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Outlook for US Manufacturing and Machine Tools

An economic mini-boom is underway, propelled by vaccines, fiscal stimulus, and warmer weather, leading to the strongest economic performance in nearly 40 years. What will be the consequences of faster growth, how long will it last, which sectors will see the greatest benefit? Mark Killion, CFA will discuss the outlook for business and the expected impacts on manufacturing and machine tools.

Mark Killion, CFA

Speakers:
Mark Killion, CFA

Mark Killion is a research director with expertise in finance and economics. Focused on global industries and capital markets, Killion translates complex information and views into actionable business strategies for growth, capital allocation and risk management. Culturally adept in Asian, European and South American business customs, Killion brings value to businesses, governments, investors and other clients by developing state-of-the-art products and projects that use innovative methods to reliably analyze and forecast volatile industries and markets.

Killion’s collaborative approaches help interdisciplinary team members become stronger and the products he manages more profitable. His extensive experience in modeling, forecasting and market analysis has honed skills in presenting detailed data and insightful conclusions clearly tocolleagues and clients. As a thought leader and communicator, Killion regularly publishes commentaries on issues and trends in economics and finance andis highly regarded as a public speaker. As Director of US Industries at Oxford Economics, Killion shapes the forecasts ofprospects for all US sectors, and the investment driven industries across the globe.

Recent work includes analysis of industry profit margins and their impact on CapEx; conducting training sessions with clients on best use of benchmarksand indicators to forecast their company sales and costs; and delivering custom market analysis and forecasts of business opportunities and risks faced by clients.

Patrick McGibbon

Patrick McGibbon

Patrick McGibbon was promoted to Chief Knowledge Officer for AMT in early 2019. As CKO, Pat is the association’s chief economist, ombudsman, and a member of AMT’s Strategic Alignment team. He heads survey expansion projects, inter-association collaboration in business intelligence, R&D on intelligence projects, and is staff liaison for AMT’s Economics & Statistics Committee and AMT/USCTI’s Joint Statistics Committee.


MTConnect Webinar | Open Source Tools for OPC UA

Who loves lengthy, expensive planning sessions for manufacturing information systems? Nobody, that’s who. Put on your prototyping hat and get equipped to roll out a pilot program with a wide variety of free, open software tools for deploying the MTConnect OPC UA Companion Specification.

Speakers:
Simon Yeung

Simon Yeung is the author of a number of MTConnect Open Source projects, including an implementation of a MTConnect / OPC UA Gateway using open62541 SDK. He is a Founder and Principal at SyMT LLC, which provides Manufacturing Decision Support Systems service and products using MTConnect, OPC UA and NC-Link standards.

Simon has over 30 years of experience in developing products for real-time data monitoring and decision-making systems for various industries. He was an early technology adapter for manufacturing automation and was a member of 1st generation FIX/DMACS development team at Intellution. He later moved to the financial industry and cofounded Redpoint Software Inc., which pioneered risk management products for capital and asset management market. Before founding SyMT, Simon was a Director at MSCI Inc and was responsible for managing their product development teams.

Russ Wadell

Russ Waddell

Russ works on standards development in manufacturing for digital factory, Industry 4.0, industrial internet of things, machine to machine communication, machine learning, artificial intelligence, analytics, predictive health and maintenance.

He runs the MTConnect Institute, which is the ANSI-accredited standards developer for the MTConnect standard with 400+ members. The standard includes domain specific vocabulary for CNC machine tools, milling machines, lathes, boring and drilling machines, electrical discharge machines, lasers, waterjets, plasma cutters, robots, cutting tools, sensors, 3D printers, and other factory equipment and devices for discrete manufacturing, as well as nascent information models for parts, processes, materials, supply chain, and manufacturing execution systems. Companion specifications for OPC UA, B2MML, and QIF incorporate cybersecurity and protocol, manufacturing execution, and quality and inspection data.


MTConnect Webinar | MTConnect and OPC Companion Overview

What standard is the best for Industrial IoT? There isn’t one. So, ask a smarter question: How do I architect an IIoT system that will work for my business? OPC UA offers data security, reliability, and write-back capability, but doesn’t specify industry-specific semantics. MTConnect offers industry-standard vocabulary to provide contextual meaning straight from factory devices. Learn how to deploy both together seamlessly and simply.

