On 17-19 June 2020, the US edition of our NG Manufacturing Summit will bring together senior manufacturing decision-makers and business leaders from across North America at the fantastic National Doral in Miami, Florida to share their views on how to tackle the biggest challenges in smart manufacturing today.

Amongst others, the summit will look at key topics such as: Accelerating Digitisation in Manufacturing; Seamless connectivity and operational efficiency; and Automation driving a changing workforce.

From case studies that lift the lid on operations inside best-in-class organisations, to workshops and collaborative sessions that focus on real challenges and future technology innovations, to one-to-one meetings with industry peers offering practical advice tailored to your specific needs, the summit will provide you with everything you need to implement your key projects more effectively.

Our Approach

Every GDS Summit has one stated aim: to help attending executives implement their key projects more effectively. We do this by developing an in-depth understanding of those executives' project needs, the business outcomes they want to achieve, and the challenges they face in terms of hitting those goals.

Who Attends

Our summits are designed for executives looking to take their business to the next level – from market-leading brands to disruptive new entrants. As such, we’ve worked with some of the world’s best-loved and most forward-thinking businesses.
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Past Attendees

At previous events we've helped executives from some the world's most significant firms - as well as the most forward-thinking - to address their project challenges.
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Sudhi Bangalore
Global VP -Industry 4.0
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
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Mae Zyjewski
Sr. Director Global Advanced Manufacturing
Whirlpool
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Silveira Roberto
Vice President Biomanufacturing Sciences
Pfizer
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Rob Burnett
VP & CIO - Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Engineering
Wabtec Corporation
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Jesper Toubøl
VP Elements & Moulds
LEGO
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Ramzi Braham
CIO NA
Magneti Marelli
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Magnus Akesson
CIO & VP
GE Power Manufacturing
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Mike Coubrough
Senior Vice President Global Operations
ABB
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JP Saini
CIO
TRC Companies
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Daryll Bryant
Former VP Supply Operations
Diageo
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George Small
CTO
Moog Inc.
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Ana Lopez
VP CSS Manufacturing
Johnson & Johnson

6 Challenges in Manufacturing

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • Defining and Customizing Industry 4.0 For Your Organization’s Individual Digital Journey
  • Advancing Data-Driven Manufacturing
  • Optimizing your People & Integrating Technology
  • Choose and use: how to identify and implement transformative technologies
  • Leveraging Legacy Systems
  • Innovating Process and Product to Digitize your Business
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Summit Schedule

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Wednesday June 17, 2020
Summit registration
12:00pm - 6:00pm

Join us at 1.00 pm when registration opens to collect your badge, check-in, meet the on-site team, and start your 2.5 day Summit experience.

Welcome remarks and delegate briefing
2:30pm - 2:45pm

Our Master of Ceremonies will kick off the Summit with a welcome brief and orientation session, giving you all the information you need to maximize your Summit experience.

Keynote
2:45pm - 3:30pm
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
Industry 4.0 Evolution: Survival of the Fittest

The goal for many manufacturing organizations today is to become smart, connected industrial enterprises. That’s what “Industry 4.0” is all about: seamless connections, insights and workflow automation from the factory floor to product delivery and beyond.

 

In order to maintain and retain a competitive edge, senior leaders must adapt their mindset and mentality towards the ways in which we solve new business problems. Predictive analytics, AI, and ML are no longer considered emerging technologies, they are here and here to stay. In many cases senior leaders are still using old tools to tackle new challenges. Evolution is key, how can we facilitate such a fundamental shift in culture and change throughout organizations as we continue to digitize?

4 executives talk through the changing landscape of manufacturing and the danger of not acting soon enough to keep up with competition.

Interview
3:30pm - 3:50pm
A one on one interview diving into the details of how to prepare yourself for the realities of one of the industry's top challengers.
The Shiny Object Trap

A host of new technologies are available within manufacturing, how to ensure you are choosing the right tech for the right reasons? How to you build a reliable strategy to ensure you are investing in long term solutions rather than chasing the next shiny object?

