2018 EVENT INFO & DETAIL

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

 

♦ VIP COCKTAIL RECEPTION (Invitation Only) — Monday, 5:15 P.M.

The VIP Cocktail Reception will be held at the Commerce Club in downtown Greenville, located at the top of One Liberty Square. This reception is for sponsors, speakers, panelists and exhibitors. Seating is limited. If you fall into one of these categories, a conference representative will be in touch as conference approaches to reserve your seat.

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

 

♦ WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BREAKFAST: Meeting the Needs of the Manufacturing Community

Breakfast: 7:30 a.m.; Keynote Speech: 8 a.m.; Panel Discussion: 8:30 — 10 a.m.
SUMMARY: This annual event will kick off the 2018 Manufacturing Conference. A continental breakfast and networking will begin at 7:30 a.m. A keynote speech will follow. Then top-level manufacturing executives will discuss workforce development issues critical to the state’s manufacturing community. Tackling the skills gap issue has been a top-priority for years, if not decades. South Carolina’s continued emergence as a manufacturing hub requires a solution. Individual ticket: $35. Corporate table: $295.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Megan Pollock, VP, Communications, Samsung Electronics America
MODERATOR: Cheryl Stanton, Executive Director, SC Dept. of Employment and Workforce
PANELIST: Jody Gallagher, CEO, AFL Global
PANELIST: Steve Townes, CEO, Ranger Aerospace

 

♦ TOYOTA KATA PRACTITIONER DAY: Right Things, Right Time, Right Reasons — Tuesday, 9 a.m. — 5 p.m.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Around the world, within the United States, and here in South Carolina, Toyota Kata is being utilized to address process, people, and communication issues. The purpose of Kata Practitioner Day is to provide a compact, uncomplicated forum for sharing first-hand experiences and lessons learned from real practice of the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata patterns. Many organizations are making IK/CK practice part of their day-to-day activity, to develop scientific thinking skills and drive continuous improvement toward challenging goals. This scientific and systematic approach to problem solving engages all levels of an organization on a daily basis. By utilizing 5 Questions to manage the discussions at the Kata Storyboard, the team is able to focus on the “right things, at the right time, for the right reasons.” Cost: $175/person; $155 for SCLA members; $95 for educators.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Brandon Brown is Owner and Master Kata Coach at Continuous Coaching Commitment, LLC, and also an Associate for the W3 Group, delivering tangible and sustainable continuous improvement results as a Toyota Kata Master Coach and Lean Instructor/Facilitator. Most recently, in November 2017, he was the Keynote speaker at the first TWI-Kata Summit in Prague, CZ and Zilina, SK, in Central Europe to celebrate the newest release of the 19th language of the Toyota Kata book. Brandon has 25 years of continuous improvement experience in various leadership roles for Arkansas Manufacturing Solutions, Central States Manufacturing, Waterloo Industries, and Lincoln Automotive.  He has focused the past five years practicing and deploying Toyota Kata with various companies.

 

♦ CYBER SECURITY IN MANUFACTURING: Preparing for the Robot Zombie Hack-Megeddon — Tuesday, 9 — 10:15 a.m.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Hacking! Every day we see more and more headlines about companies who have been hacked. Statistics show that small and medium manufacturing companies are the top targets in a growing number of today’s cyber-attacks. Is your company prepared?
Spencer Cobb, with Cytellix Security, will discuss using a standards-based approach to reducing your company’s exposure to malware, ransomware and successful hacking attacks. This fun and engaging presentation will discuss practical solutions to help small and medium manufacturers secure their IT and OT infrastructures, affordably assess their cyber security readiness and implement best practice approaches to proactively maintain security controls. Course is FREE with registration.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: For the past 20 years, Spencer Cobb has been helping some of the biggest companies in the world protect themselves from emerging cyber threats originating from nation states, hacktivists and organized crime syndicates. A veteran of multiple successful cyber security startups, Spencer now leads strategy and business development with Cytellix, the cyber security division of IMRI. The company secures over 7 million devices with customers such as the U.S. Army, Missile Command, DISA and DHS.

