Manufacturing & Supply Chain Digital Transformation Summit

October 20 – 22 | Online

Main Track

Tuesday, October 20

11:00 AM EST
Industry 4.0 & Digital Supply Chain State of the Union
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Every company wants to unlock the potential of Industry 4.0 and the digital supply chain, but there's a lot of noise to cut through. It doesn't matter if it's robotics and process automation, digital twins and digital thread, or last-mile delivery and same-day urban fulfillment, the pace of change and subsequent complexity make it difficult — yet important — to distill what really matters for a true, competitive edge.

This capstone webinar will reveal the most important domains and change agents driving digital transformation. It will set the stage for other webinars and panels and answer key questions such as: What are the key technologies in the production and supply chain worthy of an active pursuit? Which companies are leading the charge and what are the ecosystem dynamics? Who are the pioneers when it comes to servitization and business model innovation? What is the next big paradigm shift and how can you capitalize on it?

12:00 PM EST
Making Cars in 2030
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The automotive industry faces many of the same challenges as other industries such as bridging the gap between IT and OT and providing low-code or no-code tools for content creation, app development, and logic configuration. Technology vendors targeting the automotive manufacturing industry need to understand that while automotive shares many challenges with other industries, it often takes them to extremes. Facilities are massive; automation is extensive; and budgets are big. But so is the risk. One minute of down-time can cost tens of thousands of dollars. This panel session brings together top industry experts from across the automotive manufacturing value chain to dissect the future of making cars. In doing so, we will uncover the biggest opportunities, threats, and challenges facing digital transformation executives in the largest end market for advanced manufacturing technology adoption: Automotive.

1:00 PM EST
Data, Analytics, and AI at the Edge Enabling Decision Making
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Analytical software grabs a great deal of attention as the software evolves from describing problems on the factory floor to making recommendations to rectify the situation in real time. However, before analytics can take place, there is a realization among both suppliers and manufacturers that the underlying data often need cleaning as part of the ingestion process, managed, in other words, to ensure accuracy.

This webinar will examine the symbiotic relationship between IoT and data analytics. Manufacturers and Industrial firms appreciate that their production lines are a treasure trove of data but many have experienced disappointments when trying to extract and utilize data relating to their operations. We will explore how manufacturers can construct a value chain that considers several ways to collect and analyze data. Nowadays, the data can be analyzed in real time rather than creating a data lake to store for future use. The webinar will also cover technologies to help manufacturers ensure data accuracy and the evolution in the supplier community; solutions no only longer just report what is happening, but why, and suggested steps for actions. Finally, we will recommend how suppliers and manufacturers can work together to successfully turn ideas into projects.

2:00 PM EST
Future Manufacturing Processes (Additive, Subtractive, Generative)
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Multi-disciplinary advances in material sciences, metrology, and design are converging on manufacturability to bring new production technologies to market. These include new robotic automation, generative design, and additive manufacturing. This panel will delve into each of these future modalities and the applications and use cases commanding the most demonstrable ROI. It will also uncover the road to production and answer one of the key questions in the industry: What is the next multi-billion-dollar opportunity?

Wednesday, October 21

8:00 AM EST
5G, Wi-Fi, and RTLS for Manufacturing and Industry 4.0
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The factory floor is becoming a hotbed for new connectivity technologies that also aim to support previous communication protocols, including Profinet and Industrial Ethernet. Different stakeholders are now offering different types of wireless connectivity options, including cellular (4G and 5G), WiFi (WiFi 6 and 7) while new location technologies (Real Time Location Services) and Simultaneous Location and Mapping (SLAM) will very likely become key components of Industry 4.0 transformations. This webinar will explore the dynamics between these technologies and outline which ones are likely to succeed.

10:00 AM EST
Industrial Software Applications: From Simulation to ALM, PLM, SLM
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Machines, production lines, logistics operations, corporate applications, staff all generate data and contribute to what is often referred to as Digital Thread. Manufacturers and industrial firms are investing in PLM software, digital twins, simulation software, etc. but what are benefits of doing so? This panel will discuss the delivery challenges and how to avoid projects turning into white elephants. Also discussed will be how to scale projects from POCs to business as normal,ensuring clients gain the maximum benefit.

