Inforum 2020:
The Digital Experience

Infor MES powered by FORCAM

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Welcome to Data-Driven Manufacturing with Infor MES powered by FORCAM

Reduce costs, increase productivity and drive business performance

A Word from our CEO, Thomas Luck

Today’s technology landscape provides a wealth of opportunities for keen business leaders to optimize their production. Gone are the days of decoupled and siloed business operations. Proper use of technology can provide transparency and an essential feedback loop for monitoring complex manufacturing systems, keeping them robust and resilient to disruptive forces.

Transparency is the harmonizing force that brings purpose and unity to each role, agility and adaptability to the business, and resiliency as a competitive advantage.

The goal is to create a Smart Factory and to leverage the existing and latent data and to provide managers with the tools they need to reduce downtime, improve human resource management, cut waste in materials and energy and improve safety. Every one of those metrics delivers cost savings right to the bottom line with no change in suppliers, capital expenditures or personnel.

We hope you’ll find this virtual learning experience insightful. Please contact us with your digital transformation questions.

Thomas Luck
Chief Executive Officer, FORCAM Inc.

The New Manufacturing Experience

The pathway to a Smart Factory and manufacturing resilience begins with information transparency across the enterprise.

Ed Allen, Executive Vice President and General Manager at Infor introduces:

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Restarting Production

Presented by Franz Gruber, Founder and Strategic Advisor – FORCAM

Manufacturing companies are under enormous pressure. Managers must reduce costs and promote agility. Current demand for products has pivoted worldwide. As a result, many companies are looking for ways to do more with less. The goal in the manufacturing industry is to reduce fixed costs in the short term, become profitable in the medium term, and regain competitiveness in the long run.

Digitization offers significant opportunities to meet this challenge. The networking of products, machines, systems, processes, and locations is the foundation and basis for smart manufacturing. Capturing all the latent and new data enables the manufacturer to compare and benchmark information in a new way. Bottlenecks can be identified and analyzed. Machine utilization and capacity can be reviewed and adjusted.

Data-supported manufacturing helps companies protect their investments and enable innovation. Open web interfaces enable a customized setup of existing and partner solutions and create a tailored IT-architecture. A uniform production data model forms the ‘data lake’ or a ‘single source of truth’ and allows all systems, whether proprietary or third-party, to pull relevant information and convert it to universally understood Key Performance Indicators.

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Agenda
Inforum 2020: The Digital Experience

Explore the powerful live and on-demand content throughout Inforum and beyond. Explore Infor MES powered by FORCAM. Enjoy a collection of materials, presentations, tutorials, customer case studies, and thought leadership to inspire your first or your next step towards Digital Transformation.

Inforum Live Stream

Recording Available: Explore Infor MES powered by FORCAM

INFOR MES powered by FORCAM has the power to connect a manufacturers’ siloed IT-system together in a network that fully captures and considers the data that is already available. Transparency is created by connecting machine data with financial data and transforming these into powerful Key Performance Indicators.

Expert: Dave Fetz, Senior Pre-Sales Engineer at FORCAM Inc.

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Inforum Live Stream

Recording Available: The Power of Advanced Analytics – Combining Production & Commercial Data

INFOR MES powered by FORCAM has the power to connect a manufacturers’ siloed IT-system together in a network that fully captures and considers the data that is already available. Transparency is created by connecting machine data with financial data and transforming these into powerful Key Performance Indicators.

Expert: Dave Fetz, Senior Pre-Sales Engineer at FORCAM Inc.

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Inforum 2020: Infor and FORCAM Session


476522 – Infor MES – Makes Industry 4.0 Easy

What is the connection between the shop floor and the top floor in a manufacturing organization? And why does this matter? The manufacturing organization needs a consolidated view of the production process and a standardized business process for better control and visibility. INFOR’s Manufacturing Execution System (INFOR MES) has the capability of seamlessly meshing and streamlining plant information providing a window into the true operational state of any plant. Information silos are being demolished through operational revolution known as Industry 4.0 providing manufacturing leaders with powerful insight to help streamline business practices and deliver dramatically measurable savings across the enterprise. The goal is to create a Smart Factory and to leverage the existing and latent data to provide managers with the tools they need to reduce downtime, improve human resource management, cut waste in materials and energy and improve safety. Every one of those metrics delivers cost savings right to the bottom line with no change in suppliers, capital expenditures or personnel.

