Day 1 - Wednesday, May 12, 2021

11:00 am - 11:15 am Chairperson Opening Remarks & Welcome

11:15 am - 11:45 am KEYNOTE: It Starts with the Use Case - Determining Where Your Transformation Can Thrive

Eren Yilmaz - Director of Industry 4.0 Innovation, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.

No one said a digital transformation would be easy. But, rather than the search for the right technology, or the business case build, or the employee buy-in, really, the most crucial component to a solid start is having focus. With the hundreds of opportunities DT presents in manufacturing, it is difficult for many companies to decide on where to place their focus. Where do they start? What problem do they solve? Saip Eren Yilmaz leads Industry 4.0 for Stanley Black & Decker, and is tasked with overseeing this process. In this keynote Eren will reveal tips on:

·        How to determine the problem to solve, how to reframe it, and how to develop out the use case for what the technology is for

·        Managing stakeholder input and ensuring internal executive alignment

·        Key steps from assessment to deployment of technologies


Eren Yilmaz

Director of Industry 4.0 Innovation
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.

11:45 am - 11:55 am 10 Minute Session Break

The need to modernize and consolidate access to time-stamped data created by sensors and equipment has become even more critical to increase machine, operational and business efficiencies. By moving away from monolithic, legacy and siloed systems and toward agile solutions, companies will gain visibility into their data and efficiency in their infrastructure deployments.

In this session PTC shares their experience, partnering with InfluxData, to help companies extract value from their IoT data and maximize the performance of their monitoring systems to increase operational capabilities and stay competitive.

In this session you’ll learn:

  • Best practices for scaling and testing your industrial metrics solution
  • How to get the most performance out of your digital data solution by using a database optimized for time-stamped data
  • How open source technologies can be used to create modular and upgradable solutions to accelerate IoT service innovation


Mike Jasperson

Vice President (VP), Internet of Things (IoT) Enterprise Deployment Center (EDC)
PTC Therapeutics

12:25 pm - 12:35 pm 10 Minute Session Break

12:35 pm - 1:05 pm Keynote Fireside Chat: Industry 4.0 - How to Build A Digital, Smart, Connected Manufacturing Operation for the 21st Century

Viren Shah - Chief Digital Officer, GE Appliances

It is a little mind-boggling to think that the last great manufacturing revolution was when Henry Ford invented the assembly line. But now, more than 100 years later, we find ourselves awash in capabilities that completely upend how products get made. In this keynote, our thought leader will take attendees on a journey discussing:

·        How data will be used across the organization to make factories smarter and make all parts of the process agile and adaptable

·        The opportunities and challenges with the technologies necessary to make smart factories possible, including AI, IoT, Cloud Computing and Big Data Analytics


Viren Shah

Chief Digital Officer
GE Appliances

1:05 pm - 1:15 pm 10 Minute Session Break

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm Use Case: Whirlpool Uses Virtual Thread Tools for Respirator Design

Leonel Leal - Director - Global Advanced Manufacturing Engineering, Whirlpool Corporation

The COVID crisis has necessitated creativity on the part of manufacturing companies. How does a design team validate the design of new parts, create new ones, and make sure that they will work when we can't wait for parts to arrive or meet in person? In this Use Case, you will hear how Whirlpool utilized concurrent engineering the partnership of manufacturing and design to manufacture future products; in this case, a future first-of-its kind Air Purifying Respirator You'll hear about:

·        What tools were used to mock up the design virtually - rapid prototyping, physical mockup, digital 3D build

·        How teams were managed and measured on the virtual work - metric driven progress and feedback loops built into the design process


Leonel Leal

Director - Global Advanced Manufacturing Engineering
Whirlpool Corporation

1:45 pm - 1:55 pm 10 Minute Session Break

1:55 pm - 2:25 pm Panel: Balancing Short-Term Wins with a Long Term Vision: What Can You Achieve With Your Digital Transformation NOW?

Satyaki Lodh - CIO, Borden Dairy
Anthony Huffman - Senior Operational Excellence Manager, Molex
Dana Scalf - Manufacturing Transformation Manager, Bimbo Bakeries

Achieving digital transformation in any industry is not a quick process. From business case to ROI, you’re looking at likely years of work. Who wants to wait years to see results though? That’s why a series of quick wins within the overarching digital transformation strategy is key to keeping your program supported, and funded. In this session, our panelists will discuss how they have been keeping their C-Suites happy with short term wins, while keeping their eyes on the long-term transformations. 


Satyaki Lodh

Borden Dairy


Anthony Huffman

Senior Operational Excellence Manager


Dana Scalf

Manufacturing Transformation Manager
Bimbo Bakeries