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October 20-22, 2020 | Online


Accelerating Digital Transformation: Moving Forward in Times of Crisis

Things seem uncertain for many industries, and manufacturing is no exception. COVID-19 has re-shaped the way we do business, form relationships, and drive a competitive edge.

The need for Digital Transformation has never been more apparent.


The Manufacturing Leadership Forum™ delivers real-world insight from those who have successfully implemented Digital Transformation programs, achieved organizational culture changes, and lead through times of crisis and uncertainty.

Dr. Lloyd


Adam Peters

October 21, 2020 (7:15AM PST) 
Get your data house in order “now” to take advantage of what your data has to offer in the future.

Dr. Lloyd Colegrove | Dow

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Lack of domain knowledge (AI supplier) and culture (AI customer) are the two key challenges to artificial intelligence progress in the chemical industry. The challenges to AI in chemical process and continuous manufacturing are rooted in fundamentals that neither the suppliers of AI technology appreciate, nor their customers necessarily feel they can monetize. Ultimately there is a software grave yard filled with monuments to good ideas that didn’t pay off for either partner. 

Digital Transformation in data and applications of data science is messy and even some successes look like failures in the C-suite. The purpose of this talk is to unabashedly explain this problem, and how a powerful, but simple, approach is the first step on the digital transformation journey.  

October 20, 2020 (7:15AM PST) 
Exceeding Increasing Customer Needs Using Technology & Analytics 

Adam Peters | Air Liquide

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Exceeding Increasing Customer Needs Using Technology & Analytics

Like most manufacturing sectors, Air Liquide is in a dynamic market with performance and cost pressures exerted not only by competitors but customers as well. Mr. Peters about how Air Liquide has responded by accelerating their abilities to better anticipate and meet customer needs through foundational analytics and technology.


EVAL Principal Engineer, Kuraray America

Round-table: What's Your Problem

October 21, 2020 | 8:45AM 

Presentation: Case Study

October 21, 2020 | 10:00AM

Technology Leader, Dow

Round-table: Advanced Analytics

October 20, 2020 | 8:30AM 

Presentation: Advanced Analytics 

October 20, 2020 | 9:30AM

Industry Director, Manufacturing & Transportation, Google Cloud


October 21, 2020 | 8:15AM

Advanced Analytics Manager, Huntsman

Presentation: Case Study

October 20, 2020 | 8:15AM


Analytical Manager, Dow

Workshop: Expanding Your Manufacturing Analytics Impact

October 22, 2020 | 7:05AM 

Senior Leader, Environmental Analytical Global Capability, Dow


Round-table: Human Side of Change

October 21, 2020 | 8:45AM

Round-table Discussions and Workshops

Though the Fall 2020 Manufacturing Leadership Forum is virtual, that doesn't mean it won't be collaborative! NEW to this edition of the forum is interactive workshops focusing on solving common problems facing manufacturers today. Our popular round-table discussions will take place as well. Bring your ideas and questions!

Round-table topics:

  • Advanced Analytics

  • Getting Started with Manufacturing Analytics

  • Human Side of Change

  • What's Your Problem?

Workshop topics:

  • Planning Your Digital Transformation ProjectA realistic look at where you are in terms of Manufacturing Analytics, defined use cases for your organization, the tools to evaluate technology providers, an outline of the people and roles needed for your team, how to highlight your successes internally and a realistic look at the roadblocks and concerns in front of you. 

  • Expanding Your Manufacturing Analytics Impact (Reserved for NWA Focus EMI customers)


The Manufacturing Leadership Forum™ Agenda Overview

All times are in PDT

October 20, 2020

6:30am     Networking Chat

7:00am     Introduction

7:15am     Keynote Presentation - Exceeding Increasing Customer Needs Using Technology & Analytics Adam Peters, Air Liquide

7:45am     Coffee Break

8:00am     Scale & Sustain Manufacturing Analytics: Jasper Rutten, Huntsman 

8:30am     Roundtable 1 - Getting Started with Manufacturing Analytics: Lloyd Colegrove, PhD, Formerly Dow 

8:30am     Roundtable 2 - Advanced Analytics: Mary Beth Seasholtz, PhD, Dow

9:30am     Maximizing Returns from Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence (EMI) and Multivariate Statistical Process Control

10:30am   Virtual Happy Hour

(MSPC): Mary Beth Seasholtz, Dow

October 21, 2020

6:30am     Networking Chat

7:00am     Introduction

7:15am     Keynote Presentation - Digital Transformation and Data: Lloyd Colegrove, PhD, Formerly Dow

8:00am     Coffee Break

8:15am     How Artificial Intelligence can advance the business of Manufacturing, its people, processes and products: Simon 

8:45am     Roundtable 1 - Human Side of Change: Debbie Rothe, PhD, Dow

8:45am     Roundtable 2 - What's Your Problem? Use Case Discussion: Jared Witte, Kuraray

10:00am   Presentation: Jared Witte, Kuraray

10:30am   Deep Dive: NWA Focus EMI

Floyd, Google Cloud

October 22, 2020

6:30am     Networking Chat

7:00am     Introduction

7:05am     Workshop A - Planning Your Digital Transformation Project With Manufacturing Analytics: Louis Halvorsen, Northwest 

7:05am     Workshop B - Expanding Your Manufacturing Analytics Impact | Michelle Beeson, PhD, Dow, Josh Shupp, Northwest        

9:30am     Event Wrap-up

10:00am   Virtual happy Hour

 Analytics (Reserved for NWA Focus EMI customers)






Nalco Champion



The Dow Chemical Company




The Fall 2020 Manufacturing Leadership Forum will take place online. For more information, and you reserve your spot, please click here

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The Manufacturing Leadership Forum™

This premier manufacturing analytics educational event, in its sixth year, focuses on enabling Industry 4.0 programs with manufacturing analytics. Each of the forums feature keynotes and case-study presentations from globally-recognized leaders in the application of manufacturing analytics. 

Media Partner: Chemicals Knowledge Hub

Chemicals Knowledge Hub was founded to provide a rapid-publication service to the specialty chemicals industry. Covering pharmaceuticals and cosmetics to agrochemicals and polymers, contract manufacturing to chemical regulations, and always with an eye on sustainability and corporate responsibility, this fast-growing, ever-evolving industry needs a one-stop site that provides up-to-date news and reviews from key opinion leaders and captains of industry. As with all good innovations that are typical of our industry, Chemicals Knowledge Hub was borne of seeing a way to "do it better". Our digital model allows rapid publication on-line, with weekly emails to tens of thousands of colleagues working in specialty chemicals across the globe. Top news and articles are included in special printed issues*, which are distributed at key shows that we know are important to the industry's decision makers.

Event Sponsor:  Northwest Analytics

Northwest Analytics is an industry leader in delivering a manufacturing analytics platform that is enabling manufacturers to effectively manage and improve plant processes and supply chains.  

Northwest Analytics leverages its years of experience in the manufacturing industries to provide a powerful, easy-to-use suite of software with key emphasis on enterprise-wide integration, analysis and visibility.  With more than 3,000 customers worldwide, Northwest Analytics solutions are widely recognized for their power, flexibility and ease-of-use.



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