Programme 2020

30 November-2 December 2020; All timings in Central European Time

11:30 - 12:45

Industry 4.0 & Technology

MESA Workshop: Achieving the Payback from your Digital Transformation

Uwe Küppers, Chairman, EMEA, MESA

David Streit, Chairman, MESA Germany

Oliver Reisch, Vice Chairman MESA Special Interest Group Germany, MESA International

Damodar Hegde, Director Supply Chain Learning, Coca-Cola European Partners

Christoph Wust, Manager, Global Distributed Hosting Planning & Implementation, Ford of Europe ITO Operations

Join us in this interactive session where through a structured approach we will work through 5 sub sessions to share and gain from your peers where to focus on in your digital transformation through defining the issues, solutions and key takeaways of new capabilities, team empowerment, ways of doing business, reducing cost and measuring payback.

12:00 - 12:50

Networking Lunch & 1-2-1 Meetings

13:00 - 13:30 - Keynote

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Use of Digital Twins to Improve Business

Jesper Toubøl, VP Moulding, LEGO

Learn how LEGO has found new ways to improve business decision by technology/digital twins – and also the business journey and how to get to this point. Story line will contain a demo of the technology and concrete examples of benefits and realisation.

13:35 - 14:05 - Case Studies

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Pharma 4.0: Industry 4.0 in Pharma Manufacturing

Michael Schneider, Global Head Technology Innovation Drug Product, Roche

Pharma manufacturing is lagging behind with automation and digitalisation in comparison to many other industries. The changing business environment starts urging the companies to leapfrog towards Industry 4.0. The talk is giving insights on Pharma manufacturing specific aspects of the digital transformation and providing Roche case studies.

Advanced Production Strategies

Working Capital Improvements in Supply Chain Management

Jorin Preuß, Corporate Unit Supply Chain Management, ElringKlinger

  • Working Capital
  • Inventory Targets
  • Slow mover materials
  • SAP Master Data
  • Capacity Planning

14:10 - 14:40 - Solution Spotlights

Leadership & Workforce Development

Sharing is Caring: What we have Learned - 6 Essential Strategies for Excellence in Uncertain Times

Chris Poole, Director of Client Development EMEA, Performance Solutions by Milliken

  • Hear the reflections of a multi-award winning manufacturing organisation on achieving Excellence during the Pandemic
  • We will share 6 six simple strategies that you can use for self-assessment and reflection on your own organisational challenges
  • Learn about Milliken’s Performance System
  • Q and A with Milliken’s Leadership on this challenging topic

Advanced Production Strategies

Compressors as Efficient and Intelligent Assets

Brecht Vanlee, Area Director, Western Europe/Asia, Tamturbo

  • More than 10% of industrial electricity consumed in compressor room on average
  • Legacy technologies are very energy-consuming, insert oil to compressed air and/or require a lot of maintenance
  • New 100% Oil-Free direct drive turbo technology saves money, electricity and the environment by using the most reliable technologies available.
  • Zero risk of air contamination gives security and quality for operation with flexible compressed air production
  • Instead of owning compressors we can supply Touch-Free™ Air as a service
  • Touch-Free, Oil-Free, Care-Free

14:40 - 15:30

iSolve Meetings & Networking Break

15:30 - 16:00 - Case Studies

Lean & Operational Excellence

Matching Japanese Lean Thinking to Different Cultures: How to Create the Organisation for Managing a Change of Mindset in a Multi-Site Company

Davide di Blasi, Global Lean and Quality Director, Hilding Anders International AB

  • Virtual travel in Japanese lean thinking
  • Understanding the local culture as a basic point before to start any lean transformation
  • Lessons learned: importance of commitment
  • How to develop lean leadership in the organisation? The train the trainer concept
  • How to boost the system: “external and fresh eyes”, partnership with University and talent management

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Transform Traditional Manufacturing into a Digital Operational World

Roberto Napione, Manufacturing Knowledge Area. EU/ASIA/AMERICAS Manager, SKF Group

Smart Manufacturing for SKF: the key elements to define a digital vision in the factories

Digital Elements in SKF world class manufacturing: top “must Have” in production environment

Roles and responsibility: new reality, new knowledge to develop, new competences to set up.

Machine reliability: Combine knowledge, data and reality Solutions for the product using the company knowledge making new services for customer and internal step up.

