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The Future of Work & Technology Integration
The second morning breakout session, “The Future of Work and Technology Integration,” focuses on the ways that technology can assist manufacturers in improving their manufacturing processes, transform the employee experience, and keep up with the evolving nature of the industry.
For our manufacturing base to remain competitive and seek out new opportunities, technology integration must be part of strategic growth. That’s why Track 2 topics take a narrow look at how data-driven decisions improve manufacturing processes, strategies to balance the need for new technology, ways to upskill your workforce, and how to use emergent technologies in employee training and development for a more efficient, tech-focused workplace.
TRACK #2 TOPICS AND SPEAKERS
Combating the Talent Shortage with Smart Manufacturing Technologies and Data-Driven Decisions
Ron Pieper, Customer Support Manager at Juxtum
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
It was already difficult enough to find and keep skilled employees before the pandemic hit. As the competition for talent continues to grow, manufacturers must not only continue recruitment, but also leverage smart manufacturing technologies and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) to ensure maximum productivity and workplace satisfaction from existing assets and current employees.
By collecting, monitoring, and analyzing the right data, manufacturers can gain actionable insights into how to increase efficiencies, automate jobs that are going unfilled, reduce operational expenses, and improve workplace safety. Discover the technologies that deliver the data you need to answer burning workforce and operational questions, so you can get the most out of what you have today and prepare your workforce and operations to remain competitive into the future.
Objectives and Takeaways:
- How and what data to monitor to identify inefficiencies and increase productivity
- What your data tells you about workplace safety improvement and automation
- How to build a data-driven culture to improve employee satisfaction and productivity
- Employee roles, responsibilities, and skill requirements in a connected enterprise
Advanced Manufacturing - An Imperative Enabled Only By a Skilled Workforce
Glenn Richardson, Managing Director, Advanced Manufacturing And Aerospace at JobsOhio
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
For the last several decades manufacturing has been all about continuous improvement, examples ISO Quality Specs, Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing. More recent times that focus has shifted to automation, VR/AR, connected factories, supply chains, etc., under the umbrella terms of Industry 4.0, Smart Factories or IIoT. While a proactive and methodical approach to advanced manufacturing is evident in larger enterprises, the small to medium have been slower to adopt. However, when they do invest in automation it is most likely being driven more by a scarcity of labor than any other factor. This scarcity can be due to lack of people, lack of skills or both.
This creates a bit of a circular problem. The more automation and advanced manufacturing, the higher the skill level required, exacerbating the workforce problem. So how does a company break the cycle? Almost without exception, every company has “the importance of people” highlighted in their values. However, one of the most difficult processes in a company is the management of people, i.e., performance management, career development, etc. Now more than ever it is time to embrace “the importance of people” value and look to creative and effective ways to develop and upskill your workforce.
Objectives and Takeaways:
- New macro factors that are accelerating the need for Advanced Manufacturing/Industry 4.0 process implementation
- The implications of Industry 4.0 on your workforce
- Key supply lines to support your workforce
- Best practices for developing and growing a competent and effective workforce
Glenn is experienced in operations and engineering, having worked in the aerospace, automotive and energy industries. Prior to JobsOhio, he worked for Rolls-Royce Energy Systems, Inc. as the vice president of the packaging and driven equipment supply chain unit. Glenn has also held positions with Dana Corp. and at Honeywell, where he led the technical development of the fuel valves for the jet engine on the F-22 fighter.
Glenn earned an executive MBA and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.
Hi-Tech Training: Accelerating Learning Through New Virtual and Interactive Technologies
Brian Carovillano, Director, Virtual + Interactive Solutions Group at Kinetic Vision
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
There is a seismic shift in the training and development tools being employed by top companies today. Virtual and Augmented Reality are only a few of the new technologies being employed to accelerate learning. We’ll review the advanced technologies we have developed and used to help train surgeons, commercial aircraft pilots, and even diagnosticians of machine tools. The session will conclude with a look at emergent technologies in training and development, including AI and the integration of synthetic learning.
Objectives and Takeaways:
- Understanding of new AR/VR/XR technologies being utilized by leading companies today.
- The accelerated learning curve and power of technology-enhanced training and development.
- New technologies on the horizon that will have a major impact on workforce development.