Speaker: Ed Allen – Executive Vice President & General ManagerInfor

Speaker: David Fetz – Senior Pre-Sales EngineerFORCAM Inc.

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Content On-Demand
A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step

Explore Infor MES powered by FORCAM: Enjoy a collection of materials, presentations, tutorials, customer case studies, and thought leadership to inspire your first step towards Digital Transformation with Infor MES powered by FORCAM.

Infor MES powered by FORCAM

A collaboration between top-floor specialist, Infor, and shop-floor specialist, FORCAM, to address today’s and future manufacturing challenges by focusing on production efficiency and reducing machine downtime through machine learning and advanced analytics.

Presentations from Infor Industry Experts:

The New Manufacturing Experience –
A New Era for the Smart Factory

For the first time, companies can enable their factory teams to work more efficiently and independently with well-known applications. Dr. Andrea Roesinger, Co-CEO FORCAM GmbH adds:

A company will only be successful if it enables its employees to carry out their tasks efficiently and independently.

Fundamental principles of digital transformation

Digitalization in the manufacturing industry is advancing rapidly. McKinsey estimates the value creation potential for manufacturers and suppliers at 3.7 trillion US dollars in 2025. The analysts of the study “Industry 4.0 – Capturing value at scale in discrete manufacturing” see three fundamental principles:

  • Think value backward, not technology forward
  • Be people-centric, not tool-centric
  • Innovate towards an integrated technology stack
Be people-centric

Also, in industry, digitization is not a goal itself. It is about more efficient work, corporate success, and more secure jobs. A company will only be successful if it enables its employees to efficiently and independently carry out their tasks.

What’s been missing until now is the possibility to use all those applications in the factory as we know them from our office and private life.

Now that vision is a reality.

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Our Manufacturing Leadership Award-Winning Customers

The Manufacturing Leadership Awards honor manufacturing companies and individual manufacturing leaders, shaping the future of global manufacturing.

Winning projects and individual manufacturing leaders have demonstrated achievement in one of a wide range of categories. A panel of expert judges chooses them for results that have delivered clear and compelling value, return on investment, and other tangible outcomes. There will be several winners in each category, including one High Achiever’s Award in each category and a 2020 Manufacturer of the Year for both small and large enterprises.

There’s a special section, the Manufacturing Leadership Council (MLC) Editor’s Choice Awards, which are conferred from time to time on manufacturing projects that demonstrate unusual achievement or innovation or on those that show potential to have a significant impact on manufacturing in the companies that undertake them. This special awards category is also designed for projects that might not necessarily fit neatly into current MLC award categories but that, in the opinion of the editors, are worthy of visibility and recognition for what they might portend for their sponsoring companies as well as the industry at large. MLC Editor’s Choice Awards are determined solely by the MLC Editorial Department.

 

“FORCAM has provided us data that confirm what we felt or suspected. It has shown where we had built in ‘down time’ when the machine was idle or when the machine was not being utilized that were not necessarily obvious, such as the need to build new tools. We knew this need was there but not how large of an impact it had to spindle utilization. It has allowed us to identify and remedy those issues. We are working to improve those areas of our processing.” In the first 4 months alone, the team generated an 13% increase in full production mode. The team now talks about “recovering capacity”, a new term to describe the benefits of the FORCAM data. Mimi Hsu, Lockheed Martin
“Looking back, the biggest surprise has been finding that the “real numbers” on shop like productivity and machine utilization were not as high as managers thought. We figured that our machines were cutting metal about 50% or so over two shifts. It was more like 40% when monitoring first started. It is now higher than 55% and climbing.”BILL METZ, Vice President Operations at Richards Industrials
“Be the lead dog. The scenery is better and if the one holding the reins has no vision, you’ll be able to steer the pack away from the ravine.” ERIC HEUSER, Continuous Improvement Coordinator at Howmet Aerospace
“Dynomax drives manufacturing productivity with FORCAM. We have achieved >20% in OEE productivity improvements in three months.”
“Strategically, the biggest risk of NOT having FORCAM’s Manufacturing 4.0 technology is that we would be outperformed by our competitors.”

