Navigate disruption with digitalization and the IoT – Future-proof with the IoT ep. 5

As much as we’d like for everything to run as planned all the time, disruptions are simply an unavoidable part of life. We can’t eliminate them, but we can do more to prepare ourselves for their arrival. If we can take one lesson away from a year of pandemic-induced disruption, it’s that the more prepared we are, the better chance we’ll have to sustain a somewhat normal state of business as usual. 

We’ve witnessed the industry-wide benefits that digitalization has provided for companies around the world. Smart factory solutions have helped manufacturers manage disruptions and keep workflow constant, while simultaneously minimizing risk to employees. It’s produced an increased interest in IoT technology, and that interest is only growing as more companies turn towards digitalization. 

In this final episode of the “Future-proof with the IoT” mini-series, Jörg Ludwig joins colleagues Heiko Dickas, team leader of the digitalization team, and Sebastian Oeder, the head of the production unit main motors, from the electric motor factory at Siemens Bad Neustadt an der Saale, Germany. He also welcomes back Colm Gavin, Portfolio Development Manager, and Matthias Lutz, Head of PreSales and Solution Design.

We’re finishing up this discussion by talking about how sudden and fluctuating economic conditions, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, can affect manufacturers, and how IoT can ease the associated costs and pain. We’ll discuss smart factory solutions that are helping customers adapt more quickly to disruption, and how companies can begin to implement IoT and digitalization throughout their organization. We’ll also talk about the importance of predictive maintenance in controlling the controllable in order to minimize the overall impact when disruptions occur.

Some Questions Asked:

  • How can manufacturers use the industrial IoT to prepare for disruptions? (1:43)
  • How prepared was the factory at Siemens Bad Neustadt? (5:05)
  • Has the COVID-19 pandemic been a catalyst for digital transformation? (6:52)
  • How can IoT help manufacturers better prepare for unforeseen and uncontrollable events? (8:47)

What You Will Learn:

  • Questions manufacturers need to ask to prepare for future disruptions (3:37)
  • How digitalization helped ease the disruption brought on by the pandemic (5:44)
  • The solution for managing an uncontrollable event in manufacturing (10:17)
  • Solutions for decreased energy consumption (11:24)
Jörg Ludwig - Host

Jörg Ludwig – Host

Since 2018, Jörg has been in the sales enablement team for MindSphere and since October 2020 also for Mendix, globally responsible for the creation of learning paths, enablement sessions, and value selling trainings and workshops.

Prior to Siemens, Jörg ran his own business as a Value Selling trainer and coach for more than 7 years. He gained Sales experience and expertise from over 16 years in global Software Sales organizations.

Heiko Dickas - Guest

Heiko Dickas – Guest

Heiko has been the Team Leader of the digitalization team since the beginning of 2017 in the Bad Neustadt motor factory. His scope is being an enabler for the production unit in terms of digitalization. Heiko has been with Siemens for more than 30 years in different functions.

Colm Gavin - Guest

Colm Gavin – Guest

With over 20 years of experience in the Siemens Digital Factory, Colm works on business development for digitalization topics as they pertain to Siemens SW and Factory Automation, specifically virtual commissioning, Industrial IoT, Industrial Edge and AI topics.

Matthias Lutz - Guest

Matthias Lutz – Guest

Matthias joined Siemens 14 years ago, starting in supply chain and procurement department. In 2015, he moved to the industrial customer service organization, focusing on Industrial IoT and digital services.

Sebastian Oeder - Guest

Sebastian Oeder – Guest

Sebastian is Head of the production unit main motors in the Bad Neustadt motor factory. He has a background as a production manager at Siemens Energy and as a consultant at Siemens Corporate Technology.

Digital Transformation Podcast

Digital Transformation Podcast

The Digital Transformation: Solutions for Industrial Machinery Podcast by Siemens Digital Industries explores the advantages of smart manufacturing, a digitalized product development strategy and the solutions it offers for the Industrial Machinery industry.

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