 

♦ TRAINING WITHIN INDUSTRY (TWI): Overview of Job Relations, Job Instruction and Job Methods — Tuesday, 9 — 11:45 a.m.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: TWI consists of fundamental tools that provide immediate results in reducing training time, improving processes, and building cooperation. This overview is a great way to learn about the three modules of TWI and see how your organization can benefit from this proven tool. Learn how Job Instruction can help train employees faster and more effectively. Discover how Job Relations helps build teams that are more cohesive by improving motivation and cooperation. Find out how Job Methods can provide engineers, supervisors, and operators a simple tool for continuous improvement, which can be performed during the course of normal work. Course is FREE with registration.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Over the past 20+ years as a quality engineer, Susan Whitehead has worked for companies such as Bose Corporation, Bosch Braking Systems, and Honeywell Aerospace (formally AlliedSignal Engines). While at Bose, she was a key member of a cross-functional team achieving quality, cost, and delivery goals. In turn, she reduced PPM by 65%, increased yields 19%, and increased production rates 37% within eight months. Now a technical specialist at the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP), Whitehead is a Training Within Industry Certified Instructor and has trained more than 1,000 employees.

 

♦ Building OEM/Vendor Relations: An Informative Q&A with OEM Execs and Conference Exhibitors

SUMMARY: A moderated panel discussion (with four OEM executives) will be followed by an open-forum event, allowing exhibitors to meet one-on-one with 15 of the state’s largest OEMs. This event is free for exhibitors.
MODERATOR: Chuck Bundy, Deputy Director, Special Projects, SC Dept. of Commerce
PANELIST: Heather Griffin, Senior Buyer, Facilities, Volvo US Car Operations
PANELIST: Greg Munoz, VP, Global Supply Management, Sonoco
PANELIST: Justin Force, Buyer, Michelin, North America

 

♦ HOW DO I GET PEOPLE TO DO WHAT I WANT?: Creating a High-Performance Workforce — Tuesday, 10:30-11:45 a.m.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: One of the most common questions posed by leaders today is “How do I get people to do what I want them to do?”  Many individuals were promoted into a leadership role because they did a good functional job as an individual contributor. Yet, not all good individual contributors automatically make great leaders. The definition for leadership is “getting specific, positive results working with and through other people”. Leadership is all about getting people to do what you want them to do! Not many leaders have been given the opportunity to fully develop their leadership skills. As a result, they are not very effective. What results could your organization achieve if you could increase the level of employee initiative, engagement and follow-through on assignments?  Course is FREE with registration.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Nancy Eichstadt is a managing partner with Leadership Management International, Inc. (LMI) based out of the Upstate of South Carolina. Nancy’s professional background spans over 25+ years working in corporate America for Fortune 500 companies such as Dow Chemical, Georgia Pacific and Sealed Air Corporation. She has held a variety of senior management positions from sales and marketing to global business development to business unit management.

 

♦ LEAN FOR HUMAN RESOURCES: A Fundamental Change in Approach — Tuesday, 12:30 — 1:45 p.m.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Lean for Human Resources is a fundamental change in how you and the people in your organization approach problems. Participants will learn how lean methods may be applied to human resource processes across multiple industries. Come learn how Lean for Human Resources can have positive impacts on productivity, cost, quality and delivery of services. Course is FREE with registration.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Over the past 20 years as a quality engineer, Susan Whitehead has worked for companies such as Bose Corporation, Bosch Braking Systems and Honeywell Aerospace. While at Bose, she was a key member of a cross-functional team achieving quality, cost and delivery goals. In turn, she reduced PPM by 65%, increased yields 19%, and increased production rates 37% within eight months. Now a technical specialist at the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP), Susan is a Training Within Industry Certified Instructor and having trained more than 1,000 employees.

