The Intersection of Manufacturing and Automation: Global strategies to avoid collision and optimize profits
Mary Gorczynski 1100006B54 email@example.com | | Tags:  ibmsoftware plant-engineering control-engineering assetmgmt software manufacturing cfe-media service-management maximo ibmpulse ibmontwitter ibmeam tivoli asset-management eam
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If I told you that today's game changer for manufacturing was automation, besides telling me I was 30 years late with my "epiphany", would you run out and install robots on your plant floor and fire all of your line workers? Would you be doing it just for the sake of automation? Even if you didn't have a strategy for where your actions were going to take you?
I think that everyone reading this blog will agree that automation for the sake of automation is the wrong approach. Automation with a strategic plan to avoid collision with manual manufacturing processes and optimize profits is a better approach. Taking the time to do the analysis of defining which processes should be automated and which processes are better suited for a skilled labor force, depending on the desired levels of quality, is definitely worth your time. Striking the balance for your particular company is how you optimize profits.
Looking at global strategies for manufacturing is exactly what you will learn at CFE’s 2nd annual Manufacturing and Automation Summit, a live virtual event, September 8, 2011. This exciting event is hosted by the editorial teams of both Control Engineering and Plant Engineering and offers a unique learning opportunity for manufacturing professionals by providing unprecedented access to some of the industry’s most forward thinking executives. The Summit takes on some of manufacturing’s biggest challenges and delivers must-have how-to information on the key issues they face daily:
Before I wrote this blog to promote the event, I decided to sit down with Bob Vavra, editor for Plant Engineering, to learn more about the research and preparation that has gone on behind the scenes for this event. Bob, you may remember is a favorite at IBM Pulse and a recognized thought leader in the manufacturing industry as well.
Here are some insights from my interview.........
Bob pointed out that no matter where you are in the world, whether you have been the leader in manufacturing for years or you are a start up company in an emerging country, the challenges that manufacturers face are similar........safety, quality, productivity and more recently energy sustainability for your plant. As competition grows manufacturers are driven to find more efficiencies and to develop more skilled workers. Many times giving employees a greater stake in the company drives greater collaboration, morale, and company pride, not to mention increased profits.
Since this event is a joint effort of both the Plant Engineering and Control Engineering arms of CFE Media, Bob hopes that a global audience, beyond just their subscribers, will participate as they unite in their discussions on how to apply what they learn at the summit into every day practical solutions.
Bob was eager to share a few insights about the speakers and what we can expect from their topics, specifically:
To view the agenda and register click here . And if you miss the live event be sure to look for more information about the On Demand Replay either on this blog or on our IBM Asset Management Community.