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DAY 1: TUESDAY APRIL 26, 2022

7.30 am.   Networking & Refreshments

KEYNOTES: WHAT ADVANCED MANUFACTURING LOOKS LIKE

8.20 am    CHAIRPERSON’S OPENING REMARKS

- KATHY MILLER, CO-FOUNDER, OPSISTERS (IN)

8.45 am    Presentation: CONFRONTING THE COMMON CHALLENGE: STEPS TO FIXING THE SUPPLY CHAIN IN 2022

Before the pandemic, most manufacturers could focus primarily on market growth, and now the focus for many is how to address supply chain problems, raw material shortages and the broken components of logistics.

Join and gain immense insights from this data analytics leader, responsible for driving operational efficiencies within ABB’s manufacturing plant and supply chain, as well as solving customers’ challenges. Hear the latest on how to leverage data and analytics when tackling the supply chain issue, discover which partners you need to help with inventory management and planning, and how to transform teams and processes.

- MICHAEL THORNE, DATA ANALYTICS ARCHITECTURE LEAD – ELECTRIFICATION BUSINESS AREA, ABB (NC)

9.10 am    Presentation: THE WHY, WHAT & HOW: MICHELIN’S DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION JOURNEY

- CHAD CORBIN, DIGITAL MANUFACTURING LEADER, MICHELIN, (SC)

9.30 am    Panel Discussion: ADVANCING MANUFACTURING- STARTING WITH THE BUSINESS OUTCOME & TRANSFORMING THROUGH TECHNOLOGY

Meet to hear different perspectives from those who have done it already, and those who have helped them, as they address the important ‘Ps’ to help you get started with tech-led smart manufacturing, or to help reevaluate, your digital transformation strategies.

Questions to be answered include…

PEOPLE: How to address labor shortages, and build the right teams? Which roles should collaborate to ensure implementation does not fail?

PLAN: Where do you start? And how do you win over skeptics to gain buy-in? Why is automation investment crucial now more than ever?

PROCESSES: How do you get your ERP, MES, and PLM seamlessly communicating? How do you automate business processes for more seamless change management?

PARTNERS: How do you ensure you choose a vendor that suits you? Which platforms, tools, systems, etc. work together well and can scale?

Moderator: JOSEPH ETRIS, VP OF IOT SOLUTIONS, GEMBA SYSTEMS (SC)
- RAMY HARIK, CHIEF MANUFACTURING OFFICER, NEPHRON PHARMACEUTICALS (SC)
- CHRIS MERCURIO, CONNECTED INDUSTRY CONSULTANT DC/PJ-I4.0, BOSCH REXROTH (NC)

- CHAD CORBIN, DIGITAL MANUFACTURING LEADER, MICHELIN, (SC)

10.10 am    NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK

DIVING INTO INDUSTRY 4.0 & BEYOND

10.55 am    Panel Discussion: INDUSTRY X.0 101 - STARTING SMART MANUFACTURING

This panel brings together large, medium, and small-sized manufacturers to focus on how to get started with digitalization. Hear stories on how manufacturers took their first steps away from manual, pen and paper, analog management, and implemented real-time digital tools and leveraged the power of data.

Panelists discuss where they drew inspiration for digital transformation and what they learned along the way. Take away lessons in:

  • Gaining buy-in for digital initiatives.
  • How to run pilots while avoiding downtime and avoid purgatory.
  • Coaching, and getting people behind new technology.
  • How to coordinate across different teams and plants, without stunting creativity.
  • The technologies they started with, and initial results.
  • Where they are today, and where they want to be.

Moderator: MIKE DEMOS, SOUTH CAROLINA COORDINATOR, OPEXCHANGE (SC)
- MIKE CUGGY, GLOBAL OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE LEADER, ASTENJOHNSON (SC)
- ROBERT STUCKY, LEAD MANUFACTURING ENGINEER, SYLVANSPORT (NC)
- ERIN WELKEN, PLANT OPERATIONS MANAGER, CORNING (NC)
- MEG LANZA, US HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY at BSH – BOSCH’S HOME APPLIANCES (SC)

11.35 am    Presentation: THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF INDORAMA VENTURES

The beginning of the digital transformation journey can be overwhelming when considering the ubiquitous solutions offered with powerful new technologies. Join this talk to discover how integrating people with technology can provide a sustainable foundation to unhide value and maximize positive impact. Hear some of the key lessons learned during the first three years of the Digital Transformation of Indorama Ventures.

