Programme 2020

30 November-2 December 2020; Berlin, Germany

08:00 - 11:30 - Site Tour

BMW Plant Berlin

During the exclusive guided tour, two groups of 25 people will be led through the mechanical production, engine assembly and the motorcycle assembly. The tour is approximately two hours long.

10:00 - 11:30

Industry 4.0 & Technology

MESA Workshop

Uwe Küppers, Chairman, EMEA, MESA

  • Full session abstract TBC

12:00 - 13:00

Registration & Networking Lunch

13:00 - 13:10

Chair's Opening Remarks

13:10 - 13:45 - Keynote

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Understanding And Enabling A Digital Twin

Jesper Toubøl, VP Moulding, LEGO

  • Going through the roadmaps of LEGO IOT in Operations – and getting an increased understanding of the real world, communicate better and faster, and make more informed decisions

13:45 - 14:20 - Keynote

Lean & Operational Excellence

Continuous Improvement: How to Drive and Sustain Success

Luc Roesems, Vice President Manufacturing, Samsonite Europe NV

  • Full session abstract TBC

14:25 - 15:00 - Solution Spotlights

Lean & Operational Excellence

Delivering Exceptional Manufacturing Performance in Transformational Times

  • Building a performance system as a “way of work” for surviving and thriving in hyper-competitive and transformational times
  • Understanding the human element of operational performance amidst the ongoing technological transformation   
  • Building the system-based foundations of stability, reliability, and predictability in manufacturing processes with technology and people
  • Shifting the organisational mindset from “incremental” improvement to “breakthrough” using zero-loss thinking and a tiered management system

Advanced Production Strategies

Session Title TBC (Tamturbo)

  • Full session abstract TBC

15:00 - 15:50

iSolve Meetings & Networking Break

15:50 - 16:25 - Case Studies

Lean & Operational Excellence

Matching Japanese Lean Thinking to Different Cultures: How to Create the Organisation for Managing a Change of Mindset in a Multi-Site Company

Davide di Blasi, Global Lean and Quality Director, Hilding Anders International AB

  • Virtual travel in Japanese lean thinking
  • Understanding the local culture as a basic point before to start any lean transformation
  • Lessons learned: importance of commitment
  • How to develop lean leadership in the organisation? The train the trainer concept
  • How to boost the system: “external and fresh eyes”, partnership with University and talent management

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Session Title TBC (SKF Group)

Roberto Napione, Head of Machine Centre of Excellence, SKF Group

  • Full session abstract TBC

16:30 - 17:05 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Empowering Teams through Digital Transformations

  • Full session abstract TBC

Lean & Operational Excellence

Session Title TBC

  • Full session abstract TBC

17:10 - 17:55 - Panel Discussion

Advanced Production Strategies

Manufacturing During a Crisis: How can you Safeguard Production and Productivity?

  • Full session abstract TBC

17:55 - 18:00

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Day 1

18:00 - 19:00

Evening Drinks Reception

07:45 - 08:45

Registration & Refreshments

08:45 - 08:50

Chair’s Opening Remarks

08:50 - 09:25 - Keynote

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Additive Manufacturing from a Sustainability Perspective

Dr Peter Emvin, Operational Strategy, GKN Aerospace Sweden AB

  • Full session abstract TBC

09:25 - 10:00 - Keynote

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Digital E2E Planning & Execution Platform

Wolfgang Weber, Head of International Engineering and Digital Transformation, Henkel

  • Henkel has developed a unique cloud-based data platform that connects 30+ sites and 10+ distribution centers in real time
  • This helps to meet growing customer & consumer expectations on service & sustainability, while improving cost and capital double-digit %
  • Global leadership derives actionable insights from it, supporting E2E decision making
  • Algorithms and AI enrich data insights, recognise patterns and prescribe actions

10:05 - 10:40 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Smashing Business Silos with Digital Transformation

  • Full session abstract TBC

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Putting the Industrial Internet to Work: How to Start, Where to Focus

  • Full session abstract TBC

10:40 - 11:30

iSolve Meetings & Networking Break

11:30 - 12:05 - Case Studies

Lean & Operational Excellence

Delivering Outstanding Results by Implementing a Business Excellence Model

Paolo Bortolotto, Operations Director, Xylem Inc.

