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Industry 4 Starter Kit Guideline for Successful Implementation if Your Smart Factory

Industry 4 Starter Kit Guideline for Successful Implementation if Your Smart Factory

3 May 2021, 11:00 - 12:30 - Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 04:00)

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Imagine a world where intelligence is added to all elements of manufacturing. Picture a manufacturing floor where every single “thing” is able to produce, receive and analyze data (hence making every “thing“ a “smart thing“). Now, imagine that all “smart things“ are connected such that they can exchange data with each other, analyze the data, and make and execute decisions. When we move beyond the “thing“ being simply smart, to a place where we are: 1. Utilizing machine learning, artificial intelligence, and other forms of data science and analytics to improve manufacturing processes 2. Building digital threads and digital twins for cradle to grave track and traceability, and 3. Establishing connected communications within a digital supply chain then we are moving toward the true meaning of the smart factory. One can imagine the ease of tracking defects, the opportunity for new digital platforms and business models, and, most importantly, the change to the way we manufacture. This presentation will provide a "starter kit" for those on their road to smart factory implementation. Whether you are a novice or a veteran, this starter kit will teach/remind you of the key elements to keep in mind as you begin any implementation.

About Our Speaker: Karen I. Matthews, Purpose-Driven Consulting (PDC)

K Matthews, HeadshotKaren Matthews, a native of Baltimore, MD, began her academic career at the US Naval Academy, received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Morgan State University and a MEng and PhD in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, all from Cornell University. Karen is the Founder & CEO of Purpose-Driven Consulting (PDC). Prior to PDC, she held senior positions in Corning Incorporated’s Science & Technology Division in opto-electronic packaging as a research and then senior research scientist, most recently working in early innovation stage markets and technologies for the optical communications sector to identify and help implement new growth opportunities in both wired (fiber, cable and connectivity) and wireless. Her focus on moving concepts through to commercialization remains, with a current emphasis on Agile Technology Transfer, Digital Transformation, 5G, the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 Innovation. Dr. Matthews has authored numerous publications and patents and is a member of several technical and professional organizations. She has served as an Executive Board member of Georgia Tech’s Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT) – sitting on the Research Work Group and leading the Thought Leadership Work Group therein. Most recently, she has been invited as keynote speaker, moderator, panelist and open forum discussion leader at various 5G, Internet of Things and smart manufacturing conferences. She has Chaired the OFC 2020 N5 Market Watch, developing the programming for Market Watch, Network Operators Summit and Data Center Summit, and continues as an active subcommittee member for 2021, as well as co-chair of the 2021 IEEE World Forum track on Communications and Networking. She is an Executive Board member of The Upskill Foundation, a non-profit focusing on upskilling underrepresented groups in data science and an Executive Advisory Board member of the Transform Insights User Group, an engaged and informed community, focused on connecting business leaders who have experience in spearheading digital transformation strategies, innovation through technology and enterprise change management.