Expertise Beyond the Numbers

Innovation in Action: Tales from the Captains of Industry 4.0

There’s a reason we teach teenagers how to drive, why those online videos of plumbing repairs are so popular, and why nobody climbs K-2 without a guide.  No matter how exciting an idea seems in theory, it’s very hard to put it into action without a little advice from someone who’s actually done it.

Unfortunately, the voice of experience is rarely heard in today’s crush of information on Industry 4.0, the Internet of Things, cloud computing, robotics and all the other vital weapons in the ongoing industrial revolution. That’s all well and good, but where are the Captains of Industry 4.0 – the people who’ve deployed those weapons, and lived to tell the tale?

On Tuesday, March 27, SC&H Group and Merritt Properties will present “Manufacturing a Smarter Future: Innovation in Action,” starting at 8 a.m. at the Mount Washington Mill-Dye House in Baltimore. The event is the third in SC&H’s educational series, “Manufacturing a Smarter Future,” designed to promote industry growth as well as provide value to the manufacturing community.

Moderator Rhonda Pringle, publisher of the Baltimore Business Journal, will question four industry executives on how they are using enhanced technology to improve their operations and security.  

Mick Arnold, the CEO of Arnold Packaging, will discuss his company’s recent expansion into robotics and its new division, Arnold Automation, designed to help clients tailor solutions that keep labor costs down and bring profitability up. Founded in 1933 as an adhesives manufacturer, the Baltimore-based company branched into shipping containers and now devotes more than half its business to distribution services. “We see our investment in robotics as an investment in the company’s growth going forward,” Arnold says.

We’ll also hear from Brian Hensley, director of IT for TIC Gums in White Marsh and Belcamp. Though it was founded in 1909, TIC is on the cutting-edge of texture and stabilization science for the food and beverage industry. “My job is to make sure the IT systems are equally advanced, not only to protect but to foster the growth of the company and its hard-won reputation as the Gum Gurus,” Hensley says. He will share his experiences with developing and managing cybersecurity plans and cloud-based storage systems – including the mission-critical task of getting buy-in at all levels of the company.

Mike Castaldi is vice president of operations for Independent Can Company, which manufactures containers for consumer goods, industry and military applications — anything from specialty chocolates to welding rods. Headquartered in Belcamp with six facilities in four states, the 89-year-old company is updating its Enterprise Resource Planning system. “Not only are we balancing two ERPS during the transition, but many of our employees have been here for decades,” Castaldi says. “We’ve had to manage the cultural shift as well as the software shift.”

Finally, we’ll hear from Ann Croom, the Halethorpe-based president and co-founder of InSource Solutions of Richmond, Virginia. InSource is not a manufacturer, but its stated mission is to “revitalize manufacturing in America — one plant at a time.” Drawing on her experience with companies across the country, Croom will discuss incremental approaches to change and the way to prioritize the steps that will get your company from point A to point B.  “The toughest part can be figuring out where to start,” Croom says.

The speakers come to the table with different perspectives, but they have a common focus on using technology to manufacture a smarter future. Most importantly, they speak from experience. The lessons they have learned and the stories they will share can help you map out a battle plan for your own manufacturing revolution.

Join us March 27th to hear how our panelists are manufacturing a smarter future through sharing stories of their innovation in action.