Programme 2019

4-6 November 2019; Berlin, Germany

08:00 - 11:30 - Site Tour

BMW Plant Berlin

During the exclusive guided tour, two groups of 25 people will be led through the mechanical production, engine assembly and the motorcycle assembly. The tour is approximately two hours long.

Please note: There are only 50 places on this factory tour and they will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Swissbit Plant Berlin

This exclusive tour will take 50 people around Swissbit’s new state of the art factory. Attendees will get a tour through the new ramping memory factory, and insight and explanation of the whole production flow, presentation of the shop floor and a detailed view of their chip-on-board production in their clean room environment. The tour will last approximately two hours.

Please note: There are only 50 places on this factory tour and they will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

12:00 - 12:50

Registration & Lunch

12:50 - 13:00

Chair’s Opening Remarks

13:00 - 13:35 - Keynote

Lean & Operational Excellence

A Journey Towards Operational Excellence: Establishing Realistic Expectations and KPIs

  • Defining key metrics that are both effective and achievable to ensure buy-in from your workforce across all sites
  • Successfully making the the transition from a proposition to being effectively deployed in practice
  • Ensuring the key goal of maximising value for the customer while minimising the amount of resources utilised in the process

13:40 - 14:15 - Case Studies

Lean & Operational Excellence

Standardisation: How can you Achieve Complete Consistency across all Global Plants?

Thomas Peckre, Head of Quality Methods and AES, Bombardier Transportation

  • Full session abstract TBC

Industry 4.0 & Technology

A New, Unique and Disruptive Additive Manufacturing Mass Production Technology

Itzik Shtrosberg, COO, Tamicare Limited

  • Full session abstract TBC

Quality & Safety Management

How to Improve the Quality and Safety of our Products on the First Occasion at Higher Rates

Fernando Ortega Feliu, Head of Automated Assembly, Airbus Defence & Space

  • Full session abstract TBC

14:20 - 14:55 - Solution Spotlights

Lean & Operational Excellence

Surviving and Thriving in Hyper Competitive Times

Evolving trends require manufacturers to create new products, adapt existing plants, equipment, and processes to new-product specifications, and create new and improved business and production processes. Implementing a holistic improvement system — i.e. the Milliken Performance System — helps manufacturers to achieve operational goals and prepare for a more profitable future.

In this presentation, we’ll cover a case study of Milliken & Company and their Operational Excellence journey. We’ll dive into the many things Milliken did right and the many things they did wrong – while continuing to thrive in hyper competitive markets.

Industry 4.0 & Technology

How to Bring Clarity into Complexity of Plant Management and Process Automation

  • Learn through concrete examples, how you can gain real-time visibility into your production: what is happening, why something is happening and what will happen. Understand the possibilities of fast and flexible integration to all data from PLCs to operational and business systems, enabling to create a single centralised virtual data lake
  • Understand the benefits of the Elisa Smart Factory solution: removing quality errors from production, avoiding unplanned stops and identifying bottlenecks in the production

Quality & Safety Management

Why Adopting a Quality Management System is Critical to Perfecting Safety Processes

  • Adopting a holistic approach to risk management throughout your business
  • Ownership of safety by all employees in all business activities
  • Integration of safety procedures in all aspects of business
  • Integration of safety into all aspects of business documentation
  • Continuous communication of safety KPIs

14:55 - 15:45

iSolve & Networking Break

15:45 - 16:20 - Case Studies

Lean & Operational Excellence

Lean and Continuous Improvement Processes at Datwyler

Dirk Vander Mierde, Site Director, Datwyler Sealing Solutions

  • Full session abstract TBC

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Value Generation by Smart Manufacturing

Cem Temel, General Manager, Kocaeli Plants and New Projects, Ford Otosan

Ford Otosan is the leading commercial vehicle producer in Europe. With our two plants we are capable of producing 440K LCV and MCV segment vehicles. In this presentation, we would like to layout the strategies and use cases that summarise our view and experience at what smart manufacturing will be in the future.

