Thursday, September 9

8:00 - 9:00 am

Networking Breakfast

9:00 - 9:10 am


9:10 - 9:45 am

Matt Sause, President and CEO, Roche Diagnostics

The pharmaceutical supply chain provides a valuable case study for all manufacturers. No other industry came together stronger in 2020 as evidenced by the successful Covid-19 vaccine rollout. We’ll bring together players key to the development and distribution of the vaccine for a timely discussion on the role of collaboration and transparency and the keys to success in leveraging scale and the expertise of partners to overcome disruptions and deal with accelerated timelines when pushed to the limit.

9:45 - 10:30 am

Andrew Penca, EBU Executive Director, Supply Chain, Cummins

For years utilizing a just-in-time supply process in an effort to reduce inventory seemed like a hyper efficient, low risk strategy. Now, in the aftermath of the pandemic, freak inclement weather events, global political unrest and labor issues are highlighting the fragility of this model. Case in point: look at the semiconductor shortage. So what does life after lean look like? We’ll explore how manufacturing veterans are fusing lean principles with resiliency goals and adapting their business models to respond to today’s supply chain pressures.

10:30 - 10:50 am

Networking Break

10:50 am - 11:35 am

Todd Lucey, General Manager, Endress+Hauser

Staying efficient and agile amid today’s supply chain disruptions requires anticipating customer desire with unprecedented precision and skill. And while the arrival of Big Data and AI promise breakthrough performance and sophistication, the reality, as every CEO knows, is far from simple. Endress+Hauser, one of the world’s leading makers of precision instrumentation, has been on this journey—and found great success during the pandemic year thanks to their new analytics operations. They’ll candidly share how they built a powerful forecasting system that’s had a profound impact on production—and profitability. From technology integration to battling cultural friction, this session will dive deep, with useful takeaways for anyone trying to get ahead—and stay ahead—of the market.

11:35 am - 12:50 pm

Working Lunch and Interactive Workshops (Participants will select one)

We’ll break into smaller groups for deeper dives into important manufacturing topics, such as:

Featured Speakers:

Ajay Malshe, R. Eugene and Susie E. Goodson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Planning and implementing a growth strategy to penetrate new markets is a smart, but complex, decision for today’s manufacturers. Join your peers to learn how others are entering new markets, driving revenue and achieving wins. Learn how to avoid common missteps to avoid a drag in sales or loss leaders, so you can set priorities and execute your expansion strategy, both domestically and internationally, more successfully.

Featured Speakers: 

  • James Furlong, President, Belimo Americas
  • Ed Heath, Chair of Business Litigation Group and Member of Manufacturing Industry Team, Robinson+Cole
  • J’aime Salvatore, Senior Director, Sales and Marketing, Neoperl Inc.
  • Jeff White, Head of Manufacturing Industry Team, Robinson+Cole

1:00 - 1:45 pm

Kimberly Ryan, Executive Vice President and CEO Successor, Hillenbrand; Chair of Board, Kimball International

How do you take an established company in a conservative industry and retool it for 21st century growth? By letting your customers take the lead. Hear how one manufacturer challenged its corporate culture and upended traditional structures and processes by listening to its customers— and figured out how to truly serve their needs.

1:45 - 2:30 pm

Mike Griffith, President, Major Tool & Machine

Major Tool & Machine is a contract manufacturer specializing in large CNC milling and turning machining, high-speed machining, manual and robotic welding, engineering, CAD/CAM programming, project management, inspection, and assembly services. They are a supplier in NASA’s Space Launch System, representing a critical piece of NASA’s return to the moon and journey to deep space.

We’ll hear how the company is implementing new technologies to put more control in the hands of a process—rather than people—to ease their painful labor shortages and increase efficiencies. Glean valuable learnings from their implementation efforts to optimize conditions and reduce machine part failures with RFID technology in a highly variable setting.

2:30 - 3:00 pm

Networking Break and Buses Depart for Factory Tours

3:00 pm Sharp!

Buses depart from the JW Marriott

3:30 - 5:00 pm

Factory Tours

A highlight of the Smart Manufacturing Summit each year is Guided Gemba walks through some of the most storied factories in America. For 2021, we are excited to partner with some of the most unique manufacturers in Indiana, allowing attendees to select the factory tour of greatest relevance and useful ideas to your business.

