Program 2021

August 23-24, 2021; Houston (TX) & Virtual [All timings in US Central Time]

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration & Refreshments

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM

Chair’s Opening Remarks

8:40 AM - 9:25 AM - Panel Discussion

Logistics & Inventory Management

How to Handle Trade-Offs Between Quality, Safety and Costs especially in the Context of a Post-COVID Recession?

  • How to reach the right balance between potential short-term gains and long-term reputation, both at product and brand/company level?

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM - Case Studies

Strategic Operations

Session Title TBC (AIRBUS)

Anai Soto, Supply Chain Management Director, Airbus

  • Full session abstract TBC

IoT & Technology

Augmented Project Management: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence to Mitigate Project Risk

Justin Goldston, PhD, Professor of Project and Supply Chain Management, Penn State University

  • How AI can be leveraged as a tool to mitigate risk in digital transformations.
  • How the term AI should be understood as Augmented Intelligence instead of Artificial Intelligence.
  • How a solution such as this will allow Project Managers to focus on more value-added activities in a project.

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Creating an Effective Lean Environment - The Difference between Management and Leadership

Tim Cunningham, V.P. Manufacturing, Bell Flavours & Fragrances

  • Full session abstract TBC

Leadership & Workforce Development

Creating a Connected Community: Innovative Approaches for Virtual Talent Development

Mansi Raythatha, Associate Director, NA & EU Program Lead - Merck Manufacturing Leadership Development Program, Merck

  • Full session abstract TBC

10:05 AM - 10:35 AM - Solution Spotlights

Leadership & Workforce Development

Why Winning in Today’s Environment Requires a New Labor Model

Rich Tompkins, Vice President of Operations, Veryable

  • Customer expectations are at an all-time high and only increasing over time. Customers demand short lead times, high on-time delivery, customized products and services, shorter product life cycles, and personalized customer service.
  •  As a result, demand volatility is at an all-time high and will only get worse. At the same time, workforce preferences are side-lining more and more workers each day who are wanting more flexible income earning opportunities.
  • So, how do you delight your customers in the face of these new expectations? How do you apply to the new workforce? You must think outside of the box and retool your operations to be more flexible and agile.
  • The first step is embracing a new labor paradigm – our on-demand labor marketplace – enabling your operations the speed and agility needed to flex with demand, just-in-time. Doing so provides businesses the flexibility they need and workers the flexibility they want to work in this market that is more dynamic than ever.

Logistics & Inventory Management

The Practicalities of Robotics and Automation Technologies in Warehouses

  • The Value of Robotics and Automation in the Warehouse
  •  Common warehouse robotics use cases
  • Traditional vs Collaborative robots
  • How does the future look for industrial robotics?

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Session Title TBC (Performance Solutions by Milliken)

  • Full session abstract TBC

IoT & Technology

Session Title TBC (ATS)

  • Full session abstract TBC

10:35 AM - 11:25 AM

1-2-1 Pre-Scheduled Meetings & Networking Break

11:25 AM - 11:55 AM - Case Studies

Strategic Operations

Analysing the Impact of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) in Improvising Business Operations of Multinational Companies

  • ERP offers numerous benefits to businesses and it is hard to underestimate them. Implementation of technologies in the business process makes the work of the whole company faster, easier, and more productive.
  • Types, Features and Benefits
  • How to implement ERP successfully?

Collaboration & Transparency

Empowering Procurement Professionals towards Sustainable Procurement

  • Engaging procurement teams with the business sustainability goals and encouraging sharing solutions through their procurement function
  • Reducing costs without disrupting the business/client’s processes and operations
  • Reducing lengthily sourcing cycle times

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Making Lean, Continuous Improvement & Operational Excellence Fit for the Customer

Dr. Milson Gondim, Senior Vice President, Small Molecule Network - Elanco Manufacturing, Elanco Animal Health

  • Full session abstract TBC

Developments in Lean & OpEx

The New Journey of Lean Manufacturing in Digitalization

Davide di Blasi, Global Lean and Quality Director, Hilding Anders International AB

  • Digitalization process: why do it? The expected benefit
  • Upgrade of lean tools/application in new digital concept
  • Interesting APPs in Quality, Maintenance, kaizen
  • Real time performance tracking: why is it so important?
  • How to have an interesting ROI for moving on?

