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Add These ROKLive Sessions to Your Agenda

Smart Manufacturing
May 18, 2022

Have you booked your flight to Orlando for ROKLive 2022? Or are you learning more about the smart manufacturing event of the year before you decide to register?

Either way, this blog is for you.

At ROKLive, you’re going to have some decisions to make. Sure, you’ll attend the keynotes and you won’t miss the party at the world’s largest Hard Rock Café, but what about the rest of your agenda? With well over 100 impactful sessions on tap, it’s time to consider which you’re most excited about.

Let’s take a chronological walk through your potential Tuesday at ROKLive:

Navigating the Supply Chain Crunch

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Location: Coral Sea 1

Start your morning off the best way – by talking about food! Whether it’s new recipes, new packaging, or new restrictions, food manufacturers are constantly reinventing their business. Hear from a leading food manufacturer on how they navigated the supply chain crunch and are seasoning up some new products and technologies to grow their customer base. Led by VP of Product Management Ara Surenian, this one’s a session anyone in operations management can appreciate.

The 2022 State of Smart Manufacturing Report: Key Findings

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Philippine Sea

In our 7th Annual State of Smart Manufacturing Report, over 300 manufacturing leaders shared their thoughts. Now let Product Marketing Manager Gerry Abbey share the findings with you. Respondents made clear that adversity in the form of skilled worker shortages, supply chain disruption, and risk mitigation are challenging the norms of manufacturing. See how companies are solving for these ongoing challenges and how they expect the industry to change in the coming years.

Path to Lights-Out Manufacturing: A Panel Discussion

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Location: Philippine Sea

After your lunch break, ease back into the sessions with an engaging panel discussion led by Product Marketing Manager Bernard Cohen. Lights-out manufacturing requires deep levels of automation. Learn what that entails by hearing from real Plex customers who are pursuing higher levels of automation while exploring why automation is important and what it can do for your business.

Automotive Forecasting Through Chaos

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Location: Coral Sea 1

Even we have trouble picking between sessions. Whether you’re in automotive manufacturing or want more tips for forecasting, then you might consider joining Ara Surenian again for this session over the above panel. As automotive inventory shortages continue, S&P Global (IHS Markit) will present the latest light vehicle forecast projection. You'll also learn how to connect these insights for better forecasting and portfolio planning through the Plex Market Forecast Manager application.

Ransomware Prevention: How to Improve Your Data Security Practices

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Location: Coral Sea 2

You already know by the first word of the title that this will be a popular session. Ransomware attacks plague manufacturers with companies paying millions of dollars to retrieve their data every year. It's critical for companies like yours to stay on high alert, but what steps can you take? Expert Mike Lipinski will discuss how to improve your data security practices and show how others are taking preventative measures.

Production Visibility: The Key to Continuous Improvement

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Coral Sea 2

Clear visibility keeps manufacturers on top of their operations and always in the know, turning plant floor insights into action. Join Michael Hart, Director of Product Strategy, as he explains how increased visibility with Plex Production Monitoring can drive continuous improvement, enhance plant performance, and enable manufacturing transformation.

Combatting the Skilled Workforce Shortage with Process Automation

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Location: Coral Sea 2

Close out your ROKLive Tuesday by staying in the same room and joining VP of Product Management Tony Kaczmarek as he addresses one of the industry’s biggest challenges. Manufacturers all over the world are finding it harder than ever to find skilled workers, leading to unfilled jobs and high training costs. Here, you’ll learn how automating processes can combat the worldwide shortage of skilled labor and allow you to increase productivity.

A Session for Every Manufacturer

We laid out a potential agenda (for just one day!) of your ROKLive experience, but we can’t do all the work. No matter your area of manufacturing, regardless of what you’re hoping to learn about, there are specific insights and real tips waiting for you. Just click below to learn more and we’ll see you in Orlando this June 13-16.

See all the sessions and register for ROKLive right here.

About the Author

Plex Team

Plex Systems, Inc., a Rockwell Automation company, is the leader in cloud-delivered smart manufacturing solutions, empowering the world’s manufacturers to make awesome products. Our platform gives manufacturers the ability to connect, automate, track and analyze every aspect of their business to drive transformation. The Plex Smart Manufacturing Platform includes solutions for manufacturing execution (MES), ERP, quality, supply chain planning and management, Industrial IoT and analytics to connect people, systems, machines, and supply chains, enabling them to lead with precision, efficiency and agility.