William Sobel

Speakers:
William Sobel

Mr. Sobel has over thirty years of experience in information technologies and advanced application architectures. Mr. Sobel is currently leading multiple standards efforts from industrial information and protocols to ontologies. For over thirteen years, he has been the principal architect of the MTConnect® standard and creator of open source IIoT platforms for the manufacturing industry. Mr. Sobel also chairs the American Society for Mechanical Engineers Model-Based Enterprise Standards Development Methodology working group and the Industrial Ontologies Foundry MTConnect working group collaborating with industry experts to enable the digital thread.

Mr. Sobel brings over 30 years of experience building companies and architecting complex computational systems for numerous industries. He was recently Chief Strategy Officer of VIMANA, providing a leading Industrial AI platform enabling predictive and prescriptive analytics for discrete manufacturing. Before VIMANA, Mr. Sobel was a visiting lecturer at UC Berkeley working at the RadLAB teaching agile web development while developing technology to support predictive analytics research to optimize data center operations. During his employment at the university, Mr. Sobel authored the MTConnect Standard as a consultant to the Association for Manufacturing Technology to address the lack of semantic interoperability in manufacturing. Before UC Berkeley, Mr. Sobel worked in the financial industry for 17 years, finishing as VP and Chief Architect at MSCI-Barra.

Russ Wadell

Russ Waddell

Russ works on standards development in manufacturing for digital factory, Industry 4.0, industrial internet of things, machine to machine communication, machine learning, artificial intelligence, analytics, predictive health and maintenance.

He runs the MTConnect Institute, which is the ANSI-accredited standards developer for the MTConnect standard with 400+ members. The standard includes domain specific vocabulary for CNC machine tools, milling machines, lathes, boring and drilling machines, electrical discharge machines, lasers, waterjets, plasma cutters, robots, cutting tools, sensors, 3D printers, and other factory equipment and devices for discrete manufacturing, as well as nascent information models for parts, processes, materials, supply chain, and manufacturing execution systems. Companion specifications for OPC UA, B2MML, and QIF incorporate cybersecurity and protocol, manufacturing execution, and quality and inspection data.


Toward Resilient Supply Chains in a Post Shock Era

Long before COVID-19 created chaos in every supply chain, IMTS recognized the need to rethink the industry’s supply chains. The theme for IMTS 2020 was Rebuilding the Supply Chain: ReThink. ReEngage. ReEstablish. Unfortunately, in early 2020 the virus hit the world with unprecedented fury, exposing massive weakness in the global supply chain, most publicly medical material.

Harry Moser

While the U.S is becoming more self-sufficient in medical material, we recognize the gaps in many other industries. The Suez Canal container ship incident again reminded us that the chain has weak links. Join Harry Moser, Founder and President of the Reshoring Initiative®, and Mark Pirhala, Manager, Product Development at AMT, as they discuss what continues to cause supply chain disruption, as well as how you can mitigate risks for your own company.

Host:
Steve Miller, The Adventure

Speakers:
Harry Moser

Harry founded the Reshoring Initiative to bring five million manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. after working for high end machine tool supplier GF AgieCharmilles, starting as President in 1985 and retiring 12/31/10 as Chairman Emeritus. Largely due to the success of the Reshoring Initiative, Harry was inducted into the Industry Week Manufacturing Hall of Fame 2010 and was named Quality Magazine’s 2012 Quality Professional of the year and FAB Shop Magazine’s Manufacturing Person of the year. Harry participated actively in President Obama’s 1/11/12 Insourcing Forum at the White House, won The Economist debate on outsourcing and offshoring, received the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Industry Advocacy Award in 2014 and the Made in America 2019 Reshoring Award. He was recognized by Sue Helper, then Commerce Department Chief Economist, as the driving force in founding the reshoring trend and named to the Commerce Department Investment Advisory Council in August 2019.

Mark Pirhala

Harry is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, NYT, Forbes, Financial Times, New Yorker, Washington Post and USA Today and seen on Fox Business, MarketWatch, PRI, NPR, Manufacturing Talk Radio and other national TV and radio programs. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS in Engineering at MIT in 1967 and an MBA from U. of Chicago in 1981.

Mark Pirhala

As the Manager of Product Development at AMT, Mark Pirhala drives new product development initiatives using a design thinking approach incorporating rapid prototyping grounded in market theory. He has an extensive background in research, analytics, entrepreneurship and is currently a doctoral candidate. Mark started as an analyst at AMT in 2019 and has conducted research projects such as “The Impact of Cloud Technology and Connected Machines in the U.S. Manufacturing Technology Market” (2020) for Amazon Web Services and “Assessing the Role of Additive Manufacturing in Support of the U.S. COVID-19 Response” (2021) for The Food and Drug Administration in collaboration with America Makes and Deloitte.


