149: Thriving with AI: Artificial Intelligence Strategies for Manufacturers with Jeff Winter

Artificial intelligence is THE hot topic at the moment – no matter what industry you’re in. For manufacturers, it could be a game-changer if you have a great strategy. But how do you get started with AI?

Well, you’re in luck with this episode of Manufacturing Happy Hour with Jeff Winter, Sr. Director of Industry Strategy & Manufacturing.  

Jeff breaks down some of the best strategies to thrive with AI. We cover everything from the differences between different AI types to the best use cases for AI for manufacturers and how to move forward in the age of Industry 4.0. Jeff is the go-to guy for all things Industry 4.0 on LinkedIn, and he shares bags of important data and advice in this episode about how manufacturers can achieve success. It’s not one to miss! 


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3 Quick Things from this Episode

  1. The biggest increase in investment, according to Rockwell Automation’s report, was in cloud technologies and applications at 44%. Process automation came in at a close second at 42%.  
  2. 86% of companies consider OEE to be the most important KPI for measuring smart factory success – topping workforce enablement and sustainability as the leading KPIs for measuring the success of their industry 4. 0 strategies. 
  3. To attract the next generation of talent, you need to prove that you’re a tech-forward, innovative company. People graduating in tech or manufacturing will be looking at those companies that prove they’re dedicated to innovation and growth.

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Tweetable Quotes

  • “Seek hands-on experience. Theory and knowledge are essential, but practical experience is equally important. So seek opportunities to work on realworld projects […]This will enhance your problem-solving abilities and allow you to apply your knowledge in a practical setting.” 
  • “Networking is valuable for career growth. You can do this by attending industry events, joining relevant online communities, and connecting with professionals in the field. Networking not only helps with job opportunities and collaborations, but it can also help with mentorships.” 
  • “Industry 4.0 is rapidly evolving and it’s crucial for engineers to stay up to date with the latest technologies and trends. So offer training opportunities, offer certifications, give an allowance of funds for people to attend relevant workshops and conferences and continually to learn.” 

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What We Discuss with Jeff

  • The differences between AI and machine learning 
  • How manufacturers should approach AI 
  • Where AI is underutilized 
  • Use cases for manufacturers using AI 
  • What the data says about investments in AI and Industry 4.0 strategies 
  • The best practices for automation in Industry 4.0 
  • Why you need to be a tech-forward company to attract talent 
  • Why investing in people is still so important  

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