16:05 - 16:35 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Connect Workers, Boost Productivity and Reduce Human Mistakes through Digitalization & Mobility

Giorgio Rossi, Direct Sales Manager, Resco

During our session, we will show you how Resco platform is helping Manufacturing Industry digital transformation through his powerful platform and ready-to-go module for any step-by step procedure as Work Orders/Permits, Machines Maintenance, Inspections & Quality Check, Health & Safety controls.

Thanks to the pre-build modules to organize the staff work, check real-time data on the field and analyzing trends, supervisor can have all data to take the most efficient and cost-saving decisions.

Industry 4.0 & Technology

How we Implement Digital and Human Agility to Increase Operational Resilience

Matthias Gräfe, Director of Global Supply Chain Transformation, IBM

Covid-19 exposed known cracks and challenges in our global manufacturing operation:
  • Inefficient, manual supply chain processes lead to inefficiencies and delayed responses
  • Ineffective management of unplanned events
  • Lack of real-time information for rapid and timely decision-making
  • Serial planning process not responsive to rapid changes
  • No real-time collaboration on designing a personalized customer experience 
  • Incomplete supply chain data inhibits effective planning and execution
The last 10 months were proving that we are on the right track for our cognitive transformation journey. We learned that digital and people agility require the same focus as we put on our physical agility. So, we doubled down on mastering all three forms of agility to reach higher operational resilience and with it strong competitive advantage.

16:40 - 17:25 - Panel Discussion

Advanced Production Strategies

What can Manufacturing Leaders do to Optimise their Productivity and Operations During a Health Crisis?

Emanuele Quarin, Digital Industrial Operations Director EU, Electrolux

Dr Patrick McLaughlin, Senior Lecturer in Manufacturing Management, Cranfield University

Luc Roesems, Vice President Manufacturing, Samsonite Europe NV

Dr Rajesh Shankar Priya, Lecturer in Business and Management, Teesside University

Christian Haupt, Head of Business Development Technology, STAEDTLER

  • How have you, your operations and the manufacturing and supply chain industry as a whole been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Which short-term, emergency measures did you and the industry at large have to put in place in order to keep your production and operations going?
  • How can manufacturing and supply chain leaders motivate and engage their employees in a time of change (and with obstacles such as working virtually, less face-to-face contact etc. to contend with)?
  • What lessons have you, and the industry as a whole, learnt in this tumultuous time?
  • What should manufacturing leaders be doing in the medium to long-term in order to optimise productivity in a COVID and post-COVID industry?

17:30 - 18:30

Networking & 1-2-1 Meetings

08:00 - 08:55

Registration & Refreshments

08:55 - 09:00

Chair’s Opening Remarks

09:00 - 09:45 - Panel Discussion

Leadership & Workforce Development

What Measures can Manufacturers Take Today to Protect and Reduce the Impact of a Potential Economic Downturn?

Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Gottschalk, VP SC Strategy and Global Engineering, Beiersdorf AG

Mark Carnaghan, Business Unit Director, 2 Sisters Food Group

Dr Aristides Matopoulos, Reader, Engineering Systems & Management, Aston Logistics & Systems Institute, Aston University

Dr Kamila Walters, Lecturer - Supply Chain and Operations, University of Brighton

Andreas Gendo, Director Supply Chain Management, Kotányi

  • What are the current and immediate issues that the manufacturing and supply chain industries are facing?
  • Should we be preparing for a prolonged recovery and is now the time to evaluate new processes, suppliers, inventory etc.?
  • What are the potential long-term issues that the manufacturing and supply chain industries should guard from?
  • Has this time accelerated the need and adoption of more digitalized processes, operations and manufacturing as a whole?
  • What can manufacturing and supply chain leaders do now to prepare for a post-COVID world?

09:50 - 10:20 - Case Studies

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Digital E2E Planning & Execution Platform

Wolfgang Weber, Head of International Engineering and Digital Transformation, Henkel

  • Henkel has developed a unique cloud-based data platform that connects 30+ sites and 10+ distribution centers in real time
  • This helps to meet growing customer & consumer expectations on service & sustainability, while improving cost and capital double-digit %
  • Global leadership derives actionable insights from it, supporting E2E decision making
  • Algorithms and AI enrich data insights, recognise patterns and prescribe actions

10:25 - 10:55 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Lead your Organisation to Analytical Excellence

Martin Demel, Sr. Systems Engineer, JMP Software

Learn how other companies have achieved a data driven culture on many shoulders rather than just a few data scientists to last in highly competitive markets.

