Rockwell Automation Market Development Manager Paula Puess, Program Manager Trish Neimes and Marketing Manager Kelly Spencer talk about modernization through connecting the enterprise. Rockwell specializes in putting production information to work.
Sustain Your gains
David Visco of the 5S Store poses with Lean expert Michael McCarthy, who shows off his well-regarded book, Sustain Your Gains, The People Side of Lean-Six Sigma. Here he gives a copy to Greg Keating, Vice President of Operations at Principal Manufacturing near Chicago.
Yashwant Awasthi, VP of Alphapet Inc, Srinivasan Prabhushankar, SVP of Indorama Ventures with Sathish Seshadri, Senior Operations Manager of Alphapet Inc. Indorama makes synthetic materials and probably made the water bottle you drank from this week.
Metrics that Matter
Ralf Sonnefeld, General Manager MES, Siemens Industry Software GMBH & Co. KG, Larry White, Executive Director, RCA Institute, Alyson Wood, Facilitator CPI, Phifer Inc, John Jackiw, MESA Authorized Instructor, Alta Via Consulting. This group was talking about manufacturing metrics "that matter" and "trying to tie top-line metrics to bottom-line metrics."
Ralph Bastarache, Inside Sales Manager and Terry Maltais, Marketing Specialist of RtTech Software. They help manufacturers improve processes by providing real-time cloud-based plant metrics data.
Brandy Richardson, Association Manager of MESA International with Julie Fraser, President, IYNO Advisors and Conrad Leiva, VP of Product Strategy and Alliances, IBASET. IYNO helps companies take full advantage of their information systems.
IndustryWeek Sales Executive Larry Kossack with Chief Editor Pat Panchak, who took a break from preparing her Awards keynote address.
ATS & Valmont Industries
Ric Sheer, Strategic Account Executive, Advanced Technology Services, Jerome Sercl, Director, Core Competencies with Valmont Industries and John Nicoli, Strategic Account Manager, Advanced Technology Services. They were talking about hiring and retaining qualified technical talent.
L.B. Foster Rail Technologies
Steve Fletcher, GM, Friction Management; Konstantinos Papazoglou, VP, Rail Technologies and Steve Burgess, VP, Concrete Products.
3M Talks Lean
Daniel Singer, Production Lead with 3M, "Sustain Your gains" author Mike McCarthy, 5S Store President David Visco and 3M Continuous Improvement Specialist Chuck Damman
Tata Consultancy Services
Christopher Meyer, Manufacturing Operations Management expert with Tata Consultancy Services.
Joel Nichols, Sr. IT Manger, Baxter, John Sisto, IT Director, Baxter Healthcare, Eric Collier, Validation Scientist, CAI, John Hannon, VP, Commissioning Agents. They were talking about Baxter's recent move to split into two separate companies in 2015. The challenge is for each business to show continued financial viability.
Lean Guru John Dyer
Well known operations consultant John Dyer says a lot of plants have made impressive progress with Lean and Six Sigma. But he says outside of manufacturing, many of the processes are as broken as "they've ever been." He also says when many companies are in crisis mode, they shift into the old, ineffective ways of doing things.