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May 2018
May 2018


Raleigh Convention Center 500 South Salisbury Street Raleigh , North Carolina 27601
Tel: (919) 996-8500
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IndustryWeek Manufacturing & Technology Conference & Expo 2018






$75 - $1,399


Event Overview:

The only event designed to keep manufacturing decision-makers at the forefront of a fast evolving landscape in a digital era.

The 3-day event focuses on the key elements of advanced manufacturing: lean and continuous improvement, leadership, technology integration, talent management and best practices to achieve operational excellence.

Our M&T expo allows attendees to experience some of today’s most disruptive technologies and industrial products/solutions innovations first-hand.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend M&T:

  • Hear from top manufacturers such as GE, Toyota Motors, and Lincoln Electric among others about their growth strategies, labor market challenges, and innovation road maps to determine the direction of your future investment.
  • Step through real-world lessons on how to lead your employees through the digital technology revolution.
  • Get answers to your most pressing questions about lean and continuous improvements to increase efficiency and reduce waste.
  • Hear keynotes sharing innovative ideas, compelling insights, and effective strategies to improve your operations.
  • Meet and exchange ideas with your peers in multiple networking opportunities.

Who Should Attend?

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Information Officer

Chief Technology Officer

Director of Continuous Improvement

Director of Operations

Human Resource Manager

Industrial Engineer

Manager, Manufacturing Innovation

Plant Manager


Purchasing Manager

VP of Business Development

       VP of Manufacturing

       VP of Supply Chain

Exhibitor Information:

A smart investment and valuable business tool

IndustryWeek's Manufacturing & Technology Conference & Expo is the place to display your disruptive technologies and industrial products and solutions to decision-makers. Whether it's automation, robotics, software, 3D printing, wearables, safety, lean, supply chain and material handling or augmented/virtual reality the M&T expo allows a unique layout to showcase your company's products and services.

Exhibitor Prospectus and Kit


May 8   

Tuesday, May 08
6:30 am - 6:30 pm

Registration Hours

Tuesday, May 08
8:00 am - 11:15 am

Morning Tour - Caterpillar Inc.

Tuesday, May 08
8:20 am - 11:00 am

Morning Tour - John Deere Turf Care

Tuesday, May 08
8:45 am - 10:15 am

Morning Tour - Larry's Coffee

Tuesday, May 08
8:45 am - 10:45 am

Morning Tour - Flowserve Corp.

Tuesday, May 08
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Morning Workshop: A Hands-on Exploration of the Future of Making Things

Morning Workshop: Improving Efficiency and Productivity: An Executive Discussion and Case Study

Morning Workshop: Leveraging Smart Manufacturing for Digital Transformation

Morning Workshop: Total CRM and Manufacturing: A Beginner's Playbook

Tuesday, May 08
9:15 am - 12:15 pm

Morning Tour - Proto Labs

Tuesday, May 08
10:50 am - 2:00 pm

Afternoon Tour - John Deere Turf Care

Tuesday, May 08
11:15 am - 3:00 pm

Afternoon Tour - Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations - Wilson Plant

Tuesday, May 08
12:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Afternoon Tour - Caterpillar Inc.

Tuesday, May 08
12:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Afternoon Tour - AW North Carolina, Inc.

Tuesday, May 08
12:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Afternoon Tour - Flowserve Corp.

Tuesday, May 08
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Afternoon MESA Workshop: Seeking Common Ground for Smart Manufacturing

Afternoon Workshop: Best Practices for Optimizing Operations Using a Digital Manufacturing Platform

Afternoon Workshop: Industry 4.0 - Technology Insights for Channel Program Optimization

Tuesday, May 08
2:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Exhibit Hall Hours

Tuesday, May 08
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

NED Innovation Awards

Tuesday, May 08
4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Becoming Digital Industrial

Tuesday, May 08
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Welcome Reception

May 9   

Wednesday, May 09
6:30 am - 4:00 pm

Registration Hours

Wednesday, May 09
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Hours

Wednesday, May 09
9:00 am - 10:00 am

10 Qualities to Look for in the New Robot Hires

Is a Best-in-Class Manufacturing System Sufficient for Success?

