The potential of the Internet of Things in the Manufacturing industry suggests that as machines and processes begin to govern themselves, every step of a product’s journey will be interconnected. No longer is manufacturing confined to the traditional production process of raw materials to the finished good. Every step from the research and development, production, route to market, consumption, and disposal of a product can and will produce data and insight in real time. Can this allow manufacturing to become an industry of innovation and profit? How are organizations envisioning making the most of this possibility, and in what all ways do they have planned?
Jim Davis, Vice Provost IT & Chief Academic Technology Officer, UCLA
Jim Davis is Vice Provost IT & Chief Academic Technology Officer – an executive leadership role with broad responsibilities focused on UCLA’s academic research and education mission but building on his past position as Associate Vic... More View all posts
Jim Davis is Vice Provost IT & Chief Academic Technology Officer – an executive leadership role with broad responsibilities focused on UCLA’s academic research and education mission but building on his past position as Associate Vice Chancellor & CIO. Jim has responsibilities for the Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE), UCLA’s institutional educational technology initiatives, as well as broad accountability for university-wide IT planning and strategic investment in academic and administrative operations and services. Included in his portfolio are UCLA’s digital presence, cyberinfrastructure, and high performance computing, informatics and networking, the internal focus of these for research and education and their external focus through Board partnerships that include the UCLA IS Associates, an IT Leadership organization comprised of 40 companies in the Southern California region; the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC), a national coalition focused on Smart Manufacturing and transformations in advanced manufacturing; and the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Southern California (AMP SoCal). Jim is also a member of the Coalition of Academic Scientific Computing, the University of California IT Leadership Council and sits on the Boards of the Manufacturing Leadership Council and the CACHE (Computer Aids in Chemical Engineering) Corporation. Jim is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UCLA with expertise in data analysis, decision support, and intelligent systems. Less View all posts
Jim Wetzel, Technical Director, Platform Center of Excellence, General Mills
Jim is currently the Technical Director –Platform Center of Excellence at General Mills Inc. He has 32 years of industry experience, starting with 6 years in the Plastics Industry and 26 years in the Food Industry with GMI. While at Gen... More View all posts
Jim is currently the Technical Director –Platform Center of Excellence at General Mills Inc. He has 32 years of industry experience, starting with 6 years in the Plastics Industry and 26 years in the Food Industry with GMI. While at General Mills, Jim has had roles in proprietary machine design, Manufacturing System Improvement and Optimization, Cheerios and Wheaties Product Improvement , Control System Application Development and MES Application Development. In Jim’s current role he is responsible for optimizing the existing asset base in GMI Manufacturing Plants. Specifically centered around our strategic operating platforms. This function is responsible for technology retention, standardization and optimization. It was newly formed in June, 2011. In Jim’s most recent role he was responsible for Manufacturing Execution Systems, Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence, Maintenance Applications, Engineering Tools (Enterprise project and portfolio management, Process Simulation and Sharepoint /Collaboration for the Technical Community), Control and Information Technical Innovation and Next Generation Application Architecture. In 1993 Jim led the development of General Mills’ MES system. Today it is installed in all of their North American locations and 70% of International. It has driven significant productivity and quality improvements. This system captures more than 50 Million data points a day across the enterprise and delivers many of the KPI’s for GMI Supply Chain as well as core MES functionality. Jim has a BS in Mechanical Engineering and MBA both from the University of Minnesota. He is also a certified Project manager (PMP) Less View all posts