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With increasing pressures on pricing, speed, individualization, and sustainability brought on by customers and competitors, already- intricate supply chains & manufacturing processes are becoming more and more complex.

A resilient business needs digitalized manufacturing operations, customer service and supply chains to run with speed and flexibility.

Lean manufacturing (also known as lean production, just-in-time manufacturing and just-in-time production, or JIT) is a production method aimed primarily at reducing times within the production system as well as response times from suppliers and to customers. Central to the concept is the elimination of waste or activities which add no value to the process. And this in turn provides a basis for operational excellence by standardizing processes and creating a culture of continuous improvement by monitoring, proactively maintaining equipment and empowering employees.

Industry 4.0 refers to the digital transformation of industrial processes through Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and cyber-physical systems – smart, autonomous systems that use computer-based algorithms to monitor and control physical things like machinery, robots, and vehicles.  

In this workshop, we shall discuss and showcase use cases where Industry 4.0 meets lean manufacturing – with the aim of increasing operational efficiency!


Sujit Hemachandran – Sr Lead, Industry 4.0 Digital Transformation, SAP Labs
Sujit is a technologist who specializes in understanding and helping customers adopt technologies and applications. He is currently engaged with SAP customers in the discrete and process sector to help them on their Industry 4.0 and industrial IoT journeys. His experience with SAP software includes strategizing and developing various enterprise technologies and platforms, such as mobile, integration, IoT, and cloud communications.

Ben Hughes – Industry 4.0 Hub OT Specialist, SAP Labs
Ben has 18 years of engineering experience in a wide range of industries. His experience includes working with many manufacturers to deploy automation solutions on plant floors, developing automated residential lighting systems, and developing custom control systems for the US Navy and Coast Guard. During his time off, Ben enjoys spending time with family, travelling, and reading, and is a volunteer with his son’s boy scout troop.

Jack LaMaina – Industry 4.0 Hub Specialist, SAP Labs
Jack graduated from The College of New Jersey with a Major in Business Management and a Minor in International Studies. Early in his career at SAP, Jack supported the Mission Control Center before taking on the role of a Solution Advisor for SAP’s Customer Experience Suite of solutions. Jack supports SAP customers by bridging the gap between business and technology, turning complex problems into value creating opportunities for customers by showing the power of SAP software in support of customers’ digital transformation goals.

Matt Ruff – Industry 4.0 Hub Specialist, SAP Labs
Matt graduated with an engineering degree and spent his early career learning the ins and outs of cocoa & chocolate processing. Matt has ?5+ years of consulting experience with SAP’s Manufacturing Portfolio & is a previous owner of SAP’s Model Company for Connected Manufacturing. Currently, Matt is focused on optimizing and integrating business processes and showcasing SAP’s strengths to customers.

Vivekananda Panigrahy – Industry 4.0 Hub Specialist, SAP Labs
Vivek is a full stack developer of SAP Business Technology Platform with 9+ Years of Experience with a strong focus on Design Patterns, Solution Architecture and Problem-Solving Skills to the best of Customer Success. Currently, Vivek supports SAP’s Digital Supply Chain Industry 4.0 Innovation Hub team helping customers throughout their Digital Transformation Journey.

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