Fall 2019 Meeting

2019 Fall Meeting

October 16, 2019  8:30AM - 4:30PM

Indiana Manufacturing Institute

Baselining Organizational Transformation for Industry 4.0 – How Do We Know Where We Are?

Fall Digital Enterprise Center Public Agenda

October 16, 2019

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


7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast and Registration

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Nathan Hartman – Professor and Department Head, Computer Graphics Technology and DEC Director


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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 and data-gathering process? Is there an end, and if so, what objectives and goals define the end?

Greg Harris – Associate Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Auburn University
Jim Strawn – Solutions Architect for Digital Design/Build Integration, Textron Aviation
Dr. Mohamed (Mo) Abuali – Managing Partner, IoTco LLC

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.

Greg Harris – Associate Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Auburn University


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10:15 – 11:00 a.m.

Break (Optional tours of Digital Manufacturing Enterprise Testbed)

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

I4.0 Metrics and Standards: Widespread 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.

Tom Hedberg – Research Mechanical Engineer, National Institute for Standards and Technology


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11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

What are digital skills and why are they important?: It is said that 82% of U.S. manufacturing jobs require a medium to high level of digital skill today. If that is the case, how do we identify, promote, and assess those skills? As Industry 4.0 emerges, how do we enhance those skills?

Rebekah Kowalski – Vice President, Manpower Manufacturing at ManpowerGroup


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12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

I4.0 Strategy Perspective The luncheon keynote address will review Industry 4.0 transition from a strategic and management perspective. Why do it? How do we define where we need to go? Who should lead the effort?  Who should be involved? What data or information is typically needed? How might we determine success in the context of business objectives?

Craig Brown – Industry Thought Leader (formerly PLM Leader, General Motors)
Don Haupt – Industry Thought Leader (formerly PLM Strategy Lead, Caterpillar)

1:30 – 2:00 p.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 seem by industry sectors and firms and provide insights into the most likely impacts.

Dr. Mohamed (Mo) Abuali – Managing Partner, IoTco LLC


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2:00 – 2:45 p.m.

Break (Optional tours of Digital Manufacturing Enterprise Testbed)

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Organizational Transformation: The pace of change in technologies complicates organizational transformation. That pace, coupled with globally dispersed work teams, often renders the traditional hierarchical organizational structure ineffective in supporting product development, technology deployment, and customer satisfaction. This presentation will address those topics in the context of an agile strategy framework to effectively negotiate the pathway towards digital transformation.

Scott Hutcheson – Director, Purdue Agile Strategy Lab


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3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

Extended Manufacturing Ecosystem 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. We will present a view across the extended enterprise and product value chain, connecting together data, management and operations, and interactions with suppliers and customers.

Craig Brown – Industry Thought Leader (formerly PLM Leader, General Motors)
David Ewing – Technical Account Manager, Aras
Mike Hughes – Program Director, Digital Engineering/Transformation, Cummins Inc.

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Nathan Hartman – Professor and Department Head, Computer Graphics Technology and DEC Director

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