Smart Manufacturing Conference – Presentations / Agenda

Opening Remarks – Mark Sessumes (8:30 – 9:00 am)

Mark Sessumes has 30 years of operations, management and consulting experience working with organizations to accelerate their profitable growth using Innovation, Productivity, Technology and Management Systems best practices. His numerous deployment engagements designing, developing and improving products, processes and people have resulted in 100’s of millions of dollars in documented impact. His special interest is working with leadership teams to adopt management and support systems necessary for enterprise transformation.
As Executive Director of TMAC, Mark has profit / loss and related performance responsibilities including Market and Sales Strategy and Execution, Product Portfolio Innovation and Management, Engagement Execution and Management, and Operations and Administration Management.

Morning Keynote – John Dyck (9:00 – 9:45 am)

“The Democratization of Smart Manufacturing”

For most manufacturers already on their Smart Manufacturing journey, scaling up beyond just a Pilot is proving to be a challenge! It’s almost as if, in the rush to hop on the digital transformation bandwagon, we’ve bypassed the checks and balances instituted to ensure that these initiatives create value. Value realization has been difficult enough in this space, and given the challenges faced by so many in ‘Pilot Purgatory,’ having both, a clear path to scale up/out and the commensurate cost justification are non-negotiables in the development of any Smart Manufacturing transformation strategy going forward.
John Dyck was appointed CEO of the Smart Manufacturing Institute (CESMII) in June of 2018.  CESMII is a public/private partnership committed to transforming the U.S. manufacturing market and increasing global competitiveness through the application of smart manufacturing technologies. John brings a highly pragmatic perspective to CESMII, and a crisp focus on outcomes that will benefit the Nation’s energy and economic security by sharing existing resources and co-investing to accelerate development and commercial deployment of innovative technologies.
John is practical visionary with a passion for innovation in the Manufacturing IT space. He’s known globally as a domain expert on both technology and business management in the nexus that often separates IT and Operations. For the past 5 years, he has been focused on how innovations like Cloud and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) impact manufacturing and has pioneered the application of these technologies in a wide range of manufacturing operations across many industries. John was recently awarded a number of patents for the application of IIoT and analytics in manufacturing workflows and business processes.

Breakout Session A – Steve Deitz (10:30 – 11:30 am)

“Driving the Future of Manufacturing With Technology”

Digital transformation is driving exponential changes all throughout our manufacturing industries. We must embrace the evolution of advanced technologies. They will forever impact the way we work. New workforce skills will require a different kind of mindset. New data-driven interfaces will enhance training methodologies and new processes will enable lean efficiencies and automation.
Please join Steve Deitz, CEO of 900lbs, as he takes us on an exploratory journey through a tech-driven future. 900lbs is an interactive design agency that combines emerging technologies and visual tools to solve business challenges for companies like Pepsi, Shell Oil, Bell Helicopter, NTT Data, etc.
Steve Deitz is CEO/Founder of Dallas-based future-focused creative agency, 900lbs of Creative. As the design and development Special Forces Unit, 900lbs creates a diverse range of interactive initiatives and visual content to showcase the art of the possible and make it a reality. With an arsenal of cutting-edge technological tools and software, the team brings complex and disruptive ideas to life to drive business results. Since its inception 9 years ago, 900lbs has grown organically with a creative force of 25+ team-members and an all-star advisory council. 900lbs is thankful to be trusted by clients like Bell Helicopter, Royal Caribbean, PepsiCo, NTT Data, NCR, DXC Technologies, etc. Steve is a 2000 graduate in Design Communications and Marketing at Texas Tech University. He is an honoree of Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. He enjoys world travel, technology, camping/hiking adventures, reading, drawing, painting, cooking and the Chicago Bears. 

