2018 Breakout Sessions

Integr8 2018 featured over 20 breakout sessions, lead by Industry 4.0 experts from across the globe, on the most pressing issues facing the manufacturing industry today.

The Industrial Internet of Things
Maximize your OEE with IIoT

Explore the technology that by bridges islands of automation and drives Industry 4.0. IIoT implementation will integrate your manufacturing environment to maximize Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE). In this session, you will learn how total plant floor integration will:

  • Help you to achieve the highest levels of uptime at your plant
  • Boost manufacturing efficiency
  • Vastly improve the productivity and quality of your manufacturing facility


Germany Innovates: What’s next for Industry 4.0?

Boosting key skills of your workforce for the challenges of tomorrow

Fraunhofer USA’s “Germany Innovates: What’s Next for Industry 4.0” breakout session presented by Dr. Marco Kempka of Fraunhofer USA, is a part of the “Year of German-American Friendship” initiative. The “Year of German-American Friendship”, is a comprehensive and collaborative initiative of the Federal Foreign Office, the Goethe-Institute, and with support of the Federation of German Industries (BDI), highlighting the decades-long relationship grounded in common values, interests, and goals. Clara Tu, Program Management and International Education at Fraunhofer Academy, will join the conversation to talk about skill development for new jobs in IIoT and Industry 4.0.


Not your Father’s Automation

Manufacturing has utilized robotics for more than 30 years. Now what? Challenge your assumptions and think beyond the traditional automated system to the next wave of robotic integration. The future is here, and it’s automated!


Modeling, simulation, visualization and immersion
How Industry X.0 Transforms Connected Product Development

Industry X.0 is combining emerging, connected and smart technologies to digitally transform industry. This session will explore how Industry X.0 is reinventing products and services from design and engineering to manufacturing and support, accelerating operational efficiency and enterprise-wide growth.


  • Scott Ellsworth, Managing Director, Accenture
  • Jason Waack, Vice President of Technology, Pillar Technology
Big Data
Big Data from Big Machines: Using Analytics to Improve Availability, Performance and Security

Manufacturers are increasingly looking at the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and machine data to better monitor industrial operations and predict maintenance needs. But disparate data and the lack of a consolidated, real-time view creates a reactive approach to managing operations. Data can come in many forms—an alarm or alert, a work order or sensors and critical events—and can be missed without a consolidated view, costing customers millions of dollars in revenue from unscheduled downtime, poor operator productivity and bad quality.

In this demo and presentation, you will learn how to use Splunk software to:

  • Gain a simple view of complex industrial operations by seamlessly integrating data across disparate systems, sensors and applications and eliminating technology, data and people-silos
  • Generate real-time and predictive insights to help you predict equipment failure before it occurs, minimizing unplanned downtime and the high costs associated with it
  • Shift your view of operations from reactive to proactive to discover new business opportunities, drive productivity, and increase overall plant performance


Big Data
Don’t Let Product Complexity Stall Your Industry 4.0 Initiatives

There are millions, billions, trillions of possible configurations for products today. Product complexity is increasing at intimidating levels and companies are losing millions of dollars because they don’t understand the full impact of product configuration. Without knowing all the variants, it becomes impossible to understand what you actually sell. Building a strong foundation to support today’s levels of configuration is crucial for the success of Industry 4.0 initiatives in the manufacturing and automotive industries. Once you can identify all of your variants, you can begin to predict outcomes and make informed product decisions.

In this breakout session, you’ll learn how to understand, manage and leverage the impact of product complexity. With the right foundation, you’ll be able to provide predictive insight into your solution space and begin to make business-critical solutions that empower your Industry 4.0 initiatives.


Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, and Beyond

When asked the difference between competitors and himself, Wayne Gretzky responded, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” Truly innovative companies are similarly gearing towards where industry is going, and that future will be largely driven by Data Science. Algorithms are increasingly powerful, open source libraries are prevalent, hardware and cloud computing are cheaper, and knowledge has become democratized. These factors are enabling unprecedented innovation and the reality that a small team of A-players can now surpass what previously required a huge team and budget.

With an emphasis on the leadership perspective, this panel will focus on the impact of game-changing innovations in Artificial Intelligence & Big Data, the value of data-driven decision making, challenges & risks, and what the future has in store.


