14 episodes

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.

The Next Frontline: The Future of Manufacturing, OpEx, Industry 4.0, and the People building it Errette Dunn

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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.

    Joachim Hensch: From tailor to boss at Hugo Boss, Digital Strategies, and why Excellence is for losers

    Joachim Hensch: From tailor to boss at Hugo Boss, Digital Strategies, and why Excellence is for losers

    Joachim Hensch, former executive at Hugo Boss, leadership consultant, and Industry 4.0 visionary talks about his journey to Hugo Boss, his experience managing complex manufacturing organizations, and how to leverage technology.

    Lessons from the conversation with Joachim Hensch:


    Connect the Dots- get to know the people and their skills to build winning organizations
    Plan, but then Do - invest in a compelling plan, and then drive execution
    Remember the ‘why’, when implementing technology - don’t get caught up in the hype, focus on solving specific problems
    Your North Star - establish a specific goal, that is clear and shared by all
    Competition is for Losers  - progress over perfection



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    This podcast is brought to you by Rever, the Frontline Excellence platform.
    Rever is an easy-to-use app that connects your Frontline Managers and Team Members so you can solve issues at the source, instead of catching up with overtime.
    With Rever, your frontline can expose hidden losses and problems; connect and guide the right people to solve them, and you get real-time visibility and automated recommendations to multiply the benefits.
    World-class companies like Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mars, GlaxoSmithKline, and Grupo Bimbo use Rever to avoid Safety incidents, eliminate defects, and drive preventive Maintenance to stop productivity losses.
    All of this, driven by your frontline employees, not by a few experts.
    That is Frontline Excellence: to Activate the untapped potential of the frontline to elevate your people and performance with Rever.
    To learn more, visit reverscore.com to start your free trial.

    • 20 min
    Marco Guimaraes from Nestle on how to achieve Champions-League-grade performance on the factory floor, plus swimming with sharks to reduce stress

    Marco Guimaraes from Nestle on how to achieve Champions-League-grade performance on the factory floor, plus swimming with sharks to reduce stress

    Marco Guimaraes is the Vicepresident of Technical and Production for Nestle Mexico.

    Marco has worked for over 34 years in Nestle, performing different roles in Brasil, Switzerland, and Mexico.

    We cover many subjects, including:


    The implications of a globalized world for local manufacturers
    Why everybody from the corner office to the shopfloor needs to have "Champions League" performance aims
    Some things in manufacturing that have NOT changed in the last 30 years
    Frontline workers need to know, at the end of the shift, if it has been a good shift or not
    How to bridge the gap between the office and the shopfloor with the use of technology
    Why you need to be operator-centric in evaluating what technologies to adopt in manufacturing
    How to help frontline operators solve small problems before they become big crises
    Nestle's process for cascading objectives all the way down to the shopfloor: what does a "perfect shift" look like?
    Why Artificial Intelligence will have the biggest impact in changing the face of manufacturing
    The surprising impact of gender balance in manufacturing and how to present a favorable environment for women
    The importance of a diverse team in order to manage a winning manufacturing facility
    Swimming with sharks to relax



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    This podcast is brought to you by Rever, the Frontline Excellence platform.

    Rever is an easy-to-use app that connects your Frontline Managers and Team Members so you can solve issues at the source, instead of catching up with overtime.

    With Rever, your frontline can expose hidden losses and problems; connect and guide the right people to solve them, and you get real-time visibility and automated recommendations to multiply the benefits.

    World-class companies like Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mars, GlaxoSmithKline, and Grupo Bimbo use Rever to avoid Safety incidents, eliminate defects, and drive preventive Maintenance to stop productivity losses.

    All of this, driven by your frontline employees, not by a few experts.

    That is Frontline Excellence: to Activate the untapped potential of the frontline to elevate your people and performance with Rever.

    To learn more, visit reverscore.com to start your free trial.

    • 19 min
    John Mau on how Rockwell Automation helps all their people become the best version of themselves with technology

    John Mau on how Rockwell Automation helps all their people become the best version of themselves with technology

    Today it's my pleasure to present my conversation with John Mau. 

    John is the Manager of Multiple plants of Rockwell Automation on the United States east coast. After developing as an end-to-end Supply Chain Professional, John became a Plant Manager in March of 2020, just as the global pandemic had been declared.

    He shares his experiences working in multiple business-transformation functions, in many different countries: Dubai, Istambul, South Africa, Russia, Netherlands, Malaysia, China, and now in the US. 

    Subjects we touch: 


    Starting a Plant Manager role just as the pandemic had been declared 
    What Supply Chain Managers can learn from Plant Managers, and vice-versa 
    Why Plant Managers need a real broad understanding of different areas of the business 
    How to help frontline people transition into the future of manufacturing 
    How to help people become the best version of themselves 
    Can we predict how manufacturing will look like in 10 years? 



    Please join me in welcoming John Mau! 



    This podcast is brought to you by Rever, the Frontline Excellence platform. 