 

♦ EFFECTIVE MARKETING FOR MANUFACTURERS: A Pathway to Success — Tuesday, 12:30 — 1:45 p.m.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This session is an overview of proven marketing tactics for manufacturers needing to improve sales leads, win rates and revenue. Recent clients of the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP) have reported 50%+ sales growth by implementing these tools and techniques. Course is FREE with registration.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Over the past 25 years as a mechanical engineer and designer, Chris Wayne has developed an extensive knowledge of a multitude of industries and has worked for a wide range of companies, from small start-ups to Fortune 500. Recognized for analyzing, valuing and managing business development opportunities, he is a highly successful innovation leader with a proven track record of transforming ideas into revenue streams. Wayne builds motivated teams in highly-competitive and fast-paced industries and is at ease with building strategic relationships at the corporate and university levels.

 

♦ KEYNOTE SPEAKER: HENRY MCMASTER, GOVERNOR, SOUTH CAROLINA — Tuesday, 2 — 2:45 p.m.

Gov. McMaster will speak on the future of the manufacturing industry in South Carolina. This event is FREE with registration.

 

♦ THE DIARY OF A RELIABILITY CONSULTANT: Real-World Lessons to Achieve World-Class Manufacturing — Tuesday, 3 — 4:15 p.m.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: In the Marshall Institute’s 43 years of business, they have seen the best and worst maintenance and reliability practices from all industries. It is amazing how common the pitfalls are which prevent organizations from reaching their performance potential. In this presentation, they will distill their experience with assessing maintenance and reliability performance and share their common improvement recommendations, which separate the best from the rest. Designed to deliver maximum value, this presentation provides you 43 years of experience in just 75 minutes. Course is FREE with registration.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Mark Jolley, director of manufacturing services with the Marshall Institute, is an experienced maintenance and manufacturing professional with more than ten years of experience leading continuous improvement efforts in a manufacturing environment. Jolley has worked as a LEAN Leader, directing complex projects from concept to fully operational status. His background in TPM, 5S, Six Sigma, and Quality Assurance helped make him a strong team leader, detail-directed problem solver and a goal-oriented manager. Jolley is dedicated to supporting his clients achieve their up-time, reliability, and cost goals while developing a sustainable structure for long-term, high-performance.
Steve Gowan, manager of manufacturing services, is a proven Continuous Improvement Leader with 16 years of manufacturing leadership experience. He loves to drive process improvement and has a solid history of cost reduction, production yield improvements, and quality improvement through TPM and LEAN Manufacturing. In various career positions spanning from Crew Chief in the United States Air Force to Process Engineer for an aerospace company, Gowan has been involved across the board in TPM, 5S, Spare Parts/Storeroom Management, Employee Development, Root Cause Analysis, Predictive/Preventive Maintenance, Equipment Improvement, and LEAN Manufacturing. Gowan leads organizations to optimize reliability contribution to their organization’s performance.

 

♦ INTRO TO KANBAN: Basic Concepts and Pitfalls — Tuesday, 3 — 4:15 p.m.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: There are basic fundamentals involved in the implementation of Kanban. Users must trust those fundamental concepts and use them as a guide. Don’t over-think, which can easily lead to complicating the design of the Kanban system. Simplicity is actually “OK” sometimes. The instructor will discuss the fundamentals and talk about some of the common pitfalls to watch for in Kanban implementation. Course is FREE with registration.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Working with a Fortune 500 company in the mid-80s, Jim Woody began his transition from the then traditional manufacturing environment to the revolutionary Lean environment. The new culture and methodology became ingrained in his thinking and managing process. Woody’s industry experience spans 27 years in high-volume manufacturing, including operations management with P&L responsibilities. Over the past 15 years, he has worked domestically and internationally with over 400 companies in everything from healthcare and telecommunications, to all types of manufacturing environments. Woody is able to transition his knowledge in a way that companies feel equipped with the necessary tools for long-term survival.