  • Moderator: Chris Dole, Partner, Soothsayer Analytics
  • Kevin Betser, Director of Data & Analytics, Steelcase
  • Steven Merahn, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Centria Healthcare
  • Brandon Evans, Automation Engineering Manager, Whirlpool
Additive Manufacturing and Advanced Materials
Living in a Material World: Innovations in 3D Printing & Advanced Materials

Additive manufacturing technologies are bridging the gap between the digital and physical worlds through their ability to produce complex objects that cannot be created through traditional manufacturing methods. Likewise, breakthroughs in advanced materials are pushing the possibilities of manufacturing to new heights. This session will explore current and future trends in advanced materials and additive manufacturing technologies and processes that are revolutionizing how products are designed, engineered and manufactured today. What are the implications of advanced materials and additive manufacturing processes and why do they matter? What industries are leading in the adoption of additive manufacturing processes? What are the opportunities and challenges (including barriers to entry) of full-scale implementation of these technologies within an enterprise? These topics and more will be discussed.


Industrial Internet of Things
Industry 4.0 Journey Lessons | Lead Provider & Lead User Viewpoints

At Bosch, it was clear from the beginning that Industry 4.0 was neither a new, nor a secondary, manufacturing strategy for our 270-plus manufacturing operations. As both the global lead provider and lead user of industrial manufacturing technology, we have been on our own Industry 4.0 journey since 2013. Our Industry 4.0 solution implementations have been real world and practical, based on our interdisciplinary cooperation across domains. The end result has been a deep reservoir of knowledge. At Integr8 2018, we bring experts from various parts of Bosch to share some of this experience. Join us as together we tackle the factory of the future – now, next and beyond.


#DitchtheScript: Designing Talent Strategies to Meet the Future of Work

Explore the future of work pragmatists for ideas about how to shape and execute talent while legacy floods back into the open market. Learn how to harness the power of social capital and talent networks, re-build scalable pipeline of 21st century skills and use effective matchmaking techniques to source and supply. Discover how these agile operating models will help you to deliver efficient and innovative outcomes for your talent pool.


Modeling, Simulation, Visualization and Immersion
Smart Connected Test Labs: Accelerating Concepts to Production

Test lab environments are often under intense pressure to deliver results on time while providing critical concept feedback on product and processes prior to production. They must process massive amounts of test data across multiple complex data sources and contextualize the data into meaningful insights used to improve product quality and production decision making.

With a connected test lab, data across disparate systems is converged, enabling proof-for-scale within your products, processes and operation areas.

Connected test labs can help you:

  • Realize better utilization of high-demand assets prior to scale
  • Improving test efficiency and effectiveness
  • Increase product launch quality
  • Increase NPI effectiveness

During this panel discussion, attendees will learn how the connected technologies of Industry 4.0 can improve data capture, analysis and display, and can set the groundwork for machine learning.


Artificial Intelligence
Machine Learning: Dark Data and Cognitive Algorithms

In the near future, there will be no software design without Machine Learning. Machine Learning is rapidly becoming a core technology similar to what the internet is today. This session will showcase practical use cases where Machine Learning failed and succeeded. Lessons learned will be reviewed so all software architects can avoid making mistakes.


  • Saleem Chaudhary, Ford Motor Company
The Evolution of Cyber Attacks: Assessing the Cyber Landscape and Preventing Hack Attacks

The threat of cyber attacks grows exponentially as the invasions continue to evolve and become more difficult to prevent. This breakout session will focus on the current dangers business and industry face today. Learn what motivates hackers and how you can protect yourself against malware attacks and other network intrusions.


Cloud Computing
Moving Zettabytes: Revolutionizing Networks for Industry 4.0

Data utilization is growing rapidly, with no indication of slowing down. Analysts are estimating by 2020 there will be 20 billion IIoT devices on networks. By 2025, we will surpass petabytes and exabytes with a forecast of over 160 zettabytes worldwide. During this timeframe, the bulk of the data will shift from consumers to enterprise and will amount to 60 percent of all data utilization.

Network providers need to be poised for the continued bandwidth growth to support both consumer and enterprise consumption. In this session, you will learn about:

  • Local and nationwide networks
  • Traits of a great network
  • Real data growth nationally and locally
  • Drivers of bandwidth consumption currently and in the future
  • Local examples of IIoT
  • Products and services for Industry 4.0


Digital Takeoff: How Disruptive Technologies are Changing the Aerospace Industry

Innovation in the aerospace industry is taking off — literally. Led by breakthroughs in advanced materials and energy efficient propulsion systems, the technologies of Industry 4.0 are creating great opportunities for aerospace companies. However, unlike the automotive industry, aerospace has been slower to adopt Industry 4.0 technologies into its production process. Why? Small volumes, large components and accessibility problems during assembly. Nevertheless, even small changes can make a big impact to your bottom line. Join us for a panel discussion on security risks for sensitive materials, best practices in maintaining digital records, the logistics of small-run-large-part manufacturing in a time of increasing automation, and more. What does the future hold for aerospace innovation? Sky is the limit!


