On 18-20 May 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
  • Create and implement an Industry 4.0 roadmap: where to invest, how to change
  • Attract, train and retain the multi-generational workforce
  • Scale Industry 4.0, escape pilot project purgatory: what tech, supply chain, security?
  • Choose and use: how to identify and implement transformative technologies
  • Build a resilient data strategy, enable advanced analytics, set up for IIOT success
  • Adapt and maximize legacy systems, integrate and shift operations to the cloud
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Past Summit Schedule

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Monday May 18, 2020
Summit registration
1:00pm - 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.
From Tech to Talent: What are the Key Building Blocks of Industry 4.0?
Understanding the major disruptors in manufacturing and harnessing these to achieve operational excellence.
  • Many organizations look at building blocks for Smart Manufacturing/IIoT/Industry 4.0 to consist of sensing, control, analytics and predictive modelling. However, data contextualization and frictionless movement of information in an OT/IT platform is the glue that ties all this together in a manufacturing solution. What are the panelists thoughts on this view?
    The manufacturing industry is shifting from an industry driven by people and machines to one which is driven by data and software. How will manufacturing organizations prepare for this future? And how will they adapt to encompass software into their products and their business models
  • Technology is necessary but not sufficient for making Industry 4.0 solutions a success for manufacturers. Talent, culture and business models are as important. What are some good examples of approaches that address these?
  • There is a fear that only large companies with sufficient internal capacities for talent and investment can leverage and benefit from Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing. The reality is that small and medium organizations make up the majority of the manufacturing landscape. What should we be doing to enable these manufacturers to be part of this journey?
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.
How to Create and Implement Your Industry 4.0 Strategy
Before an organization can truly benefit from the opportunities which lie within Industry 4.0 it is essential to Map out an Industry 4.0 strategy.

A ‘how to guide’ to build a strategy to implement and scale Industry 4.0, including:

  • Evaluating your own digital maturity now, versus where you need to be
  • Setting clear targets for closing the gap
  • Prioritizing the measures that will bring the most value to your business, while making sure these are aligned with your overall strategy
  • Understanding the need to adapt strategy as your organizations develops over time
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.
Industry 4.0: Getting Started

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 shopfloor 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.
Culture and the Workforce

How to align your organisation from the top floor to the shop floor

  • As your organisation continues to evolve how will you support your workforce?
  • How can you optimize employee experience, in a climate where supporting and retaining your workforce is essential?
  • What are the best tactics to close the skills gap as operations become increasingly digital?
  • How can you support and modernize your front line leadership?
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.
Scaling Industry 4.0

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 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.
Industry 4.0 Technology: IoT, automation, robotics, additive manufacturing

Which technologies will benefit your institution the most?

  • Getting to grips with the technology ecosystem; how do different systems complement your each other to improve operational efficiency?
  • How to start building smart technology into your business model
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.
Big Data, AI, ML and Advanced Analytics in Manufacturing

Building a resilient, standardized, scalable data collection and platform strategy in order to:
1. Automate manufacturing methods through algorithmic decision making
2. 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
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.

Tuesday May 19, 2020
Breakfast
7:00am - 7:50am

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.
Where We Are, What We Learned: Four Leaders’ Lessons From the Digitization Journey

Outlining the Industry 4.0 roadmap. From predigital, through pilot programs to digital pure play. What are the roadblocks associated with each of these stages and how can they be overcome?

  • What are the factors which are limiting organisations from investing in Industry 4.0?
  • The majority of manufacturing organisations are small to medium size, what can be done to level the playing field ad enable SMEs to keep up with larger companies with expansive budgets to invest in new technology?
  • What the roadmap towards industry 4.0 look like and what are the challenges associated with each stage?
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.
Advanced Solutions in Safety and Training

With Industry 4.0 comes a host of new opportunities to enhance the training services available to your employees. Learn how to choose which initiatives will work best for your organization to enhance safety and productivity throughout your operations.
– Hear from United Rentals Advanced Solutions on their success from technology including drone services, autonomous vehicles, robotics and wearable technology.