Quality & Safety Management

Avoiding Product Recalls: Improving Standardisation Across all Sites in Order to Create a Consistent, Company Standard

  • Creating buy-in from Plant and Facility Management across all global sites in order to create a company standard, which is supported across all cultural and international boundaries

16:25 - 17:00 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Good, Bad & Ugly of Industry 4.0

  • Understanding what is possible with Industry 4.0, today, tomorrow and in the future
  • Lessons learnt
  • Business case – return on investment

Lean & Operational Excellence

How can you Ensure Continuous Improvement across all Sites?

  • How can a lean and operational excellence programme be maintained across global sites?
  • How should you tailor working and training regimes for different cultures and backgrounds?

Quality & Safety Management

How Defect Reduction and Integrated Variation Tools can Increase Process Repeatability and Predictability

  • Using cloud systems to give you increased visibility and build your customers' loyalty with the most reliable processes

17:05 - 17:50 - Panel Discussion

Advanced Production Strategies

From Global to Local Operations: Reshaping the Organisation to Boost Efficiency and Competitiveness in a Global Market

  • Re-evaluating your current global setup and highlighting limitations in efficiency and consumer communication
  • Analysing forecasted developments in the global market and preparing for key challenges and opportunities
  • Emerging market manpower and low-cost vs western technology - utilising innovative technologies to remain competitive
  • Maximising the efficiency of your global footprint
  • Talent sourcing and development - having the right people in the right places and at the right time

17:50 - 17:55

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Day 1

17:55 - 18:55

Evening Drinks Reception

08:00 - 08:40

Registration & Refreshments

08:40 - 08:45

Chair’s Opening Remarks

08:45 - 09:20 - Keynote

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Devising and Implementing Smart Manufacturing and Flexible Factory Programmes

Davide Meda, Executive Vice President Manufacturing, Pirelli Tyres S.p.A.

  • At Pirelli Tyres, we constantly challenge the boundaries of technology, style and sustainability, setting trends across the world
  • In this session, we will discuss how to deliver the high value in today’s highly competitive manufacturing environment
  • The Smart Manufacturing and Flexible Factory programmes are the main enablers of this manufacturing transformation at Pirelli Tyres

09:25 - 10:00 - Case Studies

Lean & Operational Excellence

Applying and Refining the Leoni WCS Kaizen Production System

Dr Michael Gawronski, Vice President, Business Segment Enterprise & Industrial Projects, LEONI Fiber Optics GmbH

  • Full session abstract TBC

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Our Journey from Transparency to Intelligence by Applying Industry 4.0 Principles

Angel Garcia Bombin, Data Analytics Project Manager - Industry 4.0, Sonae Arauco

  • A real story of Industry 4.0 implementation, awarded in the first edition of the Spanish Data Science Awards (Telefonica)
  • A journey through the 3 main steps in a Industry 4.0 roadmap: Transparency, Interaction and Intelligence
  • A practical approach to get going: Starting with PoC's in a lean start up way and rolling out in the rest of the Group's plants
  • All this, showing examples of applications in an industrial environment, 24/7 continuous process using several  enabler technologies like IoT, cloud, wearables and machine learning

Quality & Safety Management

Simplifying Regulatory Compliance: How an Integrated Approach and Software Flexibility can Ensure that Cross-Industry Requirements are Met

10:05 - 10:40 - Solution Spotlights

Lean & Operational Excellence

Connecting Strategies and Operations

  • Full session abstract TBC

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Securing Successful Implementation: What are the Potential Pitfalls during the Implementation of New Software and Technologies?

  • While the race is on to get ahead in the age of Industry 4.0, which potential obstacles should be accounted for?