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM - Solution Spotlights

Logistics & Inventory Management

How Effective Inventory Management Systems Can Help to Establish High Performing Supply Management Systems in an Industry

  • Goals and objectives of implementing an Enterprise Resource Planning System
  • How will ERP implementation make the organization better off in the foreseeable future?
  • What will be the effect on the reformed business culture in terms of productivity?

IoT & Technology

Reserved for Commercial Partner

  • Full session abstract TBC

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Reserved for Commercial Partner

  • Full session abstract TBC

IoT & Technology

Improving Delivery Time and Reinforcing the Pull Model through Superior Forecasting Methods

  • Integrating demand forecasting and supply inventory together through a cloud based communication tool
  • Bringing stakeholders from every link of the value chain together to pool information, share resources, and respond in real time to emerging challenges

12:35 PM - 1:05 PM - Case Studies

IoT & Technology

Leveraging an Existing Store Network to Support Last-Mile Logistics for Online Grocery

  • It is common practice to fulfil e-Commerce orders from an existing store. Re-purposed or new stores have also been commonly used as dedicated e-Commerce fulfilment centers
  • Improving efficiency through use of specialist equipment, bespoke layouts, selecting technology and potential automation
  • Increase in storage capacity
  • Improving transport efficiency due to consolidated demand

Security & Risk Management

Overcoming the Cyber-Security Challenge: Supply Chain 4.0

  • How to identify threats to your data and where the risks lie
  • Risks specific to the cloud
  • What and what not to share in a transparent supply chain
  • Overcoming both external and internal threats

Strategic Operations

Session Title TBC (John Deere)

Alex Fernandez, Director NA Parts Operations, John Deere

  • Full session abstract TBC

IoT & Technology

Industry 4.0: System Transformation Requirements

Nourredine Boubekri, Ph.D., Professor, College of Engineering, University of North Texas

  • The fourth industrial revolution has resulted in a number of technologies being developed in a number of areas including: information systems, smart materials, robotic systems, smart technologies, and others. The focus of this contribution highlights the challenges of implementing some of these technologies as well as some of the research trends.

1:05 PM - 2:05 PM

Networking Lunch

2:05 PM - 2:35 PM - Case Studies

Strategic Operations

Leadership & Workforce Development

Breaking the Silos That Keep Divisions Within the Company from Working Together Effectively

  • Developing a culture that promotes collaboration
  • Retrospectives and continuous improvement system
  • Incorporating collaboration in your employee’s normal workflow

Leadership & Workforce Development

Psychological Resilience in Organizations

Heinz Avendano, Vice President of Manufacturing, Primex Technologies Inc

  • What is psychological resilience and why is this important?
  • Heinz Avendano, Industrial Engineer and Organizational Psychologist will provide practical ideas to increase resilience in your organization through his own experience as VP of Manufacturing at Primex Technologies

IoT & Technology

Preparing for Long Term Manufacturing Business Resiliency

Miguel Corcio, Director, Technical Programs, Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII)

  • Full session abstract TBC

2:40 PM - 3:10 PM - Solution Spotlights

IoT & Technology

Reserved for Commercial Partner

  • Full session abstract TBC

Collaboration & Transparency

The Need for Innovative Visibility Solutions in the Supply Chain

  • End-to-end visibility & real-time data is becoming increasingly essential for all industries to achieve better demand planning
  • What visibility and transparency tools are there that will enable companies to adapt to new market scenarios?
  • How digital tools achieve further innovation to take the next big step towards a more agile and resilient supply chain?
  • With increasing sustainability-related demands from end-customers for greater visibility of product origin and manufacturing processes, how can high visibility solutions throughout the entire supply chain support practices for the future?

Strategic Operations

Creating End-to-End Value: How can Operational Transformations Improve Productivity?

  • Taking a holistic view of existing plant processes, systems and assembly lines in order to increase effectiveness and create value

IoT & Technology

How can you Effectively Begin Implementing and Maximizing the Impact of IoT?

  • What must you prepare and take advantage of a digital manufacturing future based around the concept of The Internet of Things?
  • Which necessary steps must be taken first to accommodate the implementation of IoT?