  • Moderator: Tony Vernaci, President, Aerospace Industry Association of Michigan (AIAM)
  • Michael Mahfet, CEO, Ascent Aerospace
  • Jeff Simek, General Manager – Operations, RCO Aerospace & RCO Engineering
  • Andrew Kalinowski, International Business Development Manager, Thunder Technologies
  • Kevin Aretha, Industry Sales Manager , Rockwell Automation
Delivered! The Digital Thread in your Supply Chain

Logistics has gone digital. From smart product tracking to digital documentation, digital threads can be found all along the supply chain. Hear from industry leaders as they discuss the benefits and challenges of the utilization of Industry 4.0 to track products from design to delivery through the use of digital technologies designed to increase traceability and decrease downtime.


Artificial Intelligence
Think, Reason, Proceed: Removing Bottlenecks and Barriers with Artificial Intelligence

Evaluate the many benefits of implementing an artificial intelligence strategy for your business while maintaining a focus on translating the data into useful information and real results. Discover how companies like Google, P3, and Oak Ridge National Labs use their data to:

  • Prioritize and mitigate risks
  • Increase profitability by improving the customer experience
  • Help drive a connected and automated ecosystem in a way that fits within their existing business models while allowing room for growth and change


Industry 4.0 Skill Development: New Jobs & Emerging Opportunities in IIoT

The impact of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) on the manufacturing industry is transformative, challenging business models and disrupting the labor economy. As IIoT continues to make our factories more connected, what does the change of employee skillsets mean for companies? Join us for a panel discussion on the new jobs and emerging opportunities created by IIoT. Topics to include lifelong learning, how to find new employees to meet the demands of changing workforce, using Big Data to attract and retain the right talent and using exit interview data to minimize future hiring risks.


  • Moderator: Cameron Hutcherson, District Manager, Partner Strategy, ADP
  • Clara Tu, Program Management and International Education, Fraunhofer Academy
  • Jeff Hauser, Senior Vice President Business Development and Marketing, Right Management, Manpower Group
  • Adam Brown, U.S. Marketing Manager, ProGlove
The Business Case for Cobots: Our Journey for the Holy Grail of Automation

Behco-MRM, a leader in the collaborative robotics, or “cobot,” marketplace, along with Universal Robots and long standing customer Panther Global Technologies, will explore the opportunities and challenges of integrating cobots on your factory floor. What is the business case for these high tech machines? Learn about 3D random bin picking and cobot best practices that are sure to improve your operations.

Emerging Technology
Leading Edge & Bleeding Edge: The Promise of Industry 4.0

Join us for a discussion on Industry 4.0’s new and emerging technologies. Whether starting a business from incubation or taking the reins of an existing business confronted by technological challenges, all businesses are in various stages of emerging. And in the Industry 4.0 era, all companies must be technology companies! Doctors become inventors, family business change hands and the common thread is that each is confronted with technology challenges which must be overcome to enable them to scale rapidly to keep pace with needs of their customers.


  • Moderator: Pavan Muzumdar, COO, Automation Alley
  • Grace Yuhua Hsia, Co-Founder and CEO, Warmilu LLC
  • Kylee Guenther, CEO, Spectalite
  • Sassa Akervall, CEO, Akervall Technologies Inc.
  • Kelly MacVoy Guffey, Chief Revenue Officer, DWM Holdings
  • Dr. Julie Bartholomew, Chief Innovation Technology Officer, RPG | IMX
Mission Critical: The Transformation of Defense Companies in the Industry 4.0 Era

Implementing Industry 4.0 technologies and principles in the defense sector offers a unique set of challenges and opportunities for companies across the globe. Businesses and contractors are looking to new technologies to save time and keep costs low. Given that many defense products are developed by suppliers, maintaining the security of critical infrastructure sectors and classified information is a mission-critical operation. Join a panel of defense industry experts as they discuss best practices for Industry 4.0 implementation within the defense sector.