Roundtable Track 1
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
A Step Back: Defining Industry 4.0

What does Industry 4.0 really mean for your organisation? Join the conversation to discuss the elements and driving forces which make up Industry 4.0, learn from the experience of other executives and start to build a business strategy which will enable you to make the most of all Industry 4.0 has to offer.

-How to build an initial strategy?

-How to manage organisational silos, as your shop floor and operations are increasingly driven by data and software?

-How to decide where to invest, and justify investment to leadership?

Roundtable Track 2
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
Choose and Use: Strategic Investment to Avoid the Pilot Purgatory

While it is relatively easy for manufacturers to create proofs of concept, complexity and costs increase exponentially for rolling out solutions across the operations. We will discuss the key factors that help them escape this “POC Purgatory”.

-How do you find the right technology partners?

-How do you partner with the supply chain?

-How do you deal with end to end security?

-How do you balance the build vs buy decisions?

-How do you reduce the total cost of ownership?

Roundtable Track 3
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
Optimizing People and Leveraging Technology

The fight to attract and retain talented employees rages on in virtually every industry. Manufacturing is no exception.

-How should manufacturers market themselves to a new generation of workers?

-What are the underlying problems which are dissuading graduates from entering the industry? How can we combat this?

-What are the best initiatives to engage and train the workforce you have?

Roundtable Track 4
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
Mastering Data Management

Building a resilient, standardized, scalable data collection and platform strategy in order to:

-Automate manufacturing methods through algorithmic decision making Deliver real-time / predictive analytics to improve OEE, safety and quality

-How to build a sustainable and robust foundation for industry 4.0 by collecting and unlocking sensor data

-How to adapt as the manufacturing process shifts to data driven

-Building robust systems through effective data stewardship, management and governance

 

Roundtable Track 5
Session 1 - Challenges
3:50pm - 5:00pm
It’s all about identifying your challenges. What are the key questions that keep you up at night? What solutions are you looking for? Find common ground.
Predictive Analytics and AI - Forecasting for the Future

Real-time analytics, ML and AI can be considered as just another tool in the tool box to automate and to think fundamentally about how you run your shop floor and make business decisions.

‐What software and hardware platforms are available?

‐How well do these integrate with legacy systems?

‐What is possible within the area of predictive and prescriptive analytics, AI and ML?

‐How can we overcome roadblocks in implementation?

Roundtable feedback
5:00pm - 5:30pm

This is a show and tell with the entire delegation, lead by the roundtable moderators. Hear other challenges, perspectives, and topics that will set the tone for the Summit.

Networking drinks
6:00pm - 7:00pm

A casual setting to network and meet the rest of the attendees and discuss relevant topics at your leisure.

Gala dinner
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Join us for our Gala Dinner & Keynote Speaker. An opportunity to network with your peers in a social environment with a three course dinner and wine whilst listening to an industry leader discuss a key topic.

Thursday June 18, 2020
Breakfast
7:00am - 7:45am

Please come down and join us for breakfast and prepare for a day of workshops, keynotes, debates and panels.

Welcome remarks
7:50am - 8:00am

Our Master of Ceremonies will brief you into the day 2 program to make sure you are in the right place at the right time.

Panel Discussion
8:00am - 8:30am
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
IT/OT Convergence - Reacting to Resistance

Traditionally operations kept the plant running smoothly, and IT managed business applications from the front office. What are the roadblocks associated with IT and OT convergence and how can they be overcome to optimise operations?

4 executives from IT and OT talk through who will lead industry 4.0 revolution

Keynote
8:30am - 9:00am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Bugs Bunny, Margaritas and the Magic of Crowdsourcing

Employee and customer crowdsourcing is emerging as a core competency for change management in organizations around the world. In this interactive session we will meet Bugs and Elmer, discuss margaritas, ponder crowd wisdom and beta test cutting edge crowdsourcing software. Sound like fun? We think so too.

Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
9:00am - 10:10am
One Topic. Two experts. Two opinions. You'll get the chance to vote on where you stand before the session starts. We'll then hear from our two experts, to see if they can sway your opinion when you participate in the closing vote.
Will Data And Automation Replace Experience?
Coffee & networking break
10:10am - 10:35am

Take a break and refuel whilst networking and socializing with your peers.

Case Study
10:00am - 11:05am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Big Data - Innovative Product Management

The amount of data being generated today is unlike anything we have ever seen before. Attaining this data offers copious opportunities, however data governance, storage and maintenance is a vast drain on resources. Manufacturers must ensure they are using the data they are collecting innovatively and effectively to demonstrate real ROI. Learn how one manufacturer has developed and implemented a strategy to transform the way they use their data, to limit waste and refine the quality of their products.

Workshop
11:10am - 11:25am
An industry expert will lead an interactive workshop tackling common challenges and scenarios, engaging the audience to confront the issues and discuss ideas. What will your proposed solutions be?
Managed Services in the Cloud

Extending operations to the cloud offers new possibilities for manufacturers to take advantage of. There are a number of rapid utilization tools which are, at present, only available in the cloud; and many manufacturers are unaware that these tools even exist let alone are they putting them to good use to dramatically increase speed and productivity while keeping costs low.

How can you harness all that clod computing has to offer, and how will this impact your business?

Panel Discussion
11:30am - 12:10pm
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
Digital Twins - Powerful Use Cases for Industry 4.0

Digital twin use cases are as varied as manufacturers are innovative. As AI, image recognition and other technologies advance, digital twins will adapt to them and develop exciting new applications for industrial manufacturing. From quality management, system planning/virtual start-up, logistics planning and product development digital twin use cases are seemingly endless. Hear from 4 manufacturing execs about what’s on the horizon in this exciting new sector.

Keynote
12:15pm - 12:45pm
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Next-Generation Industrial Cybersecurity: Maximizing Safety, Quality and Productivity

This session begins by setting the stage: what’s happening in industrial cybersecurity today, what events are disrupting business processes, and the benefits of implementing a cybersecurity program. Then, a next-generation approach to collecting critical raw data from industrial networks using active, passive and integrated methods is introduced. The session will then explore the next frontier: visibility, protective controls and continuous monitoring. Attendees will learn about practical, non-obtrusive techniques to help identify, mitigate and remediate cyber events from vulnerabilities and system misconfigurations to unauthorized changes and equipment failure. We’ll also explore how industrial organizations can leverage integration as a strategy for deeper visibility and intelligence.

Networking lunch
12:45pm - 1:45pm

Join us for a sit-down lunch, and a chance to catch up on emails and get ready for the afternoon.

Roundtable
Session 2 - Discovery
1:50pm - 2:30pm
Learning and sharing with your group. What are the solutions? Are they readily available? What path are you going to take?
Drill down roundtables

A Step Back: Defining Industry 4.0

Choose and Use: Strategic Investment to Avoid the Pilot Purgatory

Optimizing People and Leveraging Technology

Mastering Data Management

Predictive Analytics and AI – Forecasting for the Future

Workshop
2:35pm - 3:15pm
An industry expert will lead an interactive workshop tackling common challenges and scenarios, engaging the audience to confront the issues and discuss ideas. What will your proposed solutions be?
Eliminating Human Error with AI

Human error is a major contributor to manufacturing and production losses. Artificial intelligence exists to avoid direct human intervention, this means the tools to eliminate human error should already be at our fingertips. How can manufacturers develop a model and strategy to utilize AI in such a way?

Workshop
3:20pm - 3:45pm
An industry expert will lead an interactive workshop tackling common challenges and scenarios, engaging the audience to confront the issues and discuss ideas. What will your proposed solutions be?
Prescriptive Analytics: Applications and Hurdles

With increased data accessibility and utilization, manufacturers are rapidly moving from descriptive to predictive analytics. Prescriptive analytics is not a future possibility, many manufacturers are already using this technology to improve asset maintenance and cut costs.