3:10 PM - 3:50 PM

1-2-1 Pre-Scheduled Meetings & Networking Break

3:50 PM - 4:20 PM - Case Studies

IoT & Technology

Defining a Strategic Approach to Software Investment Decision-Making

Victoria Bryazgina, Head of SCM Development , OMK Steel

  • Full session abstract TBC

Logistics & Inventory Management

Effective Supply Network Design for Dealing with Uncertainties in Demand Information Flow and High Seasonal Fluctuations

  • Exploring how to mitigate risks posed by external and uncontrollable factors
  • Utilizing strategic planning
  • Ensuring product security across the supply chain, with track and trace to avoid losses

Leadership & Workforce Development

Session Title TBC (Cardinal Health)

Michelle J. White, Director, Change Support, Cardinal Health

  • Full session abstract TBC

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Solving Production Problems that Remain Unsolved in Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma Deployment

  • Building self-sufficient problem-solving teams
  • Using push/pull techniques to motivate and encourage teams

4:25 PM - 4:55 PM - Keynote

IoT & Technology

Leveraging IoT and Digital Ecosystem to Transform Customer Experience and Accelerate Value Creation within Healthcare Industry

Samir Gami, Senior Director, Advanced Customer Capabilities Janssen Supply Chain - Deliver, Johnson & Johnson

  • Full session abstract TBC

IoT & Technology

Manufacturing Digitalization at Philip Morris International

Scott Coutts, Vice President Global Manufacturing, Philip Morris International

  • Full session abstract TBC

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM - Panel Discussion

Strategic Operations

Corporate Social Responsibility in Supply Chain Management

  • As consumers have grown more accustomed to the impact of companies around the globe, demand for better integration of CSR and supply chains has come to the forefront.
  • Will corporate Responsibility Become The Key To Success?
  • How to Properly Integrate CSR and Supply Chains?
  • How to bring your systems and goals into strategic alignment with the right supply chain partner?

Leadership & Workforce Development

How can Manufacturing Attract and Train the Future of the Workforce?

  • The manufacturing industry has made great and sustained attempts to bring in and train the best and brightest
  • How can the industry find and recruit the leading talent?
  • What measures can companies put in place to ensure that the next generation are trained sufficiently for greater digitalization in manufacturing?

5:45 PM - 5:50 PM

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Day 1

5:55 PM - 6:55 PM

Evening Networking Reception

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration & Refreshments

8:30 AM - 8:35 AM

Chair’s Opening Remarks

8:35 AM - 9:20 AM - Panel Discussion

9:25 AM - 9:55 AM - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

Identifying Where and How Reversed Logistics Gap Exists Within Your Operations

  • How companies can leverage Robotics Process Automation to effectively audit all processes and connect with customers after the initiation of the return or to fulfil a return
  • Minimizing customer returns by implementing the correct strategy within the forward logistics
  • Merging forward and reverse logistics efficiently to benefit from synergies between both flows
  • Converging financial, operations and information flow

Leadership & Workforce Development

Driving Change Through Leadership & Workforce Engagement to Build a Strong Culture of Execution

Stephen Graham, Sr Director Global Supply Chain & Manufacturing Completions and Well Intervention, Baker Hughes

  • Creating a culture of execution
  • Building Trust
  • Clear Strategy
  • Visible Execution

IoT & Technology

How the Principles in the Shingo Model can Inform Investments in Technology

Ken Snyder, Executive Director, Shingo Institute, Utah State University

  • How to spend far less on CapEx, but still drive superior results

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Establishing Capable Measurement Systems for Manufacturing Processes

Jerry Hamilton, Procurement Engineer, ASQ Master Black Belt, Lockheed Martin

  • The validation of measurement systems in manufacturing processes is sometimes overlooked or applied incorrectly.  However, measurement system validation can have a significant impact on product quality and the bottom-line of your business.  A capable measurement system gives us the ability to “see” the part-to-part variation stemming from the manufacturing process, which provides the basis for solid decision-making.  This presentation will discuss some practical advice in setting-up, facilitating, analyzing, interpreting and improving the results of a measurement systems analysis validation effort. In addition, we will discuss some of the pitfalls that can occur.  This presentation will provide an overview of the validation of continuous measurement systems (weight, thickness, temperature, etc.) as well as attribute assessments (scratch, dent, void, discoloration, etc.) in manufactured products and the benefits associated with each.

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM - Case Studies

Collaboration & Transparency

AI for Good: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence for a Global Advantage

Justin Goldston, PhD, Professor of Project and Supply Chain Management, Penn State University

  • Sustainability is no longer a like to do, it was a must-do.
  • How we can leverage AI to contribute to positive social change while also having a positive impact on the organization's profitability.
  • Using examples from the presentation, how you can use AI to address the top UN Sustainability Development Goals for your organization.

