September 23-24, 2013
MGM Grand Hotel, Detroit

2013 Programme

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Monday, September 23, 2013

08:00 – 09:00
Registration and welcome coffee
09:00 – 10:30
SESSION 1: Manufacturing planning and strategy – capacity utilisation
• Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan
• Scott Garberding, Senior Vice-President – Manufacturing/World Class Manufacturing, Chrysler
• Richard Morris, Assembly Vice-President, BMW Manufacturing
• Joe Berish, Manager, Oliver Wyman – The Harbour Report

10:30- 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30
SESSION 2A: Raising quality through intelligent tracking, testing and optimised HMI

•  ASQ/General Motors – Global State of Quality Research — the first ever comprehensive view on the current state of quality worldwide

•  MAHLE Test Systems – Programming, configuration and test in vehicle manufacturing for raising and maintaining quality in tomorrow's high-efficiency engines

•  OMNI-ID – Improved operator interaction via a rugged e-paper screen, providing paperless and dynamic instruction including real-time tracking 

•  Kush Shah, Manager, Global Electrification Quality, Global Vehicle Engineering Quality, General Motors

•  Scott Bolt, Chief Engineer (MAHLE Test Systems), MAHLE Powertrain

•  Ed Nabrotzky, Executive Vice President, Sales & Product Development, Omni-ID

11:00 – 12:30
SESSION 2B: Pressing technologies – stamping, hotforming, hydroforming and hemming

With the rise of high strength steels, composite materials and aluminium, in the new F-150 for example, the pressure is on for the forming divisions of OEMs and Tier suppliers. Manufacturing engineers and solutions providers present their strategies for pressing tomorrow’s vehicles

•  Ramesh Parameswaran, Global Strategy Manager Stamping Business Unit, FORD

•  Klaus Rothenhagen, Vice-President, AIDA

•  Frank Grunow, CEO, Profil

12:30- 14:00
14:00 – 15:30
SESSION 3A Body-in-white

•  GM – vehicle lightweighting and its impact on manufacturing

•  ABB – showcasing standard solutions based on standard robotized products for new processes

•  TRUMPF – laser welding and brazing, and integration with high-strength steel usage

•  3DCAD – Rising potentials in automotive body shop line engineering – welding technology, digital manufacturing, process engineering, simulations engineering, and use of simulation and validation for weld shop requirements 

•  Michael Regiec, Manufacturing Chief‚ Body Manufacturing Engineering Product Interface, General Motors

•  Michael Fritz, Industry Management Automotive – Hotforming, TRUMPF

•  Bernard Negre, Manager Global Body-in-White Systems, ABB

•  Prabha Shankar, General Manager, Engineering, 3DCAD

14:00 – 16:00
SESSION 3B Production control and IT

Lean manufacturing including build to order demands ever more precise scheduling. Production leaders and IT experts present their latest systems and discuss integration throughout the manufacturing process

• Zebra – implementing complex supply chain solutions for customers by leveraging auto ID and location technologies

• Rockwell – Flexibility, consistency and safety in globally connected enterprises, to gain better insight into manufacturing operations

• SICK – the next generation of robotic vision-guided technology for picking parts in bins, outlining breakthrough, off-the-shelf 3D vision technology that combines precise 3D shape matching with measurement

 • David Phillips, Director, Sales Engineering – The Americas & APAC, Zebra Technologies

• Todd Montpas, Automotive and Tyre Market Development Manager, Rockwell Automation

• Brian Windsor, National Product Manager for 2-D and 3-D Smart Cameras, SICK US

16:00- 16:30
Coffee break
16:30 – 17:30
Session 4A Managing manufacturing power – energy and environment

Building and managing facilities for maximum efficiency makes great business sense as well as maximising resource planning and environmental protection. Presentations on solar and other renewable energy sources, and EV networks

• Joey Forrest, Manager of Plant Engineering, Volkswagen Chattanooga

• David Skelton, Vice President, Development & Manufacturing, Phoenix Contact

16:30 – 17:30
Session 4B Powertrain technologies – from downsizing to hybrid and EV

US government legislation and consumer demand is pushing greater fuel efficiency and stricter emissions limits. Engine and transmission experts discuss how US manufacturing must respond and how downsizing has put special demands on existing machining lines

• Chet Roslanowick, Director of Business Development, GKN Driveline North America   

• Douglas Watts,  Chief Technical Officer, MAG Automotive

17:30- 21:00
Networking dinner

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

08:30 – 09:00
Registration and coffee
09:00 – 10:30
SESSION 5: Supplier development and integration

• Ford – OEMs are demanding assured capacity and quality from the supply base in a time of uncertainty over the production capacities of Tier suppliers 

• SRG Global’s approach to meet the needs of its global customers while balancing the complexities of global supply chain management, international trade compliance, and varying degrees of global integration by each customer

 • William Storves,  Manager, Supply Chain Management and Plant Materials Management, FORD

• Tom Fitzgibbons, Instructor, Toyota Endowment at the University of Kentucky

• John Erwin, Vice President of Purchasing and Environmental Health and Safety, SRG Global

10:30- 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30
SESSION 6A Paintshop

New facilities discussed plus reviewing the latest clean paintshop technologies; from 3-wet and primerless to nanotechnology and solar-powered ovens. Case studies of US projects from paint facility builder

• University of Kentucky – application of both wet and powder paint application with the focus on applicator (atomizer) design, particle/droplet dynamics, deposition, and film build consistency; paint curing and oven energy efficiency; and inspection of coated surfaces

• Dr. Kozo Saito and Nelson Akafuah, Toyota Endowment at the Institute of Research for Technology Development, University of Kentucky

• Jim Pakkala, Engineering Manager, Dürr Systems US

• Fabrizio Mina, Executive Director Americas, Taikisha Industrial Company

11:00 – 12:30
SESSION 6B Conveyors, robotics and final assembly

Reviewing the latest technology, from lightweight robots in assembly applications through AGVs and intelligent conveyors. Presentations on assembly as the final frontier of automation

• Superior Controls – a case study on the implementation of IPT® based Battery-free AGV assembly lines for a vehicle manufacturer with flexible, asynchronous conveyance and information infrastructure

• eFlex Systems – Plug n Play systems in manufacturing:
With limited resources and increasing complexity of manufacturing systems, supplier plug and play solutions are needed.  This can be challenging because a PnP system must encompass plant floor hardware, networks, software, processes, etc.  However, a PnP system can be accomplished with standards, supplier-to-supplier partnerships, and integration of systems from the plant floor to IT

• KUKA Robotics – collaborative robotics to improve speed, flexibility and the man-machine interface

• Rod Emery, Vice-President, SuperiorControls

• George Jewell, Vice-President, eFlex Systems

• Michael Gerstenberger, Senior Engineer, KUKA Robotics – Collaborative robots

12:30- 14:00
14:00 – 15:30
SESSION 7 Tomorrow’s manufacturing protocols and trends

Manufacturing planning experts present their vision of the future of automaking in North America and will be joined by several speakers from earlier sessions for a lively discussion on the themes that have emerged during the conference. Use our conference app to pose questions:

•  Mike Jackson, Director, North America, Vehicle Production Forecasting and Analysis, IHS Automotive

•  Gerardo Oaxaca, Chief Executive, Superlaser & Fixtures Mexico

• Ramesh Parameswaran, Global Strategy Manager Stamping Business Unit, FORD – Panel member

• Jeremy Burne, Consultant, Electric Drive Transportation Association – Panel member

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