A recent Machine Design survey found that less than 25% of manufacturers currently are implementing a smart manufacturing strategy. Those who start today on the smart manufacturing journey will achieve a competitive advantage and will achieve cost, safety and productivity gains. The big question remains: Where do I start? An expert from CESMII, the public/private national consortium dedicated to helping manufacturers take the digital transformation journey, will discuss the way to start small and gain incremental improvements while laying the groundwork for a deeper digital transformation.
VP Ecosystem and Workforce Development
CESMII – The Smart Manufacturing Institute
Conrad Leiva is VP of Ecosystem and Workforce Development at CESMII – the Smart Manufacturing Institute (www.cesmii.org/). In his role, Conrad is accelerating Smart Manufacturing adoption and education programs through a national ecosystem of regional centers, technology partners, and education institutions. A recognized industry authority, he engages manufacturing business leaders, educators and practitioners across all dimensions of industry to develop and share knowledge on both the How and Why to leverage information technology in manufacturing. Conrad has over 30 years of experience in aerospace manufacturing, over 20 of those years in manufacturing systems development and implementation, over 10 years working on Smart Manufacturing practices with industry leaders at MESA International (www.mesa.org) and holds an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.