Tutorials: Infor MES powered by FORCAM

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A Robust Partner Ecosystem: Infor MES Happens @PCG

PCG is recognized as the leader in Industry 4.0 manufacturing success due to its proven experience in Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES), Birst Reporting and Infor system integration. Choose PCG.

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Achieve Industry 4.0 with Manufacturing Execution Systems and Fully Integrated Analytics.

PCG > is the only logical Industry 4.0 and MES choice for consulting, implementation and optimization of your manufacturing business. Don’t make a costly business and implementation mistake. Go with the right partner. Choose PCG.

Manufacturers and suppliers face increasingly complex requirements for materials, components, inventory management and supply chain integration. With tight margins and increasing pressure for innovation and new products moving beyond traditional ERP becomes critical to future success. At the intersection of demand and profitability is MES and integrated analytics that put you in control of your shop floor, back office, supply chain information and information for making the right investment and operational decisions.

PCG’s innovative Industry 4.0 and MES services bring together and harness the power of information from manufacturing equipment, business processes, the supply chain, innovation and product design efforts, along with financial information, to give you a complete picture of the business—leading to fast, accurate decisions and a more profitable operation.

PCG is the system integrator of choice when it comes to Infor MES powered by FORCAM and the beautiful business applications specialized by industry and built for the cloud.

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Inforum 2020: PCG Session

475198 – Sustainable Industry 4.0 Paradox: How PCG Delivers on advanced analytics for manufacturing intelligence

Like all new business technology directions, Industry 4.0 introduces a series of paradoxes to be solved—most notably around the use of critical business information. It is well known that information drives manufacturing forward to better decisions, processes, customer experiences, investment and profitability. The convergence of intelligence analytics and Industry 4.0 delivers a powerful solution for manufacturing resiliency, sustainability and new market advantage. Come discover the convergence of information, MES, ERP, AI and IoT to go beyond the promise of Industry 4.0 to fully realize the power of your business for sustainable opportunity and profitability.

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Meet our Experts

Thomas Luck 

Thomas Luck is Chief Executive Officer USA for FORCAM, Inc. Thomas is also part of the Board of Directors in conjunction with our membership at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). He also serves as the primary member of the Manufacturing Leadership Council, which is part of NAM. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in information technology and professional studies from the Gottlieb Daimler School.
Rick Homman, Senior Business Consultant, FORCAM Inc.

Rick Homman

Rick Homman is the Senior Business Consultant and CIP Champion at FORCAM, Inc. He is an industry recognized Operational Excellence subject matter expert with a focus on management system design/implementation, operational/financial analytics, and cashflow enhancement. He sports 20+ years of experience in both discrete and process manufacturing. His expertise will help you drive tangible improvement with your data.

Bob Luthy

Bob Luthy is the Continuous Improvement & Safety Manager for Richards Industrials in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has 26 years in manufacturing, specifically in the valve industry. Bob worked as a machining lead-man before he started his career with Richards Industries as a machining supervisor in 2002. Bob took on safety related duties in 2007 before being promoted to Continuous Improvement/Safety manager in 2014.  Integrating production software and driving productivity with data insights has been Bob’s main focus for more than 7 years.
FORCAM Founder Franz Gruber

Franz E. Gruber

Franz E. Gruber is the visionary behind FORCAM’s awarded Manufacturing 4.0 technology creating Smart Factories across the globe. Armed with technical education and mentorship by IBM and German software giant SAP, he masterminded a solution for discrete manufacturing that reliably measures and evaluates the real-time performance of industrial machinery and global factories. Franz Gruber has recently been appointed to the Advisory Board in addition to his Chairman role at FORCAM.

Ryan Lanham

Ryan Lanham is the IT Manager for Dynomax, Inc., a rapidly growing Aerospace company. In his role, he is responsible for deployment, operations and optimizing the IT infrastructure for the growing needs of the company. While he is responsible for understanding the business requirements and translating that into a robust and redundant infrastructure, Ryan applies a mix of technical experience and infrastructure skills to deliver an optimized and more streamlined solution that achieves best practice and drives operational efficiencies across all facilities.

