Path to the Autonomous Factory

People are still talking about digitizing their manufacturing floor and deciding if they should invest or not.

In this webinar, Paul has some key messages for attendees:

  • Don’t wait, demonstrate leadership and get started
  • Data first! Digitalization is from the past, artificial intelligence is the future
  • Take a radical path because there are consequences if you don’t

Watch this webinar to learn how Medtronic, a global pure play medical device manufacturer is managing the transformation to Smart Digital Manufacturing across four business segments with highly diverse and complex environments ranging from high-mix/low-volume to high-volume/low-mix and highly labor intensive to highly automated operations.


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Paul Straeten
Global Head of Manufacturing IT, Medtronic

Manufacturing Information Technology for Medtronic, supporting over 70 plus plants across the globe, from shop-floor to top floor. Medtronic is one of the biggest names in medical technology with $31 billion in annual revenue. Paul has significant experience for managing large global technical organizations and leading the development and implementation of business-driven digital IT programs. He most recently shaped a new vision on how to use old & modern technology in manufacturing, where he co-established a Smart Digital Manufacturing strategy for the company. Paul has a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and an end-to-end understanding on how the manufacturing & supply chain value stream operates, both from a business process and IT data perspective. He is able to articulate the key value drivers that increase operational performance and can explain, in simple wording, how technology can support better business outcomes without talking technology.

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