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The Next Frontline: The Future of Manufacturing, OpEx, Industry 4.0, and the People building it

The Next Frontline: The Future of Manufacturing, OpEx, Industry 4.0, and the People building it

By Errette Dunn
The Next Frontline is a podcast for and by the people who are building the Future of Manufacturing.

Your host, Errette Dunn, has brief conversations with Plant Managers, VPs of Operations, Digital Transformation leaders, Technologists, and Investors. Through them, we get an advanced preview of what's next for Operational Excellence, Lean, Smart Manufacturing, IoT, Industry 4.0, and, most importantly: the talent and skills of Frontline Workers.

In 20 minutes or less, you will have a few ideas to apply so you can future-proof your operations while impacting today's operational priorities.
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Marco Guimaraes from Nestle on how to achieve Champions-League-grade performance on the factory floor, plus swimming with sharks to reduce stress
Marco Guimaraes is the Vicepresident of Technical and Production for Nestle Mexico. Marco has worked for over 34 years in Nestle, performing different roles in Brasil, Switzerland, and Mexico. We cover many subjects, including: The implications of a globalized world for local manufacturers Why everybody from the corner office to the shopfloor needs to have "Champions League" performance aims Some things in manufacturing that have NOT changed in the last 30 years Frontline workers need to know, at the end of the shift, if it has been a good shift or not How to bridge the gap between the office and the shopfloor with the use of technology Why you need to be operator-centric in evaluating what technologies to adopt in manufacturing How to help frontline operators solve small problems before they become big crises Nestle's process for cascading objectives all the way down to the shopfloor: what does a "perfect shift" look like? Why Artificial Intelligence will have the biggest impact in changing the face of manufacturing The surprising impact of gender balance in manufacturing and how to present a favorable environment for women The importance of a diverse team in order to manage a winning manufacturing facility Swimming with sharks to relax ***** This podcast is brought to you by Rever, the Frontline Excellence platform. Rever is an easy-to-use app that connects your Frontline Managers and Team Members so you can solve issues at the source, instead of catching up with overtime. With Rever, your frontline can expose hidden losses and problems; connect and guide the right people to solve them, and you get real-time visibility and automated recommendations to multiply the benefits. World-class companies like Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mars, GlaxoSmithKline, and Grupo Bimbo use Rever to avoid Safety incidents, eliminate defects, and drive preventive Maintenance to stop productivity losses. All of this, driven by your frontline employees, not by a few experts. That is Frontline Excellence: to Activate the untapped potential of the frontline to elevate your people and performance with Rever. To learn more, visit reverscore.com to start your free trial.
19:54
July 19, 2021
John Mau on how Rockwell Automation helps all their people become the best version of themselves with technology
Today it's my pleasure to present my conversation with John Mau.  John is the Manager of Multiple plants of Rockwell Automation on the United States east coast. After developing as an end-to-end Supply Chain Professional, John became a Plant Manager in March of 2020, just as the global pandemic had been declared. He shares his experiences working in multiple business-transformation functions, in many different countries: Dubai, Istambul, South Africa, Russia, Netherlands, Malaysia, China, and now in the US.  Subjects we touch:  Starting a Plant Manager role just as the pandemic had been declared  What Supply Chain Managers can learn from Plant Managers, and vice-versa  Why Plant Managers need a real broad understanding of different areas of the business  How to help frontline people transition into the future of manufacturing  How to help people become the best version of themselves  Can we predict how manufacturing will look like in 10 years?  Please join me in welcoming John Mau!  This podcast is brought to you by Rever, the Frontline Excellence platform.  Rever is an easy-to-use app that connects your Frontline Managers and Team Members so you can solve issues at the source, instead of catching up with overtime. With Rever, your frontline can expose hidden losses and problems; connect and guide the right people to solve them, and you get real-time visibility and automated recommendations to multiply the benefits.  World-class companies like Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mars, GlaxoSmithKline, and Grupo Bimbo use Rever to avoid Safety incidents, eliminate defects, and drive preventive Maintenance to stop productivity losses.  All of this, driven by your frontline employees, not by a few experts. That is Frontline Excellence: to Activate the untapped potential of the frontline to elevate your people and performance with Rever.  To learn more, visit reverscore.com to start your free trial.
