2019 Agenda

The 2019 RIC-RIT World Remanufacturing Conference on October 9 & 10 will feature extensive discussions with reman professionals from around the world that will shape the way we do business in remanufacturing. Below is a draft agenda for the conference. We are working to prepare a robust agenda with dynamic speakers and technical tracks for both days of the conference so you can make the most of your experience here. 

Session topics and times are subject to change based on speaker availability.

8:00 AM

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM

Welcome & Introductory Remarks

John Disharoon

Chairman, Remanufacturing Industries Council

Nabil Nasr

CEO, REMADE Institute & Director, RIT Golisano Institute for Sustainability

9:00 AM

Keynote Speech

Philippe Colpron

Fleet Solutions Global Business Leader & Vice President, WABCO

9:45 AM

Concurrent Track Sessions

Business Track 1: Workforce Strategies

Hear panelists describe the successes of their workforce training programs, their partnerships with community colleges, and successful outcomes for both employers and apprentices.

John Kreckel

Director of Education & Workforce Development, The REMADE Institute

Technical Track 1: Advanced Technology Applications for Reman

With technologies constantly evolving, learn how these companies are continuously striving to supply more advanced and efficient products through new technology applications.

Michael Thurston

Technical Director, GIS at RIT & Remanufacturing Node Lead, The REMADE Institute

10:45 AM


11:00 AM

The Future of Making Things

Panelists discuss the convergence of design and manufacturing and its implications for the product development process. Discusses how connected technologies are radically disrupting the way products are designed, manufactured and used.

12:00 PM

Lunch Session: The REMADE Institute

Discussing the latest news and developments at The REMADE Institute – a national coalition of researchers and industry focused on maturing the state of the early stage applied research and development of key industrial platform technologies with high potential reduce the US footprint of embodied energy and carbon emissions associated with industrial-scale materials production and processing.

Nabil Nasr

CEO, REMADE Institute & Director, RIT Golisano Institute for Sustainability

1:00 PM

Concurrent Track Sessions

Business Track 2: Innovative Takeback

Learn how innovative processes, workforce development and technology are being used to improve performance and take take-back programs to the next level.

Technical Track 2: Industry 4.0 for Reman

Learn how these companies are making smart remanufacturing work with augmented reality, autonomous robots, big data and analytical tools, cloud computing, cyber-physical systems, the Industrial Internet-of-Things and integrated IT systems.

2:30 PM


2:45 PM

Executive Panel

A moderated panel discussion with senior reman industry professionals designed to provide insights and thought leadership in the context of the globalization of remanufacturing products and services around the world.  Panelists will cover Global Industry Outlook, Trade, Innovation & Technology, Workforce Development, and Sustainability.

3:45 PM

Keynote Speech: Disruptive Innovation

Kevin Surace

CEO, Appvance.ai

4:30 PM

Transportation to Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Buses will leave from the Holiday Inn Downtown to transport attendees to GIS for a tour of the facilities followed by a networking reception and dinner. Attendees will be allowed to drive separately, but parking is limited, so riding the bus is encouraged.

5:00 PM

Tours of Golisano Institute for Sustainability (Optional)

The Golisano Institute for Sustainability is a leading sustainability research, development, and technology deployment unit within RIT. GIS consists of academic programs in sustainability and a diverse set of applied research centers, sponsored programs and initiatives that focus on industry and government collaboration on the deployment of new technologies for more efficient and sustainable products, processes, and systems.

On this tour, get a behind the scenes look at technologies being used for remanufacturing research, including additive and subtractive manufacturing, cleaning, and materials characterization.

5:30 PM

Networking Reception (RIT GIS Gallery)

Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres in this reception at the RIT GIS Gallery before dinner begins.

7:00 PM

Conference Dinner & RIC ACE Awards (RIT Vignelli Center)

Dinner will be served at the RIT Vignelli Center alongside the awarding of the ACE Awards – a ceremony honoring companies and individuals that have created positive change for the remanufacturing industry.

8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM

Reman Keynote

Siva Balakrishnan

Remanufacturing General Manager, GE Healthcare

9:30 AM

Concurrent Track Sessions

Business Track 3: Circular Economy in the US

62% of American companies now plan to move toward circularity. Another 16% already use circular economy principles. Nearly twice as many U.S. companies say that they are embedding sustainability in strategic decision-making in 2019 compared to 2018. Hear from experts on what that means.

Technical Track 3: Advanced Inspection Innovations

Internet of Things (IoT) markets are fueling demand for low-cost, high-performance inspection systems. Hear about the latest innovations and developments in visual & metrology, non-destructive, chemical, probe, laser, and 3D.

11:15 AM

Washington Perspectives

Federal leaders discuss agenda for manufacturing, including trade, workforce development, innovation, and what it means for the reman industry.

12:15 PM


1:30 PM

Concurrent Track Sessions

Business Track 4: Making the Business Case

Reman decision factors are key for deciding whether to go forward with reman as well as convincing a customer to buy reman. Learn the important decision factors on both sides of the deal for a variety of industries.

Technical Track 4: Make the Most of Innovation Partnerships

Hear panelists share experiences about their respective technology challenges needs, and how they joined forces with peer companies and universities to solve problems at a fraction of the cost and without hiring vendors.

3:00 PM

Closing Remarks

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