Logistics & Inventory Management

Session Title TBC (Grupo Cuinba)

Marco Padilla, Director, Administration and Supply Chain, Grupo Cuinba

  • Full session abstract TBC

Leadership & Workforce Development

How can you Overcome the Challenges of Running Multi-site Maintenance and Reliability Programs?

  • Creating local ownership for a companywide vision of maintenance planning
  • Benchmarking sites against one another to both drive performance and encourage cross-pollination of best practices

IoT & Technology

Securing Successful Implementation: What are the Potential Pitfalls during the Implementation of New Software and Technologies?

  • While the race is on to get ahead in the age of IoT, which potential obstacles should be accounted for?

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

1-2-1 Pre-Scheduled Meetings & Networking Break

11:20 AM - 11:50 AM - Case Studies

Strategic Operations

Scarcity as a Strategic Weapon: Driving Strategic Break-throughs During Lean Times

Geoffrey Fry, Global VP of Operations and Supply Chain, Cree Lighting

  • How to translate your company’s strategic goals into supply chain initiatives that leverage your suppliers’ capabilities to minimize your upfront expenses, working capital, and strain on over-taxed resources.

IoT & Technology

Adoption of Blockchain in the Oil and Gas Supply Chain

Salisu Uba, PhD Researcher, University of Strathclyde

  • Full session abstract TBC

Strategic Operations

Launching Innovation During Uncertain Times

Nevin Vijh, Sr. Manager, Operations & Innovation, Daily Harvest

  • Supply Chain Agility: A case study of our innovation at Daily Harvest: the objective, the approach, the obstacles, & the execution
  • Continuous Improvement: Leveraging direct customer feedback drives our iterative development
  • Good Food. Great People: We’re a mighty band of scrappy seekers, inventors, visionaries—and we’re all genuinely passionate about good food. We’re reimagining how easy it can be to eat well, and we’re growing and searching for talent each and every day

IoT & Technology

Creating a Design for Sustainable Manufacturing

David Moore, Principal Industrial Engineer, Hinge Health, Inc.

  • Full session abstract TBC

11:55 AM - 12:25 PM - Case Studies

Security & Risk Management

Session Title TBC (Coindu)

César Padilla, Head of Sales, Coindu

Leadership & Workforce Development

Industry Leadership and Public Sector Engagement for Workforce Development

William Pratt, VP Operations & Director of Creative Design, Kinamed, Inc.

  • From complaint to measuring success, the phases of public sector engagement
  • A case study of opportunities for leadership – the unpredictable road taken
  • Your role as an agent for change and getting the workforce you need with the tax dollars you already pay

Developments in Lean & OpEx

Solving Production Problems that Remain Unsolved in Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma Deployment

  • Building self-sufficient problem-solving teams
  • Using push/pull techniques to motivate and encourage teams

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM - Case Studies

Strategic Operations

IoT & Technology

Enabling Your Staff to Make the Most of the Technology – Training and Support Considerations

  • A key challenge with the rapid growth of advanced technology in supply chains is ensuring the workforce progresses at the same rate. What happens when you have an up-to-date ERP system in place, but your staff are not sufficiently prepared to work with it?
  • Acknowledging the gap in people capability and preparation to use the technology – key pitfalls to watch
  • Training requirements – making sure people get the right resources and trained to get the most they can from the systems
  • Raising understanding of the real information behind the data

Developments in Lean & OpEx

How have Interface Used Lean and Social Responsibility Principles to Maintain and Enhance Productivity during the Pandemic?

Billy Ingram, Director of Lean Product Development, Interface

  • Full session abstract TBC

IoT & Technology

Design Reliability Testing and Verification for New Production Systems and Assembly Lines

  • Mitigating risk through sufficient testing using new technologies and software
  • Creating a buy-in from colleagues with sufficient testing

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Networking Lunch

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Building an Effective Global Supply Chain Team

  • Fostering a cross-functional collaboration culture
  • Development plans to build the skills necessary for the next of supply chain talent
  • Programs, tools and metrics

Strategic Operations

Implementation of Lean Principles to the Supply Chain

  • Providing the best quality within the shortest possible lead time, while minimizing waste throughout your processes
  • A series of conceptual tools to help organizations to become Lean

Strategic Operations

Transforming your Business Objectives and Key Results

Connie Deyo, Vice President Business Excellence, Greenfield Global Inc.

