Manufacturing employees are at odds with automation right now. There’s a shortage of skills, a sizable gap in learning & development, and machines are slowly absorbing jobs across the industry.
Or so we thought—as it turns out, studies show that there’s an abundance of jobs in the industry right now, but a severe talent shortage is leaving them vacant.
The end-all solution is not to replace employees with automation—instead, manufacturers can maximize output with cohesive collaboration between humans and machines.
Before introducing a human-machine hybrid model, manufacturers need to expand employee skill sets, and fast. How? With immersive education—enter, XR.
XR is changing the way the industry approaches education across the board. Coupled with 5G, this technology allows for immersive learning, increased accessibility, and rapid expansion of employee skill sets.
In this discussion, we’ll hear how XR will shape modern manufacturing, and how this technology will enhance education across the industry.
Nicole M. Wolter is the President and CEO of HM Manufacturing. With a background in engineering and finance, Nicole joined HM in 2009, working a variety of departments including accounting, quoting, sales and marketing and was later promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2015. Nicole has over 10 years of experience in manufacturing including in-depth training on manual lathes and milling machines, and she is NIMS and CAD certified. Since starting at HM Manufacturing, Nicole has overseen a complete renovation of the company’s technology and manufacturing processes. In addition to the redesign of HM’s manufacturing strategies, the company has also added several new technologies, including a new ERP system.
She serves on the Technology & Manufacturing Association (TMA) Executive Board and the TMA Education Foundation Board, coordinating grants to area high schools with manufacturing programs. As a McHenry High School Advisory Board member, she helps to improve their manufacturing program, offers internships, and mentors students about careers in manufacturing. In December of 2018, Nicole was named a Member of the Board of Directors to the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. The 2019 STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards selected Nicole as an Honoree. She has been on panel discussions and podcasts, a keynote speaker, featured as an op-ed writer for the Chicago Tribune, and interviewed for publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, Crain’s Chicago Business, Daily Herald Business Ledger, SME Manufacturing Engineering, Manufacturing Talk Radio, and more
Kensey Edwards is the Marketing Director at Ario, an enterprise software company that creates augmented reality productivity apps to increase safety and efficiency. In her role, Edwards focuses on highlighting the benefits that emerging technology, specifically augmented reality, can bring to the table with a focus on how Ario can solve many of the major problems facing the manufacturing industry today.
Cory Terzis joined Verizon’s 5G Innovation Labs in 2019. At 5G Labs he works with external partners and internal developers who are building 5G proofs-of-concept that will accelerate Verizon’s 5G Ecosystem. Cory and his team manage Challenges, most notably the Built on 5G Challenge, that invite creators and entrepreneurs to build industry-changing technologies on Verizon’s 5G network. The outcomes of these Challenges help 5G Labs better understand how the rollout of 5G will affect the enterprise and consumer worlds as we know them.
Kristi Oki is the Advanced Technology Education Coordinator at the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT), a non-profit organization that aims to strengthen the future of the CT supply chain in the areas of advanced manufacturing, incumbent worker training, and STEM outreach. In her role, Kristi coordinates educational efforts to raise awareness of manufacturing career opportunities and technologies to help grow Connecticut’s manufacturing workforce pipeline.
Noelle Tassey is currently the CEO of Alley. She has spent almost a decade working to scale growth-stage technology businesses, and launching new ventures. She also advises and invests in a variety of early-stage companies, and she is committed to building a more equal future through technology. Under her leadership, Alley has been named to Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies and Inc. Best Places to Work.
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