  • Why? In short: It will double your innovation capacity
  • There is more than a data lake and some (good) visualizations
  • Become reliable and efficient in your decision-making process
  • Empower more people to do the same or better, in less time

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Putting the Industrial Internet to Work: How to Start, Where to Focus

Bernard Cubizolles, Global Product Marketing Manager, GE Digital

  • Full session abstract TBC

10:55 - 11:45

iSolve Meetings & Networking Break

11:45 - 12:15 - Case Studies

Industry 4.0 & Technology

How can Digital Transformation Accelerate Operational Excellence?

Emanuele Quarin, Digital Industrial Operations Director EU, Electrolux

  • Digital transformation for Electrolux: a journey to enable people to accelerate operational excellence by leveraging technology
  • The role of digital ambassador as pivot to trigger the change
  • The community spirit approach to leverage the power of start small and lay the foundations for a systematic approach
  • Real time data: make data available to enable a data-driven culture and decentralize decision making

Advanced Production Strategies

Integrated Systems to Connect R&D with Production and Suppliers Located in Different Places during COVID-19

Marco Brighi, Manufacturing Technology Specialist, Tetra Pak

12:20 - 12:50 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

From Surviving to Thriving in the New Normal

Kari Terho, General Manager, Smart Factory, Elisa

Since the beginning of this year, every manufacturer has been impacted by Covid-19 in some way. Today, the goal for manufacturers is to get to the New Normal as soon as possible, however, the approaches companies are taking are different. Many focus solely on survival and damage limitation. Others are turning to smart manufacturing technologies that can help recover more quickly and develop more resilient and robust businesses that are better equipped to deal with this level of disruption in the future.

In this presentation, Mr. Kari Terho will show how smart manufacturing helps in navigating our way to recover more quickly. By using our customer examples, Mr. Terho will show how breaking down the traditional silos within the organizations brings data visibility to all stages of operations. By adding machine learning on top of that data can help manufacturers increase their yield and quality in just months, greatly reducing the impact of this crisis.

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Taylors of Harrogate – MES User Experience

Lee Stephenson, Operational Excellence Lead, Taylors of Harrogate

Taylors of Harrogate is a Yorkshire-based family business devoted to the craft of outstanding tea and coffee since 1886.  In order to achieve their future vision for manufacturing excellence, Taylors of Harrogate have rolled out Lighthouse Systems’ Shopfloor-Online MES Software at their manufacturing facility in North Yorkshire (England). The project, internally called ‘Data Capture System,’ went live in just 72 days from project start and is already delivering results for the business.

This presentation will provide:
- An overview of the Taylors of Harrogate MES project, from supplier selection to roll-out
- A demo of the system itself, showing in particular how operators interact with it, on PC and mobile

12:50 - 13:50

Networking Lunch

13:50 - 14:20 - Case Studies

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Looking Back to Look Forwards: How Excellent Information Management can Drive Effective Industry 4.0 Integration

Mark Carnaghan, Business Unit Director, 2 Sisters Food Group

20 years ago academic literature on Information Management was in its heyday particularly in light of the ongoing developments in ERP systems which put pressure on businesses to consider deep rooted transformation to take the best advantage of them. Fast forward to the present day and we are now in the middle of a bigger information revolution in the form of Industry 4.0. This revolution promises a lot of things from machine learning to connected factories and more real time data than ever before.  

But how can this be effectively managed so we don’t drown in data and lose control of the very systems and solutions we put in place to automate and simplify what we do and how we do it?

In this lecture I will take us on a journey through the three core elements of effective Information Management: data, Information and Knowledge. In so doing I will explain through a series of case studies why mastering each of these steps is essential to being ready to successfully integrate Industry 4.0 technologies into our businesses.

Advanced Production Strategies

A New Approach to Traditional Industry: Implementing a Showroom Model

Fatma Çakar, Product Value Chain Director, Grandvision Turkey (Atasun Optik)

  • Inventory management difficulty with slow-moving products
  • How to change the rules of a traditional game
  • Building a trustable system with less inventory
  • Improving sales unit growth with less inventory

14:25 - 14:55 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Bekaert Case Study: MES & Digital in Manufacturing

Alexander Moentjens, Global Program Lead for Digitalization in Operations, Bekaert

Filip Waelkens, Global Program Lead for MES, Bekaert

After installing the Bekaert Manufacturing System (BMS) across +80 plants worldwide, Bekaert did launch the BMS digital program. During the presentation you will learn how DELMIA Apriso MES & Digitalization are driving Bekaert in installing Manufacturing Excellence and realizing a breakthrough in quality and cost performance.