Lenovo's BOLD Workout Delivers a Cultural Transformation

Manufacturing in Your Community and Beyond

Talent Management Session

Trelleborg is at the Gate

Wednesday, May 09
10:00 am - 10:30 am

Stocking Up: Using Drones to Scan Hard-to Reach Inventory

Wednesday, May 09
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Refreshment Break

Wednesday, May 09
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Hands-Free Computing: See Voice-Driven Wearables Built for the Factory Floor

Wednesday, May 09
11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Case Study: Insights from Siemens’ Workforce Program to Attract and Retain Top Talent

Downtime Reduction Activities: Creating Baseline Data in Preparation for Industry 4.0

IW Best Plants Winners Panel: Lessons Learned on the Journey of Operational Excellence

Manufacturing Technology Strategies Session

Virgin Orbit Blasts Off into Production with MES Solution

You're Not Going to Like This: How to Have Tough Conversations and Not Lose

Wednesday, May 09
12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

IndustryWeek Best Plant Award Winners

Wednesday, May 09
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Apply Continuous Improvement Methodologies to Improve Yield in a People-First Culture

Go! Go! Fighting Robots!

Leadership Session

Small Manufacturers are Smart Manufacturers with Analytics

Toyota’s Floor Management and Development System – Toyota’s Engine for Leadership and Operational Excellence

When Reshoring Makes Sense: Learn Why Sherrill Manufacturing is Flourishing

Wednesday, May 09
3:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Armed with Analytics: Manufacturing as a Martial Art

Wednesday, May 09
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Refreshment Break

Robot Fight!

Wednesday, May 09
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Continuous Improvement Fundamentals Session

How to Merge Two Separate Lean Cultures: A Case Study

Ingersoll Rand's 8 Simple Rules to Talent Acquisition

IoT Programs: Land Them in IT or Continue to Struggle

Leveraging The Super Genius: Drive MIT and CIA Thinking In All of Your Employees

Think BIG, Start Small - The Keys to Balancing Speed and Agility in Digital Transformation

Wednesday, May 09
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Night Out Event - at Solas

May 10   

Thursday, May 10
7:00 am - 1:30 pm

Registration Hours

Thursday, May 10
7:45 am - 8:45 am

2017 IW Best Plants Presentation

Front Line Leadership - The Key to Employee Engagement and Satisfaction

How Northrop Grumman Leveraged Green Belt Projects to Enhance Program Value

Lean Manufacturing in the Age of Digital: How Digitalization is Changing the Economics of the Manufacturing Supply Chain

The Secret to Unlocking Continuous Improvement in Every Employee

Thursday, May 10
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

M&T Career Day - powered by Capital Area Workforce Development Board

Thursday, May 10
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Exhibit Hall Hours

Thursday, May 10
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Refreshment Break

Thursday, May 10
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

A Three-Step Cybersecurity Battle Plan for Manufacturers

Advanced Continuous Improvement Session

Analytics That Matter

Case Study: How AGCO Leverages Recruiting Strategies and Solutions to Support Business Plans

Case Study: Value Stream Mapping as a Catalyst for Lean Transformation

Leveraging Values to Accelerate Growth

MESA Smart Manufacturing Session

Keynote Speakers

Bill Ruh

CEO of GE Digital, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of GE

Becoming Digital Industrial

The last decade has been defined by innovation in the consumer internet. The next decade will redefine the industrial world. For the last 125 years, GE has met the challenges of industrial change head-on. That’s why it will power the next wave of large scale innovation: the Digital Industrial Revolution. GE Digital is leading this charge by connecting streams of machine data to powerful analytics, providing Industrial companies with valuable insights to manage assets and operations more efficiently. World-class talent and software capabilities are driving big gains in productivity, availability and longevity that will have a powerful impact on industries across the globe.

