Cost reduction, production optimization and labor efficiencies through Industry 4.0 and smart technology

26 October 2022

Chicago, Illinois

2021 Speakers, Facilitators and Panellists

Hicham Wazni of Howmet Aerospace speaking at Smart Manufacturing Automation Summit

Hicham Wazni

Global Director, Continuous Improvement and Smart Manufacturing

Howmet Aerospace

Swamy Prasad VARANASI of Cummins speaking at Smart Manufacturing Automation Summit

Swamy Prasad VARANASI

Director of Manufacturing Engineering


Anthony Huffman of Molex speaking at Smart Manufacturing Automation Summit

Anthony Huffman

Director of Data & Integration


Paul Griswold of Honeywell Connected Enterprise – Cybersecurity speaking at Smart Manufacturing Automation Summit

Paul Griswold

Chief Product Officer

Honeywell Connected Enterprise – Cybersecurity

Chavis Ferguson of Coast Packing Company speaking at Smart Manufacturing Automation Summit

Chavis Ferguson

Vice President of Operations

Coast Packing Company

Sourabh Banerjee of SICK, Inc. speaking at Smart Manufacturing Automation Summit

Sourabh Banerjee

Product Marketing Manager, Software & Systems

SICK, Inc.

John Harrington of HighByte speaking at Smart Manufacturing Automation Summit

John Harrington

Co-Founder and Chief Business Officer


Willem Sundblad of Oden Technologies speaking at Smart Manufacturing Automation Summit

Willem Sundblad

co-founder and CEO

Oden Technologies

Salim Dabbous of SICK, Inc. speaking at Smart Manufacturing Automation Summit

Salim Dabbous

Director, Sensor & Safety Integration

SICK, Inc.

Brett Knittle of Hillrom speaking at Smart Manufacturing Automation Summit

Brett Knittle

Robotics & Automation Specialist – Global Advanced Manufacturing Engineering,


Robert Martens of Nexteer Automotive speaking at Smart Manufacturing Automation Summit

Robert Martens

Global Director, Advanced Manufacturing Engineering and Core Technology

Nexteer Automotive

Tomas Norbut of Trelleborg speaking at Smart Manufacturing Automation Summit

Tomas Norbut

Manager IoT Infrastructure and Manufacturing Networks


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What does the Smart Manufacturing & Automation Summit cover?

Industry 4.0 has continued to disrupt the manufacturing industry at a rapid pace with many organisations progressing through their smart technology and automation journeys. Whilst some manufacturers are at the early stages of their journey and evaluating their business, others have identified appropriate solutions and now at the point where they are selecting vendors, implementing and integrating new technologies and scaling throughout the organization.

The benefits of technology is clear; with many manufacturers already realizing that robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and collaborative automation can drive productivity & efficiency gains whilst at the same time reduce costs and overheads, minimize risks and maintain safe operations.
Utilizing technology as a solution can certainly drive value, but the challenge then lies in the ability to build the business case, secure funding, develop an effective smart manufacturing and automation strategy, lead change, up-skill staff, select technology and prove ROI by defining clear metrics to measure success.

Ensure you secure your place at the conference, to network and discuss with your peers and competitors who may have already solved some of your common challenges.

What is unique about our event?

Moving away from the typical presentation heavy conference model, we have flipped it on its head. Our events still offer services for learning, networking and sales opportunities but with keynote presentations designed to set the scene, and a strong focus on collaborative discussions to support them.

This approach allows our attendees to hear expert led case studies, but also create their own agenda prior to the event and seek out those golden nuggets of information that often go un-answered, by putting their problems on the table and working through them as a group with their peers, competitors and partners

Format explained:

  • Keynote presentation focused on macro issues and the future of the industry 
  • Thirty roundtable think-tank discussions to choose from with six different opportunities 
  • Five different themes including strategy, leadership, technology, safety and collaboration 
  • Five pre-scheduled face-to-face meeting sessions between vendors and delegates open to every operator 
  • Panel discussion featuring our roundtable think-tank leaders to summarize the day and answer questions from the audience 
  • Networking drinks reception open to everyone

We will unite smart manufacturing & automation specialists from leading small, medium and large organizations focusing on:

The future of manufacturing and manufacturing 4.0

Redefining business strategy and developing a technology driven business model

Establishing a smart manufacturing and automation strategy

Understanding what level of automation is applicable and selecting technology to support it

Achieving new levels of productivity, performance, flexibility, efficiency and quality through automation

Reducing overheads, operating and capital costs to increase profitability

Leadership, change management, culture and people

Exploiting IoT, Advanced Analytics, AI and ML technology to achieve business drivers

Who will you connect with at the Smart Manufacturing & Automation Summit 2021?

VP’s, Directors, Global Heads and Managers of:


  • Smart Manufacturing
  • Automation
  • Technology
  • Industrial Strategy
  • Operations
  • Engineering
  • Operations
  • IT
  • Data, AI & ML
  • Plant Management & Operations

Technology & Solution Providers:

  • IoT Platforms
  • Location Detection Technologies
  • Advanced Human-Machine Interfaces
  • Cyber Security, Authentication and Fraud Detection
  • 3D Printing
  • Smart Sensors
  • Big Data & Analytics, AI and Machine Learning
  • Augmented Reality & Wearables
  • Cloud Computing
  • Mobile Devices
  • Integrators

We will unite smart manufacturing & automation specialists from leading manufacturing companies

    • Gain an industry forecast of the market, innovation occurring in the sector and how it is expected to evolve over the next 12 months to ensure your strategy is aligned to future possibilities
    • Work through unique challenges by networking, sharing, discussing and collaborating with Smart manufacturing, automation and digitalization specialists from leading manufacturers, solutions providers, start-ups and consultants that have successfully solved your problems.
    • Enhance operational efficiency and asset optimization across the entire organization through automation technology and digitalization, that will reduce costs, limit down-time, improving productivity and bottom line.
    • Leverage company data that will improve speed and accuracy of decision-making.
    • Ensure new and existing technology selection is fully aligned to unique business objectives and designed specifically to solve the Manufacturing issues you experience.
    • Reduce risk, increase reliability and maintain all health, safety and environmental regulations and standards.

2021 Sponsors


Testimonial 1
“An excellent way to interface with industry and discuss common struggles and solutions. You find tools and tricks in every single session”
Kallin Kurtz, Strategic Automation Director, Shaw Industries
Testimonial 2
“Excellent content, with knowledgeable keynote speakers”
Chris Gronowski Global Key Account Manager, Weidmueller
Testimonial 3
“There is a lot of knowledge in the room and it is great to network
and share experiences with those who have similar concerns and
Andrew Barco, Division Director, Automation Product and Services, Weidmueller
Testimonial 4
“The Future Smart Manufacturing and Automation Summit was an extremely
well run event, with great facilitators and good engagement across a
number of manufacturers”
Mark Collman, Global Automation Lead, Newell Brands
Testimonial 27
“The Smart Manufacturing and Automation Summit provided great insight
into smart manufacturing and industry 4.0. The sponsors were
extremely knowledgeable and engaged. I will take the insights back to
my company as we continue to implement out IIOT strategy”
Rhett Dickinson, Senior Manager – Manufacturing Systems, Newell brands
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