19:13
June 25, 2021
Marcos Paganini on how Johnson & Johnson uses technology to augment the capabilities of their frontline people, not to replace them. Plus: how to deal with panthers in your factory.
Marcos is the Global Vice President of Manufacturing Strategy at Johnson and Johnson. He's in charge of the Global Network footprint, Digital Manufacturing Strategy, End to End supply chain optimization, Agility programs, developing a Culture of innovation, Change management, Operational Excellence, and Performance Management. This includes process standardization across the Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain network and focusing on critical choices on key technologies and capabilities aligned with customer needs. I'm sure you'll enjoy his warmth and energy. Please join me in welcoming: Marcos Paganini! Subjects we cover: Dealing with panthers in your factory Learning about lean, before it was called lean, and the biggest cultural shocks Lean is not about "just reducing inventory" Why you need to create trust with frontline employees in turnaround situations How to demystify change to eliminate resistance and fear How the expectations of frontline employees has changed and how to manage them today Why command-and-control management is no longer sustainable How to approach the avalanche of digital technology options in manufacturing Why technology must enhance the capacities of people, not just try to replace them An example on how to really lead from the frontline Why supply chain is a beautiful demonstration of human cooperation Marcos' charitable projects: center nutritional | FSF (colabore.org) and Help children end hunger in Africa | Fraternity Without Borders US This podcast is brought to you by Rever, the Frontline Excellence platform. Rever is an easy-to-use app that connects your Frontline Managers and Team Members so you can solve issues at the source, instead of catching up with overtime. With Rever, your frontline can expose hidden losses and problems; connect and guide the right people to solve them, and you Get real-time visibility and automated recommendations to multiply the benefits. World-class companies like Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mars, GlaxoSmithKline, and Grupo Bimbo use Rever to avoid Safety incidents, eliminate defects, and drive preventive Maintenance to stop productivity losses. All of this, driven by your frontline employees, not by a few experts. That is Frontline Excellence: to Activate the untapped potential of the frontline to elevate your people and performance with Rever. To learn more, visit reverscore.com to start your free trial.
30:57
May 24, 2021
Raquel Gasco: how Schneider Electric became the most sustainable company through Digital Transformation
Raquel is an Industrial Engineer who has worked her way up the ranks of Schneider Electric: from Flow Analyst to Flow Supervisor, to Lean Leader, to Plant Manager of their Pamplona site. Under her leadership, Raquel's factory is regarded as an example within Schneider Electric for its Digital Transformation and Sustainability initiatives. Raquel is a strong champion of the initiatives within Schneider that promote the development of women to take on leadership positions. In this conversation we cover: Raquel's first experience as a Plant Manager at the start of the pandemic What Digital Transformation means for Schneider Electric How Schneider Electric transitioned from selling products to developing complete solutions Advice for Plant Managers starting their digital transformation journey How to improve sustainability with digital technologies How to help women advance in manufacturing Please join me in welcoming: Raquel Gasco! ***** Did you know? Rever made it to the list of Top Industry 4.0 Podcasts. Check it out here: https://blog.feedspot.com/industry4-0_podcasts/
14:48
April 28, 2021
Swarandeep Singh from ABB on Smart Manufacturing standardization, and how Chemical Industries are reinventing themselves
Swarandeep is the Vice-president for the Chemical and Refinery industries at ABB, the Swedish-Swiss multinational corporation operating mainly in robotics, power, and automation technology. He also participates as a subject matter expert in various standardization efforts within IEC, ISA, and ISO standards organizations, representing the Norwegian national committees. Why Smart Manufacturing requires some standardization Why the value of Smart Manufacturing is bigger across the Supply Chain than in any single factory How to balance standardization with innovation What technology or trend can disrupt the chemical industry  What can the Chemical Industry do to thrive among these threats? How the best Chemical companies are reinventing themselves All the way from Olso, Norway, please join me in welcoming: Swarandeep Singh!
