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MFG Forum 2019

The MFG Forum held on 4/23/19 in Novi continued its tradition of discussing emerging manufacturing trends like these and helping executives take on current and future problems. Check out the May 2019 issue of MiMfg Magazine for the 2019 Forum recap.

Why the Digital Transformation Will be a People Transformation

A lot of the conversation about Industry 4.0 and digitalization focuses on the technology and tools but what’s missing is how our people will need to change with the technology. Joe LaRussa of Brose North America Inc. will get you thinking about how digitalization will impact your people, and compare and contrast different approaches to managing the digital transformation at different points of the economic cycles that manufacturers will continue to experience.

PRIME® Success Story: Shape Corporation and Grand Haven High School

In 2017, Shape Corporation launched a partnership with Grand Haven High School to establish an SME PRIME® manufacturing career tech program. Hear about the success of the collaborative program in delivering on the shared goals of Shape Corp and Grand Haven Public Schools.

Leveraging Technology in Information Systems for Organizational Development

During their maturation, successful companies make the transition from reactive to predictive organizations; from being ruled by their issues to understanding and controlling the critical inputs creating those issues, thus eliminating them. The Center’s George Singos and Chuck Werner will cover the beginning of the business maturation model as companies go from “not knowing what they don’t know” to becoming a data-driven entity where decisions are made in real-time and based on the information necessary to empower team members.

Middle Market Manufacturing: How to Thrive in a Transforming Environment

Manufacturing performance has been very strong — but can it continue? Drawing on data from 400 manufacturers, Tom Stewart of the National Center for the Middle Market will discuss the major challenges mid-sized manufacturers face and document the practices that the most successful businesses use.

Prepare for the Unknown: Structuring Agreements to Survive Market Changes

Volumes fluctuate. Costs change. Opportunities shift. How do you negotiate supply agreements that anticipate market changes and adapt to the moving targets of your industry? Wolfson Bolton’s Adam Kochenderfer will lead a cross-industry panel of manufacturers from Gibbs Die Casting Corp., Varroc Lighting Sytems and NYX Inc. to cover how to build volume protections into your agreements, strategically customer and supplier thinking and limiting your liability.

Empowering Mind & Machine: How Industry 4.0 Is Reinventing Life As We Know It

Join Andy Storm, CEO of Eckhart Inc. and one of America’s Industry 4.0 leaders, to learn how you can embrace technology and innovation to transform life on your line. Attendees will get real-life examples that illustrate how Industry 4.0-based innovation will empower humans and machines to work in data optimized value streams and unlock unimaginable levels of safety, quality, productivity and value-creation across all sectors of society.

Testimonial“Tom [Alongi]’s presentation was another example of the high-level discussion happening throughout the Forum.”

– Phil Sponsler, Orbitform



Testimonial“What a great event, bringing together manufacturers from all different industries, as well as some great vendors! I was exposed to new resources, and a wealth of useful information — some of which my company has already been able to put to use!”

– Amanda Waldron, Hatch Stamping Company LLC



Testimonial“During the presentation, I was compelled to consider how quickly this industry shift is happening and how my business can be better positioned to support the inevitable move away from combustion engines.”

– Ron Geisman, Lomar Machine & Tool Company



Testimonial“This session really showcased specific items I need to be aware of on both topics — Industry 4.0 and cybersecurity. These are the essential pieces I know I need to keep my business competitive and relevant in the industry.”

– Bernhard Kerschbaum, Rosler Metal Finishing USA



Testimonial“This forum provides great information about Industry 4.0 and gives you practical ways to help move your business through the next industrial revolution.”

– Tom Conway, ASK

HCC MFG Works Partners, MTMIC Blue Cross Blue Shield MetLife Michigan Creative Maner Costerisan Spartan Printing Yeo and Yeo Trumpie Photography Honigman Seeburger eComChain Interstate Red Level Group Wolfson Bolton PNC Bank

    Contact MMA’s Sarah Martin, at 517-487-8521 or martin@mimfg.org, to discuss upcoming sponsorship opportunities.

