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Mr. Steve Griffith with NEMA talks about Industrial AI and Cybersecurity for Future Success
28th October 2020 • The Industrial Talk Podcast with Scott MacKenzie • The Industrial Talk Podcast with Scott MacKenzie
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In this week's Industrial Talk Podcast and in conjunction with The Industrial IoT World, we're talking to Steve Griffith, Industry Director, Transportation Systems and Cybersecurity at NEMA about "What you need to know about Industrial AI and Cybersecurity for future success". Get the answers to your "AI and Cyber" questions along with Steve's unique insight on the “How” on this Industrial Talk interview!

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Welcome to the industrial talk podcast with Scott MacKenzie. Scott is a passionate industry professional dedicated to transferring cutting edge industry focused innovations and trends while highlighting the men and women who and keep the world moving. So put on your hard hat, grab your work boots, and let's go. Alright, welcome to the industrial talk podcast. That's right, this podcast celebrates you. You are bold, you are brave, you dare greatly. you innovate. Boy, you innovate, and you're changing lives and you're changing the world. That's why you are an industrial hero. You're a hero to me, you're making my life absolutely spectacular. And what's happening out there in industry is nothing less than spectacular. That's why this podcast is here. That's why we celebrate you each and every day. That's right. All right. You're in the hot seat. His name is Steve Griffith. That's g ri FF i th and he is with NEMA. That's an E Ma, but that's for National Electrical Manufacturers Association. It's a mouthful. That's why they went down to NEMA. Let's get cracking on this interview. It's good thing it's NEMA. I get tired just constantly saying National Electrical Manufacturers Association. Although superduper important. You need organizations like this. And especially and especially in a world that is just innovation, innovation, innovation and moving at a just an absolutely blistering pace, to be able to provide solutions for your business to make you resilient and successful in the future. NEMA, that's why they're there. Because you can't keep up with it. I mean, we had this conversation. I mean, if I put my business hat on, I can't keep up with the the level of innovation, the level of of just sheer brilliance that exists out there in manufacturing, that exist in industry, and that exists across the spectrum of how people and companies are leveraging technology to be resilient, and especially after COVID-19 you need it. So we talked about again, we talked about collaboration, innovation, and education. And that's what this podcast is all about. We want to collaborate with people that have answers we want to educate with, with things that are changing constantly, all the time and boy, innovation, we want to hear about innovation, hear about solutions, not just from a technology point of view. But from the point of view of how are we dealing with people now? How are we how are we creating those connections, you got to be innovative, you've got to be innovative. Alright, listen to me lecture, holy cow. I don't feel comfortable with that. But I am so


