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Join us for a lively and productive discussion about the benefits and challenges of data, analytics and smart manufacturing.

November 1, 2017

1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

​Register to watch on Facebook Live>>​

What: We are hosting a roundtable discussion about how digitalization will affect manufacturing with a panel of industry leaders that will debate and discuss the challenges and successes related to what it means to be digital.

Why watch: This roundtable discussion is unique because we are bringing together panelists from every sector of the manufacturing industry to provide a better understanding of the impact of digitalization. While there is a lot of buzz about Industry 4.0, the industrial Internet of Things (iIoT) and smart manufacturing, the topic is often very broad. The goal of this roundtable discussion is to narrow down the scope to what digital means for machine shops now and the effect it will have in the future.

Benefit of watching:  Spend an afternoon listening to and interacting with industry leaders from Microsoft, Okuma, Rockwell Automation, Sandvik Coromant, Vimana, CCAM, Praemo, Mastercam, GE Power, Cisco and MakeTime. Virtual attendees will be able to interact with the panel via Facebook live so that all questions are addressed and answered. 

​Moderated by


Jim Carr is the owner of CARR Machine & Tool, Inc., a 2nd generation high precision CNC machine shop. Jim has lived and breathed the machining industry since he could turn the crank on a Bridgeport where he learned Machinist Proverbs, such as “If you’re not making chips, you’re not making money.”

Jason Zenger is the president of ZENGERS, Inc. The ZENGERS Industrial Team of metalworking specialists decrease costs and increase the productivity of metalworking clients by applying the best tooling for the job and utilizing vending & tool crib management technology while Jason plays podcast host.​

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Andy Henderson, VP of Engineering, Praemo

Andy Henderson is the Vice President of Engineering for Praemo. Praemo is leveraging the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), data science, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help our customers reduce equipment downtime, optimize production processes, and manage risks. ​

Before joining Praemo, Andy held various positions inside of GE Power and GE Digital. For most of Andy's tenure at GE, he focused on integrating new technology with manufacturing operations to improve processes. He has provided thought leadership around GE's Brilliant Factory efforts. Andy was instrumental in developing the Brilliant Factory roadmap for GE's Greenville plant in addition to leading multiple research projects with universities and internal manufacturing research groups.

From diesel engine testing and validation at Caterpillar, to designing and executing cutting tests during doctoral research at Clemson, then through the projects that he led within manufacturing at GE, and currently into the development of the RazorTM product with Praemo; sensors, data collection, and data analysis have been central tenants of everything that Andy has done in his entire career. He has seen firsthand the benefits that are possible when the IIoT and advanced data analytics are applied in industry. He believes that the usage of these technologies will revolutionize the way people work and do business in all industrial sectors.


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Bryce Barnes, Director, Manufacturing Vertical Solutions Development, Cisco​ 

My Career includes work in Manufacturing and High Technology engineering and sales. My focus is on the integration of Machines, Robots, and advanced Manufacturing process which is at the heart of the revolution occurring in Manufacturing. I see myself as a technology visionary focused on manufacturing and the industrial space leading the transition to the Internet of Things.


Drura Parish, CEO, MakeTime

Drura Parrish is the CEO and founder of MakeTime, an online platform for companies who need CNC machined components produced and delivered quickly and efficiently. He is a successful entrepreneur and thought leader in digital fabrication, design, and object based economics. 

Before MakeTime, Drura founded Parrish Production, an art and design fabrication company focused on filling unused capacity across manufacturers with work from top level artists, designers, and hospitality companies. Alongside Parrish Production, he was the co-founder of Land of Tomorrow which exhibited and sold goods produced for artists and designers by Parrish Production. Over 300 artists were exhibited from every corner of the globe.

In addition to entrepreneurial endeavors, Drura has taught graduate design and digital fabrication at leading design schools. He continues to lecture and conduct workshops on design, digital fabrication, and entrepreneurship. Moreover, he is active in policy, boards, and associations that promote the belief that everyone can be an industry through making.


Jeff Rizzie, Director, Digital Machining-Sales Area Americas, Sandvik Coromant​

Jeff started his manufacturing career in 1980 and has held various technical and/or strategic leadership positions for industry leaders Sandvik Coromant, Mazak Corporation and Emerson Electric. In his current role, Jeff is responsible for development and implementation of strategies to drive the sale and support of digital machining products, solutions and services across the Americas. In addition, he is responsible to identify and report industry trends and customer needs, related to digital machining, as input to Sandvik Coromant's global strategy. His technical expertise is centered around manufacturing processes with a concentration on metal cutting and machine tool integration having held positions as Journeyman Machinist, Sr. Manufacturing Engineer, Applications Engineering Manager and Machine Investments Specialist over a 20 year span. He also has extensive international strategic planning, implementation and leadership experience working to drive and support key initiatives of manufacturing customers and internal stakeholders through positions such as Tooling Systems Manager, Global Customer Manager (responsible for business with Caterpillar), Director of Machine Investments and Sr. Manager of Business Development.