- ALEX BADILLO, IVL AMER DIGITAL LEADER, INDORAMA VENTURES (SC)

12.00 pm    Presentation: INTRODUCTION TO SERVITIZATION - ENGINEERING EXPERIENCES, NOT JUST PRODUCTS

Join this large, global manufacturer to understand what the later steps of digital transformation can bring. Understand how data is enabling manufacturers to deliver the service, not just the product.

Begin by exploring the term ‘Servitization’. And get details of what IoT has allowed manufacturers' suite of products and services?

Dig deep into how to leverage the data yielded from 5G connectivity and IoT to create end-to-end experiences e.g., customization, upgrades, repairs, platforms, and user communities.

- JAN PINGEL, PRODUCT LEADER, DIGITAL SOLUTIONS, INGERSOLL RAND (NC)

12.25 pm    NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK

1.30 pm    Presentation: DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION: GETTING IT WRONG UNTIL YOU GET IT RIGHT

Join to hear this digitalization journey within Boeing; discover the steps and sore points of going from a whiteboard to company standard.

See the full lifecycle of removing a paper chain to creating a full digital kit, cutting down administration time and utilizing data effectively. Hear how to get business buy-in, what it involves when taking plans from the factory floor to IT adoption.

- THOMAS ORTIZ, DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION LEADER, BOEING (SC)

1.55 pm    Presentation: ACCELERATE YOUR DIGITALIZATION JOURNEY TO ACHIEVE AN INTELLIGENT FACTORY WITH INDUSTRY 4.0

Digitalization of manufacturing operations is and will continue to be a top priority in coming years for most of manufacturing organizations. The traditional path with silos of multiple solutions and application stacked in different parts of the business poses multiple challenges. Challenge examples include – higher time to deploy, innovation cost, and overall achievement of potential of benefits. To achieve the transformation goals and speed up incremental benefits achievements, it is:

  • Critical to have one integrated data flow from initial Product Design through Planning and Manufacturing and Delivery including all Operational processes that support each phase.
  • Important to also have integrated processes that span across business functions from the design in an engineering department, to production on the shopfloor, on-time logistics/traceable material flow and finally maintenance and service operations – until an asset is sunset as a single digital thread.
  • Key to enable these processes work on common taxonomy to achieve a cohesive approach to production and intralogistics processes, while also empowering workers for better productivity through bi-directional machine to machine, person to person and machine to person connectivity.

In this session, you hear examples of companies who have enabled factory and plant process transformations at enterprise scale with an approach towards Industry 4.0 best practices. This comprehensive, yet simple approach helps mitigate innovation challenges for customers looking to reinvent production, intralogistics, quality, maintenance, and service processes to build the journey toward Intelligent factory and plants and to embark on journey which creates a competitive advantage, increases productivity, and – ultimately – improves business performance.

- RAKESH GANDHI, VP DIGITAL SUPPLY CHAIN & INDUSTRY 4.0 CUSTOMER INNOVATION HUB, SAP (MD)

2.15 pm    Presentation: BUSINESS AGILITY IN A ‘PROJECT TO PRODUCT’ TRANSFORMATION: BALANCING TYPE OF TEAMS, WORK, AND PEOPLE

The digital transformation of business has a huge impact on IT, and often barriers are faced when it comes to IT integration. IT/OT Convergence is the biggest pain point for manufacturers as they digitalize and embrace Industry 4.0. Tying together teams, solutions, partners, and infrastructure components, requires a lot of analysis around better ways of working.

In this session we will take a high-level view of Business Agility and the concept of migrating from a Project Mindset to a Product Mindset. Business Agility is the ability to compete and thrive in the digital age by quickly responding to market changes and emerging opportunities with innovative, digitally enabled business solutions. We will look at balancing our transformation from Projects to Products, focusing on types of teams, work, and people. The goal is to give you a starting point for each of the important concepts to help you in your specific journey.

