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Industry Keynotes

Mfg4 offers Keynote Presentations focused on the challenges facing the aerospace and defense, and medical manufacturing industries. These industry-leaders address the changing face of manufacturing and offer strategies to help your company adapt and thrive in this new environment.

Aerospace & Defense

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Tuesday, May 6

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Affordable Mission Capabilities with Integrated Enabling System Architectures

Tom Herald, PhD, Senior Fellow
Lockheed Martin - Training & Logistics Systems

The US defense department has undergone many evolutionary shifts in recent years. These shifts include movement from a system or platform-centric focus to a full mission objective, from a single purpose solution to systems with adaptive relevancy, from a primary system only focus to embracing a holistic system including enabling and support systems and from a design/acquisition cost decision to a complete life cycle comparative analyses. Dr. Robert Gates, 22nd Secretary of Defense, has challenged defense contractors to forego designing an ‘exquisite system’ in favor of a compliant ‘80% solution’.1 What exactly might this affordability challenge mean, how do we embrace it and what must we do differently? Whether in a military or commercial domain there are varying definitions or views of system architecture, and the same holds true for the term affordability. This presentation explores how to change our perspective on architecture, to specifically facilitate understanding of the domain-relevant trade space for affordable solution design.
1 Gates, Robert M., 22nd Secretary of Defense, from remarks at the Naval War College, Newport, RI, 17 April 2009


12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
NASA Technology Innovation: Role in Economic and Manufacturing Development

Dr. Robert J. Shaw, Deputy Director,Office of Technology Partnership & Planning Chief
Venture Development & Partnership Office NASA Glenn Research Center

Since its inception in 1958, NASA has been widely recognized for the development and demonstration of innovative technologies required to support the Agency's product lines of space exploration, science, and aeronautics. Over the some fifty five years of the Agency’s existence, a significant number of these technologies have transitioned to and been utilized by the private sector to create new products/enhance existing products and thus contribute to the economic security of the United States. Representative examples of successes to date as well as future plans will be discussed.


Wednesday, May 7

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Strategic Manufacturing Leadership

Peter Walsh, Vice President, Global Operations

Mr. Walsh’s presentation addresses trends in the global Medical Device sector and provides some insight on these trends for Medical Device companies. He will also discuss the impact of these trends from a manufacturing perspective. Based on these trends, Peter will share some thoughts on how manufacturing leaders can position themselves to be strategic leaders in a very competitive environment. He will discuss his criteria for strategic leadership and how charter is a function of capability, particularly for manufacturing locations that support strategically important markets.

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
Medical Device Design & Evolution

Christopher J. Kaye, Vice President of Research & Technical Innovation
U.S. Endoscopy

Much is written about getting the voice of the customer, determining unmet needs, and the initial phases of product development. Following selection, problem definition and product definition, there exists a critical period where prototyping, testing, and capabilities infiltrate the design intent. These can come in the form of challenges that may compromise the final deliverable or may be advantageous attributes that have been revealed during the development process. The additional features and capabilities that surface during the development phase can do as much to cripple a project as the difficult problems recognized from the start. There is also the evolving “needs familiarity” and the potential resulting design creep that must be adequately managed to ensure that the right product is delivered without unreasonable delays. This presentation focuses on the design and development process with particular emphasis on the medical device industry and it’s constantly evolving landscape.

Aerospace & Defense

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Thursday, May 8

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Innovation for Large Scale Increase in Engine Production Rate

Lynn Gambill, Chief Engineer of Manufacturing Engineering & Global Services
Pratt & Whitney

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
New Era in Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing

Mike Reopel, Principal
Deloitte Consulting

Mr. Reopel examines many of the aspects of today’s advanced manufacturing strategies, processes and technologies and how they will impact the manufacturers of tomorrow.

Mike discusses the demand dynamics and disruptions in the supply chain that will make winners and losers out of tiered suppliers. He also covers how OEMs are raising their game in sourcing of machining and that commercial aerospace companies will be locking up capacity with few suppliers. Mike explains how Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, led by additive manufacturing, will be disruptive and game changing to the industry. He concludes by reminding attendee that the basics still work – value engineering, target costing and technology bookshelves .


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