    Rever is an easy-to-use app that connects your Frontline Managers and Team Members so you can solve issues at the source, instead of catching up with overtime. With Rever, your frontline can expose hidden losses and problems; connect and guide the right people to solve them, and you get real-time visibility and automated recommendations to multiply the benefits. 

    World-class companies like Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mars, GlaxoSmithKline, and Grupo Bimbo use Rever to avoid Safety incidents, eliminate defects, and drive preventive Maintenance to stop productivity losses. 

    All of this, driven by your frontline employees, not by a few experts. That is Frontline Excellence: to Activate the untapped potential of the frontline to elevate your people and performance with Rever. 

    To learn more, visit reverscore.com to start your free trial.

    • 19 min
    Marcos Paganini on how Johnson & Johnson uses technology to augment the capabilities of their frontline people, not to replace them. Plus: how to deal with panthers in your factory.

    Marcos Paganini on how Johnson & Johnson uses technology to augment the capabilities of their frontline people, not to replace them. Plus: how to deal with panthers in your factory.

    Marcos is the Global Vice President of Manufacturing Strategy at Johnson and Johnson.

    He's in charge of the Global Network footprint, Digital Manufacturing Strategy, End to End supply chain optimization, Agility programs, developing a Culture of innovation, Change management, Operational Excellence, and Performance Management.

    This includes process standardization across the Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain network and focusing on critical choices on key technologies and capabilities aligned with customer needs.

    I'm sure you'll enjoy his warmth and energy.

    Please join me in welcoming: Marcos Paganini!

    Subjects we cover:


    Dealing with panthers in your factory
    Learning about lean, before it was called lean, and the biggest cultural shocks
    Lean is not about "just reducing inventory"
    Why you need to create trust with frontline employees in turnaround situations
    How to demystify change to eliminate resistance and fear
    How the expectations of frontline employees has changed and how to manage them today
    Why command-and-control management is no longer sustainable
    How to approach the avalanche of digital technology options in manufacturing
    Why technology must enhance the capacities of people, not just try to replace them
    An example on how to really lead from the frontline
    Why supply chain is a beautiful demonstration of human cooperation
    Marcos' charitable projects: center nutritional | FSF (colabore.org) and Help children end hunger in Africa | Fraternity Without Borders US

    This podcast is brought to you by Rever, the Frontline Excellence platform.

    Rever is an easy-to-use app that connects your Frontline Managers and Team Members so you can solve issues at the source, instead of catching up with overtime.

    With Rever, your frontline can expose hidden losses and problems; connect and guide the right people to solve them, and you Get real-time visibility and automated recommendations to multiply the benefits.

    World-class companies like Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mars, GlaxoSmithKline, and Grupo Bimbo use Rever to avoid Safety incidents, eliminate defects, and drive preventive Maintenance to stop productivity losses.

    All of this, driven by your frontline employees, not by a few experts.

    That is Frontline Excellence: to Activate the untapped potential of the frontline to elevate your people and performance with Rever.

    To learn more, visit reverscore.com to start your free trial.

    • 30 min
    Raquel Gasco: how Schneider Electric became the most sustainable company through Digital Transformation

    Raquel Gasco: how Schneider Electric became the most sustainable company through Digital Transformation

    Raquel is an Industrial Engineer who has worked her way up the ranks of Schneider Electric: from Flow Analyst to Flow Supervisor, to Lean Leader, to Plant Manager of their Pamplona site.

    Under her leadership, Raquel's factory is regarded as an example within Schneider Electric for its Digital Transformation and Sustainability initiatives.

    Raquel is a strong champion of the initiatives within Schneider that promote the development of women to take on leadership positions.

    In this conversation we cover:


    Raquel's first experience as a Plant Manager at the start of the pandemic
    What Digital Transformation means for Schneider Electric
    How Schneider Electric transitioned from selling products to developing complete solutions
    Advice for Plant Managers starting their digital transformation journey
    How to improve sustainability with digital technologies
    How to help women advance in manufacturing

    Please join me in welcoming: Raquel Gasco!



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    • 14 min
    Swarandeep Singh from ABB on Smart Manufacturing standardization, and how Chemical Industries are reinventing themselves

    Swarandeep Singh from ABB on Smart Manufacturing standardization, and how Chemical Industries are reinventing themselves

    Swarandeep is the Vice-president for the Chemical and Refinery industries at ABB, the Swedish-Swiss multinational corporation operating mainly in robotics, power, and automation technology.

    He also participates as a subject matter expert in various standardization efforts within IEC, ISA, and ISO standards organizations, representing the Norwegian national committees.


    Why Smart Manufacturing requires some standardization
    Why the value of Smart Manufacturing is bigger across the Supply Chain than in any single factory
    How to balance standardization with innovation
    What technology or trend can disrupt the chemical industry 
    What can the Chemical Industry do to thrive among these threats?
    How the best Chemical companies are reinventing themselves

    All the way from Olso, Norway, please join me in welcoming: Swarandeep Singh!

    • 16 min

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