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Virtual Engineering Week is bringing a full week of best-in-class education to the global design, engineering, and manufacturing communities. Join us each morning to hear from medical device industry professionals during the Medtech Mornings series, and in the afternoons to learn from engineering and manufacturing experts in areas like 3D printing, smart manufacturing, packaging, materials and sustainability, and career development.

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How to Survive Cultural Disruption from Disruptive Technology

Will Healy III  (Industry Strategy Manager - Americas, Balluff)

Date: Tuesday, December 1

Time: 2:00pm - 2:30pm

Track: Smart Manufacturing: Robotics & AI

Vault Recording: TBD

New technology is bombarding manufacturers. Every week news pops up about some new incredible technology that is being used to dramatically improve productivity and improve the bottom line. Millennials and Generation Z now dominate the workforce and are demanding that we use more cutting-edge technology. How our organizations are structured today is not the right framework for success tomorrow, and the traditional manufacturing culture is not prepared to take on the upcoming cultural changes and technology disruption. In this session, we will uncover a simple plan for bringing disruptive technology into the plant and how to minimize the cultural shockwaves that any change and especially new technology make.

Topics covered include:

  • How the implementation of different types of new technology, both traditional and disruptive, affect positively the production and the culture in the plant
  • The impact of generational changes in our organizations, especially how to prepare for millennial leaders and how to engage the passion of Gen Z as they enter our workforce
  • A basic philosophy for addressing automation changing the way people work
  • The positive impacts of adding diversity into our organizations and bringing more women into manufacturing roles
  • A simple roadmap for technology adoption in a factory to improve organizational success