 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

 

♦ EXCEPTIONAL EXECUTIVES: Women Who are Leading the Way — Wednesday, 9 — 10:15 a.m.

SUMMARY: One of the anchor events of the SC Manufacturing Conference and Expo will be EXCEPTIONAL EXECUTIVES: Women Who are Leading the Way. The moderated panel event will feature a quartet of female business executives discussing their path to the top.  The number of female executives continues to rise in the competitive manufacturing industry, and it’s no different in other business verticals. Hear how these four movers and shakers did it. Seating limited. Cost: $15.
MODERATOR: Suzanne Dickerson, Director, Logistics Initiatives, Council on Competitiveness
PANELIST: Lou Kennedy, CEO & Owner, Nephron Pharmaceuticals, Corp.
PANELIST: Pamela Evette, CEO & Owner, Quality Business Solutions
PANELIST: Sherry McCraw, Vice President, BMW Manufacturing
PANELIST: Paige Simpson, Logistics Manager, Itron, Inc.

 

TRAINING WITHIN INDUSTRY (TWI): Overview of Job Relations, Job Instruction and Job Methods — Wednesday, 9 — 11:45 a.m.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: TWI consists of fundamental tools that provide immediate results in reducing training time, improving processes, and building cooperation. This overview is a great way to learn about the three modules of TWI and see how your organization can benefit from this proven tool. Learn how Job Instruction can help train employees faster and more effectively. Discover how Job Relations helps build teams that are more cohesive by improving motivation and cooperation. Find out how Job Methods can provide engineers, supervisors, and operators a simple tool for continuous improvement, which can be performed during the course of normal work. Course is FREE with registration.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Over the past 20+ years as a quality engineer, Susan Whitehead has worked for companies such as Bose Corporation, Bosch Braking Systems, and Honeywell Aerospace (formally AlliedSignal Engines). While at Bose, she was a key member of a cross-functional team achieving quality, cost, and delivery goals. In turn, she reduced PPM by 65%, increased yields 19%, and increased production rates 37% within eight months. Now a technical specialist at the South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (SCMEP), Whitehead is a Training Within Industry Certified Instructor and has trained more than 1,000 employees.

 

♦ LEAN LOGISTICS: Reducing the Fat — Wednesday, 9 — 10:15 a.m.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This seminar explains the financial impact of logistics, identifies the lean tools and teaches you how to identify waste in the supply chain. Attendees will also learn how to identify inventory shortages, excesses and improve operations through collaboration. Course is FREE with registration.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Ed Barnes has 34 years of experience in the supply chain field. He received a bachelor of science from Charleston Southern University in 1984 and an MBA from The Citadel in 1990. Barnes served in the U.S. Navy as a senior enlisted electronics technician and supply corps officer, retiring as a lieutenant commander in 2001. He is certified in Production and Inventory Control (CPIM), Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) and Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB). Barnes now teaches undergraduate supply chain classes at The Citadel. In addition, he teaches operations, production control, Six Sigma, and Lean supply chain courses for APICS and industrial organizations.

 

