fbpx

Industry 4.0

 

Transforming the Manufacturing Industry

We are in the Age of Cyber-Physical Systems!

“Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) comprise interacting digital, analog, physical, and human components engineered for function through integrated physics and logic. These systems will provide the foundation of our critical infrastructure, from the basis of emerging and future smart services, and improve our quality of life in many areas.” (NIST MEP)

Industry 4.0 is the implementation of smart connected devices and systems that can potentially communicate autonomously along the value chain. Cyber-Physical Systems are transforming the way people interact with engineered systems – they allow for easy connection between physical infrastructure and other objects to the internet (IoT).

This new era of technological advancement represents a major shift for manufacturers. By integrating vertical information technology systems with operational technologies, and digitally connecting the network between machines, transforming into a smart factory is becoming a reality for small and mid-sized businesses. Industry 4.0 gives organizations the ability to make innovative decisions, improve profit and efficiency, and thrive in a world where everything is becoming digital. A digitally transformed organization is one that will remain relevant in today’s competitive market.

The fourth Industrial Revolution comprises of nine core technologies:


The Impact of Industry 4.0

Beyond a digital transformation that results in smoother, more efficient operations, Industry 4.0 is also changing organizational culture, how your employees work, collaborate and cater to customers. With the availability of open and connected data, companies see:

  • Improved customer engagement and satisfaction
  • Increased supply chain transparency
  • Enhanced employee engagement and retention

Automation for Small and Medium-sized Manufacturers

Are you ready to undergo a digital transformation?

Until manufacturers adapt the evolving technological landscape, among other challenges, building a strong pipeline of talent continues to be a major pain. Collaborative Robotics, also referred to as Cobots, are extremely easy to use and the technology impacts are impressive. Get a glimpse of how they are solving the manufacturing workforce challenge:

Help Wanted: Cobots and the Labor Shortage

Freeing Human Hands from Repetitive Tasks


Machine Shop Productivity Opportunities

Make Your Machines Ruthlessly Efficient


Calculating the ROI of Cobotics

Cobotics Innovation Paves the Way of the Future

Meet our digital transformation experts!

  • Jim Floyd

    Jim Floyd

    Technical Specialist

  • John Remsey

    John Remsey

    Senior Technical Specialist

  • Hanoz Umrigar

    Hanoz Umrigar

    Technical Specialist

  • Ken Wunderlich

    Ken Wunderlich

    Technical Specialist

Jim Floyd

Technical Specialist

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin

Contact Information:

Phone: 815-922-9806
Fax: 309-677-3289
Email: jfloyd@imec.org

About:

It is my passion to support our partners and clients by involving all associates – from the executive suite to the front line – in exploring their undiscovered and unrealized potential. I help Illinois organizations plan for and implement actions that drive growth through enterprise excellence, leading the way to their competitive future.

With more than 17 years of experience leading sustainable, enterprise-wide lean transformations and continuous process improvements – both domestically and internationally – I serve as a facilitator, creating a unified culture of ownership and accountability, deploying strategic business plans and achieving break-through outcomes.

As Benjamin Franklin says “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

Expertise

  • Lean Continuous Improvement Leader
  • Lean Master Black Belt
  • Process Improvement Engineer
  • Professional Educator
  • B.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Master of Education from the University of St. Francis

Specialized Skills

Results

Facilitated and led lean transformations, producing sustaining break-through outcomes including:

  • 34% productivity improvement
  • 75% reduction in WIP
  • 20% reduction in raw material working capital
  • 90% reduction in past due orders
  • 67% improvement in on-time deliveries
  • 47% reduction in order entry errors

John Remsey

Senior Technical Specialist

“Today’s supply chains have increased in complexity, diversity, and scale resulting in companies experiencing a lack of collaboration, security and visibility.”

Contact Information:

Phone: 618-453-3829
Email: jremsey@imec.org

About:

I have more than 30 years of business and manufacturing experience with an emphasis on Supply Chain Optimization, Information Technology, Lean Manufacturing, and Production Control.

Based on a Theory of Constraints methodology, I can help improve supply chain performance by quantifying the needs of the extended supply chain and focusing on improving the points in the process which are impeding the throughput of the entire supply chain.

Along with supply chain optimization, I can also provide guidance with the selection and implementation of an effective manufacturing (MRP/ERP) system as well as in-depth business services in strategic planning, financial analysis, production control, shop floor scheduling, and business expansion.

My background includes leadership positions in Information Technology, Production Control, Activity-Based Management, Logistics, and Small Business Counseling. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance, a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics, a Master of Business Administration from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. In addition to on-going technical training, I am an OSHA Authorized trainer and have been trained by the Shingo Institute on the Shingo Prize standards for Operational Excellence.