Eric Heuser

Eric Heuser has been working in Aerospace for over 30 years for Air Canada, Bell Helicopters and Bombardier Aerospace where he managed an engineering department and obtained 22 years ago his Lean Six Sigma Black belt. After coaching Lean to manufacturers for few years as a consultant with Fujitsu Consulting, he joined a decade ago Howmet Aerospace as the Lean supply chain continuous improvement coordinator. He is a continuous learner that applies strategic thinking and massive action to define and implement projects to improve performance. His passion for innovation and technology has led him to drive many smart manufacturing projects.  He is a member of the board for AeroMontreal’s MachFab 4.0 initiative to promote Smart Manufacturing projects in the Montreal aerospace hub. His latest project (www.RippleF.com) is a Social Media platform for industrial executives interested in learning and sharing knowledge on Smart manufacturing, discuss implementation strategies and find help from people that have already walked the same path. He believes that no one is an island and that creating this community is the best means to thrive in the new industrial revolution.

Nick Castellina

Nick Castellina is the Senior Director Solution and Industry Strategy at Infor. Nick was an executive for a large research house working with software vendors and end users to analyse trends and produce industry-leading content. He understands the day-to-day challenges that manufacturers face, and how those challenges can be impacted through digital transformation. Additionally, he manages the industry strategy team in North America dedicated to discrete and process manufacturing, as well as distribution. 

Ashok Kumar

Ashok Kumar is the Senior Industry Solutions & Strategy Director at Birst - an Infor company. Ashok Kumar is responsible for Infor manufacturing. Prior to Infor, Ashok spent over 10 years with IBM and was the Global Industry Leader for the Watson IoT business unit. He was responsible for the go-to-market strategy and Industry solutions leveraging the emerging technologies in IoT, AI and Analytics. His experiences span Industry 4.0, Enterprise Asset Maintenance, Asset performance management, manufacturing operations and quality optimization with AI. Ashok also brings over 15+ years of ERP consulting knowledge.

Ed Allen

Ed Allen serves as EVP and GM at Infor. In this role, Ed oversees commercial, sales and sales-related functions, services delivery, and customer success across Infor’s full product portfolio. Ed’s team leads specific focus in areas of industry 4.0, customer experience, finance modernization, and service transformation. Prior to his tenure with IBM, Ed spent 16 years at Oracle, where he led Oracle’s global manufacturing industry business units. Ed also has spent time in the manufacturing industry in global operational leadership positions in Supply Chain, IT and Manufacturing at Ford and Mazda.

David Fetz 

David Fetz is an award-winning Pre-Sales Engineer. He has been involved with manufacturing solutions for over 28 years. He has over 14 years experience in the engineering field—in mechanical engineering covering automotive, aerospace, industrial, and high-tech electronics. In addition, he has also managed engineering teams for multiple projects. At FORCAM, David uses his past experiences and knowledge to help customers optimize every step of the manufacturing process to create higher quality products, launch new products in less time at a lower cost, and maximize profits.

Contact Information

 

  • Thomas Luck

    Chief Executive Officer, FORCAM Inc.

  • Dave Fetz

    Senior Pre-Sales Engineer, FORCAM Inc.

  • Jeremy Gibbs

    Head of Sales US,
    FORCAM Inc.

  • Lisa Clontz

    Director Strategic Alliances and Channel Management, FORCAM Inc.

  • Rick Homman

    Senior Business Consultant,
    FORCAM Inc.

  • Ashok Kumar

    Senior Director, Industry and Solution Strategy,
    Birst an Infor Company

  • Nick Castellina

    Senior Director, Industry and Solution Strategy,
    Infor

  • Justin DeWitt

    Solutions Architect,
    PCG – Providence Consulting Group

  • Brandin Beers

    Managing Partner and SVP of Sales, PCG – Providence Consulting Group

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    A Partnership Forged to Deliver Results in Productivity

    Infor MES – Makes Industry 4.0 Easy

    The INFOR – FORCAM Partnership launched in 2017. FORCAM is an INFOR Solution Partner and branded as INFOR MES powered by FORCAM. In the partnership with FORCAM, Infor delivers an award-winning platform that combines the connectivity of IIoT platform, and the functionality of an MES.

    This new collaboration between top-floor specialist, Infor, and shop-floor specialist, FORCAM, addresses todays and future manufacturing challenges by focusing on production efficiency and reducing machine downtime through machine learning and advanced analytics. The Infor MES solution helps to digitize and harmonize all manufacturing operations across the global supply chain and the enterprise so manufacturers can make better decisions, boost manufacturing excellence, and deliver customer delight.

    We Deliver Results in Productivity.

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