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South Carolina Manufacturing Conference & Expo

The most significant virtual manufacturing event of the year.

October 29th – 30th, 2020 | 9am – 4pm Eastern Standard Time | No Cost to Attend

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About the Event

The SC Manufacturing Conference & Expo, the state’s most significant manufacturing event of the year, is going virtual! The two-day conference will stream on October 29th-30th. The conference will include 14 hours of streamed content, including such events as: Manufacturing Excellence Awards, Future of Manufacturing, Industry 4.0: The Next Revolution, Economic Outlook for Auto and Aerospace Industries, Women in Manufacturing and Building the Workforce of the Future. You’ll also be able to watch several keynote speakers and conversation with manufacturing CEOs about hot topics, such as Industry 4.0 and workforce challenges. AND…the technology backing our virtual live Expo is amazing. If you’ve never seen a virtual Expo before, be sure to check it out.

SCMEP TRAINING COURSES AT THE CONFERENCE

The South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership’s Continuous Improvement training and consulting solutions prepare manufacturers to implement a wide range of continuous improvement tools that provide sustainable results. We are pleased to offer the following training tracks sponsored by Anderson University:

For more information and to register for our training, go to SCBizUpskill.com

LEADERSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT COURSES

These courses focus on development for Leaders, Managers, Professionals and Human Resources. Earn 9 SHRM/HRCI credits through our courses taught by top industry professionals. From HR Trends to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Modern Workplace - you will be able to learn and improve your leadership skills through the 9 courses offered. 

For more information and to register for our training, go to SCBizUpskill.com

Click here to see our current list of Exhibitors.

Interested in Exhibiting?

There are virtual expos, and then there are VIRTUAL EXPOS! What we have planned for our exhibitors definitely fits into that latter category. The technologically-advanced format is intuitive, engaging and conducive to networking. AND, it looks fabulous. At a live event, you can network for two days. This virtual expo will stay live for an entire month, allowing you 30 days to network, market and build relationships. You will have the opportunity to:

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Design your booth virtually

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Network for 30 days

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Upload unlimited videos

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Get registration contact list

Contact Melissa Tomberg at mtomberg@scbiznews.com for more information.

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2020 MANUFACTURING CONFERENCE AGENDA


DAY 1 - I4 TECHNOLOGY DRIVING SMART FACTORIES

THE EXHIBIT HALL WILL BE OPEN FROM 9am - 4pm 

9:00

SESSION #1: WELCOME TO THE REVOLUTION

A CONVERSATION: PROVEN RESOURCES FOR MANUFACTURERES IN A RAPIDLY CHANGING WORLD

SUMMARY: CEOs from four key support organizations discuss how their companies support South Carolina’s vibrant manufacturing industry.

SPEAKER(s):

Chuck Spangler
CEO, SC Manufacturing Extension Partnership
Susie Shannon
CEO, SC Council on Competitiveness
Bob Quinn
Executive Director, SC Research Authority
Tim Hardee
President, SC Technical College System

OPENING KEYNOTE: EMBRACING INDUSTRY 4.0 TECHNOLOGIES

SUMMARY: Manufacturing facilities across the globe are in a constant state of transformation. Cutting-edge technologies, such as predictive analytics, additive manufacturing, cobots, automated guided vehicles, artificial intelligence and virtual reality, create challenges but provide endless opportunity. Hear how one plant is getting smarter by the day.

SPEAKER: Kevin Graham, Director, Plant Engineering, Volvo Cars

SPONSOR: Roebuck Buildings Co.

A CONVERSATION: IMPLEMENTING NEW TECH AND PREPARING FOR MORE TO COME

SUMMARY: The I4 conversation continues with an inside look at how a global leader in manufacturing automotive systems is currently implementing new technologies and preparing for the future.

GUEST: Antonio Vaz, Director, Production Engineering and Digital Innovation, JTEKT

10:00

SESSION #2:  UPSKILLING THE WORKFORCE

A CONVERSATION:  LEADERSHIP TRAINING

SUMMARY: Conference attendees will have the opportunity to take a training course on leadership training. SHRM/HRCI and other credits offered. You will receive an overview of the training and instructions on how to register. 

GUEST: Nancy McCartney, Owner, HR Bridging

A PROVEN RESOURCE: SCMEP DELIVERS SOLUTIONS

SUMMARY: The SC Manufacturing Extension Partnership provides South Carolina manufacturers with a wide range of innovative strategies and solutions. The organization also offers dozens of training courses for manufacturing employees and spearheads the annual Manufacturing Excellence Awards program. You will get an overview of the training courses available and a preview of the upcoming awards show.