  • Our digital vision in manufacturing
  • Solution architecture supporting the digital vision
  • Change management: driving change through people
  • DELMIA MES Apriso as an enabler to achieve transformational change and operational efficiency
  • Lessons learned with global roll out of MES

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Digital Twins - Connect the Dots for Robust E2E Decisions

Jens Schulz, Technical Product Management, FICO

Most companies are structured into silos and therefore make silo’ed decisions. Disruptive events tend to help tearing down the walls as it becomes more and more apparent that decisions need to be thought through E2E. Disruption management further requires the ability to adapt to changing environments quickly. Keeping up with the market and changing conditions has evolved in a huge amount of digital twins – e.g. per production asset or of the supply and distribution network.
A key idea behind Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things is connectivity. Connecting these silo’ed digital twins enables E2E planning with transparency along the process if done right. With AI methods (Machine Learning, Optimization and Simulation) on top of these connected twins we can gain insights from data, recognize patterns and prescribe what actions are best to take. So far the idea, well, the devil is in the detail. Is all data up-to-date, is the data and amount of information manageable, are the minds of people ready for connected decisions, or are these methods only for computer nerds?

We will shed some light on this, discuss best-practices and show-case how a holistic view based on digitization and IoT with a focus on:
- Simulation of large scale networks to assess overall impact of disruptions
- Generating insights on the connections between supply, production, logistics and sales
- Enabling managers to make better and more robust decisions faster

14:55 - 15:45

iSolve Meetings & Networking Break

15:45 - 16:15 - Case Studies

Lean & Operational Excellence


Stefano Cortiglioni, Toyota Lean Academy Italia Director, Toyota Material Handling Italia S.r.l.

  • How lean supports your digitalisation journey
  • Lean for human capital development
  • Examples of predictive maintenance

Leadership & Workforce Development

Workforce as a Cornerstone of the Change

César Lombarte, Operational Excellence Manager, B. Braun Group

  • It’s not only about skills and capabilities, it’s especially about developing the right mindset
  • Leadership really matters. Drive your team for excellence
  • Starting the transformation with the people at the core

16:20 - 16:50 - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

People-Centered Manufacturing During Covid Times

Heinz Avendano, Vice President - Manufacturing, Primex

  • Can people-centered manufacturing be more resilient during a crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Heinz Avendano, Industrial Engineer and Organizational Psychologist, will explore the psychological side of manufacturing and share his experience of leading Primex as a people-centered organization during covid times
  • The crisis is far from over, but Heinz will present the results of some of his battles and ideas to arm your teams through these unprecedented times

Advanced Production Strategies

Has Globalization been Beneficial or Otherwise for Manufacturing?

Sujit Banerji, Emeritus Professor, Operations Management, WMG, University of Warwick

  • Full session abstract TBC

16:55 - 17:25 - Case Studies

Lean & Operational Excellence

Continuous Improvement: How to Drive and Sustain Success

Luc Roesems, Vice President Manufacturing, Samsonite Europe NV

  • How to instill Operational Excellence in your Company
  • Opening remarks and vision
  • The building blocks to Operational Excellence
  • Case study with detailed data and figures

Industry 4.0 & Technology

How Industrial Automation Will Positively Contribute to Sustainable Practices

Justin Goldston, PhD, Professor of Project and Supply Chain Management, Penn State University

As many individuals are reaching retirement age in a number of industries, and with Millennials and Gen Zs gravitating toward non-labour intensive roles within organizations, leaders will depend on tools such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) to perform daily tasks. Although AI dates back to 1955, this technology has gained popularity in recent years due to the ability of organizations to influence customer buying decisions and enhance managerial decision-making. When one hears the term Artificial Intelligence, they think of robots walking around and performing human tasks. In reality, we may be decades away from true AI and are currently in the time of Augmented Intelligence within industrial and corporate environments. In this presentation, we will discuss what AI is, what it is not, as well as how we as a society can use AI for good by enhancing and empowering global workforces instead of thinking AI will replace jobs.

