Because I am fascinated by the Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing revolution, it has become a hobby to keep up with developments, in addition to my ongoing work in this field. It is potentially the biggest change that industry, and indeed society may face.
What implications does Industry 4.0 have for the education sector? How will it change interactions with companies and products? How does this change how we live?
A passion for Industry 4.0
I have sought out and devoured articles, blog posts, whitepapers, use cases, webinars or broadcasts since 2013, from as many different sources as possible, including MESA International, Gartner, LNS Research, BrightTALK, LinkedIn, Xing, PTC and others. My dream is to use the knowledge I have accumulated to help companies and society alike, to understand and unlock the potential that Industry 4.0 can bring if done right.
Professional organizations and presentations
In the past I was able to represent DOW at both the NAMUR organization and MESA International where I deepened my understanding about the issues facing corporations both at a national and international level. These groups allowed me to find new higher-level perspectives into Industry 4.0, see that there are many interesting and different approached to topics like Smart Manufacturing at MESA International. Smart Manufacturing is an overarching concept incorporating Industry 4.0 as a prerequisite. I aim to rejoin such organizations in the future, in order to continue discussing, learning and working on Industry 4.0, the development of governing standards, all the related topics that such groups need to consider.
I spoke about one component of Industry 4.0 in 2015 at the seventh MES Conference in Hanover: “Implementation of a Standardized MES Solution Within The Dow Chemical Company” generated a lot of interest, as companies were starting to more seriously consider their future and how their processes can take advantage of Smart Manufacturing.
My ideas have been validated
Since 2013 I have had many ideas on how companies should approach the challenges of Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing. It has been gratifying to see my ideas and approaches validated over the last 6 months several times by stories like from Hirotec’s America’s Manufacturing Transformation Journey (PTC Forum 2016 Stuttgart) or Faurecia and Kepware (MESA Smart Story Award Winner 2016).
To continue reading and learning about Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, related technologies and innovations, keep an eye on my blog. I’ll also discuss the implications for the job market, education and society as a whole.
Do you have a specific topic you want to hear more about? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.