IME West 2022 Keynote Speakers Address Supply Chain Challenges

EMI Westthe leading national advanced design and manufacturing event that brings together trade and conference event brands MD&M West, WestPack, ATX West, D&M West, Plastec West, the Design. Engineer. To build. Conferenceand Cannabis Packaging Conference, gearing up for a robust in-person return to the Anaheim Convention Center next week (April 12-14) to connect thousands of advanced design and manufacturing communities across multiple industries verticals for three days of networking, education, meetings and discovering new products.

Distinguished Speakers, a new program for the 2022 edition, are confirmed to lead the first and second days of the event, with an expert-led presentation and a panel discussion led by senior executives from Institute for Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM), Device Alliance, CESM II, MESA International, MxD, America doesand sonedo.

“Education and peer-to-peer connection are paramount right now, especially given the acute nature of the challenges in the manufacturing industry,” mentioned Adrienne Zepeda, Group Events Director, IME West. “The number one issue impacting our community on a daily basis, which we would be remiss not to explore, is supply chain disruption. new era for manufacturing.Secondly, vacancy issues resulting from generational trends are driving innovation and greater investment in automation.With so much progress on the horizon, education and forward-looking vision are more important than ever. We are excited to open the first and second day with timely keynotes to start much-needed conversation and open the door to long-term solutions.”

Jeff BrownVice President of Operations at Sonedo and Senior Panelist, added, “Our current supply chain crisis will be resolved in the short term by demand, not supply chain supply. Supply will provide the short and long term solutions that will help the industry better weather these storms in the future, but we need to come together as an industry to get there. I look forward to reconnecting with my fellow IME panelists West and discuss the challenge on everyone’s mind: supply chain disruption.”

Keynote presentations take place in the Ballroom on Level 3 of the Convention Center; appropriate signage will be readily available to guide guests to each day’s opening remarks. After Tuesday’s keynote, Jay Douglas will be available at 11:00 a.m. at Center Stage to deepen his presentation and participate in questions and answers with the participants of the event.

Tuesday, April 12, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

Start your experience at IME West with your daily dose of inspiration and connection by attending our Keynote and Networking Breakfast located in the Third Level Ballroom. Beginning at 8:00 a.m., attendees, exhibitors and speakers can meet over coffee and breakfast before our keynote speaker shares his latest insights on trending challenges in the industry.

Tuesday, April 12 at 9 a.m.

Using technology to fill manufacturing workforce gaps


Presented by Jay Douglass, COO, ARM

As evidenced by the pandemic, the manufacturing sector is essential to the economy of the United States and the well-being of its citizens. But US manufacturers are struggling to fill hundreds of thousands of vacancies, some of which work directly with robots. The ARM Institute, a nonprofit consortium of more than 330 members that catalyzes innovations in robotics technology and workforce development to strengthen manufacturing in the United States, has worked to advance the state of robotics to fill this labor gap and provide educational opportunities to train or upskill factory workers. . With investments in over 100 projects to date, ARM Institute COO Jay Douglass will share highlights of the impact of these projects and how manufacturers are using the technology and training programs innovative solutions to meet today’s challenges.

Following the opening speech, join jay douglas for an exclusive opportunity to connect as he delves into the shortcomings of the manufacturing workforce and engages in a Q&A with the audience.

Panel: Wednesday, April 13 at 9 a.m.

Can manufacturers rebuild the broken global supply chain?
Panelists include:

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  • Conrad LeivaChair of Smart Manufacturing Task Force, MESA International and Vice President of Ecosystem and Workforce Training, CESMII
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  • Berardino BarattaVice President, Projects and Engineering, MXD
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  • Kimberly GibsonDirector of Ecosystem, America Makes
  • Jeff BrownVice President of Operations, Sonedo

Severe supply chain shocks have created material shortages and increased lead time pressures for downstream suppliers. Commodity suppliers in plastics and metals, microchips and electronics are particularly disadvantaged. These supply chain challenges have renewed calls for the global manufacturing sector to rebuild and relocate capacity, invest in new technologies and address an existential labor shortage. Join a panel of prominent manufacturing industry players who will discuss how they approach supply chain challenges and how their organizations view their role in the global manufacturing economy. They will also talk about initiatives taken by leading companies, NGOs and governments around the world, and what this means for your business. Topics include:

  • Approaches to holistic risk and resilience management with a focus on government policies and their impact on internal finance and manufacturing quality controls
  • How data and automation technologies such as AI/ML, predictive maintenance, robotics, virtualization and generative design can provide solutions

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Both keynote addresses are free to registered guests and will take place on the third level of the Anaheim Convention Center in the Ballroom – participants are encouraged to engage with the speakers after the presentation and the panel during the dedicated Q&A session.

Selected training presented live during the event and exclusive content only available on demand will be accessible to participants registered on the Smart Event platform. Once registered, connect to the Swapcard platform to discover hours of forward-looking and technical educational content.

To listen to the 2022 keynote presentations, get an attendee pass here.

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