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

Special Presentations

Tuesday, May 3 | 11:15AM – 12:00PM
Smart Manufacturing and the Connected Enterprise
Location: Information Interchange
Presented by Plex Systems


Smart Manufacturing is the evolution of several technology trends converging to improve manufacturing productivity and empower manufacturers to be more competitive. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) promises to be a true technology revolution, with cloud technology enabling greater connectivity to people, machines and processes on the production floor and accessibility to actionable data like never before. Early predictions expect greater than 20% productivity with more than 80% of manufacturing companies expected to engage by 2025. Attend this presentation to learn why you should be paying attention to the Smart Manufacturing trend – NOW!


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David Morfas
Dave Morfas, Plex Director of Product marketing, has served in a variety of product and team management roles in high-tech for the last 20 years. Dave has worked directly with customers in Europe, AsiaPac, Latin America and North America in technical training, product marketing, and product management roles to deliver solutions that drive success. Currently Dave oversees competitive intelligence, content marketing and creation, and strategic product direction for Plex Systems. Dave has a B.A. degree from Indiana University, a EET degree from ITT Technical Institute, and a MBA from Webster University. Originally from Chicago, Dave now resides in the Indianapolis, IN area with his wife and two children.

About Plex
Plex Systems is the provider of the Plex Manufacturing Cloud, a complete ERP system built from the plant floor up. Founded in 1995, Plex is headquartered in Troy, Michigan with offices in California and nearly 400 customers around the world. The Plex Manufacturing Cloud offers industry-leading features built right into the solution: Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and Quality Management System (QMS) for the shop floor, Supply Chain Management (SCM) for procurement, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) for finance and management, and Business Intelligence (BI) for executive management. Plex provides the first and only true Cloud ERP solution designed specifically for manufacturers, helping executives monitor complex processes with a single, real time version of what’s happening in their business. Experience the Plex Manufacturing Cloud, an all-inclusive solution built specifically for today’s aerospace and defense manufacturing business. Learn more at

Tuesday, May 3 | 12:15PM – 1:30PM
Lunch & Learn Panel: The Benefits of Reduced Energy Consumption in Manufacturing
Location: Intersection Theater
Presented by Eversource/EnergizeCT


Did you know that every dollar saved in the operations by a manufacturer could be worth $7 – $12 in sales?

Join Eversource during our Lunch and Learn session for CT customers and learn more about the EnergizeCT programs offered to manufactures to reduce your energy consumption and operation expense. Hear from peers who have participated in the program and learn first-hand how the process works and impacts their company.
Moderator and Panelists TBD


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About Eversource

In 2012, Northeast Utilities and its operating companies Connecticut Light & Power, Public Service of New Hampshire, Western Massachusetts Electric and Yankee Gas merged with NSTAR Electric & Gas to better serve New England.

Each day since has been spent working to build a single, united company around the mission of delivering reliable energy and superior customer service. More than 8,000 men and women coming together in good weather and bad. Making sure that the energy that powers our corner of the world is always there. Taking care of problems before they’re problems. Heading out in the storm when others head home. Connecting homes, businesses and offices, families, neighbors and friends. We are proud of our history and future as New England’s energy provider. Over the next few months you’ll be hearing more about this commitment to customers throughout New England and how energy brings us together.

Tuesday, May 3 | 3:15PM – 4:15PM

Brew & View:

Next Generation Robotic Solutions Applied to Common Assembly Applications
Location: Intersection Theater
Presented by SMAC Moving Coil Actuators


Manufacturing/Assembly productivity, and quality can be dramatically improved by using modern mechatronic actuator solutions. SMAC’s Moving Coil Actuators have pioneered these solutions since 1995. Industry needs have caught up to this technology and its use is spreading rapidly in many industries around the world. Join us as we explore this technology and how it can be utilized in manufacturing.