Wade Anderson, Product Specialist's & Technical Centers Manager, Okuma Corporation 

Wade is a machinist by trade who started programming machine tools in 1992. His early years were spent working for companies machining large, heavy equipment components. Wade became an applications engineer for a machine tool builder, where he spent eleven years developing super abrasive aerospace and medical processes with an emphasis on five-axis grinding. He did a lot of five-axis programming and machine tool troubleshooting—even building machine tools from the ground up. Wade joined Okuma America Corporation in 2005 as an applications engineer and moved from there to inside sales, sales engineer, regional manager. He was recently promoted to Regional Sales Manager & Product Specialist Manager, where his diverse background enables him to help Okuma’s distributors and end users go beyond their manufacturing challenges​.


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Jim Stanley, Advanced Manufacturing Works Brilliant Factory MbE Leader, GE Power​

Currently leading the Brilliant Factory Model-based Manufacturing (MbM) and Digital Services team as Technical Lead for GE Advanced Manufacturing Works (AMW) located on Greenville, SC. In this role, I lead and manage technical projects to develop, deploy, and support digital manufacturing tools and applications that transform legacy mfg. systems and approaches to transform GE into a Digital Industrial.

A manufacturing professional with both technical and management experience in job shop and industrial machining, manufacturing, and mfg. support services. Technical hands-on experience with quality control/inspection, manual & CNC machining operations, CMM and CNC programming, and manufacturing projects and initiatives leadership.


Mark Beckmann, Director, Business Development, Microsoft Manufacturing and Resources Industries

As the Director, Microsoft Manufacturing and Resources Industries, Mark works with Microsoft's global manufacturing clients to help them innovate, improve their performance, develop new services, and grow their business. His work with leading manufacturers focuses on innovation and PLM, manufacturing execution and operations intelligence, supply chain, sales and dealer management systems. He also shares Microsoft perspectives on manufacturing and technology strategies on Internet of Things (IoT) and big data to help manufacturers address their strategic imperatives.

He is Microsoft's liaison to the Digital Manufacturing Design and Innovation Institute (www.dmdii.org) where he manages Microsoft's participation in pr​ojects and research with manufacturers. He is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things, SmartFactory and Connected Manufacturing Enterprise.

He has worked in the Information Technology field for 32 years and the last 9 years at Microsoft. He holds a Bachelor's Degree, Industrial Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, Illinois.

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Matt Stremler, R&D Manager, Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing

Stremler, who holds an MS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Virginia, joins CCAM from Newport News Shipbuilding. His background is primarily in polymeric coatings and associated preparation, application and inspection processes.

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Stas Mylek, Director of Product Management, Mastercam

Stas Mylek, has worked at CNC Software, Inc., developers of Mastercam, for the last 10 years in the roles of Director of Product Management, and most recently, as Senior Technical/Product Marketing. As Director of Product Management, his teams were responsible for bringing Dynamic Motion and other innovative CAM technologies to the market. His attention now focuses on building awareness and introducing new and emerging technology advancements in CAM.


Stas has been published in trade magazines, a speaker at trade conferences, and has conducted numerous seminars on Dynamic Motion technology and most recently, Mastercam's new support for the Sandvik Coromant PrimeTurning™ method. As a CAD/CAM industry veteran of over 30+ years, Stas has held several management positions in Application Engineering, Product Management, Business Development, and Marketing.



Will Sobel, co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, VIMANA

Mr. William Sobel is Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder of VIMANA, the leading discrete manufacturing analytics platform, and the Principle Architect and Chair of the Technical Steering Committee for the MTConnect Standard, bringing semantics to manufacturing data.

Mr. Sobel brings over 30 years of experience building companies, architecting and developing complex applications for numerous industries. Prior to working for VIMANA, Mr. Sobel was a visiting lecturer at UC Berkeley working at the RadLAB teaching agile web development. During his employment at the university, Mr. Sobel authored the MTConnect Standard as a consultant to the Association for Manufacturing Technology to address the lack of standardized inter-device communication in manufacturing. Prior to his work at UC Berkeley, Mr. Sobel was VP/Chief Architect at MSCI-Barra where he architected the industries first SaaS financial risk management software used by largest asset management companies in the world. Mr. Sobel has worked in numerous finance and industrial companies.


Doug Weber, Engineering Manager, Connected Services, Rockwell Automation ​

Doug Weber is the Engineering Manager for Connected Services at Rockwell Automation. Mr. Weber leads the team has primary responsibility for the implementation of remote application monitoring solutions and IoT services for both machine builders and manufacturers.  In his 20 years with Rockwell Automation he has held a number of Product and Business Management positions, primarily in the variable frequency drives and motion control business units.  He holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Special thanks to Greenville Technical College's Center for Manufacturing Innovation.

For questions contact Angela Roxas:​ Angela.Roxas@sandvik.com​​


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