Center Meetings

2019 Fall Meeting

October 16, 2019  8:30AM - 4:30PM

Indiana Manufacturing Institute

Preliminary title: Digital Manufacturing Maturity - How do I know if my company is ready for Industry 4.0?

Fall Digital Enterprise Center Public Agenda

October 16, 2019

Sponsored by the Digital Enterprise Center and held at the Indiana Manufacturing Institute building


7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast and Registration

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.

Opening Remarks

8:45 – 9:45 a.m.

Industry 4.0 Continuum Panel: How do firms determine their progress? 

Implementing Industry 4.0 technologies and methodologies is a lengthy and complex process.  This panel will open the meeting by highlighting some of these complexities.  What metrics need to be measured (e.g., process, practice, data, infrastructure, supply chain)? Who owns the transition process? Is there an end, and if so, what objectives and goals define the end?

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

Baseline State: A key requirement to implementing Industry 4.0 requires a firm to establish a baseline, not only for their current capabilities, but also those of their supply base and customers.  This presentation, building on past and current research, will review industry feedback on their digitally enabled practices and technologies.

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 – 11:15 a.m.

I4.0 Metrics and Standards: Wide spread adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies will require the development of robust standards to guide industry efforts.  This presentation will review U.S. and international efforts and the impacts of completed work.

11:15 – 11:45 a.m.

Future State: Industry 4.0 has arrived to great fanfare, along with reports promoting results ranging from revolutionary advances to cautionary tales of mistimed or misaligned investments.  This presentation will review the spectrum of results seen by industry sectors and firms and provide insights into the most likely impacts.

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Luncheon Keynote: The luncheon keynote address will review Industry 4.0 transition from a strategic perspective. Why do it? How do we define where we need to go? Who should lead the effort?  Who should be involved? What data/information is typically needed?
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Extended Enterprise Panel:  Industry 4.0 technologies hold great promise – and peril – for firms from both an internal and external perspective.  This panel session will look at the extended enterprise, with a focus on the sources, uses, and transmission of data between firms and customers in a product’s life cycle.

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Working Session Introduction: This session will review a baseline assessment instrument developed at Purdue to aid companies in assessing their readiness and maturity for digital transformation. We will cover its intended objectives, uses, and future development goals. Attendees will be able to provide input to the Purdue research team through this workshop as a way to refine the instrument.

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