The Invite-Only Virtual Event For Senior Level Smart 
Manufacturing Leaders

April 6-7, 2021 | 12:00pm ET

Connected Manufacturing Connect Virtual Event

Connected Manufacturing Connect is a virtual, cross industry, invite-only event bringing together senior-level operations, manufacturing, advanced engineering, and digital transformation executives for a collaborative discussion on the latest Industry 4.0 trends, challenges and opportunities.

The mission of Connected Manufacturing Connect is to provide an interactive, high-level platform for the exchange of ideas, best practices and timely perspectives on moving beyond these turbulent times.

Attendees receive access to all educational content (fireside chats, panels, keynotes and roundtables) delivered by other senior executives and get the opportunity to have pre-scheduled 1-to-1 meetings with solution providers who can help you accelerate your digital transformation.

A Unique Experience

The Connected Manufacturing Connect Virtual Event is an online forum mirroring our in-person Connect events. We’re bringing you 
exclusive knowledge from top-notch industry leaders at the touch of a button.

Here's what you get when you attend:

Pre-Scheduled 1:1 Meetings 

See someone on our attendee list you want to meet? Mutually matched and pre-scheduled 1:1 meetings with your prospects and peers make it easy to further business. No more fruitless conversation. No more tradeshows.

Executive-Level Content

We provide custom-made, high-level content that fosters a fruitful dialogue amongst participants. Engage in in-depth discussions on how to secure smart factory investments, drive organizational change and select the right new technologies and solutions.

Exclusive Networking

Meet only the most senior-level executives in an intimate and interactive environment at our breakout rooms, 1:1 meetings, roundtables, and more.

Our Speakers. Your Visionaries.

Sultan Aziz

Sultan Aziz

Senior Director, Product Supply Strategy Management

Johnson & Johnson

Gary Binstock

Gary Binstock

Director of Technology

Colgate-Palmolive Co.

Hao Dinh

Hao Dinh

Digital Transformation Lead North America


Nicholas Eplin

Nicholas Eplin

Manufacturing Engineer

Essex Industries

Ricardo Estok

Ricardo Estok

Global Operations Optimization - Transformation


Laurent Laporte

Laurent Laporte



Ashe Menon

Ashe Menon

Senior Vice President, Global Operations

National Oilwell Varco

Shree Moorthy

Shree Moorthy

Senior Vice President, Digital Transformation Strategy

Vertex Software

Sam Murley

Sam Murley

Digital Transformation Director


Mike Nitz

Mike Nitz

Senior Architect, IT

Boston Scientific

Xavier Riley

Xavier Riley

Head of Digital Strategy & Innovation

Standard Industries

Cameron Shearon

Cameron Shearon

Principal Materials Engineer


Eddie Smith

Eddie Smith

Director, Operations

Kuhn Krause

Jesper Toubol

Jesper Toubol

VP LEGO Operations


Allen Turner

Allen Turner

Remote Analytics Team Leader

International Paper

Jonathan Weiss

Jonathan Weiss

Vice President – Emerging Technologies

Software AG

What Attendees Are Saying


"I received amazing insight into how organizations are managing the culture and change management challenges"

Stephen Childs
VP, Global Human Resources and Facilities
Panasonic Automotive


“This conference provided valuable opportunities to connect with industry peers and vendors in several ways, including networking events, panel discussions and roundtables. There were also informative talks full of actionable insights. This was a valuable experience which will help us on our connected manufacturing journey.”

Eric Wespi
Data Scientist
Boston Scientific


"It was a great conference, and I for one made a lot of connections to take home and leverage as we continue to expand and scale JnJ’s I4.0 initiatives."

Sultan Aziz
Senior Director of Product Supply  Strategy and Management
Johnson & Johnson

Connected Manufacturing Virtual Event Agenda

All Sessions listed in Eastern Time

Day One - April 6, 2021

    Game-Changing Technologies That Are Enabling Innovation and Remote Management

  • 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

    12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

    Connect in a private Zoom rooms with manufacturing leaders who do what you do. Benchmark, share and learn from each other. Select one of these three groups:

    •  VPs/Dir of Manufacturing
    • Advanced Engineering
    • Data Science/Analytics -- facilitated by Allen Turner, Innovative Solutions, SME, International Paper 
    Learn more
  • 1:00 pm - 1:15 pm

    1:00 pm - 1:15 pm

    Welcome – Maureen Azzato, Program Director, Connected Manufacturing Forum

    Learn more
  • 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

    1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

    Sultan Aziz, Senior Director, Product Supply Strategy Management, Johnson & Johnson

    Digital assistants -- such as smart glasses, drones and other sensors and devices -- are enabling executives to remotely manage facilities and engage with factory managers to conduct quality inspections, maintenance and repairs, and employee training. Powered with augmented reality and virtual reality, these remote tools are game changing, altering how manufacturing plants will be managed in the future, eliminating the need to be there in person as often.