Contact Sarah Martin

Sarah MartinEvent Coordinator
Call 517-487-8521
E-mail martin@mimfg.org

The MFG Forum held on 4/23/19 in Novi continued its tradition of discussing emerging manufacturing trends like these and helping executives take on current and future problems. Check out the May 2019 issue of MiMfg Magazine for the 2019 Forum recap.

Why the Digital Transformation Will be a People Transformation

A lot of the conversation about Industry 4.0 and digitalization focuses on the technology and tools but what’s missing is how our people will need to change with the technology. Joe LaRussa of Brose North America Inc. will get you thinking about how digitalization will impact your people, and compare and contrast different approaches to managing the digital transformation at different points of the economic cycles that manufacturers will continue to experience.

PRIME® Success Story: Shape Corporation and Grand Haven High School

In 2017, Shape Corporation launched a partnership with Grand Haven High School to establish an SME PRIME® manufacturing career tech program. Hear about the success of the collaborative program in delivering on the shared goals of Shape Corp and Grand Haven Public Schools.

Leveraging Technology in Information Systems for Organizational Development

During their maturation, successful companies make the transition from reactive to predictive organizations; from being ruled by their issues to understanding and controlling the critical inputs creating those issues, thus eliminating them. The Center’s George Singos and Chuck Werner will cover the beginning of the business maturation model as companies go from “not knowing what they don’t know” to becoming a data-driven entity where decisions are made in real-time and based on the information necessary to empower team members.

Middle Market Manufacturing: How to Thrive in a Transforming Environment

Manufacturing performance has been very strong — but can it continue? Drawing on data from 400 manufacturers, Tom Stewart of the National Center for the Middle Market will discuss the major challenges mid-sized manufacturers face and document the practices that the most successful businesses use.

Prepare for the Unknown: Structuring Agreements to Survive Market Changes

Volumes fluctuate. Costs change. Opportunities shift. How do you negotiate supply agreements that anticipate market changes and adapt to the moving targets of your industry? Wolfson Bolton’s Adam Kochenderfer will lead a cross-industry panel of manufacturers from Gibbs Die Casting Corp., Varroc Lighting Sytems and NYX Inc. to cover how to build volume protections into your agreements, strategically customer and supplier thinking and limiting your liability.

Empowering Mind & Machine: How Industry 4.0 Is Reinventing Life As We Know It

Join Andy Storm, CEO of Eckhart Inc. and one of America’s Industry 4.0 leaders, to learn how you can embrace technology and innovation to transform life on your line. Attendees will get real-life examples that illustrate how Industry 4.0-based innovation will empower humans and machines to work in data optimized value streams and unlock unimaginable levels of safety, quality, productivity and value-creation across all sectors of society.

Testimonial“Tom [Alongi]’s presentation was another example of the high-level discussion happening throughout the Forum.”

– Phil Sponsler, Orbitform



Testimonial“What a great event, bringing together manufacturers from all different industries, as well as some great vendors! I was exposed to new resources, and a wealth of useful information — some of which my company has already been able to put to use!”

– Amanda Waldron, Hatch Stamping Company LLC



Testimonial“During the presentation, I was compelled to consider how quickly this industry shift is happening and how my business can be better positioned to support the inevitable move away from combustion engines.”

– Ron Geisman, Lomar Machine & Tool Company



Testimonial“This session really showcased specific items I need to be aware of on both topics — Industry 4.0 and cybersecurity. These are the essential pieces I know I need to keep my business competitive and relevant in the industry.”

– Bernhard Kerschbaum, Rosler Metal Finishing USA



Testimonial“This forum provides great information about Industry 4.0 and gives you practical ways to help move your business through the next industrial revolution.”

– Tom Conway, ASK

HCC MFG Works Partners, MTMIC Blue Cross Blue Shield MetLife Michigan Creative Maner Costerisan Spartan Printing Yeo and Yeo Trumpie Photography Honigman Seeburger eComChain Interstate Red Level Group Wolfson Bolton PNC Bank

    Contact MMA’s Sarah Martin, at 517-487-8521 or martin@mimfg.org, to discuss upcoming sponsorship opportunities.

Contact Sarah Martin

Sarah MartinEvent Coordinator
Call 517-487-8521
E-mail martin@mimfg.org
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