Breakout Session B – Vineet Daga and Mike Schutte (10:30 – 11:30 am)

“Workforce Training in Additive Manufacturing”

American Systems and Lamar University have identified additive manufacturing as a key technology for both the DOD and commercial workforce.  In order to develop a skilled workforce, training students and early career employees to operate additive manufacturing systems is essential.  American Systems and Lamar have partnered to develop a local training program that will train the future entrepreneurs and workers in Texas in this emerging field.
Vineet Daga is the Director, Capture Management for American Systems in Chantilly, Virginia.  At American Systems he oversees a team of Corporate Capture Managers who are responsible for strategic bids.
Previously Daga held multiple positions of increasing responsibility at Raytheon. He began at Raytheon International Inc. in 2002 as an Analyst supporting the Asia-Pacific BD team.  This was followed by positions in Business Development and Capture Management in multiple business areas where he supported over $1B in wins with both US and international customers.
 Michael Schutte has more than 30 years of experience as a Government contractor to include design engineering, management, and business ownership.  Mr. Schutte begin his career at American Systems in 1985 after receiving a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University. ’Prior to rejoining American Systems in 2007, he was president and Co-Founder of Rising Edge Technologies, Inc. Mr. Schutte’s professional experience also includes work as a Principal Engineer at Communications Systems Technology, Inc. and as a Senior Design Engineer for SWL, Incorporated.
Mr. Schutte has supplemented his business experience through coursework at the University of Virginia, where he focused on a Master of System Engineering degree. He is also a PMI certified Program Management Professional.

Lunch Keynote – Mike George, Sr. (11:30 am – 1:00 pm)

“Artificial Intelligence (AI) + Lean Six Sigma (LSS) = Unlocking Your Organization’s Full Potential”

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a powerful diagnostic tool for discovering previously hidden patterns in Big Data and for enabling elimination of wastes (inventory, scrap, rework, and tooling set-up) that increase process lead time.  Challenges with these same operating wastes are faced daily across many industry sectors.  AI can now be harnessed to equip manufacturing, supply chain, maintenance and logistics leaders with a formidable weapon for improving capacity, throughput, on-time delivery and profitability.
Michael L. George is founder and President of The George Group, the largest Lean Six Sigma consulting practice in the United States. He is currently the president of AI Technologies located in Texas. He also wrote the successful and influential Lean Six Sigma for Service: How to Use Lean Speed and Six Sigma Quality to Improve Services and Transactions, and most recently, Lean Six Sigma in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: Harnessing the Power of the Fourth Manufacturing Revolution.

Breakout Session C – Immanuel Edinbarough, Ph.D., P.E. (1:30 – 2:30 pm)

Collaborative Robots: Market, Technologies, Applications and Research”

ISO 10218 defines Collaboration as a “state in which a purposely designed robot works in direct cooperation with a human within a defined workspace”. However, recent advances in robot research and technology enable versatile applications based on this machine concept.
Let’s dive into Collaborative Robot definition (or Cobot), technologies available, regulations and standards for safety, research available, and some of the applications in the industry.
Immanuel Edinbarough is currently a professor of  Manufacturing Engineering and Industrial Engineering at the College of Engineering and Computer Science,  The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), Brownsville, Texas.
Dr. Edinbarough is a hands-on manufacturing expert, educator, and administrator who has worked in several areas of engineering, manufacturing, and technical management including research, design, and production of mechanical, electronic, and electromechanical systems. Dr. Edinbarough has participated in, managed, and coordinated a wide variety of multidisciplinary industrial and government programs in advanced manufacturing systems, automation, robotics, quality improvement, and technology transfer. He has won several teaching awards, including the academic excellence award, NISOD 2008, from the University of Texas at Austin.  He is a recognized trainer and resource person in the fields of CAD/CAM/CIM, Robotics and Automation, Machine vision, ISO 9000, and Lean Six Sigma. Dr. Edinbarough is also a recognized expert in areas including CAD/CAM, Robotics, Automation,  product design, design for manufacture, rapid prototyping, CNC machining, DFM&A, Sustainable Manufacturing, Designed Experimentation, and Visual Factory Management. He is also a certified instructor for FANUC Collaborative Robotics including  Dual Check Safety, Programming and Handling Tools and Vision Systems.

