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Discover how to drive the future of Operational Excellence with new data-driven insights.

Harness this new era of opportunities for manufacturers by attending the new Minitab Insights Conference. Lead transformation in your organisation with an informed understanding of today's modern methods and tools for delivering breakthroughs.

Connect with senior professionals and thinkers

Explore a new breed of methods and tools to unlock excellence in your operations.

Learn powerful new strategies

Understand how the data-driven transformation of manufacturing is opening up new possibilities in Operational Excellence, Analytics, Compliance and Market Leadership. 

Hear the success stories and latest thinking from field experts

Discover how to use these opportunities successfully, with insights and real-world examples shared by leaders who are driving change.

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Watch the keynote speaker Greg Kinsey, Vice President at Hitachi, give a preview of what he will be presenting at the Minitab Insights Conferences


Insights Conference 2018  |  Crowne Plaza Dublin, Ireland  |  6th November 9.00-17.30

Keynote Speaker

Digital Transformation of Manufacturing… and the Future of Operational Excellence
Greg Kinsey - Vice President, Hitachi | Industrial Solutions & Innovations
Digital technologies are starting to transform manufacturing operations, to deliver the vision of the fourth industrial revolution. In this keynote presentation, Greg will reflect upon this transformation, and the implications for Operational Excellence and Lean Six Sigma, specifically:

• The Industry 4.0 digital architecture & Artificial Intelligence
• The “Top Three” uses cases with real project examples
• The approach to Digital Innovation in manufacturing
• A new role for Lean Six Sigma, and Digital Black Belts

Gain these critical insights from the forefront of Industry 4.0. You can also pose your own questions to Greg in the Interactive Expert Panel and connect during the Networking sessions.

About Greg Kinsey + About Greg Kinsey -
Greg Kinsey is a global leader in the digital transformation of manufacturing. At Hitachi, he is exploring the future of manufacturing and the digitalisation of production systems. Greg has 30 years of experience in industry, technology, and consulting. He led business transformation in senior executive roles at Siemens, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, and Celerant Consulting. During the 1990s Greg was a pioneer in the Six Sigma and Operational Excellence movement. He previously led the manufacturing platform business at Digital Equipment Corporation, creating the forerunner of today’s IoT platforms. Greg earned his MBA at Georgetown University, and BSc in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

Insights Sessions

Operational Excellence, the Molex journey
Deirdre Hynes - Global Performance Improvement Leader, Molex, Ireland I Connectors & Interconnect Components
What does Operational Excellence mean for an electronics company that’s been around for 80 years, and has locations all around the world? In this presentation you will hear of the evolution of Operational Excellence in Molex.

With a starting point of TQM, followed by Global Lean Six Sigma and then to Operational Excellence, find out the key elements of the Molex journey. Molex will share the lessons learned that have been critical to the success, what remains as key factors in their approach.

More importantly, what have been the challenges and how they have been addressed, how plans need to be adapted, and how there is no "one size fits all" approach when it comes to problem solving.

About Deirdre Hynes + About Deirdre Hynes -
Deirdre Hynes is a Global Master Blackbelt at Molex. She graduated from Cork's Institute of Technology with a B. Sc. in Applied Physics & Instrumentation. Certified as a Six Sigma Blackbelt in 2001, and as a Master Blackbelt in 2011, she has been involved in Molex's Continuous Improvement journey over the last 17 years. She is familiar with all aspects of the business through leadership of a variety of global projects, including Product Transfers, COPQ reduction and introduction of Value Stream management. From her tenure as site Quality Manager, she also has hands on operational experience along with a knowledge of system requirements, including Medical & Automotive. She is currently part of Molex's Global Operational Excellence team where she is involved in the Value Stream Transformation program, supporting the training, coaching, and deployments across multiple divisions.
Making A Difference By Using Improvement Partners
Colin Noone - Master Black Belt, Methods & Capability, Rolls-Royce plc | Engineering - Power Solutions
"Rolls-Royce have been on a continuous improvement journey since it started back in 1904. Over that time, we have partnered with numerous organisations that have helped us to become arguably one of the best known global engineering brands.

Part of our improvement journey is our current Lean Six Sigma programme which has been running since 2002. It has grown from an initial 'trial' to a global continuous improvement programme with thousands of employees being trained and actively encouraged to use a wealth of Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques.

This has delivered significant benefits for our organisation. Minitab are a strategic partner and key enabler for this improvement activity and there have been some 'interesting' challenges along the way."

