / Expo Hours 8:30am – 1:00pm

7:00am – 1:00pm

Registration & Badge Pick-Up

7:00am – 8:00am

Breakfast Buffet located in Exhibit Hall

8:00am – 9:00am

“Talk to Toyota: From IT to Operations”
- Jeff Moore, Sr. Vice President, Unit Plants/Lexus Leader, Toyota Motor North America
- Tim Platt, Group VP & Chief Divisional Information Officer, Toyota Motor North America
- Trever White, Divisional Information Officer, Toyota Motor North America

8:30am – 1:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open

9:30am – 10:15am

Concurrent Breakout Sessions #5

Building the Bridge to Excellence: Achieving operations excellence at Intertape Polymer Group
Carrier Transicold Helps Engage the Next Generation by asking "Why Not?”
Self-Funding R&D - An Example at Work
Shifting your Production Mindset to Continuous Improvement
Smart Manufacturing: Why Machine Connectivity Comes First for Continental Automotive
Using Large Scale Forecasting in Manufacturing to Deliver Demand Visibility for S&OP

10:15am – 10:45am

Break in Exhibit Hall

10:45am – 11:30am

Concurrent Breakout Sessions #6

Culture of Improvement
How Not to Sink Your Transformation
IT Innovation Enabling the Toyota Way
Organizational Culture – The Foundation for Continuous Improvement, Innovation, Organizational Efficiency and Growth
Smart Manufacturing… Is Our Current Manufacturing Dumb?
The Impact of Analytics on Asset Reliability and Process Quality

11:30am – 1:00pm

“Google on Google – Sustain Innovation by Developing a Culture of Innovation”
- Michael Walton, Global Head of Manufacturing Industry, Google for Work


Conference & Expo Conclude

Keynote Speakers +

Jamie Miller

Manufacturing is getting smarter. The powerful analytics that result from linking machines with software improves visibility, enables better planning and ultimately, empowers informed decision making and increased productivity. What is this connected network? It's powered by a Digital Thread and the Industrial Internet, which sit at the heart of all that GE does. They're syncing brilliant machines with advanced data to revolutionize how business happens and to optimize outcomes – from the floors of its factories to the offices of its executives. Hear from GE Senior Vice President and GE Transportation CEO Jamie Miller about the power of the Digital Industrial transformation, including how GE is leading this evolution to innovate operations, and how it is changing our industry and the way we do business for the better.

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