Breakout Session D – Brandon Phoenix (1:30 – 2:30 pm)

“Implementing an Organizational Transformation”

Brandon will present tools and techniques that implement a transformation with ownership from upper management and decision makers. These tools help organizations maintain profitable growth and build an improvement management system from financial analysis to shop floor design. 
Brandon Phoenix has more than 20 years of experience in Operations Management. Brandon has extensive experience with all aspects of Strategic Planning, Quality and Lean Improvements, Supply Chain Optimization, Operations management, Quality Systems, Performance Improvement Processes, implementing and improving Performance Management Systems, Lean Manufacturing and Total Productive Maintenance.
Brandon’s manufacturing experience includes Supply Chain Optimization and Strategic Improvement Planning. He has performed numerous Lean transformations, and Lean Six Sigma projects, as well as Project Management. Brandon led teams in operations at Mary Kay Cosmetic and had prominent managing roles while working at Sanden International and Proctor and Gamble. (TMAC)

Breakout Session E – Tim Hissam and Satya Kudapa (3:00 – 4:00 pm)

“How to Protect Your Organization From Going Out of Business –  A Cyber Security Management System Implementation Case Study”

There are over 289,000 small manufacturers in the United States. Forty three percent of all cyber-attacks affect small businesses, costing them an average of $38,000. More than half of those attacked will go out of business within 6 months. Do you know the risks associated with Cyber Security that effect your organization? How do you manage these risks?
During this session, Satya Kudapa and Tim Hissam will discuss the basic concepts of Cyber Security, focus on the importance of management involvement and discuss cyber security framework to establish a Security Management System. Learn some helpful tips you can use to protect yourself and your organization.
Tim Hissam has 15 years of experience in contract manufacturing experience working to align business processes with owners and employees, to improve cash flow and overall profitability. Tim owns ProSource Industries, a contract manufacturing wire harness company located in Grand Prairie, Texas. He was mentored by Mike White (a TMAC Associate) for 2 years, which helped generate substantial growth and savings for his companies. His special interests are in leadership, team growth and aligning the team with common objectives.
As owner, president and CEO of ProSource Industries, Tim turned the company around from being upside down by $2 million. Smart cost reductions (coffee was not one of the reductions), partnerships with banks, vendors and continual improvement was the winning formula.
Satya Kudapa has over 15 plus years of experience working with enterprises in bringing holistic approaches to problem solving, process innovation, and product/service improvements. Satya encourages a hands-on approach to developing leadership and workforce skills that drive business process value to attain profitable and sustainable bottom-line impact.
Satya is one of the lead instructors for the Lean Six Sigma program, Basic and Advanced SPC, Internal Audits (ISO 9001 and AS 9100), Lean Manufacturing Practices, Problem Solving and Root Cause Analysis. Satya also has a working knowledge in the areas of Process and Tooling validations, Quality Process Approvals (APQP/PPAP) and Quality Assurance. Satya has an expanding interest in the areas of Smart Manufacturing, Cyber Security and Internet of Things. (TMAC)

Breakout Session F – Ab DeWeese and Jeff Tippey (3:00 – 4:00 pm)

“Transforming Analog Medical Devices with AI and IoT, an Unmet Need: A Mass Market Case Study”

How do you improve a revolutionary life saving device?  After safe and effective operation is established how do you innovate and add additional value?  An analog to digital conversion is underway in today’s world.  Devices are smarter, more connected, and poised to propel humanity into a new golden age of hyper utility.  Join the conversation.  Learn how a breakthrough analog product embraced a digital revolution to address an unmet need by tapping into the collective power of 1 billion Good Samaritans.
Jeff Tippey has been involved on the development of cutting edge embedded electronic systems in the aerospace and transportation industries.  Jeff started his career working at the Automation and Robotics Research Institute working on designing cutting edge MEMS sensors, embedded systems, and systems on a chip.  In addition, Jeff worked at Lockheed Martin with a focus on sensor fusion and systems integration and simulation.  Jeff currently works at Collins Aerospace where he is focused on bringing large-scale secure IOT data acquisition systems and their data together in a secure, scalable, and reliable way.  Jeff has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering, has been involved in leadership rolls at technical startups, and has several patents related to secure IOT control systems and/or automated control systems. (Collins Aerospace)
Born and raised in MS. Ski bum in Vail, CO. Learned Physics and met a girl at Colorado University. Moved to DFW, got a job, got married, started a family. Quit job, started a company. Hired management, retired early. Now focused on philanthropy, STEM education, coaching soccer, and developing entrepreneurs. Passion for IoT, AI, and medical devices. (Good Automation)

Conference Agenda as of 10/3/2019