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Smart Mfg Seminar Series

Smart Manufacturing - The Digital Transformation - November

Smart Manufacturing: The Digital Transformation

November 9, 2016
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII)

1415 N. Cherry Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

The digitization of manufacturing impacts every aspect of operations and the supply chain. Attend this one-day event and hear from the experts how smart manufacturing technologies connect design, planning, production and distribution to drive process improvements, reduce operational costs and increase efficiencies.

Interested in sponsoring? Click here or Contact Christine Longroy, at 800.733.3976 ext. 3137 or

Why Attend?

  • Get direct access to automation, IoT and big data technology and expert advice
  • Hear first-hand what works – and what doesn’t – when it comes to implementing and maintaining IoT in industrial networks
  • Make new connections and build relationships with partners and peers

Event Agenda

Registration and Networking

Chairman and Welcome

Craig Sutton Craig Sutton
Manager, Advanced Manufacturing
John Deere

John Deere

Keynote: GE’s Brilliant Factory

Stephan Biller Stephan Biller
Chief Manufacturing Scientist
General Electric

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Imagine a manufacturing ecosystem that continuously improves products and optimizes manufacturing processes and systems in a closed-loop fashion using analytics on its digital twins of products and supply chains. That is the essence of GE's vision for the Brilliant Factory. This factory will be enabled by a digital thread that marries virtual tools with physical processes and connects every part of the value chain from product designers to workers on the factory floor to customers and service shops. It will employ new technologies like 3D printing and crowdsourcing that revolutionize product designs and speed up development timelines to commercialize them faster. We will discuss how GE is implementing this vision across its 500 factories globally and even more broadly, how manufacturing itself will be transformed as “Big Iron” meets “Big Data.”

Digital Manufacturing Commons or DMC

Thomas McDermott Thomas McDermott
Chief Program Officer

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From Manufacturing to Smart Factory

Tom Apostolos Tom Apostolos
Senior Vice President, Global Exteriors
Magna International

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Magna International

Smart Factory Journey to Drive Results in Shop Floor Productivity

Mohamed Abuali Mohamed Abuali
Chief Executive Officer

  Bill Metz Bill Metz
Vice President, Operations
Richards Industries

Richards Industries

This presentation is a real-world case study on how Richards Industries used shop floor technology to analyze and optimize their shop floor instantly, creating a “Smart Factory”. Richards Industries analyzed real time factory data on Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) to evaluate how effectively a manufacturing operation is used.

This presentation will highlight Richards Industries’ journey, challenges, and achievements. The most crucial action to achieve the most Return-on-Investment (ROI) is not only to collect machine data, but how Richards Industries acted on the data to make real improvements.

Panel Discussion: Thrive or Die – Why Smart Manufacturing is critically important to 21st century manufacturers.

Fernando Ortiz Fernando Ortiz
Vice President and General Manager
Roberts Swiss Inc.

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Bill Fienup Bill Fienup
Founder and managing director

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Jim Carr Jim Carr
Carr Machine and Tool, Inc.

 CARR Machine & Tool Inc

Learn how small and mid-size manufacturers are improving the productivity and competitiveness as they adopt SMART technologies and position their organizations as leaders.

The Smart Plant of Tomorrow, Here Today with Predictive Maintenance

Brian Coatney Brian Coatney
Director of Sales
Smartware Group
SmartWare Group

Manufacturing companies have long discussed predictive maintenance (PdM) in the future tense. But with the current lightning-speed advancement in technology,, PdM is not only available - it’s being applied in manufacturing environments today. Companies are seizing the opportunity to reduce asset downtime and improve the efficiency of equipment maintenance for greater performance.

Using modern, PdM-enabled CMMS, manufacturers can capture asset condition monitoring insights for automated personnel notifications and/or triggered actions, such as maintenance request or work order generation, based on hours run, temperature levels, or meter readings. The result is increased labor productivity, greater production capacity due to increased uptime, and, therefore, greater potential profit. For manufacturers in today’s technology-driven, connected world, this functionality represents a significant competitive edge.

Join Paul Lachance as he explores the capabilities of CMMS PdM technology in manufacturing, and make your smart plant initiatives for tomorrow a reality here today.

Tool Lifecycle Management Supports Industrie 4.0 & IIoT

Daniel Speidel Daniel Speidel
Director Sales North America
TDM Systems, Inc.

TDM Systems

Tool Lifecycle Management from TDM Systems, is best in class IT strategy for production resources and includes tool organization for all phases of planning and production. TLM is a link between ERP, PLM, and MES which ensures communication between planning and production systems. On one hand, TLM is about capturing and providing tool data and tool graphics for CAM and simulation processes; on the other hand, it is about the physical organization of tool circulation on the shop floor. TLM is not oriented towards individual departments and single processes, rather it consists of continuous communication and data exchange between the involved systems. TLM is a major part of the Internet of things, or Industry 4.0; TDM software provides a central location for all necessary information about cutting tools like geometry, cutting data and their applications suitable for each process. Tool graphics are provided in 3D format and due to robust interfaces to CAD/CAM and Simulation systems, they can be used in NC processes and simulation analysis. TDM´s shop floor solutions help in the preparation of tool assemblies for each job, calculates the tool usage and takes into account the tool inventory. When examining the Tool Lifecycle Management circle, users will detect idle resources and achieve cost savings in all processes. TDM Systems is launching the next generation of products with locally hosted, or Cloud based solutions.

