Industry Week Manufacturing & Technology Expo 2017 Best Sessions

Industry Week Manufacturing & Technology Expo 2017 best sessions

Whether you are a new or returning attendee to the Industry Week Manufacturing & Technology Expo, it can be hard to pick which sessions to attend. Attendees will find a wealth of offerings that focus on continuous improvement for organizations of any size or technology level. One of the best ways to make sure that you don’t miss beneficial sessions is to have a plan before the expo. Below are our picks for the Industry Week Manufacturing & Technology Expo 2017 best sessions.

Variation Reduction Kaizens: A Lean Approach Case Study

Variation is a key issue for organizations that are seeking to make operations lean. Eric Lussier (VP, Steel Business Partners/Handy & Harman) will show how to use kaizen methodology to create lasting variation reductions to key processes. Results will be shown to the audience, explaining the effects of the process.

Room Number:  1

Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Choosing the Right KPIs

Speakers Ricardo Estok (Enterprise Principle Leader Manufacturing Excellence, Johnson Controls) and Jose Miguel Lopez-Ascaso (VP Manufacturing Excellence, Johnson Controls) will educate attendees about the importance of choosing the right KPIs. The presentation will give an in depth look into the effect that the right (or wrong) KPIs can have on performance. They will cover which KPIs to choose and why organizations should avoid KPI overload.

Room Number:  1

Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Time: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

IW Best Plants Winners’ Panel: Lessons Learned on the Road to Operational Excellence

Panels can be a real roll of the dice when it comes to sessions, as topics typically don’t get explored in depth. However, this panel has speakers across many discliplines that will be worth watching. Panelists Bobby Brogden (Plant Manager, L.B. Foster Co), Darrell Wilson (General Manager, UTC Aerospace), and Steven Fraser (Vice President of Operations, Firstronic LLC) will discuss the challenges of building continuous improvement programs in very different environments. Each panelist is part of a company that earned the 2016 IndustryWeek Best Plants Award.

Room Number:  1

Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

How Firstronic Streamlined Operations by Implementing a Kanban System

Steven Fraser (Vice President of Operations, Firstronic LLC) and Sandy Kolp (Plant Manager, Firstronic LLC) will talk about how they used Kanban to link their supply chain. They will show how proper Kanban execution allows for visibility, enabling the foresight to deal with supply chain issues quickly. The process leads to better customer service and on time delivery.

Room Number:  3

Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Time: 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

Total Process Reliability: Improving Equipment Performance and Reliability

Tony Topencik (Director of Manufacturing Operations) and George Westcott (Fabrication Manager) of The Raymond Corporation will lead a session on Total Process Reliability implementation. They will explain how they were able to achieve a reduction in defects and increased productivity.

Room Number:  3

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Time: 7:30 am – 8:30 am

The 7 Hidden Problems That Nearly Derailed Our CI Launch

During this session, speakers John F. Carrier (Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School) and Tony Dotta (Director of Continuous Improvement, Ameriwood Home) will talk to attendees about how to handle a Continuous Improvement program in resistant organizations. They will outline how to detect common pitfalls, address staff buy-in, communicate value to every employee, and provide tips for preventing backslide.

Room Number: 1

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm