MODEX 2018 will be held on April 9-12 this year at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. With more than 800 exhibitors from industry, commerce, and government attending to display their supply chain solutions and innovation, this year’s show will provide attendees access to the latest manufacturing and supply chain equipment and technologies. James Brehm, founder and CEO of James Brehm & Associates, will be moderating the panel discussion “Industry 4.0 & IoT.”

"Industry 4.0” is the name that has been given to the revolution that the manufacturing industry is currently experiencing. Together, Industry 4.0 and IoT are enabling leaner, more efficient manufacturing. More importantly, however, they are enabling the creation of novel products and processes that are in turn disrupting a variety of different industries.

Both Industry 4.0 and IoT are unprecedented yet possible today because the different technologies they draw from (e.g. automation, cloud computing, etc.) have finally hit the sweet spot where they are sophisticated enough and affordable enough to yield viable, pragmatic solutions. And both are whipping up a storm of ethical and organizational questions.

Think about it. 

Since the technologies involved in Industry 4.0 and IoT will only become more sophisticated and relevant with time, and since data’s role and value as a commodity will only appreciate with time, manufacturers and supply chain operators are now faced with the challenge of figuring out the best approach to taking advantage of these new technologies:

  • Should the new technologies and processes introduced by Industry 4.0 and IoT be used to wholly replace legacy systems or should updates be done piecemeal? What pains would each approach bring, and how should businesses choose?
  • Who (and to what extent) gets to own access the data from connected products sold to other businesses?
  • How are Industry 4.0 and IoT affecting business models? What’s more important—the connected thing or the connected business model?

These questions and many others will be explored at the panel discussion “Industry 4.0 and IoT” by the highly-qualified panelists John Ashodian (Marketing Manager at SICK), Vijay Chhabria (R&D Manager at JBT), and Doug Schuchart (Market Manager of Material Handling & Logistics at Beckhoff Automation), whose vision and ingenuity have distinguished them in each of their respective companies.

The discussion will be held on April 10, 2018 from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm at the Smart City Logistics and Connected Supply Chain Theater 1.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with James Brehm & Associates or receive more information about the panel discussion “Industry 4.0 and IoT” please contact us at info@jbrehm.com.