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Finding the Needle in the Data Haystack: How Manufacturers Uncover Hidden Capacity

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Gray Matter CEO James Gillespie will discuss how companies like Procter & Gamble, Smucker's, PPG, Kimberly-Clark and T. Marzetti Company have committed to major digital transformation strategies that use big data, digital twins and predictive technologies to produce meaningful, real-world efficiency and production gains. Jim will explain how PPG was able to increase capacity at a key coatings production facility to negate the need for a planned, multi-million-dollar infrastructure upgrade. He will talk about how Smucker's has built a data analytics team from the ground up to drastically reduce the amount of scrapped material and machine downtime. He'll also provide a glimpse into a project by pet food producer to better control the quality of pet food products by building a predictive analytics solution that can warn operators when key quality metrics such as product density, moisture level and fat and protein content fall out of specifications.

Learning Objectives:

  • Build the beginnings of a digital transformation strategy based on examples from other manufacturing companies
  • Highlight some of the performance metrics that are key to gaining support for digitally driven operational technology improvements
  • Advocate to others in their organizations who may be skeptical of digital transformation

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