Wednesday, September 16, 2015 | 12:15 – 1:45 pm
Lunch & Learn: Wearable Technology on the Shop Floor: A Look at Present and Future Applications
Presented by Plex Systems
Manufacturing has always been innovation-driven, from the first production line to modern sensors and robotics. Manufacturing technology advancements have enabled revolutions in transportation, communication, housing, energy production and almost every other aspect of life — revolutions driven both through imaginative new products and dramatic cost reductions.
That ladder of continuous innovation starts at the shop floor, where new materials, processes and methodologies are developed every day. A central force in manufacturing innovation is the emergence of cloud technology. The cloud is a catalyst for new approaches to mobility, and an enabling technology for the Internet of Things. With that comes the emergence of wearable technology – from activity trackers to smart glasses and smart watches – has the potential to deliver real-time, location-specific information, capture rich data and even improve worker safety.
Join Plex VP of Development Jason Prater and Plex customer Scott Tollafield, Director of Information Technology for Fisher & Co. as they discuss the impact that wearable technology has had in a manufacturing environment and what the future holds for this type of innovation.
Jason Prater is the group vice president of development for Plex Systems, overseeing a 120 member team that specializes in the development of industry-leading Cloud ERP software for manufacturers. He drives the process from concept to creation with the philosophy that agile development only matters if it is coupled with an agile deployment process.
This unique focus on swift and continuous deployment ensures that the Plex Manufacturing Cloud drives plant floor success for organization’s nearly 400 customers in the motor vehicle, aerospace and defense, and food and beverage industries.
With more than 15 years of combined business applications management and manufacturing operations experience, Prater is passionate about making software work across an entire enterprise from the plant floor to the C-suite.
He is a graduate of Albion College with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.
Scott Tollafield is Director of Information Technology for Fisher & Company, a privately held company that specializes in seat structures and mechanisms, with operations in 3 states, 5 countries and 3 continents. During his 25 years at Fisher, Tollafield has been instrumental in implementing innovative technology that would streamline processes and reduce costs including the launch of the Plex Manufacturing Cloud in 2009.
Plex Systems is the provider of the Plex Manufacturing Cloud, a complete ERP system built from the plant floor up. Founded in 1995, Plex is headquartered in Troy, Michigan with offices in California and nearly 400 customers around the world. The Plex Manufacturing Cloud offers industry-leading features built right into the solution: Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and Quality Management System (QMS) for the shop floor, Supply Chain Management (SCM) for procurement, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) for finance and management, and Business Intelligence (BI) for executive management. Plex provides the first and only true Cloud ERP solution designed specifically for manufacturers, helping executives monitor complex processes with a single, real time version of what’s happening in their business. Experience the Plex Manufacturing Cloud, an all-inclusive solution built specifically for today’s aerospace and defense manufacturing business. Learn more at plex.com.