At The Automation Conference 2015, Jim Wetzel of General Mills explained the company’s 20-plus year journey to smart manufacturing, how it remains a work in process, and the lessons learned that can also be applied to small and medium-sized manufacturing operations.
Understanding that change is inevitable and anticipating potential changes are essential in managing frequent project revisions.
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The application of automation technologies in the manufacturing and processing industries is always accompanied by estimations of value added after installation. Common industry practices, however, often eliminate this value.