  • Full session abstract TBC

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Incorporating 3D Printing to Benefit your Top-Line

  • How can utilising 3D printing into your processes improve and streamline your output?
  • Where can you define areas within your production to effectively incorporate 3D printing?

12:10 - 12:45 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Boosting Productivity with Industrial IoT and AI

  • Full session abstract TBC

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Unlocking the Value of Manufacturing Data in the IIOT World

  • Full session abstract TBC

12:45 - 13:45

Networking Lunch

13:45 - 14:20 - Case Studies

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Why is it Crucial to Lay Solid Foundations for Information Management in Order to Optimise Industry 4.0 Programmes?

Mark Carnaghan, Business Unit Director, 2 Sisters Food Group

  • Full session abstract TBC

Advanced Production Strategies

Session Title TBC (Tritium)

Manuel Fernandes, President, Europe, Tritium

  • Full session abstract TBC

14:25 - 15:00 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Session Title TBC (Dassault Systèmes)

  • Full session abstract TBC

Lean & Operational Excellence

Session Title TBC (FICO)

Jens Schulz, Technical Product Management, FICO

  • Full session abstract TBC

15:00 - 15:50

iSolve Meetings & Networking Break

15:50 - 16:25 - Case Studies

Advanced Production Strategies

Session Title TBC (Aryballe)

Thierry Chavigner, EVP of Operations, Aryballe

  • Full session abstract TBC

Lean & Operational Excellence

Reaching a Sustainable Operational Excellence Programme

César Lombarte, Operational Excellence Manager, B. Braun Group

  • Full session abstract TBC

16:30 - 17:05 - Keynote

Industry 4.0 & Technology

17:05 - 17:50 - Panel Discussion

Advanced Production Strategies

From Global to Local Operations: Reshaping the Organisation to Boost Efficiency and Competitiveness in a Global Market

  • Re-evaluating your current global setup and highlighting limitations in efficiency and consumer communication
  • Analysing forecasted developments in the global market and preparing for key challenges and opportunities
  • Emerging market manpower and low-cost vs western technology - utilising innovative technologies to remain competitive
  • Maximising the efficiency of your global footprint
  • Talent sourcing and development - having the right people in the right places and at the right time

17:50 - 17:55

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Day 2

17:55 - 18:55

Evening Drinks Reception

08:30 - 08:55

Registration & Refreshments

08:55 - 09:00

Chair's Opening Remarks

09:00 - 09:35 - Keynote

Industry 4.0 & Technology

The Closed Loop Manufacturing Approach

Dr Gunter Beitinger, Vice President Manufacturing, Siemens AG

1)     Closed Loop Manufacturing Approach for over 30 plants

2)     Roadmap to ensure holistic view on digitalisation

3)     Enabling of cross company scalability

4)     Concrete use cases from 5 different workstreams

09:35 - 10:10 - Keynote

Lean & Operational Excellence

Building the Production System through a Developed Lean Programme

  • How can you unlock the hidden potential of your existing systems and factory space?
  • How to optimise your site, facility or plant to implement the most effective lean and six sigma processes?

10:15 - 10:50 - Solution Spotlights

Industry 4.0 & Technology

How can you Prepare your Factory for a Future In Automation?

  • How can you reduce material inputs and reduce energy consumption?
  • Methods to decrease maintenance costs?
  • How can you produce larger quantities with new automation technology?

Quality & Safety Management

How Defect Reduction and Integrated Variation Tools can Increase Process Repeatability and Predictability

  • Using cloud systems to give you increased visibility and build your customers' loyalty with the most reliable processes

10:50 - 11:40

iSolve Meetings & Networking Break

11:40 - 12:15 - Case Studies

Advanced Production Strategies

Session Title TBC (Nestlé)

Arturo Galvan, Factory Manager, Nestlé

  • Full session abstract TBC

Leadership & Workforce Development

From Understanding to Ownership to Autonomy - Enforcing Change Management Principles

  • Implementing total change management leadership
  • Turning the industrial department into continuous improvement driven and a self-learning organisation

12:20 - 12:55 - Case Studies

Lean & Operational Excellence

Achieving Operational Excellence across Production Networks under Levels of Ambiguity

Christian Haupt, Head of Business Development Technology, STAEDTLER

In decision theory we differentiate between risk, uncertainty, and ambiguity. Risk means that we have different options and that because of probability we can decide for the best-known option. Under uncertainty we know different options, but it is not possible to calculate the likelihood for those options. Hence it is more difficult to decide what will be the better option. Ambiguity is most difficult to handle; we are not sure about options and probability at all.  

