SMART MANUFACTURING SUMMIT

AGENDA

Tuesday, June 20

All times Eastern

8:00 - 9:00 am

Networking Breakfast

9:00 - 9:10 am

Welcome

9:10 – 10:00 am

Keynote: What You’ll Need To Win With Customers, Employees and Partners

Nicholas Pinchuk, CEO, Snap-on

One of the most experienced manufacturing CEOs in the world, Pinchuk knows what it takes to thrive and drive a business of confounding complexity. He’ll kick off the conference with pragmatic advice based on his decades of manufacturing leadership experience. How will deglobalization disrupt nearly every operation—but also create opportunities for you to radically turbocharge your business?  How can you build the kind of organization you’ll need to outpace competitors in the decade to come, no matter the size of your company? How you do you create employee- and customer-driven continuous improvement?  No matter the size of your operations, Pinchuk will help you see the future more clearly—and prepare with more intelligence.   

10:00 – 10:45 am

Case Study: De-stressing The Supply Chain

Now that demand has stabilized and suppliers have caught their breath, it’s time to take a hard look at changing business as usual to make sure we’re not caught out again. We’ll talk with a true master of supply chain management to see what they’ve learned—and what they’re doing—to insure strength, resiliency and vibrancy in the years to come.  

10:45 – 11:00 am

Networking Break

11:00 – 11:45 am

Productivity for Profitability

Process improvement, Kaizen, upskilling, automation technology—they’re all great ideas and practices, but what really matters—especially right now—is making sure all your efforts are turning into lasting gains. We’ll dig into some best practices to help you and your team truly harvest your investments to positively impact the bottom line.   

11:45 am – 12:10 pm

Networking and Move to Breakouts for Working Lunch 

12:10 – 1:10 pm

Concurrent Workshops and Roundtables

Attendees will have the opportunity to break into smaller discussions with their peers and subject matter experts Topics to include:

  • New Pricing Strategies 
  • Attracting New Talent 
  • Making Strategic Acquisitions 
  • Adaptive Manufacturing in the Modern Factory 

1:10 – 1:20 pm

Attendees will move to a second set of breakout choices.

1:20 – 2:20 pm

Concurrent Workshops and Roundtables

Attendees will have the opportunity to choose a second topic to break into smaller discussions with peers and subject matter experts. Topics to include:  

  • Winning at Automation 
  • Improving Margins in Your Supply Chain 
  • Overcoming Sales Challenges
  • Cybersecurity 

2:20 – 2:45 pm

Attendees gather for bus ride to off-site tour. Buses depart hotel at 2:45 pm sharp.

3:15 – 5:35 pm

Factory Tour: Snap-on

Walk the floors of the innovative Snap-on Advanced Vehicle Lifts plant to gather insights on implementing new technologies, streamlining processes, reducing costs and improving speed. 

Get an inside look at their processes for: automated laser cutting, powder coating, robotic welding and structural assembly. 

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Networking Reception

Wednesday, June 21

All times Eastern

8:00 - 9:00 am

Networking Breakfast

9:00 - 9:10 am

Day 2 Welcome

9:10 - 9:50 am

Case Study: Manufacturing Your Next Workforce

There are more than 800,000 unfilled factory jobs in the United States right now. To fill that gap, we’re going to have to bring people into the industry who may not have ever thought of factory work before—and that means selling Gen Z. How do we do it? We’ll turn to a proven expert in the field for tips on how to build a culture that sells itself—and how to sell that culture to win.  

9:50 - 10:20 am

Training & Education: Building And Keeping The Workforce

Once you’ve got the right people in the building, there’s nothing more important than keeping them over the long haul. That takes constant investment in training and education to ensure they have the skills you need for the work of today. How do we do it? It takes planning, dedication and the right partnerships. We’ll help you get smarter, making sure you’re building the programs you need to build your business. 

10:20 - 10:40 am

Networking Break

10:40 - 11:30 am

Technology Transformation That Works

In the bull rush to digitalization, automation and systems restructuring there are trapdoors and perils aplenty. How do you find real solutions to create more efficiency and scale without getting sidetracked on solutions that don’t live up to their billing? We’ll arm you with better ideas on digital strategy and proven strategies for making moves that pay off with less pain.  

11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Closing Keynote: Profitability & Opportunity Now

The road to truly remarkable profit growth is an ongoing alchemy of culture, effort, focus and making the most of the luck that comes your way. How do the most profitable manufacturers do it? How do you create demand, expand margin and find new markets, without stalling out? How do you make sure you can take on emerging opportunities that will open in the months and years ahead? We’ll talk with a CEO who has done all of that and more to gain insights you can take home and put to use—immediately—in the days to come.  

12:15 pm

Main event ends. Attendees gather for optional factory tour, departing at 12:30 pm

12:30 - 1:00 pm

Transportation to optional factory tour

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Tour to be announced