4 April 2024 Seminars

7:00AM - 7:45AM

Registration and Networking

7:50AM - 8:00AM

Opening Remarks

Max Partington, Conference Director, AMG World

8:00AM - 8:30AM

Creating a Single Source of Knowledge For Connected Workers

• Obtaining buy-in from senior leadership at the start of your digital transformation journey
• Developing a personalized learning and development system that understands individual employees
• Utilizing AI enabled digital business companions for continuously improved situational decision-making
• Establishing key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the impact of personalized learning and AI companions


  • Ron Norris Director Innovation - Georgia-Pacific LLC
8:30AM - 9:00AM

Scaling Smart Technology: Steps to Move from POC to Standardization Across all Manufacturing Sites

• Outlining key challenges of scaling smart technology across diverse manufacturing sites: Maintaining consistency throughout implementation
• Enhancing collaboration between all stakeholders to define and implement standards that foster a robust and scalable ecosystem for manufacturing technology
• Strategically transitioning from successful technology projects and standardizing analytical solutions
• Extending the scope of analytic solutions across plants that will enhance production efficiency, drive down costs, increase capacity and improve the speed and efficiency of


9:00AM - 9:30AM

Spotlight Presentation proudly hosted by EMQ Technologies

9:30AM - 10:15AM

Technology Demonstrations with EMQ

10:15AM - 10:45AM


10:45AM - 11:45AM

Roundtable Discussion Proudly Hosted By EMQ Technologies

10:45AM - 11:45AM

Roundtable Discussion: Is the Latest Tech Always the Recipe for Operational Success? Why we Shouldn’t Take Advanced Solutions to Basic Problems

10:45AM - 11:45AM

Roundtable Discussion: Maximizing Smart Technology Adoption for SMEs: A Strategic Roadmap from Inception to Full Scale Deployment


  • Kristen M. Pope South Houston Regional Director - Texas Chapter - Women in Manufacturing Association
10:45AM - 11:45AM

Roundtable Discussion: Transforming the Employee Experience: Empowering and Augmenting the Workforce of the Future with Digital Applications & Generative AI


  • Anthony Huffman Enterprise Architecture Strategist, Industry 4.0 - Koch Industries
11:45AM - 12:15PM

Leveraging a Comprehensive Cyber Management Program for Effective IT and OT Risk Mitigation

• Developing and implementing a robust program for seamless IT and OT risk mitigation
• The importance of taking a holistic approach to address cyber threats across both IT and OT domains
• Integrating cybersecurity measures to fortify both IT and OT infrastructure effectively
• Implement a strategic cyber defense plan to safeguard against evolving threats
• Guarantee operational continuity by effectively managing cyber risks in IT and OT

11:45AM - 12:15PM


1:15PM - 2:15PM

Roundtable Discussion: Leveraging Digital Twins for Operational Excellence: Integrating Visual Data for Enhanced O&M, Environmental Management, Safety, and Productivity

1:15PM - 2:15PM

Roundtable Discussion: The Importance of User Experience When Designing Enterprise Data Platform Strategy


  • Scott Tankersley Manufacturing Digital Transformation – Smart Factory IT Large Project Lead - American Honda
1:15PM - 2:15PM

Roundtable Discussion: Unifying Factories and Driving Business Value Through a Common Manufacturing Tech Stack


1:15PM - 2:15PM

Roundtable Discussion: Upskilling: The Real Reason Digital Initiatives Fail


  • Hao Dinh Vice President Of Technology - Enpro
2:15PM - 2:45PM

Harnessing Digital Twins for Predictive Maintenance and Process Innovation in Your Smart Factory

• Exploring what a Digital Twin is and its role in making factories ‘smart.’
• How can machines tell you they are ready to be serviced?
• Identifying opportunities for process optimization
• Establishing a robust backbone for your digital twin journey
• The importance of Augmented Analytics for sustained growth & improvements


2:45PM - 3:15PM

Strategies for Scaling: Tackling Corporate and Vendor Challenges in Advancing Smart Factory Initiatives

• Highlighting the significance of scaling technology for manufacturing efficiency and competitiveness
• Identifying internal resistance and cultural barriers that hinder transition from pilot projects to large-scale implementation
• Fostering collaborative partnerships between technology vendors and corporations to enhance mutual growth
• Leveraging incremental steps to ensure seamless integration and maximize the benefits of smart factory initiatives


  • Maria S. Araujo Director, Engineering Fellow, Advanced Technology Strategy & Transformation - Johnson & Johnson
3:15PM - 3:45PM


3:45PM - 4:45PM

Roundtable Discussion: Fostering IT/OT Collaboration and Setting Convergence Goals for Digital Excellence in Smart Factory Operations


  • Alexander Meredith Senior Engineer – Digital Intelligent Manufacturing Engineering - Toyota
3:45PM - 4:45PM

Roundtable Discussion: Leveraging AR/VR & Digital Apps for Employee Training: Transforming Field Service with Connected Worker Technologies

3:45PM - 4:45PM

Roundtable Discussion: Unlocking Collaborative Automation through Cobots and AGV Solutions

3:45PM - 4:45PM

Roundtable Discussion: What are We Doing to Change Operator’s Lives From the Bottom Up?


  • Andy Mears Lockheed MartinAndrew Mears Production Operations Sr Manager - Digital Transformation and Intelligent Factory Integration - Lockheed Martin
4:45PM - 5:30PM

Panel Discussion: Creating a Fully Automated Smart Factory Model: The Journey So Far, Current Barriers and Next Steps

In a rapidly evolving landscape, manufacturers must prioritize organizational analysis over hasty tech integration, and ensure they develop a strategic approach to navigate Industry 4.0 to realize their business objectives. Remaining relevant and driving innovation requires careful consideration of organizational strengths and pain points, ensuring strategic alignment with smart manufacturing initiatives.

From interoperability struggles to cybersecurity threats, this panel will evaluate the manufacturing sector’s current Smart Factory model and offer strategies to tackle upcoming challenges.

• Developing a comprehensive Industry 4.0 roadmap that aligns with the broader organizational strategy.
• How can we effectively scale successful smart technology initiatives?
• How can manufacturers organize their data effectively to leverage the full potential of smart technologies such as predictive analytics?
• Attracting, retaining, and upskilling a digitally minded workforce through integration of technologies, such as AI, Automation & XR
• Envisioning the future of smart manufacturing: Exploring how AI, Cobots, and other innovations can complement and enhance the existing workforce


  • Roger Brecht Vice President Of Digital Manufacturing - Nestlé Purina North America
  • Alexander Bichutsky Information Technology Project Manager, Automation/OT & CSV - Novartis
  • Dr Heitor Cauneto Global Manufacturing Excellence and Digital Transformation (Operations 4.0) Sr. Director - Bunge
  • Sam NazfigerSam Nafziger IT Manager - Gripple USA
5:30PM - 5:40PM

Closing Remarks from AMG World

5:40PM - 6:40PM

Networking Drinks Reception