May 8-10, 2018 | Connecticut Convention Center | Hartford, CT

Keynote Presentations

Attend Complimentary Keynote Presentations in the Mfg4 Intersection.


Tuesday, May 3

9:00 am – 10:15 am
Keynote Presentation: The 21st Century Brilliant Factory
Stephan Biller, Chief Manufacturing Scientist, Manufacturing and Research
GE Global Research

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Imagine a factory that never stops and is constantly re-inventing itself to continuously improve products and how they are made. That is the essence of GE’s vision for the Brilliant Factory. This factory will be enabled by a digital thread that marries virtual tools with physical tools and connects every part of the manufacturing supply chain from product designers to workers on the factory floor. It will employ new technologies like 3D printing and crowdsourcing that revolutionize product designs and speed up development timelines to commercialize them faster. Stephan will discuss how GE is implementing this vision across its 400 factories globally and even more broadly, how manufacturing itself will be transformed as “Big Iron” meets “Big Data.”

BillerAbout Stephan

Stephan Biller is the Chief Manufacturing Scientist at General Electric. He is responsi¬ble for GE’s global advanced manufacturing strategy and the development of GE’s Smart Manufacturing initiative across GE businesses to increase speed and productivity. Prior to being named to this position in April 2012, he was a Technical Fellow & Global Group Manager for Manufacturing Systems at General Motors’ R&D. Stephan received a degree in Electrical Engineering from RWTH Aachen, Germany, a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Northwestern Univer¬sity, and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He has been granted nine patents, developed 22 trade secrets, and co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications.

Wednesday, May 4

9:00 am – 10:15 am
Keynote Presentation: Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing for Orthopaedic Devices
Gene Kulesha, Senior Director, Platform Technology Engineering, Research and Development Business Unit, Reconstructive Division
Stryker Orthopaedics

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Additive manufacturing (AM) has changed the way developers think about innovation and design. Used for hip and knee replacements, spinal fusion, cranial implants, and more, this exciting technology is enabling new ways to make devices and treat patients. For many years, Gene Kulesha has focused on the development of advanced orthopaedic implants and biomaterials. At Mfg4, he will share his experience and explore this new way to think.  Gene will discuss the successes and challenges of scaling up production AM operations and examples of commercialized medical devices produced through AM.

GeneAbout Gene

Gene has been part of the Stryker organization for 20 years. He started off in manufacturing where he was responsible for metal and ceramic coatings technologies and raw material production. He then lead the technology transfer of various material technologies into Stryker’s European manufacturing sights. Following his tenure in operations he took on Project and Product Manager roles in Stryker where he was responsible for design, marketing and distribution of allograft tissue and synthetic bone products. For the last 10 years he has been in a leadership position in Stryker Orthopaedics’ Advanced Technology department where his early responsibilities included the development of various porous biologic fixation implants. Currently he is the Senior Director of the Platform Technology Engineering group where he and his team are responsible for the development of novel materials and implants using additive manufacturing. He has engineering and science degrees in Materials Science from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Thursday, May 5

9:00 am – 10:15 am
Keynote Presentation: Enabling Manufacturing Technology, Past, Present and Future Vision for Electric Boat
Ned Kaminski, Principal Engineer
Electric Boat

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This presentation will provide an insight into the General Dynamics Electric Boat Corporation (GDEB), the complex products it produces, and enabling technologies being implemented.

GDEB produces one of the most sophisticated weapons platforms for a very demanding customer, and with that often times must satisfy many prerequisites before implementing enabling technologies.

However GDEB is constantly challenged to realize quality, cost, and schedule goals through continuous improvement. The implementation of enabling manufacturing technologies throughout GDEB has become a requirement to insure the quality, cost, and schedule objectives of the VIRGINIA Class Submarine Program are met.

GDEB is recognized throughout the country as an innovator in submarine technology and development. This presentation will share current and future enabling technologies to realize the demands of their customer.

kamanskiAbout Ned

A native of Chester, Pennsylvania, Mr. Kaminski earned his First Class Journeyman Lofting Papers from Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from Rhode Island College.

Mr. Kaminski has worked in the Shipbuilding Industry more than 40 years; joining Electric Boat in 1981. He has progressed through the Engineering Community obtaining the level of Principal Engineer.

Under the Navy’s ManTech program, Ned has lead technology insertion projects that include robotic welding, smart welding machines, and development of new software that will produce weld sequence plans for major assemblies.

Mr. Kaminski is currently leading a project that will provide a step change in Steel Processing by installing state of the industry cutting and marking machines at Quonset Point.


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