Friday, September 14

8:30 a.m.
  • David Augustine
  • Vice President – Chief Technology Officer
  • Living Green Farms, Inc.
Corporations rely on R&D and new product development engineers. Their mission is innovation: to find the technologies and develop them into new products. New products with competitive advantage needed to grow the business. How is this done? David Augustine presents effective ways to find best in class technologies before competitors do. Dave’s experiences identifying and developing technologies are expansive and varied. He led R&D operations and advance engineering systems development processes at Tennant Corporation (autonomous sanitation technologies) and ThermoKing (refrigeration technologies). Currently Dave’s executive responsibilities as Chief Technology Officer include developing aeroponics technologies and designing the operations systems for Green Farms.
9:45 a.m.
Upcoming Impactful Technologies: Panel Discussion
  • Steven Heinecke, 3M (ret.)
  • David Gregor, CNH
  • David Augustine, Living Green Farms
  • David Huebner, Loram
Upcoming impactful technologies enable the innovation forces that nurture differentiated new products which create customer demand. Panelists discuss identifying impactful technologies, marshaling the dynamic forces, and engaging competent people for collaborative innovation.
11:15 a.m.
Savvy Practices: The Way to Improve NPD Execution in a Growth Economy
  • Todd Stute
  • Director of Corporate Process Improvement
  • Western Digital Corporation

“Tasks seem less difficult to adapt when you see how others do them” is the Savvy Consortium premise for benchmarking best practices. Todd Stute facilitates the interactive session on adopting Savvy Practices presented at the Savvy Conference XXV.
1:00 p.m.
Loram's 'Internet of Things' Journey
  • David L. Huebner, PE
    Director, Research & Development

Loram designs, manufactures, and operates heavy mechanized equipment for the maintenance of railroad infrastructure worldwide. Through the course of their work, Loram collects a considerable amount of data on their own assets as well as their customers’ assets. Loram is on a decades long journey to convert that data into information to improve the performance of their machines and to drive business decisions. David will share Loram’s process of identifying the next generation platforms and devices for the continued evolution of their products and services. 
2:30 p.m.
Voice of the Customer: Face to Face that Defines Real Value
  • Tim Matuseski, PMP
  • SIS EPMO Lead
  • Sensors & Integrated Systems
VOC process focuses the design engineer and development team members. The focus is value that the customer needs and wants. Tim Matuseski demonstrates a mature use of a VOC process. Tim describes the essentials and visuals face to face session with the customer. Tim demonstrates the structured process in which the development team actively listens to the customer users. The knowledge is captured verbatim. Project success is measurable and knowledge is captured. Tim will lead an interactive method for reducing waste in the planning process.
3:45 p.m.
Patent Law: A Practical Approach
  • Bryan Flood
  • Director of Engineering
  • Hydra-Flex Corp.
What are the driving components your product system’s design? Your value proposition and how it captures market share? Your product design and how you protect the components with black art and patent aggressiveness? Bryan Flood will describe how he managers the robust growth of Hydra Flex systems and simultaneously defends their product design architecture that garners increasing numbers of customers and their loyalty.