GUEST: Chuck Spangler, CEO, SCMEP

SPONSORS: Choate Construction and Anderson University

10:30

SESSION #3:  SPRINTING TO KEEP UP TECHNOLOGY

A PROVEN RESOURCE: SCRA FUELS THE INNOVATION ECONOMY

SUMMARY: SCRA brings together the key players in innovation to support the advanced manufacturing and materials sectors, and facilitates collaboration between the state’s manufacturing powerhouses, emerging companies and academia. Hear how their mission leads to growth.

A CONVERSATION WITH: Bob Quinn, Executive Director, SC Research Authority                       

ROLLS ROYCE POWER SYSTEMS: OUR ONGOING INDUSTRY 4.0 JOURNEY

SUMMARY: Industry 4.0 refers to a wide range of new technologies that are increasingly prevalent on today’s Smart Manufacturing factory floors. Get a first-hand look at how one company is navigating the 4.0 landscape.

PRESNTATION: MTU Rolls Royce

11:15

SESSION #4:  THE DAWN OF THE SMART FACTORY

KEYNOTE: ADVANCED AUTOMATION AND THE FACTORY OF THE FUTURE

SUMMARY:  Fast-changing, disruptive technologies are hitting manufacturing facilities like a cyclone and profoundly changing industrial production. What will the factory of the future look like with respect to its structure, technologies and processes? Watch and imagine.

SPEAKER: Kai Woerner, VP and Technical Plant Mgr., Robert Bosch

SPONSOR: MAU Workforce Solutions

A CONVERSATION: SMART MANUFACTURING AND BEST PRACTICES LEARNED FROM MULTIPLE DEPLOYMENTS 

SUMMARY: As manufacturers start Industry 4.0 deployments, they should carefully consider best practices and lessons learned. Avoid falling into the "Proof of Concept Purgatory." Instead deliver an ROI during each stage of deployment. Delays in implementation delay savings. Learn what NOT to do.

GUEST: Richard Phillips, Director, Smart Manufacturing Solutions, Polytron

12:00

SESSION #5: AEROSPACE ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY

THE SC COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS FOSTERS VARIETY OF INDUSTRY CLUSTERS

SUMMARY:   The Council manages select industry clusters and provides the research and resources they need to thrive. How is it accomplished? You will also receive an overview of the the Council’s Aerospace Economic Impact Study.

A CONVERSATION WITH: Susie, Shannon, CEO, SC Council on Competitiveness

SPONSOR: Truist Bank, Camp Hall

SC COUNCIL ON COMPETITIVENESS - AEROSPACE ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY

SUMMARY: The diverse aerospace cluster has been one of the fastest growing industries in South Carolina. Is it still growing? What is the outlook? Results of the study will be presented for the first time at the conference.

PRESENTER: Joey Von Nessen, Research Economist, Darla Moore School

INDUSTRY REACTION

Steve Townes, CEO, Ranger Aerospace and President, ACL Airshop

1:00

SESSION #6:  COLLABORATION PRODUCES INNOVATION

SUMMARY: Clusters allow companies to be more innovative and productive by providing access to a shared pool of specialized resources. Discover how exactly that works and how you can benefit.

MODERATOR: Susie, Shannon, President and CEO, SC Council on Competitiveness

PANELISTS:

  • Don Myers, Director of Aerospace Sales, Toray Composites and Chair, SC Aerospace Advisory Board
  • Dave Edwards, President and CEO, GSP International Airport and Chair, SC Logistics Executive Committee
  • Kim Christ, SC Cyber Director, SC Tech
  • Suzanne Dickerson, Alliance Director, SC Fraunhofer USA
  • Taylor Jackson, Director, SC Logistics
  • Stephen Astemborski, Director, SC Aerospace
SPONSOR: SC Technology and Aviation Center (SCTAC)           

1:45

SESSION #7:  INDUSTRY 4.0 TRENDING TOPICS

TOPIC #1: ROBOTICS AND SENSORS FOR THE HUMAN WELL-BEING

  • Venkat Krovi, Michelin Endowed Chair of Vehicle Automation, Clemson University – International Center for Automotive Research

TOPIC #2:  DRIVING ZERO-DOWNTIME WITH PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE

  • Tyrone Ellis, Enterprise Dir, Global Engineering Excellence, Trane Technologies
  • Mo Abuali, Managing Partner, IoTco

TOPIC #3: MACHINE VISION WITH DEEP LEARNING

  • Gus Collins, Managing Engineer, JTEKT
  • Scott Tobey, CEO, FSI Advanced Research

3:00

SESSION #8:  ECONOMIC OUTLOOK: AUTO INDUSTRY

SUMMARY: How much has the industry been damaged because of the recent

shutdown? Is it rebounding? What does the future hold?

PRESENTER: Kevin Roberts, Global Automation Sr. Analyst, E&Y

SPONSOR: Burr Forman McNair

DAY 2 - BUILDING AN I4 WORKFORCE:   FINDING. TRAINING. RETAINING.

