Tuesday – Friday | August 25-28, 2020

Georgia World Congress Center | Atlanta, GA | USA

Industry 4.0 - Industry Status and Examples

Date: Friday, August 24th from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Session Code: MFG1

Location: B301

Presented by: Virginia Tech

   • Urs Buehlmann, Professor: Virginia Tech Department of Sustainable Biomaterials
   • Mathias Schmitt, Management Consultant: White Rock, LLC

   • Matt Bumgardner, Research Forest Product Technologist: U. S. Forest Service
   • Dan Gibbons, Haworth, Inc.
Georg Frey, Lignum Consulting, Inc.
   • Peter Tuenker, IMA Schelling Group, USA
   • Joerg Rosemeier, IMA Schelling Group, USA

We are at the threshold of the fourth industrial revolution (hence the term "Industry 4.0) in which manufacturing becomes digitized and the entire value chain will be interconnected.  Industry 4.0 will bring digitized processes and intelligent automation that lead to increased productivity and quality while reducing per-unit costs.  However, investing into the digitization of your factory/shop is challenging as large investments need to be justified and reliable data on the costs and benefits are hard to come by.

This workshop provides insights on how to approach decisions pertaining to the possible implementation of concepts of Industry 4.0 in your factory/shop.  Mathias Schmitt of White Rocks will discuss recent technology advancements enabling Industry 4.0 and will discuss a vision of an Industry 4.0 company.  Dan Gibbons, Manufacturing Optimization Manager at Haworth, Inc. will share his experience in implementing concepts of Industry 4.0 in his factory and discuss particular challenges they faced.  Georg Frey, President of Lignum Consulting, Inc. will talk about how to best prepare your company for adapting Industry 4.0 and will discuss the 7 key elements to the connected factory.  Peter Tuenker, Managing Director, IMA Schelling Group USA and Joerg Rosemeier, Sales Manager, IMA Schelling Group USA, will explain opportunities to improve your machining solutions to fit your vision of Industry 4.0.  The participating experts will be available for questions and answers after the presentations.
Workshop participants will obtain a better understanding of what is the state-of-the-art in wood products manufacturing, how to plan for the adaptation of some of these key technologies, and become aware of how the industry might evolve in the future.
Who should attend: All management and production personnel from medium and large manufacturing companies, trade associations, consultants, and research and training specialists.

  • Introduction
  • Definition
  • Recent advancements
  • The vision of an Industry 4.0 Company
  • 7 Key Elements
  • Application - how it can be done
  • Waht does it take to make it happen?
  • Key take away
  • Questions & Discussion          

About the speakers:                                                               



As a Professor for the Virginia Tech Department of Sustainable Biomaterials,Urs Buehlmannfocuses on manufacturing systems and on assessing industry competitiveness. Urs has given special focus to the impact of foreign competition on the wood products industry and its relationship with the U.S. housing market. He practices and promotes Lean Principles as a way to improve business results.

Urs has more than 15 years of experience working in industry, including serving as General Manager of Enkeboll Designs, Carson CA.



As Managing Partner at White Rocks LLC,Mathias Schmitt'sgroup focuses on company turnarounds/restructurings and Lean transformations across industries. Mathias has been actively involved in lean transformation projects around the world – throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. Additionally, he worked with executives of Fortune 200 companies on M&A and divestiture activities as well as strategic initiatives. He also has led the establishment of business, market, and competitive intelligence programs to drive organizational understanding of the business environment.

Mathias has more than 10 years of experience working in industry and management consulting. He currently serves as a Regional Continuous Improvement Manager with Yanfeng Automotive Interiors and is the global lead on Value Stream Flow.



As a Research Scientist with the U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station,Matt Bumgardnerhas worked from offices in Princeton, WV and Delaware, OH for over 15 years. Prior to joining the Forest Service, he worked in the plywood industry in Texas. He holds a PhD in Forest Products Marketing from Virginia Tech, as well as degrees in Forestry and Policy from Ohio State. In his current position, Matt carries out primary and secondary research dealing with various aspects of hardwood markets and economics. He publishes numerous articles in scientific and trade outlets to bring research results to practitioners.



For the last 30 years of his career at Haworth Inc,Dan Gibbonshas mostly been on the corporate campus in Holland MI. He has held many positions in Quality, Engineering, Engineering Management, Project Management, and Plant Management. Dan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Wood Products Engineering from SUNY Syracuse and a Master’s Degree in Forest Engineering from Oregon State University. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, boating, and travel.



Working as a consultant for the wood and furniture industry since 1999,Georg Freyhas studied wood technology at the University of Applied Sciences in Rosenheim and completed an apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker. He also holds the degree of an MBA (SDA Bocconi, Milan). He has extensive experience in company development planning and implementation of lean manufacturing systems in the wood and furniture industry.  As President of Lignum Consulting Inc. he focuses on bringing European manufacturing know-how to the U.S. market.



Peter Tuenkergot his start in the woodworking machinery industry in 1987. Peter worked for several European woodworking machinery manufacturers since then in various positions ranging from sales support, project management, sales management and is now the Managing Director of the IMA Schelling Group US. Peter received his degree as a wholesale and export merchant from the business school in Lemgo/Lippe in Germany.



Joerg Rosemeieris Sales Manager for North and South America for the IMA Schelling Group.

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BMG4 - Apprenticeships Explained

MFG2 - Lean in the Automotive Supplier Industry - What We Can Learn from Them

MFG3 - Think Light - Benefits and Opportunities of Lightweight Materials