On 23-25 September 2019, 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 The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, 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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Mae Zyjewski
Sr. Director Global Advanced Manufacturing
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Silveira Roberto
Vice President Biomanufacturing Sciences
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Mike Coubrough
Senior Vice President Global Operations
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Daryll Bryant
Head of Brewery Operations
Samuel Adams

6 Challenges in Manufacturing

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • How do we improve the life of our consumers? How do we do what we do as-a-service?
  • How can we collect and use data to support real-time monitoring and develop predictive analytics?
  • In what ways can we use the insights we get from that data to drive strategy?
  • How can we incorporate more connected devices while maintaining robust IT and OT security
  • What are the technologies required to create seamless connectivity and operational efficiency?
  • How do we create, spread and embed a smarter manufacturing mindset?
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Summit Schedule

3 Days - 3 Summit Themes - 1 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Monday September 23, 2019
Summit registration
1:00pm - 6:00pm
Solution provider briefing
2:00pm - 2:30pm
Welcome remarks and delegate briefing
2:30pm - 2:45pm
2:45pm - 3:30pm
The building blocks of Industry 4.0
3:30pm - 3:50pm
Strategic Vision
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Getting Started
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Culture and the workforce
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Scaling industry 4.0
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Technology Tuckshop: IOT, Edge to cloud,automation, robotics, additive manufacturing
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Analytics: Big Data, AI, ML and advanced analytics
Roundtable feedback
5:00pm - 5:30pm
Networking drinks
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Gala dinner
7:00pm - 10:00pm
8:00pm - 8:30pm
Gala dinner keynote, Q&A: What does it take to transform a legacy industry?
Tuesday September 24, 2019
7:00am - 7:50am
Welcome Remarks
7:50am - 8:00am
8:00am - 8:30am
The Industry 4.0 cross section: Four organisations at different stages of digitisation share their experience
8:30am - 9:00am
Laying the foundations of the next industrial revolution
9:00am - 9:30am
How will we build the workforce of the future? Leading, training, recruiting
Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
9:30am - 10:10am
The Robocalypseis here! What does that really mean for the American worker?
Coffee & Networking Break
10:10am - 10:35am
10:35am - 11:05am
Augmented reality: Impact and possibilities
Case Study
11:10am - 11:40am
Two Worlds Collide: IT and OT convergence in the new industrial age
11:45am - 12:15pm
New technology is transforming the supply chain: How to improve visibility and cut costs
Panel Discussion
12:20pm - 12:50pm
Separating the AI Hype from Reality
Networking Lunch
12:50pm - 1:50pm
1:50pm - 2:40pm
Drill Down Roundtables
2:40pm - 3:10pm
Creating a Continuous Improvement Culture to foster a sustainable and reliable workforce
Case Study
3:15pm - 3:45pm
Additive Manufacturing: Impact and possibilities
Panel Discussion
3:50pm - 4:20pm
How will you manage the data!?
Coffee & Networking Break
4:20pm - 4:45pm
Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
4:45pm - 5:25pm
ReshoringVs Offshoring –The Great Debate
Case Study
5:25pm - 5:55pm
Value-Driven IIoTImplementations from Edge To Cloud
Attendee downtime
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Networking drinks
7:00pm - 7:30pm
Gala dinner, silent auction, quiz/trivia
7:30pm - 10:00pm
Wednesday September 25, 2019
7:30 am - 8:20 am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

Welcome Remarks
8:20 am - 8:30 am
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Its All In The Analytics
9:00 am - 9:30 am
Building a secure connected system: Where is your data and who owns the infrastructure?
9:30 am - 10:10 am
Drill Down Roundtables
Coffee & Networking Break
10:10 am - 10:35 am
10:35 am - 11:05 am
Leveraging Sustainability
11:10 am - 11:40 am
The smart factory of the future is on your doorstep. Are you ready for it?
Fireside Chat: General Q&A with your top speakers
11:45 am - 12:05 pm
Throughout the summit you will be invited to vote for your favourite speakers and the top 2 ranked speakers will host a fireside chat to answer any of questions and take the opportunity to dive further into any of the topics you just wanted more time to talk about.
Panel Discussion
12:05 pm - 1:00 pm
Closing panel & wrap up: So, what’s next?
Buffet lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Summit Location

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, Florida

Our events take place at some of the most prestigious venues in the world. Five-star accommodation, dining and amenities make attending one of our summits both business and pleasure. Being productive has never been so much fun.

Latest Case Study

Senior executives love our summits because of the unparalleled opportunity to meet people with ideas on how to move their key projects forward. But don’t just take our word for it…

To discuss how GDS Summits can help you solve your project challenges contact us on: 0117 921 4000 or email sayhello@gdsgroup.com.

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