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Manufacturing Panel, Ohio State Institute for Materials Research Materials Week

During a recent Materials Week webinar, Ned Hill, senior faculty associate at the Ohio Manufacturing Institute, spoke about OMI research on digitally connected manufacturing enterprises and what is needed strategically and operationally to support them along the Industry 4.0 pathway. 

This second in a two-part podcast features an expert panel from The Ohio State University reacting to Ned Hill’s Institute for Materials Research Materials Week presentation on “Lies, Damn Lies and Consultants: What Manufacturing and Supply Chain Leaders Need to Know about Digital Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things.” In order of appearance, the following panelists include:

Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence
  • Nate Ames, Executive Director, Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence
  • John Gray, Associate Director, Fisher College of Business Center for Operational Excellence
  • Farhang Pourbroghrat, Chair, Industrial Systems Engineering
  • Kathryn Kelley, Executive Director, Ohio Manufacturing Institute

A special thanks to the Institute for Materials Research for hosting this forum.

Keywords: Industry 4.0, digital manufacturing, Internet of Things, operations technology, supply chain

Manufacturing Tomorrow is a podcast series brought to you by the Ohio Manufacturing Institute at The Ohio State University. Featuring the perspectives of manufacturing leaders, we focus on the advanced manufacturing innovations, solutions and partnerships that exist in our region now and that will propel industry in the future.

Our guests include the unsung heroes of advanced manufacturing, from company C-suite executives and engineers to industry-facing academics, supportive government agencies and regional economic development organizations. Interviews cover the latest topics on products, processes – and groundbreaking relationships –the best manufacturers engage in to infuse entrepreneurialism in their daily operations.

Our mission is threefold: to provide a voice to small and large manufacturers, educate the public on the value of manufacturing innovation to the U.S. economy, and showcase how Ohio’s technology resource support providers (e.g., higher education, technical centers, and MEPs) boost advanced manufacturing solutions. We ask guest speakers about what catalysts are needed to collaborate on new products and processes, how to reduce academic-industry barriers, and the types of technical resources that can truly bolster manufacturing productivity. 

A special thanks for production support goes to Eric French at WOSU and Thomas Evans, Ohio State Media Services. Do you have a guest suggestion for MFG TMW? Please contact Kathryn Kelley, executive producer, at
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