Will I See You at the Top Shops Conference?

Next month’s event will present advanced machining and business concepts you can implement in your shop soon after returning home. Plus, I’ll make it worth your while to bring someone else with you.


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I’m excited about our third annual Top Shops Conference for a few reasons. First, the event, which runs September 9-11, will take place in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, where I’ve lived my whole life. Second, I’m stoked that the speaker lineup will cover a range of timely and helpful topics. Third, I’m able to extend a $100 discount to each additional person from your shop who plans to attend the event with you.

The conference is a natural offshoot of our annual Top Shops benchmarking program. Its goal is to present practical yet advanced shopfloor and front-office ideas that shops can apply at their facilities soon after returning to help grow their businesses.

The event kicks off on Tuesday, September 9, with an opening reception where I hope you’ll have a “pop” on us and network with some of your peers. The following day and a half include various keynotes, presentations and panel discussions with the entire audience on topics such as trends we’ve spotted over our nine Top Shops benchmarking surveys, data-driven manufacturing, additive manufacturing, workforce development and robotic automation. I will also moderate a discussion with representatives from this year’s four Top Shops Honors Program winning companies to hear about strategies they have implemented to meet their various manufacturing challenges. There’s a strong chance those are the same types of challenges you are facing in your own operation.

In addition, those days will include two concurrently running tracks from which to choose — one related business/human resources practices and the other related to machining/shopfloor technology. That’s why it’s valuable to bring a colleague with you. For example, one of you can attend a presentation about the technical aspects of advanced five-axis machining while the other learns about more effective ways to estimate and quote jobs. Or, one of you can find out about the myriad ways to benefit from on-machine probing while the other hears about techniques for effectively marketing your shop. You can choose from among 18 such presentations.

See the entire conference schedule and register for the event, which will take place at the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati. And if you can bring one or more other people from your shop, have them enter the promo code KORN when registering for each of them to receive a $100 discount. In addition to the conference sessions, registration includes a general Top Shops benchmarking report of 2019 survey findings, event presentation materials and access to the manufacturer’s exhibit area.

I hope to see you in Cincy.