- DAVID WADE, SENIOR AGILE TRANSFORMATION COACH, BOEING (SC)

2.40 pm    NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK

DEVELOPING A WORKFORCE FOR THE DIGITAL AGE

3.20 pm    Presentation: DON'T SLEEP ON A LEAN JOB: ENGAGING YOUR PEOPLE IN TRANSFORMATION

- JOSEPH STANFORD, SR. MANAGER OF ENGINEERING, SLEEP NUMBER (SC)

3.45 pm    Presentation: ASSESSING THE PAYBACK - INVESTING IN REAL-TIME LOCATING SYSTEM ASSISTANCE

When and how do you decide to take the leap with a technology investment? Join Eric Borowicz, General Manager of AFL Accessories in South Carolina, to understand the complexities of a build to order job shop, and which technologies are helping to assist systems, and bring time and cost savings. Benefit from a 360 view of the delivery and implementation of a new technology investment. And then, gain real life examples of the advantages brought to the operations of a ‘spaghetti shop’, and a view of the new possibilities automated processes bring to customer service.

- ERIC BOROWICZ, GENERAL MANAGER, AFL ACCESSORIES (SC)

4.10 pm    Panel Discussion: ADVANCING PEOPLE & SKILLS TO ENSURE MANUFACTURING PROWESS

To get true ROI from your technology investment, you need to take your people with you and gain buy-in at all levels. However, this is much easier said than done, especially in a time of labor shortages and skills gaps.

This broad range of panelists bring a mix of perspectives and tips on people management, answering questions and discussing:

  • What does Manufacturing X.0 management look like? Coaching and leading through change.
  • Which do core competencies are required in the digital age, and how do you train, and assess?
  • What is the best way to fill a skills gap- do you build your own ‘digital brain’ or outsource?
  • Steps to inclusive recruitment and diverse teams.

Moderator: JON QUIGLEY, COLUMN WRITER, PMTIPS, ASSEMBLY MAG & AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRIES ONLINE (NC)
- IDA STÅHL, SENIOR MANAGER, VOLVO CARS (SC)
- ALICIA LOPEZ FLOYD, HR LEADERSHIP NEXT SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER, BOEING (SC)
- ANN WYATT, PRESIDENT/AGENCY OWNER, ANN WYATT RECRUITING (AL)

4.50 pm    MANUFACTURING X.0 INNOVATION DEN

This session will consist of 3 x 10-minute pitch-style presentations focused on how new, innovative vendors’ products or platforms are bringing savings and efficiencies, followed by comments and questions from our judging board, and audience vote.

The winner will be announced at the beginning of Day 2 of the conference.

  • 4.50 pm – Judge’s Intro
  • 4.55 – 5.05 pm    PITCH 1: CHRISTOPHER LEWIS, SENIOR DIRECTOR, SOLUTION CONSULTING, INFOR
    5.05 – 5.10 pm    Judges’ Q&A
  • 5.10 – 5.20 pm    PITCH 2: AMANDA DOTTEN, SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE, SYMPHONY INDUSTRIAL AI
    5.20 – 5.25 pm    Judges’ Q&A
  • 5.25 – 5.35 pm    PITCH 3: JASON ADAIR, VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES, AIRGAP NETWORKS INC.
    5.35 – 5.40 pm    Judges’ Q&A

Judges:

  • BRYAN BAUW, HEAD OF MANUFACTURING & PARTNER, PRIME MOVERS LAB (AL)
  • DANIEL GAMBRELL, INVESTMENT ASSOCIATE, SCRA: SOUTH CAROLINA RESEARCH AUTHORITY (SC)
  • RHONDA HUSKINS, REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT, SCMEP (SC)
  • MIKE UNGAR, BUSINESS COACH, FOCALPOINT (SC)

5.40 – 6.45pm    CLOSE OF DAY 1 & NETWORKING DRINKS RECEPTION

DAY 2: WEDNESDAY APRIL 27, 2022

8.15 am    Networking & Refreshments

KEYNOTES: FUTURE RESILIENCE

8.55 am    CHAIRPERSON’S OPENING REMARKS

- MIKE UNGAR, BUSINESS COACH, FOCALPOINT (SC)

