The future is digital, and the manufacturing industry is no exception. Jerry Foster, the CTO of Plex, is one of the select visionaries who jumped on the ‘digitization’ bandwagon quite early in the game. Plex is a company that paved the way for business enterprise software in the cloud through a smart manufacturing platform that connects people, systems, machines, and supply chains.
Jerry joins Manufacturing Happy Hour to share the company’s unconventional origin story and to break down some of the most interesting parts of their annual State of Smart Manufacturing report.
It’s an episode packed full of great insights as we dig into topics like the role of AI in manufacturing and tech paralysis. Tune in to hear more about implementing new technology, plus insights into the worlds of racquetball and Star Wars.
In this episode, find out:
What is smart manufacturing?
How Jerry got his start in smart manufacturing
What it was like to spearhead the first business enterprise software in the cloud
Jerry breaks down the smart manufacturing growth trajectory
How to form a successful integrated team
Jerry discusses useful technologies that were once dismissed as “hype”
How the role of blockchain fits into manufacturing
How AI has evolved over the years
What proactive leaders look like
How to find a balance between profitability and sustainability
How playing racquetball has influenced Jerry’s career
Jerry’s advice to manufacturing leaders looking to leverage smart manufacturing