Manufacturing Tech Council
Driving Innovation Through Advanced Technology
The Manufacturing Tech Council is a membership-based community for manufacturing technology leaders who want to understand how advanced technologies are transforming the industry — and how to use them to succeed.
Our mission is to prepare our members for a future that holds both opportunities and challenges. We provide a virtual forum to meet the people, products, and ideas that are driving manufacturing forward, and a peer-to-peer network to inspire the new ways of thinking and solving problems that are essential not just for success, but also for survival.
From additive and advanced robotics to augmented reality and generative design, there are faster, more efficient and more customer-driven approaches to the manufacturing process. Each day technology changes the way things are made, sold, bought and serviced. Join your peers and industry leaders who are on the forefront of this revolution. We invite you to engage in this endeavor of discovery and growth.
The Manufacturing Tech Council is a membership organization for manufacturing technology leaders who want to understand how emerging technologies are transforming
their industry—from additive manufacturing to blockchain-powered supply chains to machine learning.
Our mission is to prepare our members for the upside and challenges of a rapidly evolving manufacturing technology landscape, expose them to the people, products, and ideas that are fundamentally
changing the way products are made and manufactured, and connect them with other industry leaders in a peer-to-peer network to inspire different thinking and solving problems.
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Executive Producer, Manufacturing Tech Council
Executive Producer, Manufacturing Tech Council
Currently a senior executive at Traction Technology Partners, John Gallant is a seasoned journalist, analyst and event moderator with more than 30 years of involvement in the technology industry. He has interviewed the top executives of the most important vendors and emerging companies, along with the most senior IT leaders of corporate America.
Most recently, Gallant was Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer of IDG US Media. In this role, he worked with the editorial leaders of IDG’s CIO, CSO, Computerworld, Greenbot, InfoWorld, JavaWorld, Macworld,Network World, PCWorld and TechHive titles, setting content strategy and ensuring that the brands served their respective audiences with the best digital media and services in the industry. Gallant, one of Network World’s founders, was formerly CEO and editorial director for that company, where he guided content and business development for print and online, as well as Network World’s events.
February 27, 2018 Speakers:Doug Woods, CEO, AMTDavid King, CEO, FogHorn SystemsJon Sobel, CEO and Co-founder, Sight Machine.Machine Learning and ManufacturingMachine learning promises to provide deep insights and automated suggestions to improve manufacturing productivity, reduce downtime, increase equipment effectiveness and make your organization more competitive. But machine learning requires a commitment to quality data and savvy analytics skills. Understand how machine learning really works and how it can be woven into your processes today.
March 27, 2018Speakers:Tim Shinbara, VP Technology, AMTJoseph DeSimone, CEO and Co-Founder, CarbonRic Fulop, CEO and Founder,Desktop Metal.Additive ManufacturingAdditive manufacturing – the industrial-strength version of 3D printing – brings new speed and flexibility to the manufacturing process and can change the way your company designs, prototypes, and delivers new products. It’s already being applied by industrial giants like GE. See the latest advances in additive manufacturing and learn how to apply them to your operations.
April 24, 2018 Keynote:Michael Campbell, EVP, ThingWorx Platform, PTC Corp.Speakers:Brian Ballard, Founder, CEO, UpskillPaul Boris, COO, VuzixAugmented FactoriesAugmented reality technology has a wide array of potential applications for manufacturers – everything from assisting workers with advanced (and challenging) assembly chores, improving the productivity and effectiveness of maintenance personnel, and putting the knowledge of manufacturing experts in the hands of colleagues around the globe. Learn about the current state of AR solutions for manufacturers and see how early adopters are putting AR to the test today.
May 29, 2018Keynote:Stephen J. Rogers, VP, Blockchain Initiatives for Supply Chain, Industry Platforms, IBMSpeakers:Michael Cromheecke, Co-Founder, CEO, SteamChain,John Monarch, CEO, ShipChainBlockchain For Your Supply ChainYou’ve heard of Bitcoin, but how much do you know about blockchain – the powerful distributed ledger technology that underpins Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, and that will have a profound impact on your manufacturing operations? Blockchain applications include securing the supply chain, fighting counterfeiting, and reducing intellectual property theft. Find out how the blockchain works and see how it’s being applied in manufacturing environments.
June 26, 2018Keynote:Alain Ouellette, director of operations for GE AviationSpeakers:Bill Huang, founder and CEO at CloudMinds, Inc,Derik Pridmore, Co-Founder, CEO at Osaro, Inc.Advanced, Self-Learning RoboticsRobotics is entering a brave new world where robots are more mobile and autonomous, self-learning and capable of handling a wider variety of more-complex tasks on the production floor. How will these advanced robotic systems change your production processes and how will they impact your supply chain and your workforce? Learn the state-of-the-art in advanced robotics and how this technology will make it to your shop floor.
