The Next Frontline is a podcast for and by the people who are building the Future of Manufacturing.
Your host, Errette Dunn, has brief conversations with Plant Managers, VPs of Operations, Digital Transformation leaders, Technologists, and Investors. Through them, we get an advanced preview of what's next for Operational Excellence, Lean, Smart Manufacturing, IoT, Industry 4.0, and, most importantly: the talent and skills of Frontline Workers.
In 20 minutes or less, you will have a few ideas to apply so you can future-proof your operations while impacting today's operational priorities.
Elizabeth Rolinski on why Johnson Controls' Lean plants thrived in the pandemic, engaging people during a turnaround, cobots, 3D printing, and Leading by Design
Today is it my pleasure to present my conversation with Elizabeth Rolinski.
Elizabeth is the former Vicepresident of Global Operations and Manufacturing Engineering at Clarios (which is formerly Johnson Controls Power Solutions). In that role, she led multiple operations and engineering functions, driving operational excellence across the 55 facilities of Clarios.
Elizabeth has 37 years of experience in the Automotive Industry spanning across multiple disciplines, including operations, quality, product engineering, purchasing, and manufacturing engineering.
One of her career highlights was launching and managing the first Lithium-Ion automotive battery manufacturing plant in the US, which was visited by President Obama in 2011.
Elizabeth is now a partner in Leading by Design, a consulting firm where she works side by side with leaders and teams to map-out and execute upon plans aimed at closing top operational and organizational gaps, accelerating bottom-line improvements. Her edge is clear in our conversation: an immense passion for developing and inspiring others to achieve great results.
Some themes we touched on the conversation:
Why Lean companies were NOT taken off guard during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how this crisis turned many skeptics into Lean believers.
How to engage people during a difficult turnaround.
How paperless standards can help you go on vacation more easily!
Why Cobots and 3D printing are now making a real impact in manufacturing
How each individual has it's own design to become a leader
How to get more women into manufacturing leadership
Please join me in welcoming Elizabeth Rolinski!
Elizabeth on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-rolinski-572a5a6/
Leading by Design website: http://www.leadingbd.com
Ender Delgado from Cargill: how the food industry can prepare for disruption, why Industry 5.0 will create jobs, and how first-time Plant Managers can overcome loneliness
Today is it my pleasure to present my conversation with Ender Alexander Delgado.
Ender is a Plant Manager at Cargill. Most people are unfamiliar with Cargill because it's not a consumer brand: but this global food conglomerate is the largest privately held corporation in the United States in terms of revenue. If it were a public company, it would rank within the top 20 on the Fortune 500
Ender is an Industrial Engineer from the Catholic University of Colombia with more than 15 years of experience in multinational companies.
He has worked for companies like Philip Morris and MARS, leading the implementation of continuous improvement systems, EHS systems, digital transformation projects, and the operation of production plants.
Ender is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, with a Graduate Degrees in quality, continuous improvement, and EHS.
Please join me in welcoming Ender Delgado!
Nigel Lenegan on Effective Sustainability. Do This Before Investing in Green Energy: Why and How Pharma Companies (and others too!) should reduce Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions
Besides having conversations with Operations leaders, we also have conversations with Subject Matter Experts on issues, technologies, and trends that greatly impact manufacturing.
And there are few trends as important today as the focus on sustainability.
Today it is my pleasure to present my conversation with Nigel Lenegan.
Nigel is the Executive Director at Energy & Carbon Reduction Solutions. He has over 15 years of experience helping pharmaceutical companies to minimize their carbon footprint and executing other sustainability projects that reduce energy consumption.
Nigel started his Pharmaceutical industry career 30 years ago as an apprentice in AstraZeneca and later specialized in engineering and building facilities and cleanrooms for pharmaceutical companies.
Nigel shares how companies in all industries can and should accelerate their sustainability efforts by reducing energy consumption and their CO2 emissions BEFORE they invest in expensive solutions on the energy supply side.
We talk about why Operations Leaders should act TODAY on sustainability, rather than sometime in the future, and about the role of Frontline Workers in sustainability efforts.
Nigel Lenegan on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nigel-d-lenegan-310aa613/
Nigel's Company Website: http://www.energyandcarbon.co.uk/
Tania Arellano from Mars Petcare on the advantages of a Kung Fu Black Belt, being a Plant Manager across cultures, and how companies can support women in manufacturing
Today is it my pleasure to present my conversation with Tania Arellano: an amazing example in manufacturing leadership. I met Tania when she was the Plant Manager for the Guadalajara site of Mars Petcare. Yes, that the same Mars that is famous for M&M's, Snickers, Skittles... well, they make pets happy too with their products like Pedigree, etc.
Tania has been a Plant Manager several times in different world-class companies like Cargill, NatureSweet, and Grupo Bimbo. Most interestingly, she has done this challenging job in many different cultures: in Mexico, China, and the United States.
Tania shares great insights on how to manage people across cultures and how to navigate the opportunities and challenges of the manufacturing world as a woman.
Please join me in welcoming: Tania Arellano!
About your host: Errette Dunn
You might be wondering:
Who is this guy?
What does he know about manufacturing, or lean, or technology?
Why should HE be the host of this show and not me?
What kind of name is Errette, anyway?
Don't worry, I have you covered.
From working in leading industrial companies like Toyota, Airbus, and Eurocopter, to the startups of Silicon Valley, this mix of experience provides an unusual result.
Who is this podcast for?
Welcome to The Next Frontline: The Future of Manufacturing, Operational Excellence, Industry 4.0, and the People building it
You might be wondering: is this podcast worth my time?
Great question! I would ask the same, which is why I made this episode, so you can decide whether you want to continue listening or not.
IF you are an Operations Leader: a Plant Manager, a VP or Director of Operations, Head of Supply Chain, VP of Digital Transformation
AND: if you love the ideas behind Operational Excellence in all their shapes like TPS, Lean, Six Sigma, TPM... especially, the central role that people have in this (meaning: you don't seek to generate savings just by firing people)
AND: you just like to explore new technology and trends
THEN: YES, absolutely, this podcast is for you!
Learn more here: http://thenextfrontline.com/
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