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Manufacturing Through a Crisis: Fortifying Manufacturing Operations with Digital Technology

November 10, 2020: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic introduced many challenges to the U.S. manufacturing sector, emphasizing the need for an increased investment in digital technology. Join MxD and partners for a virtual technology showcase on Tuesday, November 10, that will provide actionable recommendations on how to utilize digital solutions to fortify your manufacturing operations. Attendees will hear an update on current state of the manufacturing industry; view virtual technology demonstrations, including MxD’s discrete testbed; and discuss crisis response strategies with peers.

The tech showcase will leverage discussions from the 5-part webinar series MxD and McKinsey & Company partnered on that brought critical information to the manufacturing industry about jump-starting operations during the COVID-19 crisis. The team covered high-priority concepts including building operations resilience, accelerating end-to-end digitization, increasing expense transparency, driving the future workforce, and reimagining a sustainable operations competitive advantage. Attendees can view the webinar series here, though it’s not necessary to participate in and gain value from the tech showcase.

Reasons to Attend

  • View technology demonstrations to see first-hand how solution providers are leveraging new and existing technology to help manufacturers navigate global challenges.
  • Hear experts discuss the current state of the industry and how you can participate in a strong recovery from COVID-19 into the new normal.
  • Gain insight from peers and share your own perspective in guided conversations regarding issues important to your business like reimagining your workforce, mitigating cyber risks in a crisis, and more.
  • Virtually network with MxD members including manufacturers, solution providers, government program offices, and universities who are engaged in developing and deploying digital technology.


  • Opening Remarks:
    Chandra Brown, CEO, MxD
  • Keynote Presenter:
    Mike Guilfoyle, Vice President, ARC Advisory Group
  • Panelists:
    Maria Araujo, Engineering Fellow, Advanced Technology, Supply Chain Strategy,
    Innovation and Deployment at Johnson & Johnson
    Karen Powers, Digital Product Manager, Global Supply Chain, John Deere

Who Should Attend

The ideal workshop attendees are manufacturing professionals who are involved in and responsible for crafting and deploying digital strategy within their organization, as well as academics, solution providers, and government representatives who are interested in working collaboratively to progress digital technology across the manufacturing sector.

Cost to Attend

  • Free to MxD Members
  • $25 for non-members

November 10, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT



November 10, 2020
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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