Monday, June 24

8:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast Opens, Display Area Open
8:45 a.m. Connected Manufacturing Powers the Fourth Industrial Revolution
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is more complex than just another software application. It is a framework for an information network strategy for metalforming-plant operations, maintenance and logistics. IIoT--a defined relationship between machines, information technologies and people—represents a set of deployed technologies and interfaces that allow metalformers to capture detailed and actionable information about their operations and equipment status. It can trigger alarms announcing undesirable conditions, and notify employees about maintenance requirements. It can even offer the promise of a degree of autonomous equipment interaction.

Bill will discuss the opportunities, risks and management skills required in order to develop, implement and employ a successful IIoT strategy.
Bill Frahm, President, 4M Partners LLC
9:30 a.m. Industry 4.0—Crawl, Walk, then Run
Many manufacturers are curious about how and where to apply the blossoming possibilities of smart monitoring, diagnostics, and kpi metrics on their shop floors in a practical and sensible way. Some have tried to "boil the ocean" all at once, others have been afraid to stick a toe in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) water.

Consultant Ed Potoczak will present seven real use cases of metalformers who sought to connect their press-line equipment to automatically monitor and control their processes, enabling plant management to overcome challenges such as mixed generations of equipment, faults, bottlenecks and variations. Most importantly, Ed will cover the economic benefits that resulted. These observations are distilled from a conversation with the founder and CEO of Invanse Technologies, Brad Boyer, who has been innovating press controls to optimize performance for 30 years.
Ed Potoczak
, President, Oakstone Group, LLC
10:15 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Not Your Grandfather's Factory: Modernizing Manufacturing to Attract Millennials

Today's workers are digital natives. They are "wired" for technology in a way unlike any previous generations, and they expect to access it in the workplace. That's why it's critical for manufacturers to not only have cutting edge Industry 4.0 technology available, companies need to promote the technology used in their production process.
Lisa Ryan,
11:30 a.m. Empowering the Workforce in the Age of IoT
Ensure that your workers remain fully engaged via apps, running on their devices inside an IoT platform, which allow them to see real-time work instructions, call for help when needed, and reach out to a team of employees for input.
Rubens Perdomo, President and Founder, Systems X Corp.
12:15 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. Combining ERP and IoT to Fuel Revenue Growth for Small to Midsized Manufacturers (SMMs)
Louis Columbus, Principal, IQMS
2:30 p.m. Smart Manufacturing: Why Your Shop-Floor Data is Your Most Valuable Resource, and How You Can Protect It
The collection, visualization, analysis and monetization of the data collected from production systems, along with the blending and correlation of back-office data, has allowed small to midsized manufacturers to realize significant cost savings, increase revenue and improve profitability. This presentation will delve into the key factors that lead to the successful implementation of smart manufacturing, and the importance of working with your partners to define a cybersecurity strategy.
David Moon, Solutions Consultant, Midwest District, Hitachi Vantara
3:15 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m. Sensor Technology Takes on IoT Challenges in the Shop
Helge Hornis, Ph.D., Technology Director, Pepperl+Fuchs, Inc.
4:15 p.m. CASE STUDIES
Metalformers Embark on Their IoT Journeys…to Transform from a "Fail and Fix" to a "Predict and Prevent" Maintenance Approach
Mohamed Abuali, Ph.D.,CEO, IoTco, LLC
5:00 p.m. Reception, Display Area Open
6:00 p.m. Adjourn

Tuesday, June 25

7:30 a.m. Breakfast, Display Area Open
8:15 a.m. You've Got the Data from the Shop Floor—Now What? Where and to Whom Does the Data Go?
Industry 4.0 promises endless benefits, but the roadmap to realizing them depends on what happens after you've collected the data. In this session you'll:
  • Learn how to link Industry 4.0 to your operations in a meaningful way;
  • Discover the most practical applications for the data collected;
  • Come away with an understanding of how to scale an IoT strategy over time; and
  • Understand the pitfalls to avoid along the way.

Mike Hart, Director, Product Strategy, Manufacturing & Industrial IoT,
Plex Systems

9:00 a.m. The Power of a Single Data Point on the Factory Floor
Just tracking machine uptime can provide manufacturers a solid foundation for tracking critical industry KPIs including a realistic OEE, data-driven continuous improvement, and production troubleshooting.
Bryan Sapot, CEO and Founder, SensrTrx
9:45 a.m. Break, Display Area Open
10:15 a.m. Controls and Connectivity: Collecting and Moving Data From the Shop to the Office
Begin your journey into IIOT, from the simplest signal to the deepest integration, and learn some best practices established after nearly 20 years of experience with IIOT with nearly 100 customers from around the world in every type of manufacturing business.
Tony Kaczmarek, President, Kors Engineering
10:45 a.m. CASE STUDY
IoT on the Plant Floor—Gaining Operator Buy-in
IoT can quickly become a production supervisor's best friend, once you've gained the complete support of the machine operators on the plant floor. This presentation will focus on the culture change required, and explain how to convince operators that collecting and analyzing machine data will simplify their jobs. Listen to Rose of Sharon on Destiny of Manufacturing podcast.
Rose of Sharon DeVos, Founder and CEO, IIoT Automating Solutions
11:30 a.m. Roundtable Discussion—Metalformers and Fabricators Share Their IoT Successes
Moderated by Lucian Fogoros, Cofounder, IIoT World
  • Luke Abrams, IT Systems Adminstrator, Newman Technology, Inc.
  • Patrick Steininger, President, Sko-Die, Inc.
  • Taryn Stephan, Operations Manager, Bowden Manufacturing
12:15 p.m. Adjourn



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