Objectives & Key Results (Strategy Execution):
  • Initial launch (unsuccessful and why)
  • The Right Way – a successful partnership with WorkBoard
  • Pivot with agility and discipline
  • Outcome vs. Output
  • Workstreams
  • Teams, Meetings
  • Productivity
  • Strategy Execution
  • Business Review

IoT & Technology

What Measures can Ensure Full ROI on Automated and Semi-Automated Processes?

  • Decrease the level of risk when introducing new technologies and processes through an effective measurement system prior to implementation
  • Successful forecasting is pivotal to choosing the correct level of automation and ensuring the highest level of output

2:35 PM - 3:05 PM - Case Studies

Strategic Operations

Session Title TBC (Pepperl+Fuchs)

Robin Stratthaus, Supply Chain Manager - Americas, Pepperl+Fuchs, Inc.

  • Full session abstract TBC

Logistics & Inventory Management

A Strategic Framework for Improving Inventory Management Decisions

  • The flaws of traditional inventory management methods.
  • The secret to striking the right balance between product availability and carrying too much stock.
  • How to improve demand forecasting and replenishment.
  • The benefits of inventory optimization

Leadership & Workforce Development

Virtual Leaders Applying Emotional Intelligence and Restorative Practice During Times of Uncertainty

Tom Butkiewicz, Ph.D., Core Faculty-Research, Walden University

  • Investigate leadership values to enhance purposeful and sustainable relationships with employees at all levels, which can be incredibly difficult during times of uncertainty
  • Describe the requisite competencies leaders need to upskill for effectively applying emotional intelligence and restorative practice after pivoting to work virtually with remote workers
  • Complete an emotional intelligence self-assessment and a restorative practice exercise to increase leadership capacity that could influence employee motivation and engagement     
  • Build multicultural social capital through a leadership framework and resources that might lead to positive social change for the greater good in organizations worldwide

Developments in Lean & OpEx

How can Determining the Maturity of your Lean Journey Open Up New Possibilities?

  • What is the best way to measure your lean initiative?
  • What external accreditation boards are being used?
  • How are new developments in IT supporting continuous improvement and its measurement?
  • Can different facilities be truly compared if the processes used and products manufactured differ?

3:05 PM - 3:35 PM

1-2-1 Pre-Scheduled Meetings & Networking Break

3:35 PM - 4:05 PM - Case Studies

Logistics & Inventory Management

Session Title TBC (USC Marshall)

Nick Vyas, Executive Director, USC Marshall Center for Global SCM

  • Full session abstract TBC

Collaboration & Transparency

Session Title TBC (Schneider Electric)

Kenneth Engel, Senior VP Global Supply Chain, North America, Schneider Electric

  • Digitalisation & sustainability in Schneider Electric's supply chain

Leadership & Workforce Development

Avoiding the Skills Gap: Planning for the Short and Long Term to Secure your Future

  • With a predicted significant shortfall of manufacturing professionals set to enter the industry, how can the industry secure its future?
  • Why must you have a defined yet adaptable program for succession planning?
  • How has the landscape of acquiring and developing the most capable, young talent in manufacturing changed?

IoT & Technology

Product Customization in Mass Production – Utilizing Flexible and Agile Manufacturing Processes

  • How could mass production be adopted to become an efficient batch size one production?
  • Digital manufacturing technologies are the key. Enabler for product modifications without machine set-up time

4:10 PM - 4:55 PM - Panel Discussion

Leadership & Workforce Development

Lessons from COVID-19 - Why Factory Operations Have Become Key to Manufacturing Survival

Smooth and agile operations in the factory are critical to avoiding large-scale supply chain disruption.

  • Best practices from the sector and how they have used the crisis an incentive for modernization
  • Why it’s imperative to focus on factory execution, and leverage visibility and insights?
  • How to achieve better factory efficiency without sacrificing the humanity of your workforce

Strategic Operations

What are the Long-Term Lessons to be Learnt from Manufacturing during the COVID-19 Pandemic?

  • Manufacturers have had to react and adapt their processes in the short-term to the changing demands of the COVID-19 pandemic, but what are the long-term lessons that the industry can take moving forward?
  • How has the relationship between line manager and employee, production and supply chain, factory floor and corporate office and more changed?
  • What aspects of using data, automation, reporting faults and the use of digitalization practices irrevocably changed for the future?

4:55 PM - 5:00 PM

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Day 2

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Evening Networking Reception