Oklahoma Manufacturing Forum & Workshop Day

We’re sorry! These workshops were so popular we sold out of seats for the morning session. There are a few seats available for lunch and in the afternoon session. Please phone 918-592-0736 to grab one of the lunch and/or afternoon spots. Thank you.

Wednesday, September 27 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City
12777 North Rockwell Avenue

Attend any or all sessions:


Presented by the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance
With special thanks to Francis Tuttle Technology Center
Questions? Drop us a note at conference@okalliance.com


Morning Workshop  |  9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Advanced Manufacturing, Automation and Smart Factories

The morning session will focus on advanced manufacturing concepts like automation and 3D printing. Small and medium-sized manufacturers must now embrace Industry 4.0 to stay competitive. A number of presenters will discuss real-world examples of how small manufacturers are incorporating new technologies. They will explain why the benefits of advanced manufacturing and smart factories outweigh the concerns of production interruptions.

  • Advanced Manufacturing for Small Companies
  • Automation and Robotics
  • 3D printing and Rapid Prototyping
  • Industry 4.0 and Smart Factories

Morning presenters include:

Josh Dennis with EOS
Discussing advanced Manufacturing techniques like additive manufacturing and advancements in automation.

Bryan Murphy with MOOG Linear
Discussing 3D printing with an overview of machines and materials. Things to consider when developing additive manufacturing capabilities. Real-world case studies included.

Andy Fiegener with Rye Design
Discussing the growth of automation, where it is going and what techniques are on the rise. Robotic options for small manufacturers. What Oklahoma manufacturers should do to prepare for Industry 4.0.


Luncheon  |  11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Keynote: Andrew Ranson
Technology-Infused Leadership

Andrew Ranson is an executive partner at FPOV who specializes in a variety of areas including “Humanology” based Lean, business process mapping, digital marketing, and leadership. Ranson has been engaged in international, strategy, and marketing businesses for nearly 20 years. He served as Senior Strategist with GiANT Partners and then as President of GiANT Capital Fund I, a private international investment subsidiary of GIANT Capital.

Luncheon is sponsored by FPOV

Ranson is unique in the technology space because of his deep understanding of interpersonal communication and the behavioral elements of technology-infused leadership. He helps clients discern the right balance between “man and machine” thereby enabling them to truly optimize their technology investments. He believes that technology should enhance – not hinder – the ability to communicate richly and deeply with customers and other stakeholders. Andrew is passionate about helping uncover each organization’s particular alchemy in this regard.


Afternoon Workshop  |  1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cybersecurity and Risk Management

The afternoon session will focus on risk management and cybersecurity. While the possibility of large-scale cyberattacks gets the lion’s share of attention, chaos by small doses is more probable. Manufacturers of all sizes are suffering significant and lasting damage. But there are new systems and guidelines being developed to help thwart these disasters. Afternoon presenters will discuss what leaders can do now to prepare for threats. In addition, upcoming cybersecurity regulations could catch manufacturers off guard and put at risk their ability to perform government contracts. These regulations and much more will be explained. The afternoon session includes a panel discussion with speakers answering specific attendee questions.

Afternoon presenters include:

Pat Toth with the National Institute of Standards and Technology
Traveling from Washington, D.C., Toth will help explain NIST’s newly-developed guidelines on cybersecurity, including Publication SP-800 and DFARS. She will offer suggestions on how the Manufacturing Extension Partnership can assist manufacturers in protecting their assets.

Teresa Rule with RNT
Will discuss FISMA and how it will impact small businesses, especially those with federal contracts.

Dr. Jerald Dawkins with True Digital Security
Will discuss the manufacturing industry’s increased reliance on technology and the challenges this creates for cybersecurity. He will offer specific steps small manufacturers should take to address these security needs.


Networking Reception

When the workshops conclude, please plan to join us for a networking reception in recognition of the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance’s 25th Anniversary. The reception is free and will be from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

25th Anniversary Networking Reception
Wednesday, September 27  |  4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Regal Room
420 E Britton Road in Oklahoma City


Questions? Drop us a note at conference@okalliance.com