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Steven Curtiss
Eastern Divisional Sales and Service Manager
SMAC Moving Coil Actuators

Steve Curtiss is the Eastern Divisional Sales and Service Manager for SMAC. He has 20 years of experience in manufacturing engineering including sales and field service. Steve specializes in providing customers with solutions to their most critical manufacturing issues, including the highest production rates, cost savings and quality assurance.

Wednesday, May 4 | 11:15AM – 12:00PM
Increasing Innovation: How Creative Workforce Solutions Can Benefit Your Business Now
Location: Information Interchange
Presented by: Kelly Services


Increasing Innovation: How Creative Workforce Solutions Can Benefit Your Business Now

More than a new project or initiative, innovation requires an approach and climate that can make your company stand apart in today’s competitive world marketplace.

Often on the front lines of driving innovation, engineering managers can be challenged with restrictions on the size of their permanent workforce, tight deadlines, reduced budgets and unpredictable changes in project priorities. Learn more about how you can leverage Talent Supply Chain Management, a framework for focusing the efforts of your engineering workforce and a holistic approach to research and development that requires leadership, change management, and practical governance.

Join Joe Lampinen, Senior Director, Engineering, Global BPO Center of Excellence, KellyOCG to see how companies are leveraging the free agent engineering workforce and Talent Supply Chain Management to drive open innovation.

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Joseph Lampinen, CMfgE, PMP, LEED AP, SPHR
Director, Engineering Center of Excellence
Kelly Services®

Joseph Lampinen is director of the Engineering Center of Excellence for Kelly Services, Inc. Mr. Lampinen is an engineering workforce strategist and solution designer, responsible for leading the strategic development and growth of engineering staffing, search and project services, with special interest in manufacturing engineering, plant/facilities engineering, quality engineering and sustainability. He consults with industrial clients to solve challenges in attraction, engagement and retention of their engineering workforce.

Wednesday, May 4 | 12:30PM – 1:45PM
Lunch & Learn: Automated Manufacturing Matters
Location: Intersection Theater
Presented by Makino


Automated machining processes are essential for North American manufacturers in today’s global economy. Fierce pricing pressures, skilled labor availability and process stability are just some of the reasons to consider automating your manufacturing. This presentation will cover various solutions for automation that are flexible enough to adapt quickly to changing volumes and part designs, even five axis solutions. Actual customer testimonials will be incorporated into the materials.

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rentschlerMark Rentschler
Mark Rentschler has worked in the manufacturing industry for more than 30 years including operations management and marketing. His career at Makino spans over 20 years and he is currently Director of Marketing. In this capacity, he has a dozen years of proven success in developing programs that have generated record revenue and market share growth. Recognized, as an industry-leading digital marketing expert, he has demonstrated the ability to define a premium product strategy and develop the initiatives to prove the value proposition through innovative tactics and thought leadership. Mark is a graduate of Culver Military Academy and Washington and Lee University and a father of 4.

Wednesday, May 4 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm
The Future of Smart Manufacturing – What it Means for Your Business
Location: Intersection Theater
Hosted by Advanced Manufacturing Media
Sponsored by MEMEX


SME’s Advanced Manufacturing Media, which publishes Manufacturing Engineering® and Smart Manufacturing magazines, will discuss the future of manufacturing. Explaining why small and medium manufacturers, with revenues below $25 million, need to educate themselves about the digital transformation that’s beginning to take root in the U.S. manufacturing sector and could reshape supply chains around the world. When aerospace and automaker OEMs start requiring their supply chain to be networked and share live data, will you be ready?

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Sarah A. Webster, Editor in Chief, SME’s Advanced Manufacturing Media
Panelists: Bryce Barnes, Senior Manager of Machine and Robot Segment, IoT Vertical Solutions Group, Cisco
Frank Arteaga, Head of Product Marketing, Market Region NAFTA, Bystronic Inc.
Dave Edstrom, CTO, MEMEX Inc.
John Bernanden, Former Director of Corporate Affairs, Rockwell Automation


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