Reflections on Industry Week’s Manufacturing & Technology Conference 2017

Industry Week’s M&T Conference, in Cleveland, Ohio, was a success – excellent job everyone! It was great to attend this prestigious show in our own backyard. This event offered Radcom many opportunities to get involved. We came to this event in three capacities: as expo participants, session presenters, and conference attendees. Our sales team – Ginny Haas, Debbie Mekker, and Christy Carlson – appreciated the chance to represent Radcom’s technical documentation and custom training solutions.

The expo floor held a variety of companies sharing how they’re impacting the industry through advancements in manufacturing and technology. The tours showcased some of Northeast Ohio’s best manufacturing facilities, such as ArcelorMittal, MakerGear 3D Printers, and Rockwell Automation. Some of the booths were informational/knowledge sources, and others were hands on. Tri-C’s mobile training unit was spectacular.

Our booth neighbors were Tour Guide Solutions, who provided headsets to the guided tours of select Cleveland factories on Monday. Another booth neighbor was SuitX, who drew a crowd when they outfitted a volunteer with one of their “robotic exoskeletons” that enable someone to lift 10x their capacity and help the paralyzed walk. Several companies presented displays that incorporated robotics, unique software solutions, and virtual reality.

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When it came to breakout sessions, there were many excellent offerings, and we wished we could’ve attended more. I presented with Laury Ferguson of Great Lakes Cheese, describing how to “Train a Super-Plant Workforce” through technical documentation and training implementation. Other sessions focused on goals like: improving workplace safety and productivity through Lean, various ways to encourage kaizens, journeys in implementing IIoT, multi-generational workforce training, plus numerous suggestions for how to improve manufacturing using the latest technology advancements.

Keynote speakers were dynamic and inspiring leaders such as Brett Wood, president and CEO of Toyota Material Handling North America, and Billy Ray Taylor, director of manufacturing of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company headquartered nearby in Akron, Ohio. There were memorable takeaways from their presentations.

Our thanks to everyone from Industry Week who made the Cleveland Manufacturing & Technology Conference such a rewarding experience. We look forward to next year!