Vendor Presentations

Connect with the ideal resource for the latest in products and services for your projects. If you've been sourcing vendors for a special project, process improvement, training or new product development, be sure to make time to attend. It gives you time to get all of your questions answered, which will shorten your decision-making process.

Monday, May 22 - Room 301

8 – 9:20 a.m.
The Internet of Things, Engineering Analytics, and JMP Pro
Mia L. Stephens, SAS Institute, JMP Division

The modern era is defined, in part, by the sheer volumes of data produced daily. Data is streamed from personal devices and sensors, is collected from consumer interactions, and is compiled from transactions with technologies and everyday systems. These data are connected, forming what has been coined the “Internet of Things”.

Engineering analytics addresses the challenge of effectively compiling high-dimension data from multiple sources, preparing these data, and applying data visualization, analysis and modeling tools to make timely decisions.

In this talk we present an analytics roadmap, and discuss core concepts and techniques in the engineering analytics toolbox. We use case studies to illustrate tools for data compilation and preparation, and demonstrate interactive visualization techniques using JMP Pro, a desktop statistical software from SAS for Mac and Windows. Then, we present core modeling techniques, including model validation, multiple regression, decision trees, neural networks, and penalized regression techniques, and see how to write scoring code in SAS, Python and other languages.  Finally, we introduce tools for simulating model results and dynamically exploring “what if” scenarios.


11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Key Success Factors for a Lean Transformation
Jonathan Huesdash, Conners Group

Cultural transformation is the key to a successful lean program implementation. While many lean practitioners and companies focus on the specific tactics and techniques that are being applied to eliminate waste, they miss the overarching fundamental change that is required in the culture to sustain long term change.

Please join us as we review what we have found to be the true differentiators in making lean transformations successful and sustainable over years of implementations.

In the first half of the session we will explore the commonalities of successful lean transformations across a variety of industries.  This session will be led by experts from the retail, distribution and manufacturing sectors.

In the second half of the session, we will have an open panel discussion and allow the audience to participate in a Q&A forum with our panel of industry experts.

12:30 – 1:50 p.m. 

Coexistance of a Simulation Model and Real-Time Planning & Scheduling
Renee Thiesing, Simio

Come learn how a simulation model that can be used for facility design or business process optimization can also be used for real-time planning and scheduling.  We will discuss how one Simio tool is a dual-purpose solution that can be used to address future planning decisions as well as daily, operational decisions.  We will explore how Simio now leverages the cloud computing power of Microsoft Azure to support your most demanding applications through the Simio Portal Edition. Simio Portal Edition can be used for rapid experimentation or to simply share results across your enterprise. Let us show you an overview of the NEW Simio experience and see why we are always “Forward Thinking.”

2 - 3:20 p.m.
Advanced Process Engineering - Managing Large Datasets
Dave Sly, Proplanner

A Systematic approach to integrated process engineering for assembly plants.  This presentation will start by presenting an optimal team-based work flow and data flow for engineering an ideal process routing for an assembly line from a new, or modified manufactured bill of materials (mBOM).  A demonstration will show a simple approach to defining and updating a process routing, reconciling part consumption, defining processing time and then conducting a mixed model line balance using actual order build list data files to represent future model mix scenarios.  The presentation will focus on mixed model line balancing integrated with user-defined constraints involving work zones, ergonomics, inspection rules, processing time and precedence.  In addition, the use of Yamazumi charts for viewing and authoring, as well as automatically generated virtual assembly 3D models will be shown as an example of new capabilities that the most advanced assembly plants are implementing today.  Finally, the presentation will show how line balancing results can generate unit-specific shop floor work instructions which can be printed or published electronically for viewing via web browsers.

3:30 - 4:50 p.m.
Flow Analysis using AutoCAD - Are there Better Alternatives to Simulation?
Dave Sly, Proplanner

From the team that invented AutoCAD based material flow analysis, learn about best practices in PFEP creation, material flow analysis, and tugger-route planning.  Also learn about converting the material flow data into shop floor kanban and kitting systems.

Flow Analysis using AutoCAD – quick and easy product flow and materials handling evaluation.  This presentation will show the entire process on how to conduct an evaluation of material flow and material handling people within an AutoCAD layout in under an hour. In particular, we will look at material handling travel and handling activities as well as aisle placement, aisle congestion and the evaluation of one-way aisles.  We will also explore the many ways that material flow color coding and path thickness can be used to identify and communicate layout and handling issues.

This presentation will also show the two different analysis techniques used to evaluate unit-load fork truck moves versus multi-stop tugger deliveries respectively.  A tugger delivery analysis will be conducted in the presentation by using a delivery request data file containing both actual and probabilistic delivery requests. Using these requests, a systematic approach to designing efficient and balanced tugger delivery routes will be demonstrated.