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How Manufacturers Can Strategically Empower the Next-Generation Workforce

An IndustryWeek-hosted webinar sponsored by Ericsson

This webinar was originally broadcast on October 10, 2023. 

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The Smart manufacturing workplace of tomorrow will require factory workers to seamlessly operate between virtual and physical worlds. As manufacturers embrace this dynamic, they’re considering how to better engage associates by adopting next-generation strategies that blend technology and workforce development.

Advancements in augmented/mixed reality, push-to-talk, wearables, robotics, video analytics, IoT devices and communications systems along with improvements in cost have dramatically improved the business case for next-generation worker strategies. Gartner predicts that up to 70% of new mobility investments over the next three-to-five years will be for these types of frontline workers.

Future workers will leverage digital tools and data management techniques to integrate their interactions with physical and virtual surroundings—improving decision accuracy, proliferating knowledge and reducing variability.

In this webinar, we’ll explore how manufacturers are rethinking historical job roles and adopting new and novel work methodologies. We’ll look at the current catalysts that are driving workplace change and why they matter. We’ll address what manufacturers can do to address skill and competency gaps within existing staff and propose considerations for future new hires. Finally, we’ll examine some of the new technologies that can be implemented to help train, hire and retain the next generation workforce.

Attendees will learn about:

  • Transformational shifts forcing manufacturers to develop new, digitally savvy factory workforces
  • How manufacturers can develop new factory workers as the digital operating environment emerges
  • Technologies that manufacturers can implement to help support the next-generation workforce

Sponsored by:


David Hart | Manufacturing Practice Leader – Enterprise Wireless Solutions, North America | Ericsson

David is passionate about technology transformation, manufacturing, and supply chain. His work as Head of I4.0 Transformation at Ericsson's 5G Smart Factory in Texas led to the factory being recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Global I4.0 Lighthouse Factory.

David has held leadership roles in manufacturing, sourcing and supply chain in consumer packaged goods, food & beverage and technology companies. David holds a degree in biology from UC San Diego and an MBA from Washington University in St Louis.


Carlos Torres | Head of Industry 4.0 USA 5G Smart Factory | Ericsson | Member of IndustryWeek’s Talent Advisory Board

Carlos H. Torres serves as Head of Industry 4.0 for Ericsson’s USA 5G Smart Factory, a World Economic Forum 4IR Lighthouse. In this role, he oversees automation, software systems, architecture & IIOT, data analytics and 5G industrialization for the factory.

Prior to joining Ericsson, Carlos led advanced analytics, automation and application development initiatives at BNSF Railway in Fort Worth, Texas.


Vish Kolur | Senior Director – Manufacturing Solutions, Enterprise Wireless Solutions, North America | Ericsson

Vish Kolur is a Senior Director, Manufacturing Solutions, at Ericsson. In this role, Vish leads the development, co-creation and innovation of Industrial IoT solutions. He has 20+ years of experience in Information and Communication Technology industry; managing diverse IT, Telco and CIO functions including: cloud and IoT solutions, product management, business development and sales.


Sindhu Laljani | Technical Account Manager – Manufacturing, Enterprise Wireless Solutions, North America | Ericsson

Sindhu is Technical Account Manager for the enterprise business at Ericsson. She helps businesses understand how private networks using LTE and 5G can address connectivity challenges and allow more value out of their operations and provide insight to their business.

Having worked with the enterprise market to bring public cellular connectivity for sensors/devices, Sindhu understands their challenges and the need for a wider ecosystem to come together. She has 20+ years of experience in Information and Communication Technology industry with focus on network transformation, service assurance and cloud and IoT solutions.

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