SEPT. 16, 2021 from 7:45 AM to 4:30 PM
at the Duke Energy Convention Center

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The Future of Work & Technology Integration

The second morning breakout session, “The Future of Work and Technology Integration,” focuses on the ways that technology can assist manufacturers in improving their manufacturing processes, transform the employee experience, and keep up with the evolving nature of the industry.

For our manufacturing base to remain competitive and seek out new opportunities, technology integration must be part of strategic growth. That’s why Track 2 topics take a narrow look at how data-driven decisions improve manufacturing processes, strategies to balance the need for new technology, ways to upskill your workforce, and how to use emergent technologies in employee training and development for a more efficient, tech-focused workplace.


Combating the Talent Shortage with Smart Manufacturing Technologies and Data-Driven Decisions

Ron Pieper, Customer Support Manager at Juxtum

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

It was already difficult enough to find and keep skilled employees before the pandemic hit. As the competition for talent continues to grow, manufacturers must not only continue recruitment, but also leverage smart manufacturing technologies and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) to ensure maximum productivity and workplace satisfaction from existing assets and current employees.

By collecting, monitoring, and analyzing the right data, manufacturers can gain actionable insights into how to increase efficiencies, automate jobs that are going unfilled, reduce operational expenses, and improve workplace safety. Discover the technologies that deliver the data you need to answer burning workforce and operational questions, so you can get the most out of what you have today and prepare your workforce and operations to remain competitive into the future.

Objectives and Takeaways:

  • How and what data to monitor to identify inefficiencies and increase productivity
  • What your data tells you about workplace safety improvement and automation
  • How to build a data-driven culture to improve employee satisfaction and productivity
  • Employee roles, responsibilities, and skill requirements in a connected enterprise

Ron Pieper

Customer Support Manager at Juxtum

Known at Juxtum as a “Renaissance Man,” Ron brings a diverse skill set and “Can Do`` attitude to everything that he does. As the Lead for Juxtum’s Customer Support, Ron brings over 30 years in machining and extensive experience developing and deploying smart manufacturing and IIoT solutions to deliver excellent customer service with integrity. Ron ensures customers are successful long term and able to connect, protect, and view their operations to access new levels of profitability and growth.

Advanced Manufacturing - An Imperative Enabled Only By a Skilled Workforce

Glenn Richardson, Managing Director, Advanced Manufacturing And Aerospace at JobsOhio

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

For the last several decades manufacturing has been all about continuous improvement, examples ISO Quality Specs, Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing.  More recent times that focus has shifted to automation, VR/AR, connected factories, supply chains, etc., under the umbrella terms of Industry 4.0, Smart Factories or IIoT.  While a proactive and methodical approach to advanced manufacturing is evident in larger enterprises, the small to medium have been slower to adopt.  However, when they do invest in automation it is most likely being driven more by a scarcity of labor than any other factor.  This scarcity can be due to lack of people, lack of skills or both.

This creates a bit of a circular problem.  The more automation and advanced manufacturing, the higher the skill level required, exacerbating the workforce problem.  So how does a company break the cycle?  Almost without exception, every company has “the importance of people” highlighted in their values.  However, one of the most difficult processes in a company is the management of people, i.e., performance management, career development, etc.  Now more than ever it is time to embrace “the importance of people” value and look to creative and effective ways to develop and upskill your workforce.

Objectives and Takeaways:

  • New macro factors that are accelerating the need for Advanced Manufacturing/Industry 4.0 process implementation
  • The implications of Industry 4.0 on your workforce
  • Key supply lines to support your workforce
  • Best practices for developing and growing a competent and effective workforce

Glenn Richardson

Managing Director, Advanced Manufacturing And Aerospace at JobsOhio

Glenn Richardson works with advanced manufacturing and aerospace companies to help them grow in an Industry 4.0 world.

Glenn is experienced in operations and engineering, having worked in the aerospace, automotive and energy industries. Prior to JobsOhio, he worked for Rolls-Royce Energy Systems, Inc. as the vice president of the packaging and driven equipment supply chain unit. Glenn has also held positions with Dana Corp. and at Honeywell, where he led the technical development of the fuel valves for the jet engine on the F-22 fighter.

Glenn earned an executive MBA and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.

Hi-Tech Training: Accelerating Learning Through New Virtual and Interactive Technologies

Brian Carovillano, Director, Virtual + Interactive Solutions Group at Kinetic Vision

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

There is a seismic shift in the training and development tools being employed by top companies today. Virtual and Augmented Reality are only a few of the new technologies being employed to accelerate learning. We’ll review the advanced technologies we have developed and used to help train surgeons, commercial aircraft pilots, and even diagnosticians of machine tools. The session will conclude with a look at emergent technologies in training and development, including AI and the integration of synthetic learning.

Objectives and Takeaways:

  • Understanding of new AR/VR/XR technologies being utilized by leading companies today.
  • The accelerated learning curve and power of technology-enhanced training and development.
  • New technologies on the horizon that will have a major impact on workforce development.

Brian Carovillano

Director, Virtual + Interactive Solutions Group at Kinetic Vision

Brian leads the advanced virtual and interactive technology group at Kinetic Vision. A 20-year veteran of the company, he has been a driving force in implementing powerful new visualization technologies at the company, as well as managing critical design disciplines around interactive displays, multi-media experiences, and GUI simulators. Brian’s background in Urban Design and Planning, as well as his expansive knowledge and mastery of state-of-the-art visualization software, have helped propel Kinetic Vision to become one of the regions’ leading virtual and interactive solutions providers.