Quality & Safety Management

Reducing Defects, Deviations and Failures by Automating the Tracking and Documenting of Quality Incidents

  • Ensuring that quality issues from any source throughout the manufacturing operations are logged and followed up on with an organised, automated recording system which finds and investigates root causes

10:40 - 11:30

iSolve & Networking Break

11:30 - 12:05 - Case Studies

Lean & Operational Excellence

Reducing the Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) through Effective Implementation of Lean Projects

Joe Portley, Senior Director Upper Extremity Manufacturing, Wright Group

  • Full session abstract TBC

Industry 4.0 & Technology

App Store Ecosystem: A Bottom-Up Approach to Maximise Digital Transformation into Transparent Digital Awareness

Emanuele Quarin, Digital and Lean Transformation Director EMEA, Electrolux

  • Full session abstract TBC

Quality & Safety Management

Centralised Quality & Safety Operations: Establishing a Central Repository for Compliance, History and Data

  • The move towards centralised operations has allowed for faster response times and more detailed investigations and internal audits to decipher the root causes of key issues

12:10 - 12:45 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Demystifying MES/MOM and what it Means for your Digital Manufacturing Ambitions

  • Adopting the 4th Industrial revolution with manufacturing software
  • The importance of adhering to the ANSI/ISA-95 standard
  • The specific functions of MES/MOM in your smart manufacturing journey

More and more frequently we hear about manufacturing companies’ ambitions around Manufacturing IT, in particular, the Digital or Smart Manufacturing journey and what they entail. We get to hear new acronyms, phrases, buzz words and terms, but what do they really mean? Are they all the same thing? Is Smart the same as Digital? Is Digital Smart? The purpose of the presentation is to attempt at demystifying what they mean.

Leadership & Workforce Development

Data and Discoveries that Accelerate Performance

  • Full session abstract TBC

Lean & Operational Excellence

Recognising Waste: Why is Identifying Waste Pivotal to the Success of your Lean Programme?

  • The ability to eliminate waste has become a staple of the manufacturing process, though effectively recognising waste is the underlying challenge
  • Learning new methods and techniques in waste identification can help you streamline and help execute your lean programmes

12:45 - 13:45

Networking Lunch

13:45 - 14:20 - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Leadership and Strategy for Defining and Implementing Processes

Dean Lenane, Managing Director, Fisher Dynamics Europe

  • The essence of leadership
  • Decision making
  • Tempo and manoeuvre
  • Strategy – definition and implementation
  • Implementing strategy

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Soft Factors 4.0: Shaping an Environment that Enables Digital Transformation

  • Soft factors such as leadership culture, team dynamics and readiness to learn are important elements for the successful implementation of future manufacturing strategies

Lean & Operational Excellence

The Lean Blueprint: Why is the Initial Design of your Facility Vital to your Continuous Improvement Strategy?

  • How can you optimize your site, facility or plant to implement the most effective lean and six sigma processes?
  • What could making the most of legacy systems, while striving for operational excellence, in your plant design do for your operations and production facility?
  • How can you unlock the hidden potential of your existing systems and factory space?

14:25 - 15:00 - Solution Spotlights

Leadership & Workforce Development

Change Management: Retaining Talent and Knowledge in an Ageing Workforce

  • Maximising knowledge capture and training
  • Incentivising people to stay and/or join an industry that is currently volatile and in crisis
  • How can the industry expect to attract a replacement younger workforce when the systems used are so dated?
  • How are emerging markets attracting an efficient workforce?
  • Winning strategies in instilling leading lean and green initiatives in new personnel

Industry 4.0 & Technology

How can you Prepare your Factory for a Future In Automation?

  • How can you reduce material inputs and reduce energy consumption?
  • Methods to decrease maintenance costs?
  • How can you produce larger quantities with new automation technology?