♦ DEVELOPING A SKILLED WORKFORCE: Delivering World-Class Reliability — Wednesday, 9 — 10:15 a.m.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Do you know the bottom line value of reliable equipment? Do you know what skills your team needs to deliver improved production and reliability performance? Do you have the elements in place for a sustainable pipeline of skilled talent capable of delivering maximum production up-time using optimal maintenance spends?
This course will help you answer these questions in the quickly evolving manufacturing landscape. To be competitive in the new age of manufacturing, the training investment MUST deliver bottom line performance. It’s imperative to develop the internal infrastructure to sustain workforce performance over time as the landscape continues to shift. Course is FREE with registration.
COURSE INSTRUCTORS: Greg Folts, president of Marshall Institute, is an experienced TPM and maintenance consultant. His experience with Maintenance strategy, LEAN principles, Six Sigma, and shop floor technical background, give him the ability to work with all levels in the organization. In the past twelve years, Greg has assisted clients in developing TPM and maintenance strategies, saving millions of dollars for companies including Boeing, Harley Davidson, BMW, Mercury Marine, Monsanto, Leggett & Platt, Appleton Papers and Federal Mogul. He has driven multi-plant, corporate projects as well as adapted improvement techniques for smaller facilities.
Tom Furnival has been with Marshall Institute for 10 years. As the director of training services, he is responsible for supporting clients to enhance performance, including knowledge and competency, contribute to their bottom line and grow in their careers through role-based and topic-based instructor-led public seminars, live webinars, and custom on-site training. With a background in business management and strategic marketing, Furnival brings a strategic company perspective to developing and supporting maintenance and reliability teams. Tom has helped clients in industries including manufacturing, mining, pharmaceutical, facilities, energy and numerous others with custom-designed training to achieve corporate goals.

 

♦ 3D PRINTING FOR LEAN: IoT Wearables and Hackathons — Wednesday, 10:30 — 11:45 a.m.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The potential outcomes of the proposed activity, the Internet of Things making Things (IoTmT), will demonstrate how conformal 3D-printed, embedded sensor applications create situational awareness at the human level, the machine level and the component level to drive workflow, resource and quality efficiencies for both public and private sector end-users. Integrated ID and Winthrop will attend to provide client testimonials. Course is FREE with registration.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Joe Razum has presented additive manufacturing at numerous national conferences including SME Rapid, SAE World Congress, SAE AeroTech and regionally to professional groups such as AMS. He has a 2017 certificate from MIT in Internet of Things, a SME Certification in additive and five years of experience in additive, four of which at 3D Systems.

 

♦ ADVANCED ROBOTICS: Technology in Manufacturing

COURSE DESCRIPTION: As widespread adoption of robotics in manufacturing continues to grow, so do the issues of expense, single purpose inefficiency, reprogramming and isolation from humans for safety. The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute integrates industry practices and institutional knowledge across many disciplines to realize the promises of a robust manufacturing innovation ecosystem. Presenters will share information related to advancing robotics technology in manufacturing.  Topics presented will build upon broader subject areas, including the adoption of robotics in manufacturing, research and development, networking, education, and workforce development. Course is FREE with registration.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Rebecca Hartley, Ph.D. is director of operations for Clemson University Center for Workforce Development (CUCWD) and the NSF ATE Center for Aviation and Automotive Technological Education using Virtual E-Schools (CA²VES). She has spent the past 17 years working in higher education administration in the areas of undergraduate admissions, graduate admissions, academic records, and student affairs. Hartley also serves as the chief workforce development officer with the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute.

 

♦ 20TH ANNUAL SALUTE TO MANUFACTURING AWARDS LUNCHEON — 12:15-1:45 p.m.

SUMMARY: This is the anchor event of the Manufacturing Conference. Up to 30 manufacturing companies in South Carolina will be honored in 1o separate categories. Individual ticket: $65. Corporate table: $495.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Thomas Makosch, Director, IoT for the Americas, Bosch Group

 

♦ INVESTMENT BANKING: An Update on the Manufacturing Industry

COURSE DESCRIPTION: An update on the status of the manufacturing industry in the Southeast and nationally. Course is FREE with registration.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Ken Grider, Managing Director, Raymond James Investment Banking. Grider is currently serving as head of the business development group of Raymond James’ Professional Partners Program. He manages the investment bank’s relationships with legal and accounting firms, venture, mezzanine, and lower market private equity funds as well as Raymond James’ 7500+ financial advisors. Prior to joining Raymond James, Grider was a partner with Equitable Capital Management. He spent 13 years working with Tunstall Consulting, a boutique corporate finance consulting firm, ultimately serving as the firm’s senior managing director.