Manufacturers face the greatest period of disruption and change since the advent of mass production. The status quo won’t cut it any more. To win or just survive, you need to understand where your market is heading and rethink your strategy, products, processes and people. Now–before your competitors do.
Detroit is a living laboratory for Industry 4.0 and beyond, the global hub of innovation for the electric vehicle revolution that foreshadows coming change in every facet of manufacturing. Tailor-made for busy strategic leaders, the 2022 Smart Manufacturing Summit features exclusive plant tours and live case studies from top manufacturing executives who will help you get smarter, avoid painful pitfalls and move faster.
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Tom will share hard-won lessons on how to:
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Shannon will help you respond to customer demands and:
Danilo will help you improve your operations to:
Learn best practices from industry leaders to truly understand how you will secure your place in the evolving supply chains of tomorrow.
Learn how other mid-market manufacturers are rethinking their supply chains—domestically and globally—to stay a few steps ahead of competitors.
Explore winning strategies to improve your recruitment and retention efforts and turn your diverse workforce into an advantage.
Explore how manufacturing veterans are reimagining lean and just-in-time principles in their business models to respond to today’s talent, supply chain, and competitive pressures.
Learn how to challenge your assumptions and improve your product’s value by getting closer to your customers to better understand—and deliver on—their unique needs.
Separate the leading edge from “bleeding” edge by hearing practical insights from colleagues who have attempted real-world advanced data and automation strategies.
Attendees will be among the first non-Ford outsiders to get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look inside one of the most advanced manufacturing facilities on earth, the brand-new home for production of the Ford F-150 Lightning electric truck. You’ll see firsthand the stunning, cutting-edge orchestration of equipment, robotics, logistics and skilled workers that are coming together to build more than 150,000 of the breakthrough vehicles a year.
LIFT, established in Detroit in 2014, is a Department of Defense-supported, nonprofit national manufacturing innovation institute whose mission is to Drive American Manufacturing into the Future Through Technology and Talent Development in support of our national economy and national security.
As a public-private partnership, LIFT’s Detroit headquarters facility operates as both a showcase, showing the “art of the possible” and the future of manufacturing, and a sandbox, in which the institute’s national ecosystem can come to design, test and prototype new materials, processes and systems.
Join us for a behind-the-scenes visit to see how LIFT is leading innovations for tomorrow with new manufacturing processes and new manufacturing systems, including new and innovative processes like wire-arc additive manufacturing (WAAM), cold-spray and incremental sheet forming (ISF). See first-hand how manufacturers are working at LIFT to carry their concepts from design, through optimization, to commercialization with both smarter technology and smarter talent development.
Please be sure to make your hotel reservation directly with the Westin Cadillac Detroit. There is a group rate under Chief Executive Group with discounted rate of $209/night. The rate is available until April 25.