Lean & Operational Excellence

Session Title TBC (Orbsen Consulting)

  • Full session abstract TBC

15:00 - 15:50

iSolve & Networking Break

15:50 - 16:25 - Case Studies

Advanced Production Strategies

Managing Complexity in Operations and Optimising Global Networks

  • Analysing the global marketplace and establishing its current and emerging regional requirements: Internal, consumer, legal and regulatory
  • Understanding the current configuration of your global network - What is being done where and why?
  • Reviewing multiple aspects of the business and comparing what you want and what you are currently getting from your lean initiative
  • Re-evaluating where more complex processes could be better supported
  • Collating your key findings and re-shaping your network accordingly to enhance overall performance

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Data Driven Cognitive Manufacturing

Prof Dr Dimitris Kiritsis, Prof. ICT for Sustainable Manufacturing, EPFL

In the context of Circular Economy, closed-Loop PLM extends the meaning of PLM in order to close the loop of the information among the different lifecycle phases of a product. Emerging Artificial Intelligence and IoT technologies will make machines “intelligent” by enhancing their ability to “think”, monitor their own use, enabling them to take appropriate actions to avoid sub-optimal operation conditions and, when necessary, notify authorised parties about various aspects of their “life”.

Together with that, ontologies and associated semantic technologies such as Knowledge Graphs are rapidly becoming popular in various domains and applications to deal with the tremendous increase of available data captured all along the lifecycle of a product and allow to go beyond “Big Data” and discover and explore their real meaning. All of the above is making manufacturing develop more and more “cognitive characteristics” and so facilitating and enabling the human-machine collaboration.

Lean & Operational Excellence

What are Some of the Key Streamlining and Cost Reduction Strategies for your Operations?

  • Saving on capital spending whilst improving process efficiency and productivity
  • Adopting a holistic approach to investing in existing facility enhancements
  • Incorporating existing lean initiatives into your cost reduction strategy

16:30 - 17:05 - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Avoiding the Skills Gap: Planning for the Short and Long Term to Secure your Future

  • With a predicted significant shortfall of manufacturing professionals set to enter the industry, how can the industry secure its future?
  • Why must you have a defined yet adaptable programme for succession planning?
  • How has the landscape of acquiring and developing the most capable, young talent in manufacturing changed?

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Smart Maintenance: The Evolution of Maintenance in Manufacturing

Mehmet Keskiner, Deputy General Manager, Vestel

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Lean & Operational Excellence

Building the Production System through a Developed Lean Programme

  • How can you unlock the hidden potential of your existing systems and factory space?
  • How to optimise your site, facility or plant to implement the most effective lean and six sigma processes?

17:10 - 17:55 - Panel Discussion

Leadership & Workforce Development

How can you Build a Workforce for the Future?

  • With digitalisation heralding a new dawn and great opportunity for manufacturers, how can you ensure that you are creating a team capable of the technical demands of the future?
  • Digital transformations will be about the people implementing them as much as the technologies themselves, so how can the companies attract and train their workforce accordingly?

17:55 - 18:00

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Day 2

18:00 - 19:00

Evening Drinks Reception

19:00 - 22:00 - Awards Dinner

6th Annual European Manufacturing & Supply Chain Awards 2019

  • European Manufacturing Leadership Award 2019
  • European Manufacturing Rising Star Award 2019
  • European Supply Chain Leadership Award 2019

08:00 - 08:50

Registration & Refreshments

08:50 - 08:55

Chair's Opening Remarks

08:55 - 09:30 - Keynote

Industry 4.0 & Technology

The Digitalisation Journey of Siemens Digital Lighthouse Plants

Dr Gunter Beitinger, Vice President Manufacturing, Siemens AG

Challenges and requirements of the future:
  • IT architecture
  • Edge-based systems
  • Examples of traceability for complete data throughput

09:35 - 10:10 - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Developing an Agile Workforce within Datwyler

Jimmy Kesters, VP Global Operations Services, Datwyler Sealing Solutions

  • How to set up an agile self-learning organisation
  • Implementing a network of experts to overcome the challenges of a VUCA world

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Product Customisation in Mass Production – Innovation of the Series Production with Digital Printing and Laser Techniques

  • How could mass production be adopted to become an efficient batch size one production?
  • Digital manufacturing technologies are the key. Enabler for product modifications without machine set-up time

Lean & Operational Excellence

Offshoring, Outsourcing and Lean Optimisation - Does it all Add Up?

