Northeast Ohio Smart Manufacturing Annual Conference

When: November 22, 2019 7:30 am

Be part of the first Northeast Ohio Smart Manufacturing Annual Conference for a day of learning and networking with thought leaders in the industry.

  • Learn the state of smart manufacturing worldwide and how Northeast Ohio stacks up
  • Gain key insights from local manufacturers experiencing the smart manufacturing journey
  • Obtain pathways to success from national leaders on smart manufacturing
  • Learn more about local smart manufacturing initiatives and how you can be part of them
  • Realize hands-on learning via breakout sessions

In November of 2018, the Smart Manufacturing Cluster of Northeast Ohio released a roadmap with the goal of accelerating the adoption of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The roadmap identified barriers currently faced by manufacturers, and provided initiatives for advancing IIoT adoption, developing new IIoT products, and presented initiatives for workforce development.


  • 7:30 am – 8:30 am: Breakfast, Networking and Exhibitors
  • 8:30 am – 8:40 am: Opening Remarks
  • 8:40 am – 12:00 pm: Plenary Sessions
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Breakout Sessions

The Exhibitor Floor Open will be open from 7:30 am – 8:30 am and 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Accelerating Gains from Manufacturing 4.0 The Intelligent Roadmap

Sath Rao, Director – Digital Solutions for Manufacturing, Hitachi Vantara

State of Smart Manufacturing

Michael Coxon, Partner, McKinsey & Company

Cloud is at the Center of Digital Transformation

Steve Blackwell, Worldwide Tech Lead for Manufacturing, Amazon Web Services

Breakout Sessions

Implementing IoT – Are You Ready?
Presented by DataServ

Are you ready for the developing world of IoT and its impact on your company’s cybersecurity risks? DataServ experts will share methods to identify your readiness, discuss best practices, and ways to create a cybersecurity roadmap that reduces your risks and supports your IoT initiatives.

Transforming the Shop Floor through Intelligent Manufacturing: Hitachi Rail Story
Presented by Hitachi

All Aboard! If you are struggling to understand how you can take your manufacturing operations from stone age to state of the art, this is the session for you. Come learn about how one Hitachi division, Hitachi Rail, implemented an end-to-end Intelligent Manufacturing solution that has forever changed the way passengers use rail service. ​​​​

Powering Predictive Maintenance: The Promise, The Reality, and Practical Baby Steps
Presented by Nikola Labs

At some point in the future, machine downtime and the $650 billion dollars in associated costs, will be a thing of the past. While this future state is a way off, there are steps you can take today, to begin making this a reality. In this talk, we will (1) Introduce the promise of predictive maintenance, outlining the benefits that can be realized in the future, (2) Compare that future state with current realities, getting clear about both obstacles and opportunities, (3) Lay out initial steps you can take to begin this journey into the future, (4) Outline key considerations you should keep in mind as you seek to match available solutions to your unique situation.

Accelerating the I4.0 journey for Manufacturing Enterprises
Presented by LTI – Larsen & Toubro Infotech

Most organizations while interested in Smart Manufacturing often get stuck at the POC stage. LTI with a background of successfully implementing I 4.0 for industry will share experiences to accelerate adoption. The journey spans discovery and prioritization of use cases, converting this initiative into a corporate vision and scaling this up across manufacturing sites in an agile manner which provides quick ROI.

The Missing Link of Smart Manufacturing… ISA-95
Presented by Ectobox, Inc.

What comes after a company has addressed issues around downtime, quality, production with a specific IoT solution? For companies that want to continue improving, growing, and competing in their markets they should look at the communication of data between the business unit and the plant floor.A company succeeds when, among other things, the right people have the right data at the right time.

Using Machine Utilization Data to Drive Industrial Operations
Presented by Boundary Labs, Inc.

Machine utilization tracking can prove to be a tremendous means of driving operational change on industrial factory floors. Using technology such as sensors and tablets, it’s possible to capture the instantaneous cause of downtime and display this on a dashboard to observe trends in asset utilization over time to identify unscheduled downtime. This allows easy targeting of high impact problems, eliminates manual data collection, streamlines communications between shifts, and optimizes preventative maintenance scheduling.

Thank you to our Conference Sponsors!

Presented by

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Hitachi Logo
Calfee Logo
LTI logo

Sponsored by

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Rudolph Libbe Group Logo
Amazon Web Services
Rockwell Automation


Smart Manufacturing Exhibitors