July 31, 2018
Keynote:Russ WaddellMTConnect - A Deep Dive into the Emerging Standard for Connecting MachinesMTConnect InstituteAMT - The Association For Manufacturing TechnologySpeakers:Bryce Barnes, Global Lead, Manufacturing Solutions Development, CiscoWe are on the verge of creating a true Internet of Machines where machines talk to each other using a common language. That emerging standard is MTConnect—a semantic vocabulary for manufacturing equipment to provide structured, contextualized data with no proprietary format. With uniform data, developers and integrators can focus on useful, productive manufacturing applications rather than translation. In this session, you will learn about the latest developments in MTConnect, how you can put it into practice, and what is the potential ROI of doing so.
September 25, 2018
Keynote:Stephen Hooper,Generative DesignVice President for Design and Manufacturing, AutodeskSpeakers:Jesse Coors-Blankenship, Founder, CEO, Frustum, Inc.Bradley Rothenberg, Co-Founder, CEO, nTopology, IncGenerative design is a completely different approach to product design. Rather than traditional designs based on what you already know, you establish design goals and apply vast computing power to generate powerful new designs beyond your imagination. Generative design can cut design time, speed prototyping (especially when combined with the power of additive manufacturing), and cut production and material expense. How can you put this power to work for you today?
October 23, 2018Keynote:Michael Holman, Vice President of Research, Lux ResearchSpeakers:Jim Phillips, CEO, NanoMechMiguel Galvez, CEO, NBD NanotechnologiesNanotechnology/New MaterialsWorking at the molecular or atomic level, nanotechnology promises the emergence of a wide range of new materials that can change what you build and how you build it. It’s been hyped for years, but do you know how leading manufacturers are capturing the power of nanotech and new materials, and where it makes sense for your organization? Get beyond the buzz and look at solutions that can be deployed now.
November 27, 2018Keynote:Chris Rezendes, Chief Business Officer, Spherical Analytics, andFounder/Managing DirectorIoT Impact LABSSpeakers:William Sobel, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder of VimanaRon Victor, Founder and CEO, IoTiumIndustrial Internet (IIoT)> Industrial Internet (IIoT)In a world of machines and products outfitted with sensors, we’ll be awash in a sea of information that can improve our supply chains, increase product reliability and serviceability, and reduce design, production and support costs. The Industrial Internet of Things isn’t without its challenges, however. You’ll face security, communications and data management/analytics issues, among others. Understand how top manufacturers are building their IoT operations and what new tools can help you capture the promise of the Industrial Internet.
January 15, 2019Keynote:John Rassieur, Managing Partner, Digital Manufacturing Transformation, Americas Consulting, DXC TechnologySpeakers:Evan Kaplan, CEO, InfluxDataWillem Sundblad, CEO, Oden TechnologiesBuilding a Digital StrategyNo industry generates more data than manufacturing, says consultancy McKinsey, yet the vast majority of that information goes untapped. It’s time to change that with a Digital Strategy that enables manufacturing executives, designers, workers, machines, and more to capture the value of this vast data reserve to create new revenue and product opportunities. Explore emerging digital solutions to help you collect, connect, store, analyze and utilize data from your existing systems, as well as the advanced digital technologies you’re deploying – without a massive overhaul of your manufacturing environment.
February 12, 2019Keynote:Wilfried Bair, VP of Engineering for NextFlexSpeakers:Sam Cece, CEO of Swift SensorsDr. Yang Zhao, CEO, AceinnaSensor TechnologyWe’re rapidly moving beyond the current generation of cheap, embeddable sensors into a world of adaptable, intelligent sensors that provide a wealth of additional data and empower improved machine-to-machine communications along with localized decision-making that speeds response and problem resolution. Micro-sensor implants, organic and bio-degradable sensors, sensor swarms, and multi-function sensors, among other advances, can find and infer new types of information, and hold vast promise to improve processes, increase product quality and create new revenue streams. Learn what’s emerging today in Advanced Sensor Technology.
March 19, 2019Keynote:Thomas R. Kurfess, Ph.D., P.E., Chief Manufacturing Officer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Manufacturing Demonstration FacilitySpeakers:Dave Ramahi, CEO of OptomecJason Jones, CEO and Co-Founder of Hybrid Manufacturing TechnologiesHybrid ManufacturingCombining the best of two worlds – additive (3D printing) and traditional ‘subtractive’ (read CNC) systems – hybrid manufacturing holds tremendous promise for improving fabrication and precision for complex part and unique geometries. Emerging hybrid solutions are becoming available from a variety of traditional and emerging machine tool companies, but are they right for your shop today? Learn where hybrid manufacturing is best deployed, and what lessons early adopters are learning as they embrace this ‘ambidextrous’ technology. Find out more about the next steps in the evolution of hybrid manufacturing.