excited and pleased to be able to call this family, my family, right because I get to interact with individuals like Steve, organizations like NEMA, and events that are going to be taking place that you got to put on your Doug gun calendar that are just out there so that you can continue to educate. And now is a VA time. Speaking of that, paper and pencil time, get your calendar out, you got to get your calendar out. And I'm talking about industrial i o t world. And this is an event called CS iio t now for lasting digital transformation. It is a free virtual conference. And I want to tell you it is December 1. She's How about that December 1 through the third this year, put it on your calendar. And I'll have that link out there and industrial So you don't have to worry about it. Just go to industrial talk comm find Steve's interview. And you'll get all that information. Once again. cs iiot. Now for lasting digital transform you need you need these companies. You need these organizations. You need companies like NEMA to be able to sort of help navigate these waters, these IoT waters these industrial four dot o waters, because the water I mean that it's it's changing can constantly the currents are always shifting, and you just need to stay current. And that's why the industrial IoT world and NEMA and people like Steve are just vital to your desire to collaborate, innovate and educate So that you can act with a sense of purpose and tenacity, you need to do that. Alright, let's shift to Steve stat cart. So you go out there, and I want you to type in Steve Griffith, that's g r i f,f,i t h put a little comma PMP, because he is a professional manager of projects. I think that's what PMP stands for. Anyway, that's what he is, typing in, you'll see him, you'll see that he's with NEMA, reach out to him, become his buddy on LinkedIn, you will not be disappointed because his stack guard is spectacular. He is the director of transportation system and cybersecurity and what we're going to be talking about, and I'm just telling you, there are many topics within industry for Dotto. One is of course, cybersecurity. But two is AI. How do you leverage AI? Where do we stand with AI? You know, I mean, people talk about AI. Is it in commercial operations? Or is it still just sort of at a bench level, you know, sort of proof of concept type of stuff? Where does it stand? That's why organizations like NEMA. And people like Steve are so important. You gotta because it's, it's not going away, right? So you got to line yourself, figure out who to connect with so that you get real answers with real solutions to solve real problems. Right. That's what we want to be able to do. Steve Naima. And of course, that incredible conference, again, that is scheduled for December 1 through the third. See, see how it rolled into that. That's right. It's all out there on industrial I can't, the URL is just superduper long. So I'm not going to be able to say that so just go out to industrial find it ASAP. How's that? All right. onto the the interview. We're talking AI talking cybersecurity. We're talking about how that leaves together. We're talking industry for Dotto, Steve Griffith. The company has NEMA and I enjoyed the conversation. It's always wonderful. So enjoy the conversation with Steve. Steve, welcome to the industrial talk podcast, absolute honor that you have joined. This platform is dedicated to you. Yes, you and the rest of the industrial and manufacturing professionals all around the world. How you doing my friend?


Great. I appreciate the opportunity to be here. Looking forward to the chat.


I'm telling you, man, I'm enjoying the heck out of it. I'm living the dream, Steve, I get to talk to one people like you. And I get to have a Master's class in all things, let's say industry for Dotto or anything, it doesn't matter. And I just sit there and I soak it up. I'm a sponge. I'm pretty smart now because of this podcast. Now I'm not I'm still the dumbest, dumbest knife in the drawer. That's for doggone. Sure. Okay. For the listener, Steve, we do this all the time on the podcast, you gotta lay that foundation give us a little 411 on who Steve is?


Yes. Steve Griffith. I'm an industry director for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, otherwise known as NEMA in acronyms speak in industry directors, kind of like a program manager strategic planning. Basically, NEMA is an association of about 325 equipment manufacturers that get together, you know, we have three or four core things we do. One of those is developing NEMA standards to address a performance issue in the market. We do government work lobbying for against regulations, we do market data and intelligence, then we look at a lot of emerging technologies and NEMA. So my job as an EMA is to kind of, you know, see where the industry is going, you know, look at all these emerging technologies and trends and and kind of bring it back to our members and see how we how NEMA moves with where the industry is going. Right? So there are a number of emergent things I lead at deema. And it's just making sure that our members are involved and


need them. It's it's interesting to me because if I had a nickel every time somebody talked to me about emerging tech innovation, or whatever industry for Dido, I'd be a wealthy man because it's happening so fast. And I would imagine organizations like NEMA. This is a great niche for this particular organization because me you know, Joe sixpack here, there's no way that I could keep up with all the changes that are taking place within manufacturing within industry. And and it's great stuff but I can't keep up with it. That's that's probably the best role for for NEMA among others.


Oh, great. Yeah, it's it's, it's, it's, it's it's pretty neat stuff. You know. I mean, the the Internet of Things and industrial IoT is happening, you know, more and more devices. Like there's a huge growth for this. And you know, a lot of our members that make manufacture these products are now developing products in the systems that are increasingly IoT enabled, right? Whether you're, whether it's manufacturing industrial, whether it's commercial and residential building, whether you're dealing with utility products, transportation, medical imaging, the IoT industrial, it spans across all our members. Right? And it's, it's, you know, it's something we're moving into, and, you know, it's I mean,


let's just, let's just sort of, you know, it's not gonna, it's not knocking on the door, It's here, it's here to stay. It's, it's putting their feet up on your coffee table. And if you're not engaged in trying to understand this whole, and I'll just sort of generally categorize it as industry for Dotto, if you're not, if I'm in manufacturing, if I'm an industry, if I'm something, I have to actively be engaged and leverage organizations like NEMA in a big way, because it's here, whether you like it or not. If you think business, as usual, is business as usual, and you're just going to merrily go about your business and think that you're going to succeed. You know, think another wise, because it's not going to be that way.