16:30
March 31, 2021
Michel Domingues from Renault: advice for first-time Plant Managers, competitiveness in a high-wage country, and why you should start by planning your succession
Today is it my pleasure to present my conversation with Michel Domingues. Michel is Plant General Manager at the Spanish Engine factory of Groupe Renault, the French automotive manufacturer. Previously he had been a Plant Manager in multiple factories: Renault Cacia, Grand Vision, and Kathrein Automotive. Michel also has a strong background in Lean Manufacturing, having led Operational Excellence initiatives in Faurecia, and as  a consultant for multiple automotive companies. Please join me in welcoming: Michel Domingues! Themes in the conversation: How can Lean leaders work better with their Plant Managers Why frontline workers need more trust and empowerment The best approach to trial new technology suggestions The importance of developing empathy as a plant manager Why your first mission as a manager should be to prepare your successor How to keep an edge to compete against lower-wage countries
14:50
March 23, 2021
Leonel Leal: How Whirlpool builds Resiliency through Agility, avoiding Pilot Purgatory, VR/AR in manufacturing
Today is it my pleasure to present my conversation with Leonel Leal. Leo is the Director of Global Advanced Manufacturing Engineering at Whirlpool. A graduate of Stanford University, he has led Manufacturing Engineering teams in world-class companies like Kraft Foods, Toyota, Tesla and Faraday Future. Leonel lives at the intersection of digital innovation and advanced manufacturing systems, and in our conversation we dive into how industrial leaders can build Resiliency through agility. Here are some of the topics we cover: Why there's no such thing as "pilot purgatory" What can we learn from the auto industry and vice-versa How to Build Resiliency through Agility Why your process is also your product and how to make it "future agnostic" How the interconnectivity of people and machines will change the face of manufacturing The need of connecting your people even if you're co-located How to use Virtual Reality to deliver real ROI in Manufacturing Please join me in welcoming Leonel Leal!
18:41
March 12, 2021
Elizabeth Rolinski on why Johnson Controls' Lean plants thrived in the pandemic, engaging people during a turnaround, cobots, 3D printing, and Leading by Design
Today is it my pleasure to present my conversation with Elizabeth Rolinski. Elizabeth is the former Vicepresident of Global Operations and Manufacturing Engineering at Clarios (which is formerly Johnson Controls Power Solutions). In that role, she led multiple operations and engineering functions, driving operational excellence across the 55 facilities of Clarios. Elizabeth has 37 years of experience in the Automotive Industry spanning across multiple disciplines, including operations, quality, product engineering, purchasing, and manufacturing engineering. One of her career highlights was launching and managing the first Lithium-Ion automotive battery manufacturing plant in the US, which was visited by President Obama in 2011. Elizabeth is now a partner in Leading by Design, a consulting firm where she works side by side with leaders and teams to map-out and execute upon plans aimed at closing top operational and organizational gaps, accelerating bottom-line improvements. Her edge is clear in our conversation: an immense passion for developing and inspiring others to achieve great results. Some themes we touched on the conversation: Why Lean companies were NOT taken off guard during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how this crisis turned many skeptics into Lean believers. How to engage people during a difficult turnaround. How paperless standards can help you go on vacation more easily! Why Cobots and 3D printing are now making a real impact in manufacturing How each individual has it's own design to become a leader How to get more women into manufacturing leadership Please join me in welcoming Elizabeth Rolinski! Elizabeth on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-rolinski-572a5a6/ Leading by Design website: http://www.leadingbd.com
21:46
March 2, 2021
Ender Delgado from Cargill: how the food industry can prepare for disruption, why Industry 5.0 will create jobs, and how first-time Plant Managers can overcome loneliness
Today is it my pleasure to present my conversation with Ender Alexander Delgado. Ender is a Plant Manager at Cargill. Most people are unfamiliar with Cargill because it's not a consumer brand: but this global food conglomerate is the largest privately held corporation in the United States in terms of revenue. If it were a public company, it would rank within the top 20 on the Fortune 500 Ender is an Industrial Engineer from the Catholic University of Colombia with more than 15 years of experience in multinational companies. He has worked for companies like Philip Morris and MARS, leading the implementation of continuous improvement systems, EHS systems, digital transformation projects, and the operation of production plants. Ender is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, with a Graduate Degrees in quality, continuous improvement, and EHS. Please join me in welcoming Ender Delgado!