9.10 am    Presentation: A SIMPLE STRATEGIST'S GUIDE

Transforming operations and augmenting human capabilities to drive scalable value. There can be no success without a vision. Join Peggy Gulick, a renowned smart factory leader as she shares her invaluable insights on:

  • There can be no success without a vision
    • Evolution vs revolution
    • Rethinking how we work
  • Culture eats strategy for breakfast and technology for lunch
    • Continuous Innovation, the new continuous improvement
  • When you have the ideas, but the plants have the money
  • Millennials, meet the Gen Z workforce
    • Upskilling for factory of the future

- PEGGY GULICK, DIRECTOR, SMART FACTORY, KOHLER (WI)

9.35 am    Presentation: THE DIGITAL T’S - THREADS, TWINS, TECHNOLOGY, & TRANSFORMATION

Learn about the history of 3D model-based engineering (MBE), which some years ago fostered the creation of the Digital Thread and enabled improved integration between engineering, manufacturing, suppliers, and sustainment. Gain further knowledge of the plethora of advanced manufacturing technologies such as automation, optical projection, and non-contact metrology.

Then examine Digital Twins, a close relative of the digital thread, and how the digital representations of physical or virtual assets engendered the use of modeling and simulation to reduce the cost and span for product development and testing.

Analyze how together these technologies comprise Digital Transformation, focused on increasing enterprise speed, agility, insight, and competitiveness, and what distinct advantages they can bring to your business.

DR. DON KINARD, SENIOR FELLOW, LOCKHEED MARTIN (TX)

10.00 am    Presentation: HEARING THE SIGNALS OF NOW: TRANSFORMING PRODUCTION WITH IOT

Safe, efficient, sustainable operations rely on discerning the “signals of now” in data-drenched environments. In this session IDC outlines key findings from research into the internet of things and how manufacturers can ask better questions of the diverse landscape of IoT providers to achieve the outcomes they really want. Only by asking better questions can we discover the answers that we don’t already know.

- MARCIA WALKER, RESEARCH DIRECTOR, IDC

10.20 am    Panel Discussion: WHY IS DIGITAL SO IMPORTANT TO BUILD RESILIENCE? EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES’ ROLE IN SUCCESS, & SURVIVAL STORIES FROM THE PLANT FLOOR TO THE SUPPLY CHAIN

The importance of being digital has been seen more than ever over the past two years, with digital agility enabling many manufacturers to respond more effectively to the pandemic’s challenges.

The unprecedented challenges have both spurred digital innovation, with new systems and processes being tried and tested, and have also slowed it down. Some digital plans and investments have been put on the back burner, with labor and supply shortages, and survival, being the primary focus. How do you overcome this challenge going forward?

Join this panel to hear details of how digital transformation projects bolster manufacturers’ resilience and hear examples of how to keep them alive. Listen to best practices in building efficiencies in your manufacturing operations, and a robust supply chain through emerging technologies.

Moderator: JOSEPH ETRIS, VP OF IOT SOLUTIONS, GEMBA SYSTEMS (SC)
- KIRSTEN BOOTH, SENIOR MANAGER, MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING, ROLLS ROYCE (SC)
- CHETAN POLAVARAM, GLOBAL DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION LEADER, COCA-COLA COMPANY (GA)
- THOMAS ORTIZ, DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION LEADER, BOEING (SC)
- JOHN CADE FARRIS, CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT MANAGER, SUNLAND LOGISTICS SOLUTIONS (SC)
- MINA HOSTAGE, COMMERICAL EXEC, DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION, TULIP (SC)

11.05 am    NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK

MANAGING INVESTMENT & IMPLEMENTATION

11.45 am    Presentation: INDUSTRIAL CYBERSECURITY ISN'T A DESTINATION—IT'S A JOURNEY. WHERE DO YOU BEGIN?