Keynote
8:50am - 9:20am
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.
Welcome to The Next Industrial Revolution

Building industrial IoT, how to:

  • Manage costs and build a sustainable foundation
  • Integrate with legacy systems
  • Manage strategy, Security and Scalability from the offset
Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
9:30am - 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.
Reshoring Vs Offshoring – The Great Debate

Join the discussion over the benefits and disadvantages of bringing manufacturing back to America

  • Is there greater value in reshoring than offshoring in the current climate?
  • What are the most efficient tactics to bring manufacturing back to America?
Coffee & networking break
10:10am - 10:35am

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

Case Study
10:35am - 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.
Leveraging Sustainability

How can improving your environmental footprint improve operational productivity throughout your organisation

Workshop
11:10am - 11:40am
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?
How to Build Tomorrow’s Workforce
  • Understanding the human element of operational performance amidst the ongoing technological transformation
  • Transitioning the system-based foundations of stability, reliability, and predictability found in the manufacturing plant
  • Shifting the organizational mindset from incremental improvement to breakthrough using zero-loss thinking and a tiered management system
  • Cascading the business strategy into financial & operational results
Panel Discussion
11:45am - 12:15pm
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.
What is the ROI on A Culture of Continuous Improvement?

Workforce transformation through Operational Excellence.

  • What are the Tools and Rules for engagement?
  • Is Speed, Cost, and Quality a good thing? What is the appropriate balance?
Keynote
12:20pm - 12:50pm
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
12:50pm - 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 - 2:35pm
Learning and sharing with your group. What are the solutions? Are they readily available? What path are you going to take?
Drill down roundtables

1. Getting started

2. Culture and the workforce

3. Scaling Industry 4.0

4. Technology: IOT, Edge to cloud, automation, robotics, additive manufacturing

5. Analytics: Big Data, AI, ML and advanced analytics

Workshop
2:40pm - 3:10pm
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?
Rapid ROI and Breakthrough Efficiency with 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, optimize production, and advise on the right maintenance actions to improve productivity and reduce risk. Hear from IBM on how to define the right asset optimization strategy using Internet of Things (IoT) data, Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to maximize asset value, generate early ROI and fund continuous improvements.

Workshop
3:15pm - 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?
Additive Manufacturing: Impact and Possibilities

3D printing has potential way beyond current use. The question is why? Why are some industries hesitant or slow in adopting AM? And who is getting it right?

  • How is Industrial 3D printing being implemented?
  • How has 3D printing changed the production process?
  • Best practices in adopting AM
  • What is slowing down progress in adoption of AM
Panel Discussion
3:50pm - 4:20pm
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.
Refining the New Oil: Forming a Coherent and Sustainable Data Strategy

The how, what and where of data strategy – It’s one thing to collect big data, but how do you select what’s relevant and put it to practical use?

  • Connecting and standardizing systems across organisational silos
  • How to build a team and start harvesting your data
Coffee & networking break
4:40pm - 5:00pm

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

Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
4:20pm - 5:20pm
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.
Automation Vs The American Workforce – The Great Debate

World Economic Forum predicted that automation will displace 75 million jobs by 2022, however, 133 million new roles will also be created

  • Is the human element on the shop floor still essential, and how long will it last?
  • How will workers adapt and acquire new technological skills required to work in the smart factories of the future?
  • Exploring the collaboration between the worker and the machine. What does this really mean for jobs in America and how far-reaching will the societal impact be?
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 - 7:30pm

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

Gala dinner, quiz/trivia
7:30pm - 10:00pm

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

Wednesday May 20, 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.
When Two Worlds Collide: IT, OT and a Truly New Industrial Age

With the adoption of IOT technology the line between IT and Operations is starting to blur

  • Why do these silos need to work together more closely than ever before?
  • How can this be achieved – logistics and technology involved
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.
How 6Es will drive Next Generation Manufacturing

Next-generation manufacturing will be fundamentally different from traditional manufacturing on multiple fronts. This talk will focus on how 6Es: Experience, Efficiency, Ecosystem, Environment, Employment and Economics will be the key driving factors in defining the winners of tomorrow in the next-generation manufacturing race.

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

1. Getting started

2. Culture and the workforce

3. Scaling Industry 4.0

4. Technology tuckshop: IOT, Edge to cloud, automation, robotics, additive manufacturing

5. Analytics: Big Data, AI, ML and advanced analytics

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.
Value-Driven IIot Implementations from Edge to Cloud

Details to follow.

Case Study
11:10 am - 11:40 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.
ML-Powered Cybersecurity

Manufacturing companies face significant challenges in an age of increasing digitization, where corporate IT networks are coming to share more functions with traditional operational technologies.

  • How to protect your IT and OT environments, as well as ensuring security throughout the supply chain
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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