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Day 1 | Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Jeff Winter, Director, Smart Manufacturing Division, International Society of Automation (ISA)
The Digital Ts: Threads, Twins, Technology & Transformation
Dr. Don Kinard, Sr. Fellow, Lockheed Martin (TX)
Digital engineering or Model Based Engineering has enabled enhanced product development concurrence, improved initial quality, and encouraged the use of advanced manufacturing technologies such as robotics, non-contact metrology, precision machining, and IoT equipment connectivity. Specifically with respect to IoT the focus may shift from equipment monitoring to the connectivity of the equipment directly to the digital thread. More recently the emergence of technologies for the next industrial revolution – Industry 4.0, including IT system integration, data automation, and AI-enhanced data predictability will highlight the importance of enterprise-level processes bringing floor, above the shop floor, and customer connections into focus for overall organizational efficiency.
Join this session to hear key takeaways in:
- How exactly the digital thread drives the creation of digital twins - fundamental vehicles for improving product development cost and span
- How to enable advanced manufacturing technologies including robotics, metrology, augmented reality, and determinant assembly through digital technologies
- How to leverage mainstream IoT equipment connectivity for monitoring to unlock the true value in connecting directly to engineering requirements
- What AI-assisted data automation, insight, and predictability will drive Industry 4.0 - the next industrial revolution
through Industry 4.0 Technologies
Faster design and production, lower costs, keeping machines working for longer, and at optimal power, are all the manufacturer’s motivations for investing in Industry 4.0 technologies. However, which Industry 4.0 technologies should you be starting with, and are they even necessary for your current business needs?
This session gives a recap of Industry 4.0 and gives practical examples of how to bring connectivity, sensors, and AI to your manufacturing systems, to create ‘smart manufacturing’.
Hear a manufacturing practitioner’s experience and lessons learned, to pinpoint:-
- How to build and implement automation, and quickly, to avoid lost time and money for your business
- How to identify the tools and systems needed to automate your businesses’ needs, and how to integrate new software into your legacy systems
- How to ensure your talent is aligned with your tools and technology to avoid pilot purgatory
Cross-Departmental, Data-Led, Collaboration: How to Lead a Digital Enterprise & Achieve Business Resilience Visibility
Throughout your Manufacturing & Supply Chain Operations
- Shameka Lewis, EHS Supply Chain Director, Kellogg Company (TX)
- Sidra Maryam, Digital Factory Leader, Siemens (TX)
Industry 4.0, or even Industry 5.0, may not be your reality yet but human-technology collaboration is ever-increasing, with the pandemic having sped up technological innovation and adoption.
Digital transformation, at whatever stage, requires collaboration and communication across departments, to avoid pilot purgatory. Many manufacturing businesses are taking a more holistic approach to tech implementation now, striving to be smart enterprises, not just smart factory floors.
Join this panel to hear leaders from different parts of the product journey to learn from their experiences in working together to ensure technology investments pay off across manufacturing and supply chain operations.
- Gain best practice in data sharing and cross-departmental security policies.
- Hear how to ensure the processes are in place to maximize human and tech efficiency.
- Take away template approaches to people and processes to support successful digital transformation rollout.
- Gain insights into how to recalibrate according to market trends, and the impact of macroeconomic and political shifts.
Industry 5.0 might seem like a very distant goal, but sustainable manufacturing, a key pillar of its concept, is already here.
Future regulations, taxes, and a negative impact on manufacturers’ bottom line are lurking, and sustainability practices driven by data are needed to meet future business challenges. This session discusses:
- The business value of ESG and the opportunities for financial gain.
- Upcoming regulatory changes and how to mitigate new costs to small to large manufacturing businesses.
- How to advance and automate data analytics to operationalize sustainability practices in the most efficient way.
- How to set up each step in your sustainability rollout to have the infrastructure in place to scale.
- How to meet your supply chain where they are at and decide on a shared and practical ESG approach.
What are manufacturers and retailers doing to improve supply chain resiliency, how mature are these efforts, and to what degree does sustainability play a role in both the current and future of the supply chain. Simon Ellis, Program Vice President at IDC will review recent survey insights and offer his views on both the near and longer term directions for supply chains.
Move to the group discussion room of your choice.
Meet with peers in a closed, interactive group discussion led by a senior manufacturing expert to benchmark, brainstorm and co-create successful approaches to common challenges.
This is your chance to ask questions to manufacturing peers and find practical solutions collaboratively, benchmarking your approaches.
Group A: Defining Industry 4.0 & Digital Transformation for Your Company
Facilitator: Jeff Winter, Smart Manufacturing Division, International Society of Automation (ISA)
*If you would like to suggest a discussion topic, or lead a table, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Breaking Down Barriers to Entry: How to Set Your Digital & Data-Driven Vision for the Factory Floor to Determine Your Starting Point & Overcome Hesitancy to Tech-led Efficiency
Panelists: - Manish Khatri, Agile & Digital Transformation Leader, The Heinz Kraft Company (TX)
- Gilbert Meyer-Gauen, Director, Asset Management, NOV (TX)
Meet with a panel of manufacturing leaders who have implemented a variety of automation technologies on the factory floor to bring operational gain.
Understand how to avoid doing tech for tech’s sake by identifying the technology that matches the business problem that you are trying to solve.
- Discover how to set your vision and measure progress along the way to track the effectiveness of your digital investment.
- Assess low-code/no-code approaches to automation projects and learn how to select the software suitable for your business and team’s needs.
- Brainstorm and benchmark your approach to data: when to start collecting, when is there enough data, and in a manual manufacturing process, what big data can be used, and which decisions can be made using it?
- Hear key tried and tested steps to take, and avoid, when stepping away from manual manufacturing processes.
Moderator: Ryan Treece, Co-Founder, Industry 4.0 Club
- Real life case studies of how AI has improved manufacturing production with financial benefits.
- The AI solutions available and how to assess them based on your business needs.
- Essential steps to take during AI implementation, and common mistakes to avoid, to ensure ROI
- How to prepare your people and data to guarantee AI’s effectiveness.
Advancements to Your Production
Fundamentals in selecting and implementing new tech tools and getting the most out of the ones you already have.
- Get a guide in common technology suites and languages, and expert advice on personnel requirements and partner selection when starting digital initiatives.
- Ensure that you are set up for future collaboration and interoperability.
- Discover how the Cloud offers the products and services to support your IT/OT operations securely.
The Future Digital Manufacturer: How to Rethink & Retrain to Mitigate the Challenges Caused by
Skills Gaps, Varying Levels of Employee Experience & Different Learning Needs
Panelists: Devin Bhushan, Founder & CEO, SQUINT
Technology is changing manufacturing systems and tools rapidly but, at present, humans are still very much central to technology’s success. Today, the fluctuating levels of skills and experience, and gaps in the labor market, present a strong roadblock to manufacturers looking to get the most out of their technology investment. From education systems, to approaches to internal training, there are few who don’t agree change is needed.
Join this panel of experts to learn how you can play your part in leading change and bring future financial benefits to your industry.
Key Discussion Points:
How can commercial, education, state, and government bodies improve collaboration to standardize the skillsets needed by manufacturing companies, and advance productivity and effectiveness?
- What steps can education programs take to enhance engineers’ employability, and what can those working within the manufacturing industry do to support the development of future talent?
- What can be done to innovate workforce training alongside your systems to ensure that decade-old practices are not being used to teach modern-day techniques?
- How to rethink your technology implementation strategy and training approaches to overcome hesitancy, and even fear, of new digital technologies.
- How can you use immersive technologies to support and teach Gen Z employees?