Wednesday, April 24

9:00 a.m.
People Make NPD&E Operations Successful
  • Mark Fleigle
  • Vice President Technology and Product Development
  • Rosemount Magnetic & Vortex Flowmeters
  • Emerson Automation Solutions
Principles, practices, tools and processes are the vital factors that produce new products to satisfy customers and grow the business. Mark Fleigle gives a high-level view of the most important factor: People. The high-level view of people: Mark describes people and individuals who contribute. They contribute at a variety of levels ranging from technology creation to innovative problem solving to commercial launch. People whose ‘body of work’ exhibits passion; true engagement, and enthusiastic collaboration. Q&A discussion following Mark Fleigle’s presentation engages the audience in best practices that generate passion, enthusiasm and engagement in NPD&E work.
10:45 a.m.
Set Based Design – Effective Approach to Innovative New Product Development
  • Joe Mrva
  • Sr. Engineering Manager
  • US Endoscopy (a subsidiary of STERIS Corporation)
  • Cleveland, OH

During new product development, decisions that are made throughout concept development and design have significant impact on a product’s success in the market.  Customer needs, design engineering problems and corresponding design requirements are not fully known at the beginning of a project.  This presentation will describe a method of exploring multiple, simultaneous requirements and design options for as long as possible to allow for the most desirable design choices to be made over time. Using set based method for design problem solving is the “wheel house’ of talented design engineers and innovators.
1:00 p.m.
Engineer’s Innovation Work: Growth or Stable or Decline
  • Steve Heinecke
  • Corporate Scientist (ret)
Steve Heinecke is Savvy Conference’s first Inspirational Speaker. Before retiring in 2018, Steve Heinecke contributed over many years creating 3M’s technology development of 3M’s Tagaderm© business. Steve now presents his experiences in motivating people and energizing their work. Steve’s interactive presentation will engage the Savvy Conference participants in their challenges to improve engineers’ motivations and energizing their work. Steve’s observations and experiences improving ‘flat line performance’ and processes are relevant in today’s product development innovation organizations. Steve’s motivating principles, essential practices and honest work standards apply in people performance, problem solving, value creation and team collaboration operations that strive for excellence.
2:45 p.m.
Crisis Project Management-Collaboration Enables NPD&E Operations
  • Steve Van Zee
  • Engineering Manager
  • Vermeer Corporation
Product development and engineering people and individuals typically work in offices/spaces/equipment that offer stable work environments. What happens when this environment is disrupted? Does your NPD operation have a plan when a disruption occurs? Stave van Zee describes the day of disruption, danger and distraction when mother nature unleashed her fury in the form of a Tornado on the Vermeer product engineering operations.
3:45 p.m.
Customer Users and Product Usability: Where Value Creation Starts
  • Speaker TBA
What do engineers know about the actual use of the products they design? What do they know about the customer users’ interaction with products. Are use instructions clear, intuitive and coherent? What about use environment: current knowledge of the use environment, user error, space where new products really used, how used? Safety, reliability, ergonomics, efficient use, risks, and more. How does the design engineer User and Usability in a systematic way? So many elements of the user interface system made Visual: people, tasks, touch, line of sight, equipment, lighting, light, air, air flow, efficiency Are Usability Elements important for creating the new product design value and its value to the customer? This presentation demonstrates visually, conceptually and describes practically the elements of customer use that design engineers need to identify and solve problems, design product functions and thereby differentiate their products that satisfy customers. NOTE: “Hey there, Engineer, you are not the user!”