Digitalization, trade conflicts, worldwide pandemics, climate change are only few of the most recent incidents which lead to drastic changes in society. Digitalization is driving new business models and an interbranch competition. Trade conflicts lead to shifts in global value networks. Worldwide pandemics will lead to significant changes in customer behaviors. Overall, the focus on climate change will lead to a focus of reusable energies and materials and new production technologies. 

All of those and moreover the combination will need to shift management behaviors from managing risks to managing ambiguity. This will have the effect that we need to move from thinking in options towards thinking in scenarios. Especially important is this for managing production networks. How can you achieve Operational Excellence across production networks under those new requirements?

  • What are the new requirements for a companywide operating system?
  • What are the different steps to pursue OE in the production network?
  • How to align structure, processes, and practices towards a level of ambiguity?
  • What are the further implications for decision making under ambiguity?

Advanced Production Strategies

Design for Product, for Manufacturing or for Supply Chain?

Dr Aristides Matopoulos, Reader, Engineering Systems & Management, Aston Logistics & Systems Institute, Aston University

This session discusses how you can support your manufacturing / engineering business to strengthen resilience through a structured approach. Attend this session to:

  • Understand the connection between Technology, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Readiness Levels.
  • Become aware of the trade-offs between TRL/MRL/SCRL as an integral part of the new product development process.
  • Learn about the above in the context of a case study

12:55 - 13:55

Networking Lunch

13:55 - 14:30 - Case Studies

Industry 4.0 & Technology

Trusted Data Sharing for Cognitive Manufacturing

Prof. Dr. Dimitris Kiritsis, Prof. ICT for Sustainable Manufacturing, EPFL

In the context of Circular Economy, closed-loop PLM extends the meaning of PLM in order to close the loop of the information among the different lifecycle phases of a product. Emerging artificial intelligence and IoT technologies will make machines “intelligent” by enhancing their ability to “think”, monitor their own use, enabling them to take appropriate actions to avoid sub-optimal operation conditions and, when necessary, notify authorised parties about various aspects of their “life”. Together with that, ontologies and associated semantic technologies such as knowledge graphs and digital cognitive twins are rapidly becoming popular in various domains and applications to deal with the tremendous increase of available data captured all along the lifecycle of a product and allow to go beyond “Big Data” and discover and explore their real meaning. All of the above is making manufacturing develop more and more “cognitive” characteristics” and so facilitating and enabling the human-machine collaboration.

Quality & Safety Management

Centralised Quality & Safety Operations: Establishing a Central Repository for Compliance, History and Data

  • The move towards centralised operations has allowed for faster response times and more detailed investigations and internal audits to decipher the root causes of key issues

14:35 - 15:10 - Case Studies

Leadership & Workforce Development

Building Resiliency into your Workforce to Maximise Productivity and Reduce Turnover

  • Creating a self-sustaining and self-perpetuating culture of shared competencies and ongoing cross-training
  • Understanding what your people want from their careers and working with them to achieve those goals
  • Offering best practices in team building, engagement, and re-engagement as an engine that drives performance and encourages retention

15:10 - 15:45 - Keynote

Quality & Safety Management

What are the Key Principles to Meeting Regulatory Standards Without Sacrificing Productivity in a Pressurised Environment?

  • As regulatory standards and compliance become larger and more complex issues, how can your manufacturing facility comply and excel in equal measure?
  • What are the main indicators when it comes to a productive assembly line in terms of time and output?
  • How can you ensure that your workforce is well-trained and motivated enough to go by the book without dismissing your company's operational excellence programme?

15:45 - 15:55

Chair's Closing Remarks & End of Summit

16:30 - 19:30 - Site Tour

BMW Plant Berlin

During the exclusive guided tour, two groups of 25 people will be led through the mechanical production, engine assembly and the motorcycle assembly. The tour is approximately two hours long.