17:30 - 18:30

Networking & 1-2-1 Meetings

08:30 - 08:50

Networking & 1-2-1 Meetings

08:50 - 08:55

Chair's Opening Remarks

08:55 - 09:40 - Panel Discussion

Leadership & Workforce Development

What New Strategies and Technologies are Needed for Production and Distribution Operations in Order to Optimise Material Flow and Order Fulfillment in the Era of Industry 4.0?

Denis Niezgoda, Vice President - Europe, Locus Robotics

Dr Rajesh Shankar Priya, Lecturer in Business and Management, Teesside University

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

  • What new technologies can help achieve excellence in responding to changing customer demands along the supply chain?
  • What key factors do you believe to be essential when planning a warehouse network and design?
  • How can AI and robotics be used in logistics and manufacturing to optimise operational activities and meet customer demand?

09:45 - 10:15 - Case Studies

Industry 4.0 & Technology

The Closed Loop Manufacturing Approach

Dr Gunter Beitinger, Vice President Manufacturing, Siemens AG

1)     Closed Loop Manufacturing Approach for over 30 plants

2)     Roadmap to ensure holistic view on digitalisation

3)     Enabling of cross company scalability

4)     Concrete use cases from 5 different workstreams

Leadership & Workforce Development

Coaching in Leadership – Workshop for Implementing Change

Ronnie Granlund, Production Director, Snellmanin Lihanjalostus Oy

- “If you don’t understand people, you don’t understand business”
- Success – What is that?
- 3 pillars of success
- Strategy
- Story
- State
- Commitment

The session will present my views on coaching in leadership and can be used as a workshop to implement some learnings from the summit.

10:20 - 10:50 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Connected Technology Driving Value For Your Tertiary Assets

Wade Wessels, Director of Connected Solutions and IoT, Donaldson Company

  • How connected technologies can apply differently to tertiary assets in your company
  • Key ways these create and reinforce value in your teams
  • How the return on investment can apply at factory and management levels in your company
  • Key questions to answer before investing and deploying
  • How to begin deployments, getting your teams to “yes”

10:50 - 11:40

iSolve Meetings & Networking Break

11:40 - 12:10 - Case Studies

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Digital Transformation of Conventional Manufacturing at PMI

Alessio Preti, Head of Manufacturing Digital Transformation, Philip Morris International

Serkan Sagdic, Regional Project Manager, Philip Morris International

Philip Morris International is the leading international tobacco company, with a diverse workforce of around 73,500 people and 38 manufacturing centers. Aligned with Smoke Free Vision, PMI is in a massive transformation with all business functions from conventional cigarettes to potential Reduced Risk Products.

We will share our journey (path, failures, successes) in Conventional Cigarette factories transformation. We believe it will be helpful for companies that are embarking a digital transformation in a conventional product.

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Trusted Data Sharing for 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 and digital cognitive twins 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.

12:15 - 12:45 - Case Studies

Lean & Operational Excellence

Achieving Operational Excellence across Production Networks under Levels of Ambiguity

Christian Haupt, Head of Business Development Technology, STAEDTLER

In decision theory we differentiate between risk, uncertainty, and ambiguity. Risk means that we have different options and that because of probability we can decide for the best-known option. Under uncertainty we know different options, but it is not possible to calculate the likelihood for those options. Hence it is more difficult to decide what will be the better option. Ambiguity is most difficult to handle; we are not sure about options and probability at all.  

Digitalization, trade conflicts, worldwide pandemics, climate change are only few of the most recent incidents which lead to drastic changes in society. Digitalization is driving new business models and an interbranch competition. Trade conflicts lead to shifts in global value networks. Worldwide pandemics will lead to significant changes in customer behaviors. Overall, the focus on climate change will lead to a focus of reusable energies and materials and new production technologies. 

All of those and moreover the combination will need to shift management behaviors from managing risks to managing ambiguity. This will have the effect that we need to move from thinking in options towards thinking in scenarios. Especially important is this for managing production networks. How can you achieve Operational Excellence across production networks under those new requirements?

  • What are the new requirements for a companywide operating system?
  • What are the different steps to pursue OE in the production network?
  • How to align structure, processes, and practices towards a level of ambiguity?
  • What are the further implications for decision making under ambiguity?

Advanced Production Strategies

Design for Product, for Manufacturing or for Supply Chain?

