Technology trends change in the blink of an eye. In order to stay competitive, manufacturers need to know what will move their business forward, what processes have become obsolete and what innovations are on the horizon. The 2018 MFG Forum will guide industry leaders through these emerging issues, explain what Industry 4.0 is (and why it matters to their long-term bottom line) and provide resources to maintain Michigan’s manufacturing advantage in the 21st century.
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi
- MMA will continue its partnership with the National Center for Manufacturing Science to deliver an exceptional learning experience.
- Manufacturers will discover critical resources on emerging issues from national experts and learn about real-world best practices being utilized by their industry peers.
- The MFG Forum is a learning experience which goes beyond just the day of the event. All attendees will receive key takeaways including an event program filled with presentations, expert interviews and resources a manufacturing leader can implement right away.
- Networking (before, during and after the event) plus interactive activities will allow attendees to take conversations to a deeper level, gain insightful information and develop new partnerships.
- 2018 Platinum Sponsors: Blue Cross Blue Shield, MetLife
Learn more about the 2017 MFG Forum in the May issue of MiMfg Magazine or watch highlights from the 2017 MFG Forum below.
- “Kudos to you and your team on a very well done event. I have to be honest, I never thought I would be so intrigued and engaged about cyber security, but I have a bunch of notes to share with my IT team. Great job planning this!”
– Jen Kehres, Amigo Mobility
- “MMA brought their game to this year’s forum. Very timely and thought provoking topics coupled with a solid speaker lineup. Excellent Job!”
– Thomas Alongi, UHY LLP
- “I highly recommend decisionmakers attend the MMA MFG Forum in the future. The Forum provides a good balance of value adding presentations and solid networking opportunities. This was my first and I plan on attending in all future MMA MFG Forums.”
– Phil Sponsler, Orbitform
- “The MFG Forum was invaluable to me and my team. The keynote and discussion panels were highly informative, lively, and helped motivate me to make positive changes in my organization.”
– Eric Bowers, Butterball Farms Inc.
- “I have held the MMA in very high regard for some time now, but attending my first MFG Forum took it to another level for me. At the Forum I saw that same passion behind their efforts to deliver further value to their members through quality education on relevant topics. In today’s manufacturing environment we are all stronger together and I am thankful to the MMA for giving us that opportunity.”
– Kevin M. Cotter, Mobark LLC
- Information to grow your business
- A mix of experts, industry leaders, panel presentations, interactive components and networking time
- Past attendees report information at the Forum helped them to understand new concepts and be confident in developing new skills
- Manufacturers continue to express their willingness to use the information they gained and/or share it with colleagues
- 98.3% were likely to turn this information into action within 30 days following the event
- Attendees rated the 2017 MFG Forum as a 3.67 on a 4.00 scale!
- At this informative breakfast learn how to partner for talent in your hometown. MMA and the SME Educational Foundation provides a look at PRIME®, a nationwide program developing customizable curricula for local communities.
How not to get shocked, jolted and fried by the coming shift in automotive power sources
- The phase out of the internal combustion engine will have a significant impact on automotive manufacturing as the market shifts from the traditional “mechanical component” suppliers to electrical components, equating to a $450 billion market disruption that will have a significant impact on the global manufacturing industry. Strategic automotive consultant Paul Eichenberg will tell us what this means for manufacturers of all sizes and in every industry. Join us to identify future market opportunities, understand strategic options to evaluate strategies moving forward, and learn how it will impact key systems.
Technology’s Impact on Manufacturers Large and Small
- The challenges of the fourth industrial revolution don’t just affect large corporations; they challenge manufacturers of all sizes across the supply chain. This diverse panel of manufacturing leaders guarantees attendees will receive valuable information to help grow their Michigan-based business. Leading executives will share real-world examples of challenges and accomplishments related to Industry 4.0 including, development of robotics, implementation of automation and cyber security best practices.
Opportunities & Threats of the 4th Industrial Revolution
- The Fourth Industrial Revolution has been characterized as a collision of manufacturing and technology through digitization, robotics, and internet connectivity throughout the supply chain. The speed of change will be unprecedented! UHY LLP’s Thomas Alongi will discuss how middle market manufacturing suppliers can position themselves to take advantage of the opportunities and how to thwart the disruptive threats of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Cyber Warfare: Manufacturing and a Brand-New Battlefield
- Cyber security is becoming part of every business strategy. Get an understanding of how the Michigan Cyber Command Center (MC3) works to coordinate responders in the event of a cyber attack against Michigan’s infrastructure. Learn how the Michigan National Guard, Michigan State Police and Merit Network are helping Michigan manufacturers identify traits of a cyber attacker, recognize business weak points, build culture and policies for strong cyber security and provide resources to help.
OT & IT Convergence: Take a Bite or Be Eaten
- Success in Industry 4.0 requires more than the adoption of robotics and automation, it involves a new strategic mindset where Informational Technology overlays all aspects of Operations. Whether a small family owned business or a global corporation, manufacturers need to learn how to take a bite of emerging technology or risk being eaten. La-Z-Boy’s Dave Behen will demonstrate how one leading manufacturer focused on leadership and culture to add value and advance their business.
- The opportunity to develop connections is a valued part of MMA’s event programs. In addition to networking breaks and interactive activities throughout the day, there will be a pre-Forum networking event on Tuesday, May 8, as well as an on-site networking reception following the Forum on Thursday, May 9. These networking events provide you an opportunity to share strategies with like-minded manufactures and discuss insights with attendees and speakers.
- Contact MMA’s Sarah Martin, at 517-487-8521 or email@example.com, to learn more about available sponsorship opportunities.