August 22 – 25, 2018

Georgia World Congress Center | Atlanta, GA| USA

Industry 4.0 - Industry Status and Examples

Date: Friday, August 24th from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Session Code: MFG1

Location: TBD

Presented by: Virginia Tech

Speakers: Urs Buehlmann, Professor: Virginia Tech Department of Sustainable Biomaterials; Mathias Schmitt, Management Consultant: White Rock, LLC
and Matt Bumgardner, Research Forest Product Technologist: U. S. Forest Service

This workshop will review the basics of the future of manufacturing, often described as "Industry 4.0," describing the coming fourth industrial revolution.  Industry 4.0 (also called "web of things" or digitization) promises to create smart factories where information and communication technologies together with digitized processes lead to improved quality, lower costs, and increased efficiency.  In those future factories, repetitive processes and production lines that produce large volumes of similar products are being automated, including production-related functions such as receiving, shipping, or invoicing.  The workshop will review those concepts and will show examples of companies that have implemented components of Industry 4.0.  Participants will learn what is being possible and also hear about the challenges that come with the implementation of the concept.

About the Speakers: 



As a Professor for the Virginia Tech Department of Sustainable Biomaterials,Urs Buehlmannfocuses on manufacturing systems and on assessing industry competitiveness. Urs has given special focus to the impact of foreign competition on the wood products industry and its relationship with the U.S. housing market. He practices and promotes Lean Principles as a way to improve business results.

Urs has more than 15 years of experience working in industry, including serving as General Manager of Enkeboll Designs, Carson CA.



As Managing Partner at White Rocks LLC,Mathias Schmitt'sgroup focuses on company turnarounds/restructurings and Lean transformations across industries. Mathias has been actively involved in lean transformation projects around the world – throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. Additionally, he worked with executives of Fortune 200 companies on M&A and divestiture activities as well as strategic initiatives. He also has led the establishment of business, market, and competitive intelligence programs to drive organizational understanding of the business environment.

Mathias has more than 10 years of experience working in industry and management consulting. He currently serves as a Regional Continuous Improvement Manager with Yanfeng Automotive Interiors and is the global lead on Value Stream Flow.



As a Research Scientist with the U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station,Matt Bumgardnerhas worked from offices in Princeton, WV and Delaware, OH for over 15 years. Prior to joining the Forest Service, he worked in the plywood industry in Texas. He holds a PhD in Forest Products Marketing from Virginia Tech, as well as degrees in Forestry and Policy from Ohio State. In his current position, Matt carries out primary and secondary research dealing with various aspects of hardwood markets and economics. He publishes numerous articles in scientific and trade outlets to bring research results to practitioners.

Other Sessions from Virginia Tech:

BMG4 - Apprenticeships Explained

MFG2 - Lean in the Automotive Supplier Industry - What We Can Learn from Them

MFG3 - Think Light - Benefits and Opportunities of Lightweight Materials