You’ll explore Major Tool & Machine’s 600,000 square foot manufacturing facility, specializing in complex mission critical engineering, fabrication, precision milling, turning machining, and assembly services. With more than 40 state-of-the-art computer numerically controlled (CNC) machine tools, MTM works with a wide variety of metal alloys which are then used in some of the most precise applications on earth, including America’s nuclear submarine fleet and the Orion spacecraft.

Attendees looking for insights into scaling the manufacture of high-sensitivity components won’t want to miss this visit to one of the largest producers of precision instrumentation in the world. We’ll explore how it creates some of the most sophisticated sensors from inside its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities.

Extreme engineering is a norm at DSM Precision MFG as a manufacturer 11,000 HP NHRA dragsters, among many other contract programs. Attendees will get an inside look at how DSM applies their advanced engineering and integration capabilities as a cost-effective platform and competitive advantage in the defense, aerospace, and commercial industries. DSM’s facility is over 40K sq/ft and equipped with 30 state of the art multi-axis CNC machines.

5:30 - 8:30 pm

Networking Reception and Dinner at the NCAA Hall of Champions

The NCAA Hall of Champions boasts two-levels of interactive exhibits to engage visitors and create a true-to-life understanding of what it takes to make the grade. 24 NCAA sports are represented with video highlights and artifacts donated from colleges around the nation. Plus, a fully interactive area will give you the chance to compete virtually and hands-on through sports simulators, a 1930s retro gymnasium, ski simulator and more.

Friday, September 10

7:45 - 9:00 am

Breakfast Peer Roundtables

Join small groups of your manufacturing peers for interactive, in-depth discussions on critical issues. Topics may include:

Facilitated by Brock Herr, Vice President & Counsel, Indiana Economic Development Corporation

As large global companies take steps to lead the nation in Industry 4.0, mid-market firms often run headlong into talent recruitment challenges as well as cultural barriers to retaining essential talent or upskilling existing talent to adopt new technologies. How can you bridge the technology divide and implement talent recruitment, development and retention programs that address the impact of these new advance technologies on workforce needs of today and in the future? Join this roundtable to share experiences with fellow mid-market manufacturing executives on prioritizing the talent and technology investments needed to speed up the adoption of digital tools and equipment. And learn how your peers are responding to workforce scarcity, reacting to upward wage pressures and competition for labor, and providing equal access to job opportunities to prepare workers for the ongoing evolution to Industry 4.0.

9:00 - 9:10 am


9:10 - 9:15 am

Day 2 Welcome

9:15 - 9:45 am

Eric Holcomb, Indiana Governor

We’ll explore the intersection of politics, business and the future of manufacturing in the U.S. What are the implications of the Biden Administration, China Plus One and Covid, and what are the keys to success in the future?

9:45 - 10:30 am

Terry Bressler, Managing Director, Prairie Capital Advisors

The better than expected post-pandemic business and economic recovery provides many manufacturing companies with a unique opportunity to grow and make changes to their businesses. Should you buy, sell, grow organically or partner? How can you drive value in your business? What are the opportunities and how can business owners take advantage of the current environment? We will explore these questions and more to help you determine your best strategy for the coming year.

10:30 - 10:50 am

Networking Break

10:50 - 11:30 am

Warren W White III, Head of Assembly & Test, Rolls-Royce Defense

We’ll hear from one of the world’s most innovative manufacturing companies. Get inside the radical changes taking place and obtain some hard-won advice on how—and how not to— make the leap in your transformation initiatives.

11:30 am

General sessions conclude

11:30 am - Noon

Transportation to optional attendee activity

Noon Sharp!

Bus departs for Dallara IndyCar Factory

12:15 - 3:00 pm

Cap off your Smart Manufacturing Summit experience with a trip to the Dallara IndyCar Factory

The Dallara IndyCar Factory is the destination for race-enthusiasts. You’ll have the opportunity to explore interactive and hands-on exhibits centered around the engineering and technology of the world’s fastest sport. You’ll get to feel what it’s like to race at the famous 2.5 mile oval when you sit behind the wheel of a real IndyCar and race simulation. And, you’ll even get to ride in a street legal race car!