  • Moderator: Vicky Rad, Deputy Director, Macomb County Planning and Economic Development
  • Craig Niese, Manager, Process Technology & Development, General Dynamics Land Systems
  • Lynn Bishop, Vice President of Engineering Services, Pratt & Miller Engineering
  • David K. Dorner, President, DornerWorks, Ltd.
Modeling, Simulation, Visualization and Immersion
Inception: Making Dreams a Reality through MSV

Current and future trends in modeling, simulation, visualization and immersion (MSVI) are transforming manufacturing globally by compressing product development cycles and accelerating speed to market of innovative and more technologically advanced products and services. But the price of many of today’s sophisticated technologies like MSVI can be a barrier to entry for many SMEs. Join a panel of Industry 4.0 experts for a discussion on which industries stand to benefit most from using MSVI tools; the technology’s impact on the automotive, aerospace and defense industries; the implications of adopting and implementing MSVI within an enterprise; and what tools can be accessed by SMEs at little or no charge that would democratize the manufacturing industry.


Industrial Internet of Things
Stories of Digital Transformation: Successful Transformation Case Studies

The Industry 4.0 revolution is transforming the manufacturing industry and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is one of its biggest drivers. Are you prepared? Or are you paralyzed and not sure which direction to go? It’s up to you to determine how to leverage the power of IIoT to strategically transform your business.

Twisthink works on 150+ projects every year and has been developing IIoT solutions that improve user experiences, increase efficiency and enhance health and safety, for over a decade. They are unlocking business potential that is reinvigorating the companies we engage, the products they make, and their bottom-line profits.

During this panel, learn from three company leaders who have experienced digital transformation through Twisthink’s collaborative work – Herman Miller, Whirlpool and Morey Corporation. They’ll share personal stories and perspectives on how they discovered the right customer challenge to solve with an IIoT solution, and how it had transformed their businesses. Join us to see what’s possible – and start thinking about what to build next – so you can bring value to your business.


Health Care
Optimizing Health Care: Big Data, AI and the Future of Medicine

If there was ever an industry in dire need of increased efficiency, cost containment and improved outcomes, health care tops the list. Despite consuming 18 percent of our nation’s GDP—equal to $3.4 trillion in annual expenditures —the U.S. leads the industrialized world in otherwise preventable deaths attributed to cancer, heart disease and stroke.

Yet, from blockchain technology to surgical robots, medical experts worldwide agree that Big Data and artificial intelligence (AI) will continue to play a key role in vastly improving health care quality and delivery. Together, man and machine are teaming up to exploit unprecedented amounts of raw medical
information churned out by powerful computers and advances in integrated software technologies. We are at an inflection point now and will soon look back and realize that today was only the beginning of a major revolution in medicine.

This session will also focus on value-based medicine whereby hospitals and physicians will be paid based on patient health outcomes designed to drive down costs and dramatically reducing patient “rebounds” or re-admittance due to surgical or other health complications.


  • Moderator: Mark Lezotte, Shareholder, Butzel Long
  • Kevin Lasser, CEO, Jems Technology
  • Gloria Jen, MS, PMP, Director of Clinical Operations, Clinical Development, SRI Biosciences
  • Bryan Crutchfield, Vice President and General Manager of North America, Materialise
  • Dr. Ryan J. Nelson, D.O., Associate, Michigan Institute of Urology
Artificial Intelligence
Data Science & Deep Learning Demystified

Join Soosthsayer and world-renowned data scientist and academician, Dr. Murthy Kolluru, for this breakout session on the intuition – not the math – behind cutting-edge algorithms and concepts like artificial intelligence. Kolluru will explore how recent developments, namely deep neural networks or deep learning, are more advanced and business-friendly than anything the field has seen. This session will also shed light on the main challenges an organization will face in terms of the people, data, technology and infrastructure strategies required for a successful AI transformation.


  • Dr. Murthy Kolluru Ph.D., Chief Mentor, Soothsayer Analytics & Founder, INSOFE
The Human Factor: New Workforce Models for a New World

While much of the conversation surrounding Industry 4.0 is focused on technology implementation, the biggest impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will revolve around the transformation of the workplace, displacing workers while creating demand for different combinations of skills to fill new jobs and types of work.

How can academia best support the next generation of workers? Join members of the education community for this discussion on Industry 4.0’s human factor. How can academic institutions address the urgent need to collaborate with industry, each other and policy makers to realign and reform education around the needs of the marketplace? How can they provide the appropriate training to deliver the work of the future?

Key discussion items will include:

  • What is academia doing well?
  • What keeps educators up at night?
  • What is on their wish list?