Exploring the Characteristics of Smart Manufacturing Leaders, Live from the Smart Manufacturing Experience

There’s no doubt that Smart Manufacturing has a plethora of benefits for manufacturing organizations. It can help speed up your processes, improve your product quality and reduce your costs.

But effective Smart Manufacturing adoption lies with the leader. That’s why host Chris Luecke asked seven industry leaders for their Smart Manufacturing tips and tricks on our latest bonus episode of Manufacturing Happy Hour, recorded at the Smart Manufacturing Experience at SOUTHTEC.

They discuss how leaders can cultivate a Smart Manufacturing mindset through their organization, why it’s OK to start with small changes and why factory floor teams should be involved in discussions before leaders make Smart Manufacturing decisions.

Plus, discover how you can leverage the benefits of Smart Manufacturing in four actionable steps.

Head to the previous episode for Part 1.

Guests in this episode include:

  • Jeff Winter – Sr. Director of Industry Strategy, Manufacturing, Hitachi Solutions America
  • Habib Quazi – Director of Innovation & Business Transformation, ExxonMobil
  • Rick Van Dyke – Sr. Director of Supply Chain Engineering, PepsiCo
  • Rick Bullotta – Founder of ThingWorx
  • Sanjeev Heda – Principal Industry Consultant, IoT Division, SAS
  • Sudarsan Rachuri – Federal Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Olivia Morales – Solutions Architect, CESMII


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3 Quick Things from this Episode

  1. To adopt a Smart Manufacturing mindset, leaders must instigate a shift in organizational values and build a culture of Smart Manufacturing across the whole company. Technology is the vehicle for Smart Manufacturing – mindset is the fuel.
  2. Having the right contacts and institutions around you can be hugely beneficial in the early stages of a digital transformation.
  3. Smart Manufacturing looks different in every organization. Each company must adopt SM in a way that makes sense for them.

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Tweetable Quotes

  • “The key component to Smart Manufacturing is making sure the right data is moving to the right stakeholders so they can solve problems.” – Olivia Morales
  • “People are in different stages of Smart Manufacturing. It’s important for me to understand where they are and resonate with them, not just offering them a blueprint.” – Sanjeev Heda
  • “The simplest definition of Smart Manufacturing is stepping back and reimagining the end-to-end work that we do, taking advantage of data and digital enablement to do it better, faster, and to make better decisions.” – Habib Quazi
  • “There is so much data being produced out there that using data – leveraging it – it’s non-negotiable.” – Jeff Winter

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What We Discuss 

  • Why Jeff Winter believes the secrets behind a successful Smart Manufacturing mindset center around being agile, customer-centric, innovative, and data-driven
  • Jeff shared that the Industry 3.0 era was really focused on production and manufacturing itself, while the Industry 4.0 era has expanded to the entire value chain of an organization (supply chain, sales & marketing, service, legal, finance, etc.). It’s created the opportunity for a fully integrated ecosystem and companies that are embracing it are thriving.
  • IoT projects are now showing a 14% higher success rate than 5 years prior as more people are buying solutions off the shelf rather than reinventing the wheel.
  • Why Habib believes leaders need to listen to their factory floor teams when they are discussing Smart Manufacturing opportunities
  • “Lighthouses” allow Smart Manufacturing leaders to test and then scale their digital transformation efforts, unlike pilots which are often unscalable.
  • How leaders can leverage lessons on digital transformation from other industries besides manufacturing
  • Why it’s not always necessary to create all your data from scratch. Smart Manufacturing can start with existing data.
  • By deriving new insights, uncovering hidden relationships with data and optimizing factory floor processes, advanced analytics can power the next generation of Smart Manufacturing
  • Why you should take a step back and identify what you need to improve, before you start your Smart Manufacturing processes
  • Why Smart Manufacturing and digital transformation solutions need to be tailored for every organization and why there’s no one-size-fits-all approach
  • How Smart Manufacturing boils down to one key component – getting the right data to the right stakeholders and finding the right solutions
  • Olivia shared that the fundamental component of a reusable architecture is a) information models and b) open, standards-driven APIs and technologies. Common information models mean that data has context early and is accessible.

Recommended Resources

  • CESMII, the United States’ non-profit institute dedicated to Smart Manufacturing (SM), working to reduce cost, complexity and time-to-value so all manufacturers can engage
  • SME, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of manufacturing, elevating manufacturers, academia and the communities in which they operate

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