| The Smart Manufacturing Summit is designed to connect you with a dynamic roster of top CEOs and expert manufacturing resources.

The Smart Manufacturing Summit is designed to connect you with a dynamic roster of top CEOs and expert manufacturing resources. This extraordinary event brings together the thinkers and doers who are writing American manufacturing’s comeback story.

May 19: Pre-conference

06:00-08:00 PM | Welcome Reception

Welcome Reception hosted by the National Association of Manufacturers at the Pere Marquette


May 20: Day 1
07:00 AM | Registrant Check-In and Breakfast

Registrant Check-In and Breakfast at the Pere Marquette

08:00 AM | Welcome & Opening Remarks

Welcome and Opening Remarks – Doug Oberhelman, Chairman & CEO, Caterpillar Inc.

(Location: Marquette Ballroom at Marriott Pere Marquette)

08:10 AM | Key Initiatives: How Caterpillar is Preparing for the Future

An Interview with Caterpillar Chairman & CEO, Doug Oberhelman. Conducted by Chief Executive magazine editor-in-chief, J.P. Donlon

08:50 AM | Caterpillar’s Journey to Enterprise Excellence

David Bozeman, Senior VP, Caterpillar Enterprise System Group

09:20 AM | Networking Break
09:40 AM | Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing: What’s Next and Implications

Mark Cotteleer, Deloitte

11:10 AM | “Tech Talks”- New Ideas and Best Practices:Mini Briefs on What’s New in Manufacturing

John Macrae, CohnReznick- The Critical Role of the C-Level Professional in the Integrated Business Planning (IBP) Process

Pierre Custeau, Oracle Marketing Cloud- New Paths To Growth

11:40 AM | Lunch & Luncheon Keynote Address: “How to Improve U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness”

Jay Timmons, President and CEO, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

12:20 PM | Overview of Tours and Logistics
12:30 PM | Factory Tours/Demos and Roundtables (in smaller groups) though:
  • Caterpillar’s SS Track-Type Tractor Manufacturing Plant: To get an inside look at one of the most advanced manufacturing facilities in the world
  • Edwards Demonstration & Training Center: To experience Cat products with hands-on demonstrations in real field settings
05:30 PM | Reception at Edwards Demo Center
06:30 PM | Dinner at Edwards Demo Center
08:00 PM | Bus Back To Hotel
May 21: Day 2
07:00 AM | Breakfast at the Pere Marquette
08:00 AM | What’s next in the Manufacturing Renaissance?

We will explore the impact of connected products on the factory of the future and where 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing is heading today with leaders in these areas: Keith Nosbusch, CEO of Rockwell Automation and Scott Crump, Chairman of Stratasys and Colin Masson, Microsoft Manufacturing Industry Solutions Director

09:25 AM | CEO Panel:Making Smart Manufacturing Work – Decisions, Priorities and Execution

Terrence Hahn, President & CEO, Honeywell Transportation, Raj Batra, President, Siemens Industrial Automation and Bob Nardelli, Founder & CEO, XLR-8 and former CEO of Chrysler

10:15 AM | Break
10:30 AM | R&D at Caterpillar, Jim Blass, Director, Product Development & Global Technology, Caterpillar

An overview of product development and global R&D at Caterpillar and explanation of R&D Tour

11:10 AM | Box Lunch and Transportation to Mossville, Caterpillar’s Global R&D Center

12:00 PM | (Optional) Tours (in shifts) through 3D Printing area; the Cave/Immersive Visualization Center; and Engine Test Center.

Tours hosted by Teri Matarelli (PD&GT)

02:30 PM | Transport Back To Hotel
03:00 PM | Adjourn