Panel Discussion
3:50pm - 4:45pm
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
The Employee Demographic Shift

For organizations pursuing Industry 4.0 and IoT initiatives, upskilling the workforce is key. This is a foundational level change, from acquiring talent, to training and engaging your current workforce. What are the best tactics and avenues to ensure you are optimizing the workforce?

Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
4:50am - 5:20pm
Digital is more important than human workers for the future of manufacturing
Attendee downtime
5:20pm - 7:00pm

A needed break after a content filled day. Please use this time as you wish prior to joining us for our night 2 seated dinner.

Networking drinks
7:00pm - 7:20pm

A casual setting to network and meet the rest of the attendees and discuss relevant topics at your leisure.

Dinner and Entertainment
7:30pm - 10:00pm

Join us for our night two Gala Dinner, which will be in a casual and inviting setting.

Friday June 19, 2020
Breakfast
7:30 am - 8:20 am

Please come down and join us for breakfast and prepare for a day of workshops, keynotes, debates and panels.

Welcome remarks
8:20 am - 8:30 am

Our Master of Ceremonies will brief you into the day 3 program to make sure you are in the right place at the right time.

Keynote
8:30 am - 9:00 am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Asset Optimization Strategy

Despite constant pressures to reduce costs and improve asset reliability, companies utilize less than 5% of all data collected from their machines. Why the gap and how can we combat this? Leveraging AI powered predictive analytics can drive actionable insights to improve equipment reliability, rightsize spares inventory, extend asset lifecycles.

Keynote
9:00 am - 9:30 am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Next-Generation Industrial Cybersecurity

What’s happening in industrial cybersecurity today? Which events are disrupting business processes? Where are the benefits of implementing a cybersecurity program? Taking a next-generation approach to industrial cybersecurity, from collecting critical raw data from industrial networks and utilizing successfully to increase visibility, protective controls and continuous monitoring.

Coffee & networking break
10:10 am - 10:30 am

Take a break and refuel whilst networking and socializing with your peers.

Case Study
10:35 am - 11:05 am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Buckling under the Pressure? How to Tackle Customization and Decreased Time to Market

Companies today are under tremendous pressure to deliver a higher quality of products and services at lower costs. What strategies and tools can be used to improve time to market and keep up with consumer demand?

Case Study
11:10 am - 11:10 am
A brand exec takes you behind the scenes, providing insight into a successful project implementation – what worked, what didn’t and which pitfalls to avoid.
Practical Applications of Blockchain in Manufacturing Supply Chain

Blockchain technology is a ground-breaking innovation in decentralized information technology. With increased adoption of connected technology, the continuous pressure on time to market and customer demand, there is a need for transparency and traceability in manufacturing supply chains. Blockchain can offer the answer to these problems for manufacturers.

Roundtable
Session 3 - Outcomes
9:30 am - 10:10 am
What does it all mean. Tracing back through two days of work, where are we? What you are bringing back to the office with you.
Drill down roundtables

A Step Back: Defining Industry 4.0

Choose and Use: Strategic Investment to Avoid the Pilot Purgatory

Optimizing People and Leveraging Technology

Mastering Data Management

Predictive Analytics and AI – Forecasting for the Future

Keynote
12:00 pm - 12:30 am
The Future of Lean

What does a full lean enterprise look like? Lean principles that apply to the shop floor should transcend though all aspects of a business. Learn what can be achieved when an entire enterprise is aligned with a lean mindset, from product innovation to industrial processes.

Panel Discussion
11:40 am - 12:45 pm
The perspectives of 4-5 industry experts into one of the key challenges we're all facing today. This will be moderated to create a session of different perspectives, opinions and tangible takeaways of how our panelists are tackling them.
Actions Not Words: How Will Tomorrow Be Different from Today?
What’s on the horizon for the manufacturing industry
  • A look towards the future of manufacturing, new applications of technology, a streamlined connected supply chain, the new meaning of LEAN and SIX SIGMA in the digital age
Buffet lunch
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Before you head home, make sure you grab something from our buffet-style lunch for your journey ahead.

Summit Location

National Doral, Miami, Florida

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