Russ Rogers recently joined Chief Executive Network (CEN) as
Managing Director of the Manufacturing Group. CEN is the peerto-
peer membership organization exclusively for manufacturing
presidents and CEOs, devoted to helping them improve their
effectiveness and gain competitive advantage by learning from
the experiences of their peers.
Russ has deep expertise in manufacturing management: As
divisional president of Essentra Porous Technologies, Russ oversaw
growth of the business from $33 million to $164 during 11 years
through a combination of product and technology diversification,
business model change and globalization. The business grew to
include six factories with customers in more than 64 countries and
approximately 550 employees. Russ can be reached at email@example.com or 804-234-4024.
Manufacturers are constantly looking at new technologies to improve processes, cut costs and expand the breadth and depth of products they provide to customers. But how do you decide on the best way to get access to the needed technology?
Factory equipment is becoming increasingly Internet-enabled (part of the much referenced “Internet of Things” or “IoT”), and digital technology is helping engineers improve turnaround and uptime, while giving companies more tools to improve delivery time forecasting and saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in production waste, loss productivity and energy.
As a former manufacturing executive who made the strategic decision 10 years ago to relocate a portion of our production to China, I, like many others, have started to take notice of the trickle of high profile U.S. companies, such as Caterpillar, General Electric, and Apple, who have announced moves of some production back to the U.S from overseas.