    Learn more
  • 1:45 pm - 2:05 pm

    1:45 pm - 2:05 pm

    Gary Binstock, Director of Technology, Colgate-Palmolive Co.

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  • 2:05 pm - 2:25 pm

    2:05 pm - 2:25 pm

  • 2:25 pm - 2:55 pm

    2:25 pm - 2:55 pm

    Ashe Menon, Senior Vice President, Global Operations, National Oilwell Varco
    Eddie Smith, Director, Operations, Kuhn Krause

    Many claim robotics create a stronger, faster, and more powerful workforce, one that elevates—not eliminates— human roles in manufacturing, but job-loss fears still concern factory workers and managers. Our panel of experts will:

    • Help separate fact from fiction about the impact robotics has on jobs and workers
    • Explore the role of robots to carry out very repetitive and/or unsafe tasks so that the human workforce can perform higher-value manual tasks
    • Discuss how manufacturers should address job loss fears and manage expectations about robotics -- what is realistic and what is not.
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  • 2:55 pm - 3:15 pm

    2:55 pm - 3:15 pm

    Xavier Riley, Head of Digital Strategy & Innovation, Standard Industries
    Laurent Laporte, CEO, Braincube

    Practical strategies to apply a digital transformation vision and roll out plan to a manufacturing enterprise will be discussed. The speakers will dive into the future of manufacturing, discussing the key factors you should consider including: equipping your teams with the right equipment, choosing compatible tools, and general strategies for success.


    Standard Industries is currently implementing Braincube as an IIoT platform and advanced analytics tool across their factories. Standard Industries is assisting it's lines of business in strategizing and executing on a large scale architecture that can bring data seamlessly into IoT endpoints. From reporting, to continuous improvement efforts, and Edge computing, Standard Industries and its affiliates have reimagined their data use and capabilities to find additional value through IIoT strategies. By equipping their employees with high functioning tools that help them improve both their day-to-day operations and their long-term strategies, they’ve found Braincube to be a key partner in their digital transformation initiatives.

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  • 3:15 pm - 3:35 pm

    3:15 pm - 3:35 pm

    Hao Dinh, Digital Transformation Lead North America, Electrolux

    The promise of additive manufacturing/3D printing has not yet been fully realized on a mass scale, but it is being utilize to customize products and parts in the automotive and medical device industries, to name a few. Although the technology has evolved to include metals manufacturing as well as more color options, many say it is not ready for prime time use on a mass scale. What are the ideal use cases of 3D printing now in manufacturing operations? What are the true potentials of the technology in the future?

    Learn more
  • 3:35 pm - 3:40 pm

    3:35 pm - 3:40 pm

  • 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

    3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

    Sam Murley, Digital Transformation Director, PTC

    • AR for Manufacturing: Improving Frontline Agility and Productivity -- Moderated Sam Murley, Digital Transformation Director, PTC
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  • 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Day Two - April 7, 2021

    The Drive for a More Connected, Skilled and Agile Manufacturing Workforce

  • 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

    12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

    Join us for this fun and interactive meet-and-greet session, where you can Connect with multiple industry leaders in quick 5 minute, 1:1 meetings. 

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  • 1:00 pm - 1:10 pm

    1:00 pm - 1:10 pm

    Welcome – Maureen Azzato, Program Director, Connected Manufacturing Forum

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  • 1:10 pm - 1:30 pm

    1:10 pm - 1:30 pm

    Jesper Toubol, VP LEGO Operations, LEGO

    Digital twin simulation has been successfully used cost effectively for product design and development, as well as factory line simulation for productivity improvements for several years at LEGO. Now the company is leveraging all of its lessons learned to apply Digital Twin for the first time to its newest factory design and construction, simulating everything before the first brick is laid.