14:17
February 24, 2021
Nigel Lenegan on Effective Sustainability. Do This Before Investing in Green Energy: Why and How Pharma Companies (and others too!) should reduce Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions
Besides having conversations with Operations leaders, we also have conversations with Subject Matter Experts on issues, technologies, and trends that greatly impact manufacturing. And there are few trends as important today as the focus on sustainability. Today it is my pleasure to present my conversation with Nigel Lenegan. Nigel is the Executive Director at Energy & Carbon Reduction Solutions. He has over 15 years of experience helping pharmaceutical companies to minimize their carbon footprint and executing other sustainability projects that reduce energy consumption. Nigel started his Pharmaceutical industry career 30 years ago as an apprentice in AstraZeneca and later specialized in engineering and building facilities and cleanrooms for pharmaceutical companies. Nigel shares how companies in all industries can and should accelerate their sustainability efforts by reducing energy consumption and their CO2 emissions BEFORE they invest in expensive solutions on the energy supply side. We talk about why Operations Leaders should act TODAY on sustainability, rather than sometime in the future, and about the role of Frontline Workers in sustainability efforts. Nigel Lenegan on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nigel-d-lenegan-310aa613/ Nigel's Company Website: http://www.energyandcarbon.co.uk/
19:07
February 22, 2021
Tania Arellano from Mars Petcare on the advantages of a Kung Fu Black Belt, being a Plant Manager across cultures, and how companies can support women in manufacturing
Today is it my pleasure to present my conversation with Tania Arellano: an amazing example in manufacturing leadership. I met Tania when she was the Plant Manager for the Guadalajara site of Mars Petcare. Yes, that the same Mars that is famous for M&M's, Snickers, Skittles... well, they make pets happy too with their products like Pedigree, etc.  Tania has been a Plant Manager several times in different world-class companies like Cargill, NatureSweet, and Grupo Bimbo. Most interestingly, she has done this challenging job in many different cultures: in Mexico, China, and the United States. Tania shares great insights on how to manage people across cultures and how to navigate the opportunities and challenges of the manufacturing world as a woman. Please join me in welcoming: Tania Arellano!
18:06
February 18, 2021
About your host: Errette Dunn
You might be wondering: Who is this guy? What does he know about manufacturing, or lean, or technology? Why should HE be the host of this show and not me? What kind of name is Errette, anyway? Don't worry, I have you covered. From working in leading industrial companies like Toyota, Airbus, and Eurocopter, to the startups of Silicon Valley, this mix of experience provides an unusual result.
05:23
February 18, 2021
Who is this podcast for?
Welcome to The Next Frontline: The Future of Manufacturing, Operational Excellence, Industry 4.0, and the People building it You might be wondering: is this podcast worth my time? Great question! I would ask the same, which is why I made this episode, so you can decide whether you want to continue listening or not. IF you are an Operations Leader: a Plant Manager, a VP or Director of Operations, Head of Supply Chain, VP of Digital Transformation AND: if you love the ideas behind Operational Excellence in all their shapes like TPS, Lean, Six Sigma, TPM... especially, the central role that people have in this (meaning: you don't seek to generate savings just by firing people) AND: you just like to explore new technology and trends THEN: YES, absolutely, this podcast is for you! Learn more here: http://thenextfrontline.com/ ***** This podcast is brought to you by Rever, the Frontline Excellence platform. Rever connects the people who identify problems with the people who can solve them within your organization. Rever is an easy-to-use app that empowers your frontline employees to collaborate, identifying and solving problems, and improving existing processes at the source. Visit reverscore.com to learn how Plant Managers in companies like Toyota, GlaxoSmithKline, Mitsubishi, Mars, and Grupo Bimbo have saved millions of dollars by connecting their frontline employees and improving productivity with Rever.   reverscore.com
05:25
February 17, 2021