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M4.0 Takes Center Stage at 15th MLC Summit

MLC’s Penelope Brown moderates a panel on AI with (l to r) IBM’s Ron Castro, Microsoft’s Brian Evergreen, MxD’s Tyler Vizek, and SAS Institute’s Roger Thomas.

Under the theme of “Going for Gold: Strategies to Identify and Deliver Business Value in the Next Phase of the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, the Manufacturing Leadership Council convened the 15th Manufacturing Leadership Summit in Huntington Beach, CA, in June.

More than 300 industry executives attended the three-day Summit, which began with the MLC’s annual Council Day where MLC members were updated on the progress of the MLC over the past year, particularly since its acquisition by the National Association of Manufacturers in August of 2018.

During the two-day conference portion of the Summit, attendees experienced nine keynote and case study presentations; 11 “lightning round” presentations from a selected group of this year’s ML Award winners; 10 “Think Tanks” on topics such as IT/OT teams, coping with the data deluge, leveraging IoT on the plant floor, and 3D printing; and more 100 one-on-one briefing sessions from Summit sponsors in the technology community.

And, finally, on the evening of June 10, the 15th Manufacturing Leadership Awards ceremony was held, honoring more than 80 companies and individuals for their achievements in manufacturing.
What follows are selected photos from Council Day and the conference program. An article on the award winners, with accompanying photos, is also in this issue.
– David R. Brousell


Ceridian’s Danny Smith, GM’s Dan Grieshaber, and IBM’s Ron Castro at Council Day.


MLC Board of Governors Vice Chairman Michael Packer of Lockheed officially opens Council Day.


Council members debate the Critical Issues agenda for the year ahead.


MLC Co-founder David R. Brousell calls for a national coalition to advance M4.0.


3M’s Dr. Rebecca Teeters discusses how 3M is driving innovation with M4.0.



The 15th annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit focused on the next phase of the fourth industrial revolution, one characterized by more enterprise-scale projects.


Winnebago’s Chris West addresses fellow Council members at Open Forum during Council Day.


Stanley Black & Decker’s Sudhi Bangalore outlines how SBD is scaling M4.0 across its operations.


Board of Governors member Brad Heath of Virtex Enterprises (l) and Air Liquide’s Al Cusson cast votes during Critical Issues debate.


Saint-Gobain’s Regan Gallo discusses how her company has sustained innovation over its 350-year history.


Dow’s Peter Holicki, recipient of the 2018 Manufacturing Leader of the Year award, defines what leadership means in the M4.0 era.


Merck’s Michele D’Alessandro talks about Project Ivan, which delivered medications to hurricane devastated Puerto Rico in 2017.


MLC members relate experiences in a Think Tank session.


Fast Radius’ Lou Rassey talks about digital transformation.

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