Greg Kinsey, Vice President at Hitachi, is the Keynote speaker at the new Minitab Insights Europe Conferences this year. The conference brings together data-driven leaders from across European manufacturing to explore the new strategies, methods and tools for innovation and performance. Learn why you need to hear Greg’s view on the Future of Operational Excellence – and how you can be part of it.
Leading Hitachi’s Global Development of Smart Manufacturing activities, Greg Kinsey and his team are convinced that companies need to bring together their existing Operational Excellence and Lean Six Sigma functions with their Digital Innovation teams.
"All that great engineering talent already exists," said Greg. "Bring that together with the Digital teams, inject some outside expertise, and some new tools and continue to accelerate upon all the things that they've been doing."
Resistance to the ‘Smart Factory’
With the digital transformation of manufacturing filling today's headlines and bringing in a new whole language around the 'smart factory', Operational Excellence teams may feel disengaged.
"People talk about AI, Advanced Analytics, Digital and all these new buzzwords, like IoT, and you have the same kind of resistance bubbling up in the factories," explained Greg.
The good news for Minitab users is Greg is convinced that professionals involved in Operational Excellence are the best fit to help their organisations drive the future of manufacturing.
The Truth about Industry 4.0 vs Operational Excellence
In Greg's view, Industry 4.0 or the 'fourth industrial revolution' is natural area for Lean Six Sigma professionals to lead in. It is simply a natural extension of what they have been doing for years.
"Industry 4.0 is simply the next wave of Operational Excellence and maybe the vocabulary will change as we go along, but I think the core principles upon which Lean Six Sigma was built, will be the core principles of Industry 4.0."
“The business case for Smart Factory is quite compelling because it builds upon all of the things that manufacturers have already been doing around Operational Excellence."
"It allows you to accelerate how you create even more gains in terms of your productivity, your quality, your flexibility. And it's addressing the usual production problems like eliminating bottlenecks, improving production runs and all preventing unplanned downtime."
Join the new generation to 3x Return on Investment
At the Minitab Insights Dublin Conference, Greg will share how today's Lean Six Sigma and Operational Excellence professionals can lead this future of manufacturing.
"I think the Black Belt and the Master Black Belt experience - not just the training, but their on-the-job experience - brings many of the elements that are integral with the 'Factory of the Future' and the digital transformation of that factory. I think there's powerful new tools now available that will build upon the existing tools," said Greg.
“The cool thing about smart manufacturing is that if you structure it in the right way, your projects have a direct impact on the bottom line with projects that have a factor of 3x to 10x return on investment within 24 months."
Watch: Greg explains how you can be part of this transition
Read the second part of this interview Hitachi's VP Greg Kinsey: Black Belts Can (and Should) Drive the Digital Transformation of Manufacturing to discover the argument for why Lean Six Sigma professionals in the Minitab community should lead digital transformation