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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Attendees Include

The upcoming summit will welcome executives from some of the world's biggest and most recognisable firms - as well as the most forward-thinking - as they look 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
  • Understanding what industry 4.0 really means to you and your organization, gauging smart sustainable investment and translating this to your operations
  • How will automation, robotics, additive manufacturing, AR and VR improve productivity form the shop floor to the top floor
  • How to build an effective foundation and resilient data strategy that will enable advanced analytics to make the most all of industrial IOT has to offer
  • As manufacturing process is evolving so is the workforce. How to manage the skill gap and retain talent
  • Finding the right partners and bringing the supply chain up to speed in order to scale industry 4.0 effectively
  • Creating a foundation to build IOT into your infrastructure, working with legacy systems to integrate and shift operations to the cloud
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Summit Schedule

3 Days - 3 Summit Themes - 3 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Monday September 23, 2019
Summit registration
1:00pm - 6:00pm

Grab your name badge, say hello, activate the onsite app and prepare to leave the office behind for two-and-a-half days of networking, learning and intelligence gathering.

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

What? When? How? Where? Join our Master of Ceremonies for a brief welcome and orientation session, where we’ll explain your itinerary for the next few days.

Keynote
2:45pm - 3:30pm
The building blocks of Industry 4.0
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Haresh Malkani
CTO - Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute
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Magnus Akesson
CIO & VP - GE Power Manufacturing
Understanding the major disruptors in manufacturing and harnessing these to achieve operational excellence.
Interview
3:30pm - 3:50pm
Forming a strategic vision
Before an organization can truly benefit from the opportunities which lie within Industry 4.0 it is essential to form
a strategic game plan. This must include:
  • Knowing where to start and where you want to end up;
  • Understanding how to build a sustainable foundation to enable scalable adoption of new technology.
Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Getting started
  • Where are you on the Industry 4.0 roadmap and what does Industry 4.0 really mean for YOUR organisation
  • How will you work with legacy systems?
  • How do you justify investment, know where will you invest and how will you assure leadership
Roundtable
3:30pm - 5:00pm
Culture and the workforce
  • Getting savvy with your front line leadership to align your organisation from the top floor to the shop floor
  • Optimising employee experience supporting and retaining your workforce is essential
  • Closing the skills gap and maximising talent acquisition
Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Scaling Industry 4.0
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Haresh Malkani
CTO - Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute
Many organisations are suffering from the pilot epidemic, how can you
escape the POC Purgatory and roll out pilot schemes into operation?
  • Finding the right partners and bringing the supply chain up to speed
  • Maintaining security and managing costs
Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Technology: IOT, Edge to cloud,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
Roundtable
3:50pm - 5:00pm
Analytics: Big Data, AI, ML and advanced analytics
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Magnus Akesson
CIO & VP - GE Power Manufacturing
  • Creating a resilient data collection strategy which is standardised and suitable for scaling across your facilities, in order to maximise visualisation and analytics
  • Real time analytics to improve maintenance, safety and quality control
  • Predictive analytics and closed loop control
Roundtable feedback
5:00pm - 5:30pm

Details To Follow.

Networking drinks
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Time to kick off your heels, loosen those ties and get to know your fellow summit attendees. Relax, drinks are on us.

Gala dinner
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Time for some fun; you’ve earned it. Join us for our night’s dinner and entertainment. Details to follow.

Keynote
8:00pm - 8:30pm
Gala dinner keynote, Q&A: What does it take to transform a legacy industry?
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Sudhi Bangalore
Global VP -Industry 4.0 - Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
  • Aligning mind set and culture
  • Creating an outcome based business model, are your products solution based, understanding the value of building software into the hardware
  • Training and educating from the C suite to shop floor refining workforce skillset and composition
Tuesday September 24, 2019
Breakfast
7:00am - 7:50am

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

Welcome remarks
7:50am - 8:00am

Details To Follow.

Keynote
8:00am - 8:20am
The Industry 4.0 cross section: four organisations at different stages of digitisation share their experience
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Dustin Levy
VP Industrial Safety - Gentex Corporation
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Hicham Wazni
Corporate Director of Manufacturing Intelligence and Smart Manufacturing - Arconic

1. Predigital

2. Pilot programs

3. Digital factories

4. Digitally integrated

5. Digital pure play

Keynote
8:20am - 8:50am
The smart factory of the future is on your doorstep. Are you ready for it?

Further details TBA.