    Learn how Digital Twin is helping LEGO:

    Identify under-utilized and over-utilized machines and lines in the factory to better leverage investments

    Recognize operational bottlenecks and remove them

    How it has applied Digital Twin to factory line design and redesigns, which now are enabling LEGO to take the technology to simulate all aspects of a full factory design

    Learn more
  • 1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

    1:30 pm - 1:50 pm

  • 1:50 pm - 2:30 pm

    1:50 pm - 2:30 pm

    Mike Nitz, Senior Architect, IT, Boston Scientific
    Nicholas Eplin, Manufacturing Engineer, Essex Industries
    Cameron Shearon, Principal Materials Engineer, Raytheon
    Shree Moorthy, Senior Vice President, Digital Transformation Strategy, Vertex Software

    All too often, digitalization team members are pulled in many different directions, executing digitalization initiatives in addition to their core jobs. We’ve handpicked this panel of talent specialists who will explain and assess:

    • The risks of trying to digitalize your manufacturing operations with part-time task forces.
    • What a digital transformation team should look like and what departments should be included.
    • How to get support from executive management for a full-time dedicated digitalization team for optimal long-term success. 
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  • 2:30 pm - 2:50 pm

    2:30 pm - 2:50 pm

    Michael Cavaretta, Analytics Executive, Ford
    Poonam Gulati, Sr. Principal Consultant, Informatica Advisory Services

    There has never been a greater challenge imposed upon manufacturing and supply chains around the world than the one that exists today. Disruptors such as Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and analytics and AI and machine learning are revolutionizing production facilities and manufacturing operations. Smart factories are equipped with advanced sensors, embedded software and robotics that collect and analyze data to allow for better fact based decision making. These innovations are delivering new levels of efficiency and responsiveness to corporate leaders responsible for organizational strategies focused on value and optimized revenue.

    Join this fireside-chat to:

    • Gain insights on how manufacturers can unlock value creation using impact, speed and scale with automation, predictive maintenance and self-optimization of process improvements
    • Create a prescriptive framework to enable business goals, boost productivity, increase business resilience and agility with enabling technologies and data management
    • Learn how having the right partner ecosystem can jointly drive the execution and enablement of digital transformation
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  • 2:50 pm - 3:30 pm

    2:50 pm - 3:30 pm

    Allen Turner, Remote Analytics Team Leader, International Paper
    Jonathan Weiss, Vice President – Emerging Technologies, Software AG

    While many manufacturers have successfully migrated data and information to the Cloud, latency and costs, among other factors, have some exploring edge computing. While IT seem to prefer Cloud computing, OT is intrigued by the possibilities of edge computing. What are the pros and cons of each? What other technologies and connectivity are needed to support edge computing on factory floors? What is the optimal mix of Edge vs. Cloud?

    Learn more
  • 3:30 pm - 3:50 pm

    3:30 pm - 3:50 pm

    Ricardo Estok, Global Operations Optimization - Transformation, Goodyear

    Digital tools enable and empower frontline workers to enhance their productivity, safety and job satisfaction. These tools will ultimately enable manufacturers to operate true digital, paperless factories with completely mobile workforces. Come hear how Goodyear is connecting workers to accelerate onboarding, training, and upskilling

    so processes and best practices can be more easily and effectively implemented. In this session you will learn:

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  • 3:50 pm - 3:55 pm

    3:50 pm - 3:55 pm

    Maureen Azzato, Program Director, Connected Manufacturing Forum

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"The speakers provided valuable content spanning the entire spectrum of Smart Manufacturing"

Hicham Wazni
Corporate Director of Manufacturing Intelligence and Smart Manufacturing Arconic


“The conference allowed me to connect with thoughtful and accomplished individuals who offered new and diverse perspectives to complex issues. Overall, the conference was very informative and worthwhile for anyone interested in connected manufacturing
and the IoT.”

Fernando Garcia 
International Trade Economist
U.S. International Trade Commission


“I came away from the Connected Manufacturing Forum not just with some new ideas, but with a clearer vision for the future; several well developed and actionable solutions; and a handful of experienced contacts that can move us forward.“

Paul Trelc 
Operations Manager 
Braincube North America

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Participating in a virtual event is easy. Once you and your team register, each of you will receive a link to access the presentations. You can also add the event to your Outlook or other calendar as a reminder. You do not need to download or install any software to participate. All you need is Internet access. The sessions will be recorded, and will be available for a limited time afterwards. It’s going to be a great event!

This event is exclusively for senior-level operations, manufacturing, advanced engineering, and digital transformation executives. Solution providers to these organizations and others will not be allowed to attend. Please register with your full company name and your corporate email address or you risk not gaining admittance. WBR reserves the right to not admit registrants based on company type.