  • How can you ensure that a high standard of operational excellence is upheld across all territories and facilities?
  • Is looking further afield for your production plants a recipe for disaster?
  • What steps can you take to prevent outsourced projects from becoming a conflict of interests?

10:15 - 10:50 - Case Studies

Advanced Production Strategies

How to Become More Agile, Flexible and Customised in your Production to meet Key Market Challenges

  • Utilising technological advances to deal with the increase in volatile demands
  • Meeting customer needs, controlling costs, promoting innovation, minimising risk and ensuring error-free compliance
  • Streamlining operations and controlling risk across your operations
  • Promoting heightened transparency to real-time operating performance together with production process improvement

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Session Title TBC (Pilkington Deutschland AG)

Reinhold Gietl, Plant Manager, Pilkington Deutschland AG

  • Full session abstract TBC

Lean & Operational Excellence

The Benefit of Workforce Development Alongside Kaizen/OpEx/Lean Thinking

Cornelia Morhardt, Manager, Operational Excellence, Recipharm

  • Full session abstract TBC

10:50 - 11:40

Networking Break

11:40 - 12:15 - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Employee Engagement: Training and Retaining the Best Talent for your Business

  • With resources becoming an unavoidable and ongoing issue in manufacturing, how can your business ensure it finds and holds on to its workforce?

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Excellence in an Industry 4.0 Manufacturing Environment

Josef Kriegmair, Project Management, Production, MTU Aero Engines

  • Technology as an enabler on the journey to excellence
  • Dimensions of excellence
  • Excellence by design
  • Impact of the factory architecture on ability to achieve excellence
  • Culture and the mindset – two important success factors

Lean & Operational Excellence

What are the Key Principles to Meeting Regulatory Standards Without Sacrificing Productivity in a Pressurised Environment?

  • As regulatory standards and compliance become larger and more complex issues, how can your manufacturing facility comply and excel in equal measure?
  • What are the main indicators when it comes to a productive assembly line in terms of time and output?
  • How can you ensure that your workforce is well-trained and motivated enough to go by the book without dismissing your company's operational excellence programme?

12:20 - 12:55 - Case Studies

Advanced Production Strategies

Strategic Asset Management: Extracting Full Value from All Production Assets

  • Creating a top-down approach for managing people and plant equipment for maximum profitability and minimum waste

Industry 4.0 & Technology

The Overall Realisation of the Industry 4.0 Roadmap

  • Creating flexible workforce planning and deployment in production
  • Utilising additive manufacturing to enhance your current processes

Lean & Operational Excellence

Driving Large-Scale Transformations in Efficiency, Performance and Quality

  • Full session abstract TBC

12:55 - 13:55

Networking Lunch

13:55 - 14:30 - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

From Understanding to Ownership to Autonomy - Enforcing Change Management Principles

  • Implementing total change management leadership 
  • Turning the industrial department into continuous improvement driven and a self-learning organisation

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Incorporating 3D Printing to Benefit your Top-Line

  • How can utilising 3D printing into your processes improve and streamline your output?
  • Where can you define areas within your production to effectively incorporate 3D printing?

Lean & Operational Excellence

How to Successfully Translate Lean to Non-Production Areas of the Business in Supporting Continuous Improvement

  • Creating a continuous improvement culture from shop-floor to corporate office
  • Instilling an operational mindset where you ensure employee engagement and backing from senior leadership

14:35 - 15:10 - Keynote

Lean & Operational Excellence

15:10 - 15:20

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Summit

16:30 - 19:30 - Site Tour

BMW Plant Berlin

During the exclusive guided tour, two groups of 25 people will be led through the mechanical production, engine assembly and the motorcycle assembly. The tour is approximately two hours long.

Please note: There are only 50 places on this factory tour and they will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.