THE EXHIBIT HALL WILL BE OPEN FROM 9am - 4pm 

9:00

SESSION #1:  THE CONNECTED INDUSTRIAL WORKPLACE OF TOMORROW

OPENING KEYNOTE

SUMMARY: Manufacturers are adopting innovative technologies and digitizing processes to become more efficient. As a result, companies are upskilling existing employees and looking for new skills when filling roles. Learn about new technologies that are gaining traction and the type of talent needed to manage the technologies.

SPEAKER: Jonathan Weiss, VP, Emerging Technologies, Software AG

9:30

SESSION #2:  EMBRACING MODERN DAY APPRENTICESHIPS

SUMMARY: Increasingly, advanced manufacturing companies are turning to apprenticeship to develop, grow and retain a skilled workforce. Modern-day programs can combat a variety of workforce challenges.

GUESTS:

  • Dr. Amy Firestone, Vice President, Apprenticeship Carolina
  • David Taylor, Human Resources Mgr., New Indy
  • Arjonetta Gaillard, Apprenticeship Coordinator, MTU America

SPONSOR: Greenville Technical College

 10:15

SESSION #3:  LOGISTICS:  THE SC ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY

SUMMARY: Logistics is one of the largest and fastest growing industry clusters in South Carolina. The recently completed impact study shows just how important it is to the state’s economy.

PRESENTER: Taylor Jackson, Director of SC Logistics, SC Council on Competitiveness

INDUSTRY REACTION: Dave Edwards, CEO, GSP International Airport and Chair of SC Logistics Executive Committee

11:00

SESSION #4:  MANUFACTURING TRENDS AND WHAT'S ON THE HORIZON

KEYNOTE: EXAMINING THE TRENDS

SUMMARY: A long-time executive at BMW Plant Spartanburg, Hitt will provide his unique insight into the direction of the industry in South Carolina.

SPEAKER: SC Secretary of Commerce, Bobby Hitt

SPONSOR: Upstate SC Alliance

 KEYNOTE: LOOKING AHEAD; PLANNING SUPPORT

SUMMARY: As new higher-tech skills are required of manufacturing employees, the tech college system is poised to meet the training demand.

SPEAKER:  Dr. Tim Hardee, President, SC Technical College System

SPONSORS: AFL, SC Tech College System

 12:00

SESSION #5:  MANUFACTURING EXCELLENCE AWARDS

SUMMARY: A variety of excellence awards will be handed out at the 23rd annual event, including the Lifetime Achievement Award.

PRESENTER: Chuck Spangler, CEO, SC Manufacturing Extension Partnership

SPONSORS: Choate Construction, BlueCross BlueShield


 1:00

SESSION #6:  WOMEN IN MANUFACTURING:  LEADERS & INFLUENCERS

SUMMARY: Women make up only 29% of the manufacturing workforce. However, the industry’s attitude toward recruiting and promoting women has been changing and the gender gap is narrowing. Four executive women will share their past experiences and their hope for the future.

MODERATOR: Catherine Hayes. Manufacturing Industry Mgr., SCRA

PANELISTS:

  • Kristen Blanchard, VP, Corporate Affairs, Nutramax Laboratories
  • Laura Buccanfuso, Founder and CEO, Van Robotics
  • Nicole Johnson, Co-Owner, Director of Sales, BOYD Cycling
  • Meg Lanza, Director of Technical Functions, Bosch Charleston

SPONSOR: Nephron Pharmaceuticals and Michelin

 2:00

SESSION #7:  THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING IN SOUTH CAROLINA

CLOSING KEYNOTE: SC Gov. Henry McMaster

 SPONSOR: Zverse

 3:00

SIGN OFF


Frequently Asked Questions

The most significant manufacturing of the year in South Carolina has gone virtual! The two-day conference will stream on October 29th-30th. Will it be as informative and all-encompassing as the traditional live event? We absolutely think it will!
  • Learn about exhibitors.
  • Interact (via instant message) with exhibitors.
  • Explore information in the booths and auditorium.
Contact Melissa Tomberg at mtomberg@scbiznews.com for more information.
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate. You only need to have access to the internet.
No. Some exhibitors may have the ability to request a video chat, it is not required in order to participate.
Your login information is the email address and password you provided during registration.
This is an online event. You do not have to travel to any specific location. You can participate anywhere that you have Internet access. The event is accessible from desktop, mobile and tablet devices.
Yes. Like any physical event, we will have a swag bag for you! You can add documents provided by each exhibitors to your online swag bag and then email them to yourself or share items with friends and family by simply entering their email.
Absolutely. We are counting on you to invite others! Help us spread the word. You can simply share the link to this page and they can register at their convenience.
We understand your schedule may not allow you to attend the event. If this is the case, please let us know and we are happy to connect with you individually. This platform is also available on-demand after the event is over.
If you still have a question that wasn’t answered above, drop us a line here, and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.