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M4.0 Success Will Require Adoption of a Digital Culture

Posted By Jeff Moad, March 14, 2017

1ebfbab37ef2c1b74b67ff9e5204e2ec_f2373.jpgThe transition to Manufacturing 4.0 will be more demanding than any previous era of industry transformation, a panel composed of senior manufacturing leaders told the Manufacturing Leadership Council today. That’s because, for most manufacturers, the transition to M4.0 will require multi-dimensional change, incorporating profound technology shifts, significant changes in customer demand and expectations, business model innovation and, not least, the need for a new digital culture and leadership skills within the manufacturing enterprise.

And, in fact, the adoption of a digital culture may be among the more challenging aspects of the transition to M4.0, according to members of the panel who presented their perspectives and experiences as part of the ML Council’s Critical Issues Call series in a session entitled "Creating a Digital Culture: Rethinking Leadership in the M4.0 Era."

The panel, which was moderated by ML Council Co-Founder David R. Brousell, included Dr. Richard Baker, chief technology officer at Proto Labs, Inc.; Dr. Jill George, global auto/manufacturing segment leader at Development Dimensions International; Dr. Don Kinard, senior fellow at Lockheed Martin; and Paul Mefford, global M&E operations learning and talent development director at The Dow Chemical Company.

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