We believe it’s important to know who you’re working with.
We’re continuing our Getting To Know CIFT series with our Project Manager — Industry 4.0, Joseph (Joe) Schultz. Joe enjoys diving head first – working directly with different manufacturers in Ohio. We asked Joe some questions to get a glimpse into his role and what motivates him.
What do you do at CIFT?
I am the Industry 4.0, Project Manager. My job is to connect to all manufacturers in Northwest Ohio to assist with their pain points. This includes Lean/Continuous Improvement (implementation, training, assessments), Smart Manufacturing (Internet of Things (IoT), AI, preventive maintenance), Digital Manufacturing (ERP, digital thread, data capture), Cybersecurity (focus on CMMC), Automation (robotics, Cobots, smart sensors), Additive Manufacturing (3D printing, prototyping) and much more. In addition, I have developed Lean office for our clients. We often think these practices belong out only on the shop floor, while in fact, they can transform our offices as well.
In addition, in my time at CIFT, I have added ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor training, NIST 800-171/CMMC (Executive Controls Training), and Additive Manufacturing for Innovation Design and Production certificates to help better serve our manufacturers. Another aspect of my job is to build relationships with manufacturers and service providers in the Northwest Ohio Region to help them see and know CIFT as an available resource.
What motivates you to wake up and go to work?
The opportunity to make positive change and improve Northwest Ohio manufactures for future generations and rewrite the narrative around manufacturing careers. Lastly, help improve the quality of manufacturers in both products and the improvement of their employees’ work.
What are you most looking forward to with this role?
I am most looking forward to growing my skill and knowledge base while leaving an impact for a better Ohio.
What’s one thing you want people to know about your role, service or CIFT?
I want people to know that Industry 4.0 is not the future but is now. If employers are facing workforce shortages, quality issues, or any issue it is time to look into continuous improvement efforts. If a task is dirty, dull, or dangerous, there is a better solution. Companies need to evaluate their cybersecurity to protect their business, and customers and, in some cases, continue to stay in business especially if they are in the DOD supply chain. Lastly, reach out to us and let us help you build a brighter future in manufacturing.
I also want people to know CIFT is here to help and partner with them as their Ohio MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership).
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I have a high desire to learn and I seek to continue to add to my tool belt. I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter. I also may have a slight inclination for coffee and trying new places.
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