Connected Manufacturing Virtual Event

Optimize Industry 4.0 Acceleration Presented During the Pandemic

December 7, 2020 | 12PM ET

Execute a Top-Notch  Smart Manufacturing Strategy

Manufacturers certainly learned one thing during the early months of the pandemic – it accelerated many companies’ digitalization plans out of necessity. As a result, these companies are more agile, and better prepared to operate smart and efficiently during future massive market disruptions.

In the Covid-19 era, it’s imperative for manufacturers to reduce the length of pilot programs and scale more quickly to full implementation or risk getting left behind.

Join the Connected Manufacturing Virtual Event for insights from industry peers who will share how they are adapting successfully to this rapidly changing business climate.

With more than 4 hours of virtual and interactive content -- featuring keynotes, panel discussions and Q&A interviews (all available post event on-demand) -- you'll learn about the strategies and tools you need to accelerate and benchmark your digital transformation.

And don’t miss our interactive Roundtables at the end of the day where you can network with peers and learn from solutions providers.

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


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

Hicham Wazni
Corporate Director of Manufacturing Intelligence and Smart Manufacturing



“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

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Hear From A Variety of Experts, Debating Together

Our events are exclusively for elite manufacturing executives (not packed with solicitations) so you'll be speaking directly with your peers about topics that matter most. Use live chat and virtual Q&A’s to benchmark and connect to beat challenges together.


We Didn't Build 
This Overnight

We have been uniting the manufacturing community across our events for 20+ years - and we're not skipping a beat. You'll experience the same elite quality of information, the presentations, and the format itself.


Finally, a Virtual Event Where You Can INTERACT

Learn from multiple, live conversations so you gain unbiased perspectives on what's working right now. (They might even disagree on some points - but you'll get the full picture.)

The Connected Manufacturing Virtual Event Agenda

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Optimizing Industry 4.0 Acceleration & Innovations Presented During the Pandemic

  • 12:00 pm - 12:10 pm

    12:00 pm - 12:10 pm

  • 12:10 pm - 12:20 pm

    12:10 pm - 12:20 pm

  • 12:20 pm - 12:40 pm

    12:20 pm - 12:40 pm

    Benchmarking and measuring implementation success is one of the most elusive aspects of Industry 4.0 that manufacturers contend with. Learn:

    • What are the most vital KPIs are to track in your pilot program to enable faster implementation?
    • What are the most important milestones to achieve, prove and measure in your implementation?
    • How do you find similar size manufacturers in non-competitive markets to benchmark against?

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  • 12:40 pm - 1:00 pm

    12:40 pm - 1:00 pm

  • 1:00 pm - 1:20 pm

    1:00 pm - 1:20 pm

    For the past two years, AB InBev – the world’s largest brewer -- has been on a transformation journey that by 2022 will have digitalized all 220 of its breweries and 70 vertical manufacturing operations globally. Beginning with connectivity, data accessibility, and process controls, the plan is to then add mobile and smart manufacturing. Santiago will explain how:

    • This digitalization program is not only paying for itself, but is experiencing ROI within months of site implementation
    • The $55 billion company is using regional manufacturing sites as testing grounds to pilot new innovations while scaling up simultaneously
    • AB InBev is building capabilities as an adoption strategy to ensure program success, rather than forcing the change from the top
    • You make the best out of your own transformation journey.

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  • 1:20 pm - 1:40 pm

    1:20 pm - 1:40 pm

  • 1:40 pm - 2:00 pm

    1:40 pm - 2:00 pm

    As the fifth largest manufacturer in America with $121.6 billion in annual revenue, General Motors produces more than 8 million vehicles annually. Last year the company accelerated its “transformation for the future,” building on the strategy it laid out in 2015 to strengthen its core business, capitalize on the future of personal mobility and drive significant cost savings. In an intimate one-on-one live interview, Jennifer will share how GM is:

    • Evolving its product development workforce and processes to drive world-class levels of engineering using advanced technologies
    • Improving quality and speed to market through these new processes and technologies
    • Driving innovation and business value after “insourcing” all of its IT functions in 2018

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  • 2:00 pm - 2:20 pm

    2:00 pm - 2:20 pm

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  • 2:20 pm - 3:00 pm

    2:20 pm - 3:00 pm

    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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  • 3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

    3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

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  • 3:20 pm - 4:00 pm

    3:20 pm - 4:00 pm

    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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  • 4:00 pm - 4:20 pm

    4:00 pm - 4:20 pm

    How can manufacturers compete with the amazons, Googles and Facebooks of the world for tech savvy professionals? What smart recruitment and retention strategies should you deploy? Ashley, an Industry 4.0 talent expert, will spend the first 20 minutes sharing strategies and tactics that are helping Stanley Black & Decker succeed in the talent wars. The second half of the program will be interactive, offering attendees the opportunity to seek Ashley’s sage advice. You might want to ask her how you:

    • Retain and reward the most skilled workers during your transformation
    • Identify quality workers for digital training who are interested and capable of making the transition
    • Continuously train employees to ensure digital skills at all levels of the organization remain current and are prepared for tomorrow?

    *Stanley Black & Decker established a state-of-the-art “Manufactory 4.0” in Hartford, Conn. – the epicenter for the company’s global Industry 4.0 “smart factory” and workforce upskilling initiatives – making manufacturing more efficient, productive and adaptable

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  • 4:20 pm - 4:30 pm

    4:20 pm - 4:30 pm

    -- Maureen Azzato, Program Director, Connected Manufacturing Forum

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  • 4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

    4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

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How Our Virtual Events Work

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!

PLEASE NOTE: This event is exclusively for practicing manufacturers. 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.