Keynote
8:50am - 9:20am
Laying the foundations of the next industrial revolution
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Jesper Toubøl
VP Elements & Moulds - LEGO
  • Building industrial IOT
  • Managing costs and building a sustainable foundation
  • Integrating with legacy and MES systems
  • Strategy, Security and Scalability from the offset
Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
9:20am - 10:00am
The Robocalypse is here! What does that really mean for the American worker?
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Jason Ebert
Director of Operations - Whirlpool Corporation
World Economic Forum predicted that although automation will displace 75 million jobs by 2022, 133 million new roles will also be created ultimately a net gain of 58 million jobs globally.
  • 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?
  • What does this mean for inclusion in manufacturing?
  • Exploring the collaboration between the worker and the machine. What does this really mean for jobs in America?
Coffee & networking break
10:00am - 10:20am

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

Case Study
10:20am - 11:00am
Value-driven IIoT implementations from Edge to Cloud
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Gilbert Meyer-Gauen
Asset Management - National Oilwell Varco

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) is a leader in the design, manufacture, sale, and service of oil field equipment, and has been providing services that utilize the industrial internet of things for numerous years. Dr. Gilbert Meyer-Gauen, NOV’s Director of Asset Management, will discuss IIoT implementations they provide to customers and their manufacturing facilities with the help of their own big data platform NOV Max, including challenges they faced from the edge to the cloud.

Workshop
11:00am - 11:40am
A fresh look at LEAN manufacturing

Further details TBA.

Workshop
11:45am - 12:15pm
Two worlds collide: IT and OT convergence in the new industrial age
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Peggy Gulick
Director Digital Transformation, Global Manufacturing - AGCO Corporation

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

Keynote
12:20pm - 12:50pm
Building a secure connected system: where is your data and who owns the infrastructure?
  • Data security issues are greatly increased by integrating and enabling access to new systems​
  • Blockchain – A new tool in the manufacturing space ​
  • How to manage proprietary production knowledge
Networking lunch
12:50pm - 1:50pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch, and prepare to meet the afternoon head-on.

Roundtable
1:50pm - 2:40pm
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

Panel Discussion
2:40pm - 3:20pm
Creating a continuous improvement culture to foster a sustainable and reliable workforce
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Lisa Sykes-Winstead
Director, End to End Quality - Merck
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Ken Telfort
Corporate Director, Operational Excellence - B. Braun Medical
  • 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?
Workshop
3:20pm - 4:00pm
How will we build the workforce of the future? Leading, training, recruiting
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Phil McIntyre
Managing Director of Business Development and Marketing - Performance Solutions by Miliken
  • Transparent and educated leadership
  • Application of new technology for training and recruitment
  • Organizational setup: The shift toward cross-functional and team-based work and an emphasis on agility
  • Optimizing organizational structure with Smart Manufacturing mindset
  • Modifying job Description to embed Smart Manufacturing expectations within them
Panel Discussion
4:00pm - 4:40pm
How will you manage the data!?
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Alexander Nazarov
Engineering Functional Excellence Manager - Cummins Inc
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 standardising systems across organisational silos
  • How to build a team and start harvesting your data
Coffee & networking break
4:40pm - 5:00pm

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

Oxford Style Debate and Live Polling
5:00pm - 5:40pm
Reshoring vs offshoring – the great debate
Discussion about 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
Attendee downtime
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Time for a well-deserved break in your busy schedules.

Networking drinks
7:00pm - 7:30pm

Time to kick off your heels, loosen those ties and get to know your fellow summit attendees. Relax, drinks are on us.

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

Time for some fun; you’ve earned it. Join us for our second night’s dinner and entertainment. Details to follow.

Wednesday September 25, 2019
Breakfast
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

Details To Follow.

Keynote
8:30 am - 8:50 am
It's all in the analytics
Advanced analytics is the accelerating force driving the industry 4.0 revolution
  • Learn from practical applications maintenance, safety, product quality
  • And what’s on the horizon for advanced data analytics
Keynote
8:50 am - 9:20 am
Additive manufacturing: impact and possibilities
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David Dietrich
Engineering Fellow - Additive Manufacturing Design - Honeywell Aerospace

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 Issues with repeatability slowing progress
Roundtable
9:20 am - 10:00 am
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
10:00 am - 10:30 am

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

Case Study
10:30 am - 11:10 am
Leveraging sustainability
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Billy Ingram
Director of Lean Product Development - Interface
How can improving your environmental footprint improve productivity at your organisation.
  • Understanding the driving force meeting investor and consumer demands and reaping the benefits
Case Study
11:10 am - 11:50 am
Separating the AI hype from reality
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George Small
CTO - Moog Inc.

AI is already an over-hyped technology in the industry. It’s important manufacturers understand where the greatest opportunities are within the industry so that they can benefit from all artificial intelligence has to offer.

Panel Discussion
12:00 pm - 12:40 pm
Closing panel & wrap up: So, what’s next?
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

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch for your journey home.

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.

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