Top Shops 2018 Conference Session Information Available

Top Shops 2018 comes to IMTS 2018 and takes place September 13, 2018 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. Conference session information is now available.

Registration is open for the 2018 Modern Machine Shop Top Shops Workshop at IMTS. The technical program and peer-to-peer discussion deliver practical solutions and business strategies that complement the variety of cutting-edge technologies on-display at IMTS 2018. 

TOP SHOPS 2018 RESULTS

Steve Kline Jr., Director of Market Intelligence, Gardner Intelligence

This presentation will take a deep dive into Modern Machine Shop’s Top Shops annual benchmarking survey. Analyzing the trends in the survey over time will reveal the particular strategies and practices that make the best job shops stand out from the crowd.

TOP SHOPS 2018 HONOREES PANEL DISCUSSION

Moderator: Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief, Modern Machine Shop

Panelists:

  • Kylan Hastreiter, Marketing and Development Director, UTM Inc.
  • Peter Doyle, COO, Hirsch Precision Products Inc.
  • Andy Reinwald, President, Ripley Machine & Tool Co.
  • Jerry Kablak, Business Development / Program Engineer, Baker Industries

This panel discussion will include real, applications-based insights from executive leadership from this year’s Top Shops honoree companies. Mr. Zelinski will lead this group in a discussion about the Top Shops data, the value of business benchmarking and a practical look at this year’s Top Shops’ successes in the four main survey categories: machining technology, shopfloor practices, business strategies and human resources.

DATA-DRIVEN MANUFACTURING PANEL DISCUSSION

Moderator: Mark Albert, Editorial Director, Modern Machine Shop

Speakers: ​Nick Pinkston, Founder and CEO Plethora and Jeremy Herrman, Founder and CTO, Plehora

​Plethora has redesigned what a contract machine shop does and how it operates. Developing its own software to automate the quoting, scheduling and CAM programming processes is a key part of this redesign, but there is much more that is radically different about Plethora’s business model.

TOP SHOPS 2018 AWARDS PRESENTATION

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT PANEL DISCUSSION

Moderator: Derek Korn, Executive Editor, Modern Machine Shop

Panelists:

  • Robbie Earnhardt, President, Superior Tooling
  • Guy Loudon, President, Jane Addams Resource Corp. (JARC)

Although most machine shops face challenges attracting and training new employees, there are programs and tools available to help them. In this panel discussion, industry experts will touch on a few such programs and offer general, helpful advice for shops struggling with workforce development issues.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT / SOURCING PANEL DISCUSSION

Join MakeTime and panelists (TBA) for a discussion covering a range of supplier issues, solutions, innovations and advice.

TOP SHOPS: THE FUTURE

Doug Woods, President, AMT

​Digital manufacturing has made the industry’s technological rate of change faster than ever before. With the rise of technologies like advanced robotics, additive manufacturing, augmented reality, and machine learning, what does that mean for the industry’s future? Doug Woods will tell you about the technologies that will shape the future of the factory floor, and how they are impacting your business right now.