About Colin Noone + About Colin Noone -
Since starting with Rolls-Royce back in 1977 as a technical apprentice, Colin has always had a passion for learning, improvement and “making a difference”. His lengthy career with the Company has helped him build a wealth of knowledge and experience that has taken him all over the world helping both Rolls-Royce and many of its suppliers solve complex problems and implement significant improvements in Quality, Cost and Delivery performance. Certified as a Global Master Black Belt in 2009, Colin is the Company process owner for several key products including Minitab. Working in the central Business Improvement team, Colin manages the Global accreditation programme for the Company Green, Black and Master Black Belts, 8D Practitioners and 8D coaches. Colin is an Alumni Fellow at Nottingham Trent University and his motto is “You know you have had a good day when you learn something new”.
From Unicorns to Racehorses: The Digitisation of Your Business, from Myths to Reality
Gillian Groom - Technical Specialist, Minitab
With the advent of Industry 4.0, businesses are collecting more data than ever. Being able to collect, collate and analyse this information is critical as organisations use this to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Yet how do you deliver meaningful outcomes? We will explore:

• WHAT can be delivered,
• WHY you should be analysing this data, and most importantly...
• WHO in your organisation already possesses many of the skills that are required

Gillian who will also chair the Interactive Expert Panel, connecting you with relevant experts who will answer to your questions.

About Gillian Groom + About Gillian Groom -
Throughout her career, Gillian has been applying statistical analysis to guide informed management decisions on business opportunities or problems. Today she delivers technical training and consultancy for Minitab customers across the world. For many years Gillian specialised in Financial Services both in UK and Europe, focusing on the development and use of statistical analyses for the improvement of credit risk decisions. Gillian is an active member of the Operational Research (OR) Society, assisting them to promote OR, as the discipline of applying the right analytical methods to help organisations make better decisions via membership of their General Council and supporting their regional events. Gillian has a Masters Degree in Probability and Statistics from Sheffield University.
The Modern Toolkit for Operational Excellence
Minitab Solution Specialists
The toolkit for solving your most advanced challenges is changing fast. Discover how to power your improvement projects and data analysis with these emerging tools and best practice methods.

Learn the real-world uses of this next generation toolkit for Continuous Improvement, powerful analytics and machine learning. And good news: you don't need to be data scientist to start succeeding!

Includes helpful examples of the latest capabilities of Minitab statistical software, the Companion by Minitab platform for CI management, and Salford Predictive Modeler for predictive analytics.

About Minitab + About Minitab -
Minitab facilitates discovery and transformation with a market-leading software toolkit. Thousands of businesses use Minitab statistical software, Companion process improvement software, and our fast, highly accurate platform for data mining and predictive analytics. Minitab is also widely known for providing the industry’s best customer service, including outstanding training and unlimited technical support.

Interactive Expert Panel Session

The Real-World Future of Operational Excellence

• What role will Operational Excellence play in the digital transformation of manufacturing?

• How is the use of Data Analysis changing to support manufacturers through the industry's evolution?

• How should you separate the myths from realities? 

These key questions - and your own questions - will be answered in this fully interactive session. The speakers and experts will unpack the strategies and real-life opportunities of this pivotal moment for industry and improvement professionals. 

Receive personalised answers to aid your understanding of the new possibilities and exactly how to harness them.

Connection Sessions: interact, share and learn throughout your day

You receive value from your visit to Insights Conference Zürich from the moment you arrive. You interact with a vibrant network of professionals, leaders and advisors who share your focus on unlocking excellence with data-driven insights and transformation.

Networking Breakfast

Arrive and connect with peers, speakers and experts in a relaxed breakfast environment.

Lunchtime Link-Ups & One-to-One Advice Sessions

Discuss the latest thinking with peers during a social lunch hour. Plus grab a one-to-one with our technical specialists or deployment advisors.

Share Your Insights in the VideoCast Zone

Share your views, reactions and recommendations for the wider community in our exclusive video zone.

The Debrief: Canapés & Drinks

Unpack your learnings from the day with new network connections and Minitab staff, aided by drinks and canapés.


See how the future is being redefined

Manufacturing & Pharma  Operations • CI & OpEx • Analytics • Lean Six Sigma  Quality  Process Improvement • Industry 4.0




Be there to learn where your next breakthroughs will be made 

What attendees said about our Insights Conference in USA:

"Good balance of practical application and theory"

"Seeing super-users from across multiple industries broke down some mental barriers for me. There is real camaraderie in the data analysis and process improvement community"

"Take your next step forward in the journey of Operational Excellence & Industry 4.0"


Spaces are limited so register your exclusive tickets for 250 EUR FREE (launch offer)



For more information please contact the conference organiser  minitabevents@minitab.co.uk


The Minitab Insights Conference will be held on 6th November 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Dublin - Blanchardstown. For directions or more information about the venue, please visit the Crowne Plaza website.

Crowne Plaza Dublin - Blanchardstown
Blanchardstown Centre
Dublin 15, D15 T1FD