not totally great. I met Sarah. And the idea is we need to be there as well, but our members, right, as we're getting to, as well, as this space becomes prevalent, how does NEMA and our members get into this space? Right? And there's, there's there's a lot of challenges out there with with it with the industrial t in the chief of Chief number one is our members and manufacturers devices, all this data, and all this diverse data from all these devices that, you know, create data, how do you turn that into information that you can use? Right? And another another issue? that's and that's data tsunami,


I mean, exactly. Sure. We can collect that data, all the little squiggly lines, all the little zeros and ones and numbers and all that stuff. But the real value the real, you know, meat, the gold, or platinum, if you want to maybe diamonds, but in that data is the fact that I can find things in a very efficient way to be able to make tactical decisions to better my asset, that's for sure. Absolutely. Right. Yeah, I gotta jump in, because it is a tsunami.


Yeah. And then you have to deal with, you know, all that data, there's, there's privacy, there's viability, there's cybersecurity, you know, you there's all this stuff, and it's determining how you can take this data to derive meaningful outcomes, you know, predictive analytics, you know, maintenance, when you're going to products out there, you know, or improvements in a product, getting that full visibility across your product line, with all this with it with all this plethora of data and making it useful. Right. And I think that's something that we're addressing across the mind. There's there's different I think there's different trends out there different techniques, different technologies that could help our members, you know, get on top of that data.


And I'm seeing here, here's, here's the question I have for you. I'm putting on my manufacturing my industry hat. I don't know I'm putting it on. It's right there. Right on. And one of the challenges is that the speed at which the innovation, the speed at which the technology is moving, versus my ability to be able to consume it, that's one to the issue with me, saying, I think I see the value in that innovation. But where do I start? I mean, you're moving, you know, you're, you're driving at 80 miles per hour, I'm, I'm still sort of riding my bicycle. And I can't keep up with you. How do you address that?


Yeah, where to start? How do you capture all this data? And I think, yeah, how do you make it? How do you make it useful? And I think one of the new things we're looking at an EMA is artificial intelligence. That's a key, a key aspect of how, you know, with the manufacturing device that generates all this data, AI can help manufacturers derive actionable information, whether it's in the manufacturing industry, to, you know, improving the production and distribution of the manufactured goods, looking at it in the pen, maybe the back office of a manufacturing, working with, you know, distribution channels and partners to to improve aspects of product design, maintenance, and then Lifecycle Management. I think AI is one of those emerging, well, maybe it's not really merged anymore. It's one of those technology it's happening. And it's being adopted in manufacturing. And that's, that's, that's a technique that manufacturers can use to do to take this data and derive meaningful information right to better help their


manufacturing. This is interesting, because for me, I, it was interesting, here's a story, quick little story I worked for, with a company when I was consulting and I created a solution that pulled data that determine sort of that Health of that asset by the data parameters, all of that good stuff. But it was like a CAPX project, right? You had to dig a ditch, you had to do certain. And I could do it on one asset, right. But now all of a sudden, these devices, they're cost effective. And for me, as a business person, I'm thinking to myself, yeah, I'll take a box of those, and I'll stick it out here, and I'll do this and it got into five G, get back, I could do that. And it's like, all of a sudden, the floodgates open, and I'm able to track data. But then I never take the next step forward. And I'd say, Where do I put it in? How do I do? But I can incrementally me, I can incrementally approach