11:00 AM EST
The Post-COVID-19 Supply Chain
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This webinar will explore key technologies, trends, and challenges in fulfillment, including micro-fulfillment, robotics, last mile, automation, systems integration, geographic strategies, flexibility, visibility, and reliability challenges, and cold-chain opportunities.

12:00 PM EST
Breaking into the Industrial Market For Technology Companies
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The industrial landscape is evolving at a rapid pace. Connectivity, analytics, robotics, and automation innovation are at an all-time high. Cloud and software vendors are in hot demand. And manufacturers are starting to pick their dance partners. This panel brings together industry leaders to dissect what it takes to play in the multi-trillion-dollar industrial market. Key themes and discussion topics include: the major business strategy trends impacting manufacturers today; how new technologies are introduced and the nuances in different industries; the role of IT/OT and the shifting balance of power; and a review of the most immediate market opportunities.

Thursday, October 22

11:00 AM EST
IoT in Manufacturing
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The manufacturing industry represents great potential for the IoT ecosystem led by top OEMs such as GE, Siemens, Hitachi and others, industry groups such as the Industrial Internet Consortium, and even national initiatives such as Made in China 2025. Yet for all this activity, manufacturing is still a legacy and largely brownfield market that presents challenges for elevating traditional manufacturing to a flexible, connected, self-healing set of transformational processes. In this webinar, ABI Research will provide an update on the state of IoT within the manufacturing market and review:

  • Major Themes and Trends Defining IoT in the Manufacturing Market
  • Top Use Cases and Deployment Scenarios and Their Evolution
  • IoT Value Chain Insights and Role of Connectivity Technologies
  • Evolution of the IoT Supplier Ecosystem — Leaders and Laggards
12:00 PM EST
From First to Last Mile: The Automation of Material Handling in a Post-Covid World
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Fixed, heavy, expensive and inflexible; this has been the understanding of industrial robots for decades. But with increasing pressure on manufacturers to increase productivity, a new generation of advanced, flexible and mobile robots are going supercharge productivity, from the loading bay to last mile.

APAC Track

Wednesday, October 21

2:00 PM SGT
Manufacturing in Asia: State of Play for the World's Manufacturing Base
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The APAC region is a key manufacturing base for the world. Four APAC countries account for about 40% of the global manufacturing output in 2018. What are the key smart manufacturing activities developing in the region and where are they? What are the innovative Industry 4.0 solutions for smart factories and how factory owners can take advantage of these solutions to transform? What factors should be considered by factory owners on ROI?

Thursday, October 22

2:00 PM SGT
Electronics Manufacturing in Asia: Precision and Pace
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Asia is the home to the world’s biggest pure-play foundries and top outsourced semiconductor assembly and test companies. The region serves as a critical node in the global supply chain for products ranging from computational chipsets, storage and memory products, to microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). However, as the region faces challenges in terms of rising wages, aging population and increasing manufacturing complexity, existing electronics manufacturing practices need to be upgraded. In recent years, robotics and AI have played a key role in automating repetitive task, improving accuracy, minimizing reject rate and wastage, thereby accelerating time to market and innovation cycle. In this panel, our panels from different technology backgrounds will look to share their views on the following questions:

  • What's the future for electronics OEMs evaluating Asia as their manufacturing base?
  • What is the extent of automation on the production line, and how has COVID-19 impacted this thinking?
  • What are the issues switching from labor intensive assembly to robotics based assembly in electronics manufacturing process?
  • Does AI and Machine Learning have impact on factory floor and beyond?
4:00 PM SGT
China Plus 1: Post-COVID-19 Supply Chain & Logistics in APAC
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Among the topics and questions this webinar will cover:

  • What has been the impact to date COVID-19 on the supply chain logistics in the Asia-Pacific region?
  • What is the outlook of supply chain logistics in the Asia-Pacific region over the next year to 18 months?
  • How has logistics been disrupted from its usual operations?
  • How is applications, technology and location data evolving the Supply Chain & Logistics in APAC?