Breakout sessions are seminars designed to help you get the information you are looking for in smaller, directed instructional sessions. We have five different breakout sessions tracks to benefit every Plex user:
This track is specifically designed for the information and knowledge needs of plant floor users, production supervisors, quality managers, engineering managers or inventory managers.
Sessions in this track provide an overview of customer best practices and stories of how to scale and increase production, reduce waste and increase output starting at the plant and production floor level. Encompassing the entire production process, from receiving through production and ultimately shipment of products to customers, this track concentrates on the core capabilities of the Plex Manufacturing Cloud. Sessions presented in this track include Maintenance and Tooling, Quality Management, Inventory Traceability and Product Genealogy, PLC Integration, Inventory Management and Consumption including Barcode Labeling, FIFO, LIFO and FEFO.
This track is specifically designed for the information and knowledge needs of supply chain managers, supplier management teams, warehouse/inventory management team leaders and associates, purchasing and procurement department team leaders, managers and associates.
Managing a supply chain efficiently is multifaceted, complex and requires balancing the constraints of costs, risk and resources. This track is designed to give an end-to-end look at the Plex Manufacturing Cloud’s robust procurement and supply chain management capabilities based on shared lessons learned from customers. Sessions presented in this track include Procurement - The Closed Loop, Just-In-Time Supplier Replenishment, Supplier Portal, Inbound Transportation Capabilities, Increased Profitability from the Supply Chain, Intra-Group (xPCN) Shipments, Sales Orders to EDI and more. Each of these sessions is based on lessons learned and shared from customers.
Finance & HR
This track is specifically designed for the information and knowledge needs of accounting, purchasing, human resources, or business administration professionals using the Plex Manufacturing Cloud today.
With perhaps the richest set of new features - including the launch and availability of multi-entity financials the Plex Manufacturing Cloud finance and administration modules -continue to evolve. This track will explore the new feature-sets, with a deep-dive focus on analysis and reporting. Sessions include Core Financials, Multi-Entity Financials, Financial Reporting and lessons learned and shared from customers.
Success in Complex Enterprise/Platform and Technology
This track is specifically designed for the information and knowledge needs of IT management or support professionals who are using the Plex Manufacturing Cloud today.
As the capabilities of the Plex Manufacturing Cloud expands so do tools for IT and support organizations. New mobile options, new browser options, integration capabilities on the plant floor and in the headquarters, and an advanced reporting toolkit are just some of the modules and functions explored in this track. Individual sessions demonstrate how using Plex from the plant floor to the top floor is a powerful catalyst of manufacturing’s resurgence. A case study of how to efficiently implement and manage a large enterprise, Multi-Entity and 2-tier strategies and capabilities is also provided as part of this track. The Plex Mobility strategy and a roadmap session are also included in this track. Each of these sessions is based on lessons learned and shared from customers.
This track is specifically designed for the information and knowledge needs of production managers, material control managers, schedulers, inventory control personnel, and operations engineers.
Manufacturing operations are the heart of your business, and Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) is at the heart of the Plex Manufacturing Cloud. Follow this track to acquire and enhance skills that help you get the most from Plex to ensure your production operations run smoothly, efficiently and cost-effectively. Discover how to use Plex to deliver the most useful real-time information from the plant floor to the top floor. Included in this track are sessions on applying Plex to implement Lean Manufacturing techniques (including Kanban); an introduction to the new Plex Finite Scheduling application; a session on Accelerating Growth in a Limited Timeframe; Rapid Implementation Strategies; Maximizing Integration for Operational Improvement; and courses on Workflow, Program Management and Engineering Change Requests, all based on lessons learned and shared from customers.
These tracks are designed to provide you with many opportunities to meet, learn from and share knowledge with peers from your industry. The Industry Solutions track includes sub-tracks in Motor Vehicles, Aerospace & Defense, and Food & Beverage. Each is designed to provide valuable lessons learned from customers, and gain insight into how they are using the Plex Manufacturing Cloud to excel in their manufacturing businesses. Industry-specific product roadmaps will be shown and discussed within each sub-track. The A&D sub-track will include the following sessions: Ten Steps to Defining Cost of Quality; Improving the New Product Introduction Process with the Plex Manufacturing Cloud; Making Compliance Pay in Manufacturing; and Introducing the new ITAR Export Compliance module. The MVI sub-track will include sessions on Ship to Sequence Enhancements and How Plex Enables Compliance in MMOG. Making BI Easier with Plex and Excel is included in the F&B sub-track.
Additionally, we are offering more in-depth learning opportunities this year:
Hands On Workshops – Registration Opens early April
Spend a few hours with our experts in a small group digging into specific areas of the Plex Manufacturing Cloud. These sessions will be held on Monday, June 9th . Registration will be limited to 10-20 attendees, so register early if you would like to take advantage of this additional learning opportunity at PowerPlex. These sessions will be at an additional cost to your PowerPlex conference pass.