MFG TMW Podcast


John Brandt, MPI Group


John Brandt, the CEO and founder of The MPI Group and the former editor-in-chief and publisher of both Chief Executive and IndustryWeek magazines. He is an accomplished management innovator and an internationally recognized expert on manufacturing and technology. His book, NINCOMPOOPERY: Why Your Customers Hate You—and How to Fix It, is based on groundbreaking research into leadership and performance excellence across more than fifty thousand organizations.

At IndustryWeek, John led the development of the IW Value Chain Survey, the IndustryWeek 1000, the World’s Best Managed Companies Program, and the IW Census of Manufacturers. And during his tenure, the magazine garnered more than 70 editorial awards for excellence.

We discuss the MPI Group's work in collaboration with the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the Ohio Manufacturing Institute on Digital Transformation for Manufacturers, a NIST MEP-funded pilot program.

Key terms: digital transformation, Industry 4.0, manufacturing innovation

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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. 

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