The adoption of smart manufacturing processes reminds Bob Willig of his “lean manufacturing journey, years ago,” he said. “Lean journeys never really have a beginning or ending. They strive for continuous improvement and advancement. I see smart manufacturing as much the same: adopting new technologies and capabilities to serve our industry, and striving for those new uses every day.”
As SME’s new CEO, Willig advises companies to “treat their people as assets, and continue to help them improve every day,” he said. “Stay ahead of the technology curve. Dynamic, forward-thinking companies are what we need as we pivot to post-pandemic.”
Smart Manufacturing asked Willig to dig into some of his plans for addressing the needs of its readers. For starters, he said he would make sure SME focuses on:
Willig also displayed clear passion for Industry 4.0 and additive manufacturing (AM). AM “is only limited by our imagination and the preparation of our workforce to take advantage of all it has to offer,” he said.
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