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Industry 4.0 is here now. Digital Transformation is happening at a rapid pace.
This is no time for the status quo.

Do you really know where your company stands when it comes to Digital Transformation and readiness on the journey to Industry 4.0?

This Leadership Seminar will help you benchmark your company’s current state in digital transformation maturity and identify the latest advances and best practices. 






Faurecia NOA
Auburn Hills, Michigan (MAP)




8:20 am   Welcome and Introductions
8:30 am  

Setting the Stage: Industry 4.0 Roadmap and Lessons Learned
Presented by James Ricci, Manufacturing Adviser, IoTco LLC

9:30 am   Technology and Use Cases for Zero-Downtime, Zero-Defect Operations 
Presented by Mo Abuali, Chief Executive Officer, IoTco, LLC
10:45 am    A Sustainable Self-Funding Journey to Industry 4.0
Presented by: Adam Specht, Director Development IT, DRIV™ Incorporated
11:30 am     An Automotive Digital Transformation Journey - Case Study 
Isaac Bennett, Digital Transformation and IT Director Detroit Manufacturing Systems
Matt Myrand, Director, Manufacturing Innovation, Faurecia
12:15 pm    Lunch and Exploration of Digital Transformation: A Moderated Panel 
Moderated by Craig Brown, PLM Elder and Digital Enterprise Society Podcast Host
12:45 pm    Closing



Setting the Stage: Industry 4.0 Roadmap and Lessons Learned

  • Understanding of why Industry 4.0 must happen and what is different about it
  • Understanding the roadmap elements for a successful transition: People, Process & Technology
  • Barriers for a successful transition related to time, resources and money
  • Practical lessons learned

 Presented by

James Ricci, Manufacturing Adviser, IoTco, LLC

James Ricci has 30 years of experience in engineering, manufacturing, quality and supply chain focused on implementing lean and process improvement initiatives, developing and executing operational turnarounds, developing manufacturing strategies, performing due diligence and market research. 

He has globally executed more than 500 operational assessments, due diligence and improvement initiatives throughout his career for nearly every type of manufacturing industry stakeholder. His manufacturing expertise includes stamping, tooling, machining, plastic processing, die casting and value-added assembly.

Technology and Use Cases for Zero-Downtime, Zero-Defect Operations

  • Presenting The Business Case around Industrial IoT and Predictive Analytics
  • What is Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) and how it can be applied in Manufacturing
  • Use Cases in Predictive Maintenance, including Industrial Robots, Machine Tools, and Stamping
  • Use Cases in Predictive Quality, including Casting Processes 
  • Presenting a Systematic Approach to Thing Big and Start Small with A.I. and Predictive Analytics

 Presented by

Mo Abuali, Chief Executive Officer, IoTco, LLC

Mohamed (Mo) Abuali is the Founder and CEO of IoTco, the premier provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) software and services. Mohamed brings 20 years of manufacturing technology experience in digital transformation and predictive maintenance and analytics, with in-depth knowledge of delivering productivity improvements in Automotive, Aerospace & Defense, Medical Devices, and Oil & Gas manufacturers.


A Sustainable Self-Funding Journey to Industry 4.0 

  • Building a Vision and Business Case
    • Distilling Industry 4.0 down to its essence (Explaining the concept to Executives)
    • Funding: Investing for tangible, quantitative results
  • Driving Transformation
    • Top down, bottom up, and meeting in the middle
    • How not to push rope
  • Rationalization and Optimization in Today’s World of Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures
    • Developing a roadmap in a world of uncertainty
    • Strategically choosing the “what” “how” and “who”

 Presented by

Adam Specht, Director Development IT, DRIV™ Incorporated   

Adam Specht is a Product Development IT Director at DRiV™, a $6.4 billion global aftermarket and OE automotive component company. He is a quality driven and process oriented professional with over 20 years of global Engineering, IT, and Management experience. His passion is effecting change aimed at the continuous improvement of the processes and tools used to drive product development.


An Automotive Digital Transformation Journey - Case Study 

  • Introduce two Case Study Presentations in Automotive Tier-1 manufacturing
  • Benchmark the Digital Transformation Journey 
  • Discuss the ROI value prop and business case justification
  • Offer the audience best practice advise on “what have we learned” and “what can we improve” 


Presented by

Isaac Bennett, Digital Transformation and IT Director Detroit Manufacturing Systems

Isaac Bennett is the Digital Transformation and IT Director at Detroit Manufacturing Systems (DMS), and formerly the Global IT Innovation Manager for Maxion Wheels; both tier-1 automotive suppliers.  He has worked in the IT field for over 20 years, where he led the automotive IT departments global digital transformation initiative, helping plants around the world implement smart manufacturing projects.

Matt Myrand, Director, Manufacturing Innovation, Faurecia

Matt Myrand is director of advanced manufacturing and supply chain, North America, for global automotive supplier Faurecia. Matt brings over 20 years of automotive manufacturing experience having worked at Faurecia and Lear Corporation. Matt holds a Bachelors and Masters in Manufacturing Engineering from Michigan State University. 

Exploration of Digital Transformation:  A Moderated Panel

Enjoy lunch while the day's speakers share their journey and challenges in the digital transformation journey to Industry 4.0. 


Moderated by 

Craig Brown, PLM Elder and Digital Enterprise Society Podcast Host

Craig Brown has 40 years of experience in systems engineering, both in the automotive and aerospace industries. Since 1995 Craig has been dedicated to improving General Motors Powertrain’s product development process through the application of CAE/CASE/CAD tools for product development, initially with Embedded Electronic Controls and then in 2004 all Powertrain products. As the Engineering Math Processes Application Engineering Group Manager, he focused on moving more development and validation of GM’s products to the virtual world. Members of this team have been awarded patents, engineering awards, records of invention, and defensive publications. He received the Boss Kettering Award in 2003, using OnStar to monitor and report Vehicle Diagnostics.

In early 2019, Craig retired from over 30 years of work at GM, including the last 10 years in PLM leadership roles. In his retirement Craig looks forward to helping others apply their knowledge and wares within the digital enterprises of the future.


*Limited seats available. This event is restricted to manufacturing company executives (CIO, VP Management, Plant Management, Operations Directors or similar). We reserve the right to limit event access.