Dr Aristides Matopoulos, Reader, Engineering Systems & Management, Aston Logistics & Systems Institute, Aston University

This session discusses how you can support your manufacturing / engineering business to strengthen resilience through a structured approach. Attend this session to:

  • Understand the connection between Technology, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Readiness Levels.
  • Become aware of the trade-offs between TRL/MRL/SCRL as an integral part of the new product development process.
  • Learn about the above in the context of a case study

12:45 - 13:45

Networking Lunch

13:45 - 14:15 - Case Studies

Quality & Safety Management

Toward a Zero-Defect Manufacturing: Development of a Holistic Quality Management Platform

Pierluigi Petrali, Manager, Manufacturing Research & Intelligence, Whirlpool

To improve the Quality of your product you need to cross analyze a big amount of different data which are available in many silos of your company. EU H2020 research project QU4LITY provides a solution to build a conceptual framework where all the data fits in a predefined ontology that put Quality perceived from the consumer as the glue to link all the data, allowing faster and easier correlation, data analytics and Autonomous Management of specific processes.

Leadership & Workforce Development

Boston Scientific Galway Culture Journey: A Case Study in Mass Engagement

Pádraig Garvey, Production Unit (Operations) Manager, Boston Scientific

  • Background and Context
  • Why Is a Culture of Engagement important
  • What Might an Engaged Culture Look Like
  • How has Boston Scientific Galway built its culture using the Rapid Mass Engagement technique
  • How we measure, sustain and improve our performance

14:20 - 14:50 - Case Studies

Advanced Production Strategies

Building the Future Supply Chain for Beiersdorf

Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Gottschalk, VP SC Strategy and Global Engineering, Beiersdorf AG

  • Future Supply Chain requires a new set of capabilities
  • Strategy based on 6 Pillars: Performance, Network, Digitalisation, Technology, Sustainability and People
  • Insides on the main strategic initiatives and principle shifts

Advanced Production Strategies

Lincolns do Not Crack...Intricacies of Root Cause Analysis

Damian Baldysz, Lean Systems Professional, Standardization and RCA SME, VIRTU (Formerly)

  • You will solve a problem…as you name it
  • "He’s a drunkard. And a thief. Because every drunkard is a thief” – problem definition with a thesis and its consequences
  • Shortcuts – irresistible temptation of time…saving?
  • So what about that Lincoln?...

14:55 - 15:25 - Case Studies

Advanced Production Strategies

Supply Chain Transparency: Current Innovations and Future Opportunities

Alexis Bateman, Research Scientist, MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics Director, MIT Sustainable Supply Chains Course Lead, MITx MicroMasters Program , MIT Center of Transportation & Logistics

Many agree that supply chain transparency is more critical than ever. But there is much disagreement over what it constitutes, how to do it, and who is doing it well. In this presentation, we will explore what supply chain transparency really means, how some companies are approaching, as well as how and when it makes the most sense. And to conclude, we will explore what current trends are in transparency amidst the uncertainty of COVID-19 and supply chain disruptions, and how supply chain transparency is more critical than ever.

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Industry 4.0 & Technology

Reaching Beyond Operational Excellence with AI

Stéphane Coudurier Curveur, Injection Senior Manager & Senior Expert, Faurecia

  • Faurecia has revised its approach of Industrial Process Excellence
  • It also deeply studied the opportunities offered by the Digital Revolution
  • Launching into a combined approach of Collaborative & Augmented Intelligence
  • Boosting knowledge & productivity
  • Discover this experience

15:30 - 16:00 - Case Studies

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Industry 4.0: System Transformation Requirements

Nourredine Boubekri, Ph.D., Professor, College of Engineering, University of North Texas

The fourth industrial revolution has resulted in a number of technologies being developed in a number of areas including: information systems, smart materials, robotic systems, smart technologies, and others. The focus of this contribution highlights the challenges of implementing some of these technologies as well as some of the research trends.

Leadership & Workforce Development

Inspiration is More Effective than Operational Excellence Programmes

Ariane Roos, Partner, Synergie

But how to inspire when working from home?

  • Inspiration is more effective than operational excellence programmes: the proof points
  • What trends do we see in 10 years of research to inspiring organisations
  • Which organisations inspire in 2020
  • What are the characteristics of high impact organisations
  • How to work as a dream team

16:05 - 16:35 - Keynote

Lean & Operational Excellence

How have Interface Used Lean and Social Responsibility Principles to Maintain and Enhance Productivity during the Pandemic?

Billy Ingram, Director of Lean Product Development, Interface

16:40 - 17:40

Networking & 1-2-1 Meetings