Advancements in Automation & Digital Manufacturing

The days of paper-based decision-making on the operation floor are gone. Automation and digital manufacturing are the backbones of the digital thread and the next manufacturing evolution. Industry experts John Tuohy, National Account Manager at FANUC America Corporation, and Jeff Price, Executive Vice President of Freedom IOTwill provide insights into building for the future with these technologies.

John Tuohy

Host:
Stephen LaMarca, Manufacturing Technology Analyst, AMT

Speakers:
John Tuohy

A 25 year automation expert with a demonstrated history of problem solving in the robot industry. John graduated from Hillsdale College ‘89 with a degree in International Business, speaking French and Slovak. He started his career with Schunk in 2000, developing the automotive market segment of theirUS basedbusinesses. Since joining FANUC in 2016, he has become knowledgeable in applying the latest FANUC technologies to enhance customer’s profits, QC and throughput. FANUC America, headquartered in Rochester Hills, MI is the leading supplier of robots, CNC equipment and factory automation worldwide.

 

 

Jeff Price

Jeff Price

Jeff Price is the Vice President and General Manager of FreedomIoT. Freedom’s comprehensive Smart Manufacturing Platformbrings productivity improvement to any shop floor byseamlessly connectingto allindustrial assets and providing users real-time analytics.Previously, Jeff held senior positions in general management, operations and technologyat MAG, most recently as the Chief Technical Officer for world-wide control systems. Prior to MAG, Jeff heldroles of increasing responsibility in manufacturing automation, operations, andgeneral management at Allied Signaland Cincinnati Milacron. Jeff is agraduate of Southern IllinoisUniversity and brings 35years of leadership, manufacturing experience, and technical innovation incellular manufacturing, plant automation, software systems and manufacturing operations from themachine tool and truck industries.


Regulatory Opportunities - Tax Relief Employee Retention

As the U.S. economy begins to reopen, businesses and manufacturers are looking for ways to accelerate recovery. The latest relief package has greatly expanded cash funds available to business owners, but there is a lot of misinformation surrounding its provisions. Join former Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and alliantgroup National Managing Director, Dean Zerbe, as he shares exclusive insight on the latest relief package, the credits and incentives you need to know about, and what impact the new White House will have on legislative and tax policy for 2021, 2022 and beyond.

Dean Zerbe

Host:
Amber Thomas, Vice President – Advocacy, AMT

Speakers:
Dean Zerbe

Dean Zerbe is National Managing Director for alliantgroup and is based out of alliantgroup’s Washington, D.C. office. In this role, Dean is responsible for, among other things, monitoring tax-related legislative activity in Washington to help keep our clients and staff informed and help direct alliantgroup’s service offerings to ensure we are meeting client needs.

Prior to joining alliantgroup in February 2008, Dean was Senior Counsel and Tax Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, where he worked closely with then Chairman of the Finance Committee, Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) on tax legislation. During his time on the Finance Committee, Dean was intimately involved with almost every major piece of tax legislation that was signed into law –including the 2001 and 2003 tax reconciliation bills (representing two of the largest tax cuts in the nation’s history); the JOBS bill in 2004 (corporate tax reform); and the Pension Protection Act.


A Three-Step Manufacturing Marketing Framework

In another year where trade shows and in-person meetings are largely sidelined, manufacturers need to reimagine their business development strategies. This session will arm you with a three-step marketing framework for taking things online. In step one (Focus), you'll dial in on the buying-process influencers from the types of companies you want to reach. In step two (Create), you'll make amazing content that speaks to the things these exact people care about the most (the triggers that lead them into the buying process, their biggest challenges, the questions they most commonly try to get answered during sales calls). And in step three (Distribute), you'll proactively expose that content to as many of these people in your total addressable market as possible with a regular cadence.

Host:
Steve Miller, The Adventure

Speakers:
Joe Sullivan

Joe Sullivan

Joe is an Industrial Marketing Consultant of 10+ years and cofounder of the St. Louis-based industrial marketing agency Gorilla 76. Gorilla helps midsized B2B manufacturers create modern marketing programs that deliver meaningful business outcomes. Joe heads up Sales and Marketing for the agency and consults Gorilla’s clients in both of these disciplines as well. He also hosts The Manufacturing Executive – a growth strategy podcast for manufacturing leaders.

Outside of work, Joe likes to cook, watch his Green Bay Packers and chase his two crazy kids – Grace (6) and Jack (4) – with his wife of 10 years, Julie. Joe is a Milwaukee native, transplanted in St. Louis, and a dual-degreed graduate (business and art) of Washington University in St. Louis.