Conference Sessions

Schedule subject to change. Please check back for additional updates.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Plant Tour

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to observe award-winning automotive assembly in action! Your guided tour will give you the chance to witness our impressive facility and see Subaru vehicle production from start to finish. Tours of SIA highlight the Stamping processes, where you will observe giant presses turning raw coils of steel into the vehicle's metal structure. From there, you will see these panels expertly welded together by over 1,671 robots in our Body Assembly area. Following the Paint Shop, you will see Associates bring the vehicles to life as they assemble over 2,000 parts into and onto each vehicle in Trim and Final. Finally, viewing our Tester Line will prove our commitment to quality and safety. Ultimately, you will see what makes a Subaru a Subaru.

8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Plant Tour

Allison Transmission is the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for medium- and heavy-duty commercial vehicles and is a leader in hybrid-propulsion systems for city buses. Allison transmissions are used in a variety of applications, including refuse, construction, fire, distribution, bus, motorhomes, defense and energy. Founded in 1915, the company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. With a market presence in more than 80 countries, Allison has regional headquarters in the Netherlands, China and Brazil as well as manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Hungary and India.

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Plant Tour

See how the process of flowmeter assembly begins with the materials we use. Quality control and our sourcing quality policy ensure that we only use ethically sourced materials. Our inbound freight team receives, inspects, and places into stock materials used in the production of flowmeters. Throughout the assembly process, quality control measures are upheld to ensure the efficiency and quality of our process.

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
Workshops & Solution Spotlights
 

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Workshops & Solution Spotlights
 
 
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Workshops & Solution Spotlights
 
 
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Workshops & Solution Spotlights
 
 
4:45 PM - 5:30 PM
 
 
 

Thursday, June 27, 2024

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
 
 
 
 
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
 
 
 
 
9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
General Session
 
 
 
10:10 AM - 10:50 AM
General Session

Surveys show recruiting new employees has been the No. 1 challenge for manufacturers across the country, with many saying they’re losing out on growth opportunities...

Nicole Otte
 
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
General Session

Learn from the best! Attend this session to hear directly from past and present winners of the IndustryWeek Best Plants Awards competition...

Jill Jusko Tom Lego Aaron Christ
 
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
 
 
 
 
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Continuous Improvement Track

What is a business excellence system, and how can it improve manufacturing operations...

Eric Lussier David Higgs
 
Technology Adoption Track

Emerson Electric's digital factor chief explores how AI optimizes manufacturing, emphasizing recent advancements...

Fabian Ochoa
 
1:35 PM - 2:05 PM
Continuous Improvement Track

As manufacturing companies grow and expand into multiple facilities and locations, complexity increases, communication becomes more challenging...

Randy Morehouse Gene Mussel
 
Technology Adoption Track
 
Jason Ryska
 
2:10 PM - 2:40 PM
Continuous Improvement Track

IndustryWeek’s Jill Jusko will interview a panel of presenters for a more in-depth discussion about how to create a continuous improvement culture...

Jill Jusko David Higgs Eric Lussier Gene Mussel Randy Morehouse
 
Technology Adoption Track

Join IndustryWeek’s Dennis Scimeca as he interviews presenters who are successfully leveraging AI for their operations.  A Q&A will follow to get your specific AI-questions answered!

Dennis Scimeca Fabian Ochoa Jason Ryska
 
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Continuous Improvement Track

Unlock the full potential of your operations team with continuous improvement strategies aimed at talent optimization. We'll explore how a strategic focus on talent development...

Sarah Tilkens
 
Technology Adoption Track
 
John Harrington

3:35 PM - 4:05 PM
Continuous Improvement Track

Now that you are making progress, how do you make it stick? This session will discuss how to maintain and sustain your lean successes…

Carl Livesay Dave Rizzardo
 
Technology Adoption Track

In PPG’s Specialty Coatings and Materials business, strategic data use enables manufacturing facilities to move faster, connect with customers and create operational efficiencies...

Juliane Hefel
 
4:10 PM - 4:40 PM
Continuous Improvement Track

Join IndustryWeek’s Robert Schoenberger as he interviews Sarah Tilken of GE Healthcare and Carl Livesay from Mercury Plastics to gain their insights on the importance on talent optimization…

Robert Schoenberger Sarah Tilkens Carl Livesay
 
Technology Adoption Track
 
Dennis Scimeca Juliane Hefel
 
4:45 PM - 5:30 PM
Roundtables

Roundtables are structured, moderated discussions between you and your manufacturing peers. When you register, select the topics that are most important to you and then on-site you'll be seated with other Operations professionals you can help, and who can help you! 

 
 
5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
 
 
 
 

Friday, June 28, 2024

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
 
 
 
 
8:00 AM - 8:50 AM
 
 
 
 
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
General Session

Most manufacturers face two basic problems with solutions that often feel like they’re at odds with each other—getting as much high-quality product out of the door as possible...

Elizabeth Parra Jason Lipscomb
 
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Continuous Improvement Track
 
Joe Gerstl

Technology Adoption Track

Approximately 98% of American manufacturing consists of small to medium-sized businesses. There is a real need to equip these midsized factories for a productive future…

Ryan Kuhlenbeck
 
11:05 AM - 11:35 AM
Continuous Improvement Track
 
Marty Hallman
 
Technology Adoption Track

The more that employees know about and understand your operations, the more productive they can be…

Raj Polanki
 
11:40 AM - 12:10 PM
Continuous Improvement Track
 
Jill Jusko Marty Hallman Sam McPherson
 
Technology Adoption Track

Join Smart Industry Managing Editor Scott Achelpohl as he interviews a panel of experts who are seeing significant, substantial benefits…

Scott Achelpohl Ryan Kuhlenbeck Raj Polanki Jerry Grunewald