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

The Ultimate Destination For Manufacturing Leaders

Our Speakers:

Paul Ingram

Paul Ingram

Director Digital Manufacturing


Brianna Keelan

Brianna Keelan

Workforce Readiness Manager

Stanley Black & Decker Inc.

Jeanne Magoulick

Jeanne Magoulick

Manager for the Factory of Tomorrow, Global Advanced Manufacturing

Ford Motor Company

Mike Nitz

Mike Nitz

Senior Architect, IT

Boston Scientific

Eddie Smith

Eddie Smith

Director, Operations

Kuhn Krause

Barbara Roth

Barbara Roth

COO & VP of Manufacturing

Ativa Medical Corp.

Hicham Wazni

Hicham Wazni

Corporate Director of Manufacturing Intelligence and Smart Manufacturing

Howmet Aerospace

Ashe Menon

Ashe Menon

Senior Vice President, Global Operations

National Oilwell Varco

Nicholas Eplin

Nicholas Eplin

Manufacturing Engineer

Essex Industries

Leading Content. Zero Cost. Zero Travel.

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

All Session times displayed in Eastern Time

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 - 12:50 pm

    12:20 pm - 12:50 pm

    Jeanne Magoulick, Manager for the Factory of Tomorrow, Global Advanced Manufacturing, Ford Motor Company

    Ford Motor Company, with annual sales of $156 billion, is leveraging more than 115 years of continuous improvement practices, built on a foundation of standardized work, to transform into a globally scaled digital operations ecosystem.  In this powerhouse session, Jeanne, with the company for 27 years, will share how Ford:


    • Is pursuing new ways to use advanced technology to maintain Ford’s position as an industry leader in lean manufacturing.  
    • Accelerate business momentum with legacy systems while adopting more potent technology solutions.
    •  Plans to stay ahead of disruptive 3D printing/additive manufacturing, and explores what role blockchain technology might play in the manufacturing domain.
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  • 12:50 pm - 1:10 pm

    12:50 pm - 1:10 pm

  • 1:10 pm - 1:50 pm

    1:10 pm - 1:50 pm

    Paul Ingram, Director Digital Manufacturing, Nestle-Purina
    Hicham Wazni, Corporate Director of Manufacturing Intelligence and Smart Manufacturing, Howmet Aerospace
    Barbara Roth, COO & VP of Manufacturing, Ativa Medical Corp.

    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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  • 1:50 pm - 2:10 pm

    1:50 pm - 2:10 pm

  • 2:10 pm - 2:50 pm

    2:10 pm - 2:50 pm

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

    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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  • 2:50 pm - 3:10 pm

    2:50 pm - 3:10 pm

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  • 3:10 pm - 3:50 pm

    3:10 pm - 3:50 pm

    Mike Nitz, Senior Architect, IT, Boston Scientific
    Nicholas Eplin, Manufacturing Engineer, Essex Industries

    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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  • 3:50 pm - 4:10 pm

    3:50 pm - 4:10 pm

    Brianna Keelan, Workforce Readiness Manager, Stanley Black & Decker Inc.

    Indeed, Industry 4.0 requires a tech-savvy and data-literate workforce, but the next generation of skills needs for advanced manufacturing go beyond this narrow scope. Soft skills such as communication, collaboration, leadership and ownership are important pillars to develop a continuous improvement culture. Brianna will share how Stanley Black & Decker:

    • Holistically focuses on engaging, training and upskilling their factory workers for today and tomorrow
    • Continuously trains employees to ensure digital and soft skills are honed, and all accept responsibility for improving organizational processes
    • Has responded to Covid-19, which keenly highlighted the importance of creating an agile and flexible workforce
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  • 4:10 pm - 4:15 pm

    4:10 pm - 4:15 pm

    -- Maureen Azzato, Program Director, Connected Manufacturing Forum

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  • 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

    4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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"The Connected Manufacturing Forum was a well-organized and structured event to connect directly to vendors and other companies to share the opportunities and challenges with Industry 4.0.”

- Mike T., VP, HUGHES

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.