Harnessing the Power of Synchronized Manufacturing Execution

Rohan Palshikar Rohan Palshikar
MES Lead
Tata Technologies

Tata Technologies

This presentation will highlight Tata Technologies’ deep manufacturing industry knowledge, honing in on the company’s 1,000+ man-years of Manufacturing Execution System (MES) implementation experience. To bring this experience to life, we’ll focus on three distinctly different case studies illustrating how global manufacturing powerhouses were able to improve visibility, traceability and real-time decision making through process and technology implementation.

Tata Technologies’ MES practice, part of our Connected Enterprise IT line of business, consists of more than 150 specialized resources. We help manufacturers worldwide realize the true value of MES through services that decrease operating and rework costs, inventory and part shortages, minimize production and maintenance downtimes, and increase organizational responsiveness through robust reporting and analytics.

Advance Manufacturing Media Smart Manufacturing

Dave O'Neil Dave O'Neil
Vice President, Advanced Manufacturing Media
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Risky Business: Making the Right Smart Manufacturing Decisions at the Right Time

John Fleming John Fleming
Executive Vice President Global Manufacturing & Labor Affairs

Ford (Retired)
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  Michael Grieves Michael Grieves
Florida Institute of Technology
 Florida Institute of Technology

Lessons from the Digital Revolution: Front Line Perspectives on Industry’s Digital Transformation

Raj Batra Raj Batra
Siemens USA
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The digital revolution is re-defining our world and how we live in it. It empowers individuals. It launches start-ups. It topples dictators. But nowhere are the changes more exciting right now than in the world of industry. Orders of magnitude improvements in virtualization, execution and automation are changing the way products are designed, manufactured and even serviced.

In this presentation, Mr. Batra will discuss the lessons of the digital revolution so far. How are manufacturers using digital technologies to speed up the product development process? How can digital improve efficiency and product quality? What is the impact on culture and talent acquisition? And if your shop floor was last refreshed in the 1990s, what’s the best way to begin?

Trends & Recent Advances of Industrial Big Data Analytics for Smart Manufacturing

Jay Lee Dr. Jay Lee
NSF Multi-Campus Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on
Intelligent Maintenance Systems (IMS)

Transforming Manufacturing Technologies with New IIoT Technologies: Are You Engaged?

Howard Heppelmann Howard Heppelmann
Divisional VP & General Manager


Panel Discussion: Smart Manufacturing: Setting a Strategy for Success Taking Action Now

Craig Sutton Craig Sutton
Manager, Advanced Manufacturing
John Deere

John Deere

Stephan Biller Stephan Biller
Chief Manufacturing Scientist
General Electric

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Tom Apostolos Tom Apostolos
Senior Vice President, Global Exteriors
Magna International

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Magna International

Closing Remarks

Craig Sutton Craig Sutton
Manager, Advanced Manufacturing
John Deere

John Deere

Who Should Attend?

Technologists, product designers, manufacturing engineers, control engineers, quality managers, IT and OT professionals, CIOs/CTOs, and others interested in utilizing advanced manufacturing technologies to streamline design and production, reduce time to market, and build more efficient products and operations.

What Will Be Covered?

Topics may include:

  • Connected manufacturing
  • Data-driven manufacturing
  • Full digital integration
  • Operational optimization
  • Equipment optimization
  • Data analytics
  • How to know if IoT is right for your business
  • Common questions and roadblocks to IoT implementation
  • Identifying measurable business outcomes

Cost to Attend

Pricing Information SME Members Non-Members Academia Government/Military*
(15% discount as shown below)
Full-Time Students**
(50% discount as shown below)
Seminar $595 $695 $505.75/$590.75 $297.50/$347.50

*Academic, Military & Government Pricing: To qualify for the reduced rate you must submit a letter on appropriate military/government letterhead signed by your Commanding Officer or supervisor to the SME Registrar. Educators may submit either a letter on university letterhead signed by the dean or registrar confirming status or a class schedule inclusive of the institution/year/instructor.

**Full-Time Students: To qualify for student rates, submit a letter on university letterhead signed by the dean or registrar confirming full-time student status or provide a copy of your student I.D. to the SME Registrar.

Interested in sponsoring or speaking at the event? Contact Christine Longroy, at 800.733.3976 ext. 3137 or

Advisory Committee

  • John Fleming, Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs (Retired), Ford Motor Company
  • Dr. Michael Grieves, Executive Director, Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovative Design, Florida Institute of Technology
  • Jay Lee, Ohio Eminent Scholar, L.W. Scott Alter Chair, and Distinguished University Professor, Dept. of Mechanical and Materials, University of Cincinnati
  • Dennis Thompson, President and Managing Partner, Equus Partners LLC
  • Craig Sutton, Manager, Advanced Manufacturing Innovation, John Deere
  • Davide Picciotto, Digital Enterprise, Siemens
  • Robert D. Borchelt, Ph.D., Industrial Solutions - Brilliant Factory IT Leader, CIO - Advanced Mfg Deployment, General Electric

Event Sponsors

Smart Manufacturing logo    PTC    SmartWare Group    TDM Systems    Tata Technologies