April 9, 2019Keynote:Vinay Jammu, Technology Leader, Physical-Digital Analytics & Software at GE Global ResearchSpeakers:Lior Akavia, co-founder and CEO, SeeboJay Allardyce, Executive Vice President of Industry, Product and Partnerships, UptakeDigital TwinDigital Twins provide more than just a virtual replica of real-world assets, from aircraft engines to wind turbines to manufacturing systems – encompassing even a virtualized factory environment. Capitalizing on AI and machine learning, Digital Twins can optimize performance, reduce repair and downtime, improve manufacturing processes, as well as support new services-based revenue models. Here’s what you need to know to capture the value of Digital Twins, from where to begin to how to analyze and profit from the vast amount of data generated. You also learn how existing CAD/CAM systems are evolving to support Digital Twins.
May 14, 2019Keynote:Jeffrey Hojlo, Program Director, IDC Manufacturing InsightsSpeakers:Randy Altschuler, CEO of XometryJeremy Herrman, Founder, PlethoraManufacturing As a ServiceMaaS is democratizing manufacturing, giving more people the ability to create new things and offering new revenue opportunities for existing manufacturers. Imagine a virtual manufacturing world where parts and products are built on demand closes to customers, and underutilized assets become more productive and lucrative. The promise exists, but there are substantial challenges to overcome as well, not least the security of the manufacturing data that drives the MaaS process. We’ll explore the emerging array of MaaS options and examine how MaaS can reshape your manufacturing strategy today.
July 16, 2019Keynote:Marvin Goins, Mgr, Corporate Security Architecture, Information Technology, Eastman Chemical CompanySpeakers:Ben Miller, VP, Threat Operations, DragosChris Rouland, Founder/CEO, Phosphorus Cyber SecuritySecuring Industry 4.0As we digitize manufacturing processes, create a digital thread connecting every phase of a product’s lifecycle, and harvest data from all our machines and tools via the Internet of Things, we open the door to a growing number of security threats and create additional attack vectors for a virtual Pandora’s Box of new risks - from disruption of manufacturing processes to theft of information and intellectual property. Security is the dark underbelly of Industry 4.0, the stinging fly in the ointment. But don’t despair. There are a wide variety of new strategies and technologies that promise to shore up our defenses and protect next-generation manufacturing operations. Find out more as we explore the evolving state of manufacturing security.
September 10, 2019 Update 2019: AI and Additive ManufacturingArtificial intelligence and additive manufacturing were among the most important topics covered in year-one MTC webinars, but a lot has changed since we first explored the emerging tech landscape in AI and 3D printing. A panel of manufacturing technology experts will examine the evolving landscape in AI and additive, as well as insights into new deployment applications for these technologies and the latest solutions from startup companies.
October 15, 2019 Metamaterials in ManufacturingMetamaterials, designed to exhibit properties not found in naturally occurring materials, sound like the stuff of science fiction - bending, blocking, absorbing and deflecting electronic, magnetic waves like light, among other things. They might even make your Invisibility Cloak possible! These composites, which can provide more elasticity, enhanced acoustical properties, and lighter-weight, more durable materials, promise a whole new generation of products and components. Explore the reality of metamaterials today and understand how they could be applied in your manufacturing setting.
November 19, 2019 Cognitive AutomationCognitive automation takes robotic process automation (RPA) to the next level - from acting like a human to thinking like a human. In fact, consultancy KPMG says it will "lead to a revolution in scale, adoption, and impact of artificial intelligence” and cautions that companies “need to move fast to reap the powerful benefits promised and to ensure that they can compete in the future.” Cognitive automation is sometimes called “white collar automation” for its role in streamlining a number of business processes, but it also has a variety of game-changing applications in the manufacturing realm. Where will cognitive automation impact your factory floor? We’ll examine the state of the art in CA and how early adopters are capitalizing on it.
"From machine learning and augmented reality to blockchain and advanced robotics, the velocity of change in manufacturing due to transformative technologies is faster than anything I’ve seen in my 40 years in the industry. The Manufacturing Tech Council plays a critical role in identifying the technologies making the most impact, presenting their different applications to improve businesses, and building a community of business leaders interested in being part of the change that is happening."
"The Manufacturing Tech Council is that one place that’s focused on manufacturing technology innovation that also provides an extension to my network from relevant start-ups to peers and potential partners without all the extra travel and expenses."
"The opportunity to reinvent manufacturing with digital technologies is vast, and just getting underway. You can either learn how to harness emerging tech, or get swept away by it."
"The Manufacturing Tech Council provides a unique opportunity to learn more about new, disruptive technologies and how they are being applied by savvy manufacturers to innovate and change the competitive landscape, as well as an opportunity to network with peers and experts in a variety of game-changing areas."