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. The Industry 4.0 Project Manager job is a brand new position at CIFT and Joe joined the team almost two months ago, diving head first into the position and 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. I work with all types of manufacturers to bring them into the Industrial Revolution 4.0. This includes Lean (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 on the shop floor, while in fact, they can transform our offices as well. Recently, I just received my ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor training 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 change and improve Northwest Ohio manufactures and be a part of shaping the future. To help improve the quality of manufacturers in both product and improvement of their employees’ work.
What are you most looking forward to with this new role?
I am most looking forward to growing my skill and knowledge base, while leaving an impact on 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 the future. If employers are facing workforce shortages, it is time to look into going Lean. If a task is dirty, dull or dangerous, there is a robotic solution. Companies need to evaluate their cybersecurity to protect their business, customers and, in some cases, continue to stay in business. Lastly, 3D printing can save companies time and money on reduced time to prototype and organic design.
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 to improve myself. I enjoy spending time with my wife and our soon-to-be new addition. I also have a slight inclination for coffee and trying new places.
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