Expertise

Specialized Skills

  • Information Technology
  • Software Selection
  • Hardware Implementation
  • Networking Technologies
  • Software Implementation
  • Cybersecurity Compliance
  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Constraint Theory
  • Supply Chain Optimization
  • Production Control/Scheduling
  • Activity-based Management
  • Financial Analysis

Hanoz Umrigar

Technical Specialist

“Success is not final; failure is not fatal; it’s the courage to continue that counts”.  Winston Churchill  

Contact

Phone: 678-883-6837
Fax: 309-677-3289
Email: humrigar@imec.org

About

As a member of IMEC’s client services team, I am responsible for defining and executing processes for the development of an Industry 4.0 plan, which supports IMEC’s vision to lead the way for organizations to create their competitive futures. In doing so, I lead and facilitate continuous improvement initiatives related to business processes and systemic enhancements within the scope of Industry 4.0 methodology and application.

I have over 4 years of combined academic and professional experience with HVAC design, vendor negotiations, and project management for emerging technologies in the renewable energy field. My goal at IMEC is to help diverse manufacturing teams deliver tangible solutions to complex issues within fast-paced, dynamic environments. By identifying trends and digital manufacturing technology gaps, I am able to help small-mid size manufacturing clients across Illinois optimize their performance.  

Expertise  

  • Master of Science in Industrial Technology and Management at Illinois Institute of Technology  
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology  
  • Strategic planning  
  • Process Design & Improvement  
  • Modeling Techniques for HVAC systems 

Specialized Skills 

  • SAChE Safety Certification in Chemical Engineering  
  • Advanced Modeling Techniques for HVAC systems 
  • Project Management  
  • Data accusation and analytics    

Results 

  • Spearheaded emerging technologies projects with CSMART lab at Illinois Institute of Technology. Air monitoring sensors, smart street lights, gunshot detection, smart water sensors.  
  • Spearheaded acquisition of commercial hotel contracts, in addition to collaborate with team members to install commercial and chill water systems.

Ken Wunderlich

Technical Specialist

“My mind is never at rest when it comes to solving issues and solving problems.”

Contact Information:

Northern Illinois University
Chick Evans Field House
1050 Lucinda Avenue, Room 223
DeKalb, IL 60115

Phone: 630-880-7433
Fax: 815-753-7433
Email: kwunderlich@imec.org

About:

I believe that everyone has a toolbox of skills, and it’s these abilities that make people successful. As a Technical Specialist at IMEC, I strive to create or expand the toolboxes of Illinois manufacturers and the Leadership Team. By expanding their toolbox with new skills and systems I intend to positively influence their future achievements.

I work alongside various companies in Illinois, providing technical assistance to manufacturers and service oriented firms through consulting and training. I also implement solutions to help companies improve their organization overall. Utilizing my experience in various fields, including medical device, automotive, and consumer manufacturers, I can objectively review and assist clients with continuous improvement efforts related to quality management systems and process. This allows me to facilitate improvement in heavily regulated environments.

With more than 22 years of experience in both manufacturing and product design, I have acquired a diverse set of skills in various manufacturing arenas. My experience ranges from medical devices, automotive products, food packaging, consumer products, maintaining ISO 9001, AS9100, IATF 16949, ISO 13485, and 21CFR regulations, certifications for medical devices, and more. My primary skill set lies within process development, improvement, and organization. I have seen a variety of processes from the perspective of both supplier and customer, which has provided a unique addition to my toolbox – diplomacy. Finding a solution is my goal. Let me find your solution.

Expertise

  • HAACP Certified
  • Certified Auditor for ISO 13485:2003 and ISO 9001:2015
  • Certified Auditor for IATF 16949:2016
  • Risk Management
  • Certified ASQ
  • Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Certified Auditor for AS9100:2016

Specialized Skills

  • Quality Auditing Systems and Controls
  • Process Development
  • Process Improvement
  • Process Optimization
  • Master’s Degree in Industrial Management from Northern Illinois University
  • Master’s Degree in Information Systems from DePaul University

Results

Certifying a quality management system to any standard takes initiative, time, and effort. Previously, I worked with a manufacturer in the Chicagoland area that had received a significant amount of findings during their previous audit for TS 16949. In order to meet the requirements for the transition to the new IATF 16949 standard they needed to correct all of the previous issues, as well as create new systems in compliance with the new standard. Along with this, the manufacturer had leadership and resource challenges to address regarding support of the business quality management system. Working together hand in hand, we were able to correct the previously inefficient and non-compliant systems as well as create a program that exceeded minimal requirements mandated by the standard. They received a certification in 2018 to the IATF 16949 standard, were able to increase sales by $4 million as well as retain existing sales, invest in new Information Systems, retain employees, and kick-start the improvement process for continual improvement. This is what we do at IMEC, we partner with you.

Loading...
Skip to toolbar