Bill Ruh is the chief executive officer for GE Digital as well as the senior vice president and chief digital officer (CDO) for GE. GE Digital provides premier digital software solutions and services through Predix, GE’s cloud-based platform for the Industrial Internet. GE Digital supports customers globally with a broad range of Industrial Internet applications, from asset performance management, operations optimization, and brilliant manufacturing to platform as a service, cloud, and cyber security. As the CDO, Ruh is responsible for global IT as well as creating GE’s Digital Thread, a next-generation system for streamlining design, manufacturing, and support processes.
Ruh joined GE in 2011 to establish its Industrial Internet strategy and to lead the convergence of the physical and digital worlds within GE globally. In this role, he focused on building out advanced software and analytics capabilities, as well as driving the global strategy, operations, and portfolio of software services across all of GE’s businesses. During his tenure, Ruh has led the charge to develop the first cloud-based platform for the industrial world. He also played an instrumental role in establishing the Industrial Internet Consortium by bringing together government, academic, and industry leaders for setting the standards, best practices, and processes for the Industrial Internet.
Prior to joining GE, Ruh was a vice president at Cisco, where he held global responsibility for developing advanced services and solutions. A 30-year veteran of the software and internet industries, Ruh has held executive management positions at Software AG, The Advisory Board, The MITRE Corporation, and Concept 5 Technologies. Ruh is an accomplished author and a frequent speaker on such topics as emerging business models, cloud computing, analytics, the industrial internet and digital transformation. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from California State University, Fullerton.

Leah Curry

President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia

Rethinking Auto Manufacturing with Toyota

TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) is a game changer. Toyota’s brand new platform aims for greater efficiency and lower costs. Learn what is TNGA, how you can make better cars with TNGA, and what it means for customers.

Leah Curry is President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Inc. (TMMWV) located in Buffalo, West Virginia. TMMWV, established in 1996, manufactures 4-cylinder engines for the Camry and Corolla and V6 engines for the Highlander and Sienna. In addition, TMMWV manufactures 6-speed automatic transmissions for the Avalon, Highlander, RAV4, Sienna, and Lexus RX 350 and 8-speed automatic transmissions for the Camry. Curry is responsible for all manufacturing and administrative functions of the manufacturing plant.

Prior to this assignment, she was vice president of Manufacturing at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, Inc. (TMMI) in Princeton, Ind., where she oversaw all manufacturing operations at the plant that produces the Highlander, Sienna and Sequoia.

During her 20-year career with Toyota Leah held several other manufacturing management positions at TMMI including general manager of Assembly and management positions in Body Weld, Stamping, Maintenance, Production Engineering and New Model launch. She started her career as a team leader at TMMI in 1997.

Curry studied Industrial Electronics at the University of Evansville and Ivy Tech Community College in Evansville, Ind. She holds a TPC Certification in Industrial Electronics. Leah serves on the National Board of Directors of the Manufacturing Institute, and is a board member of The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences and The Education Alliance, a private, non-profit organization that advocates for public school student achievement in West Virginia.

She lives in Hurricane, West Virginia, and is a native of Haubstadt, Ind. She and her husband David have four adult children.

Chris Mapes

CEO and President, Lincoln Electric

Automation and Education: Addressing the Nation's Skills Gaps

Mr. Mapes is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Company’s executive management team. He was appointed Chairman in December 2013, President and Chief Executive Officer in December 2012 and served as the Chief Operating Officer in 2011. He is also on the Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. Board, having been elected a Director in 2010 while he was Executive Vice President of A. O. Smith Corporation and President of its Electrical Products unit. Prior to his career at A.O. Smith, Mr. Mapes was President, Motor Sales and Marketing of Regal Beloit Corporation and also served as President of the Global OEM Business Group of Superior Essex, Inc. Mr. Mapes is a graduate of Ball State University (BS 1985), University of Toledo (JD 1988) and Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University (MBA 1998).


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