Join this session and leave with key takeaways in:

  1. Defining the OT, IoT, IIoT, XIoT and why securing it is critical to the uptime and safety of your OT environment.
  2. Best practices for getting started with an XIoT asset visibility program.
  3. Common pitfalls other manufacturing teams have faced in their journey to gaining visibility into the XIoT, and how you can avoid them.
  4. Next steps in the journey to securing the XIoT once you gain visibility.
  5. How to measure the success of your XIoT visibility program.

RYAN BOWERY, PRINCIPAL SOLUTIONS ENGINEER, CLAROTY

12.05 pm    Panel Discussion: MANAGING RISK TOGETHER: HOW CAN PARTNERS AT A STATE-LEVEL AID YOUR ADVANCEMENT?

  • Hear how regional bodies can support manufacturers’ plans to advance their manufacturing processes and people through technology investment.
  • Learn the moves being taken to overcome labor shortages, attract and upskill talent and investment in South Carolina.
  • Dig into the resources available for small and midsize industrial producers.
  • Ask your questions directly to the panel, to pinpoint how local partners can back your business goals and lower the risk of your investment.

Moderator: MIKE UNGAR, BUSINESS COACH, FOCALPOINT (SC)
- ANDY CARR, SVP - OPERATIONS, SC MEP (SC)
- CYNTHIA DAVIS, BUSINESS & INDUSTRY PROGRAM MANAGER, SC DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (SC)
- CATHERINE HAYES, INDUSTRY MANAGER, SCRA: SOUTH CAROLINA RESEARCH AUTHORITY (SC)
- JAMES RITCHER, DIRECTOR OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, SOUTH CAROLINA MANUFACTURERS ALLIANCE (SC)
- SUSIE SHANNON, PRESIDENT & CEO, SOUTH CAROLINA COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS (SC)

12.50 am    Presentation: INVESTING FOR SCALE IN HARD TECH

- BYRAN BAUW, HEAD OF MANUFACTURING & PARTNER, PRIME MOVERS LAB (AL)

1.10 pm    NETWORKING & LUNCH BREAK

TODAY’S TECHNOLOGIES DRIVING EFFICIENCIES & SPEED

2.10 pm    Presentation: XR-BASED TECHNOLOGY: FROM PLAYSTATIONS TO THE PLANT FLOOR

The use of mixed reality in manufacturing has become more and more prevalent in production and design, and now XR tools are starting to transform the industrial workforce training and development, driven undoubtedly in part by the widespread shift to work from home policies. Join this expert to determine how XR training can help you overcome the challenges of a retiring workforce, the skills gap, and safety concerns when returning to the plant and office.

NICHOLAUS HUGHES, DIGITAL EXPERIENCE DESIGNER, XR LEAD, AMSTED RAIL (SC)

2.35 pm    Presentation: LARGE LANGUAGE MODELS AND MANUFACTURING APPLICATIONS

- SANDEEP JEEREDDY, RESEARCH & INNOVATION ENGINEER, BMW GROUP (SC)

3.00 pm    Group Sessions: INNOVATION TABLES: NOW IT IS TIME TO ACT!

Work with fellow manufacturing attendees, share ideas, challenge ideas, and have fun!

  • Join one of three groups.
  • 60 minute engaging and interactive sessions.
  • Discussion is led and facilitated by subject experts.
  • Summarize the key conclusions you will take back to the office.

Group discussion centered around:

  1. What did you come to learn at the conference?
  2. Where are you up to in your digital transformation journey, and did you have a specific problem to solve?
  3. Which application of Industry 4.0 impressed you the most? Why?
  4. What is one discovery from the conference that you will be taking back to your company that will be a quick win to improve business results?
  5. Who have you met at the conference that you will reach out to after the conference?  And for what purpose?

Group Facilitators:
- MIKE UNGAR, BUSINESS COACH, FOCALPOINT (SC)
- BRIAN KUNEY, SCMEP REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT (SC)
- JERRY PILEWSKI, FOCALPOINT BUSINESS COACH (SC)
- TONY MOORE, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, SCMEP (SC)
- JOHN RONEY, OWNER, FOCALPOINT (SC)

4.00 –4.20 pm    WRAP UP & CHAIR’S CLOSING REMARKS

Hear the group leaders share key points discussed on each Innovation Table during the previous session, and final remarks from the day’s Chairperson.



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