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New Era of Continuous Improvement: Continuing the Conversation

Maximizing manufacturing productivity improvements isn't simple! Join IndustryWeek and PTC for a discussion on Continuous Improvement with Craig Melrose of PTC and John Dyer of JD&A – Process Innovation and learn how to focus resources on productivity improvements for digital transformation and measurable impact on your P&L.

June 27, 2024

2:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM CT / 11:00 AM PT / 7:00 PM GMT

Duration: 1 hour

Sponsor: PTC

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Maximizing value from manufacturing productivity improvements is as simple as selecting the projects that have the most real potential. Which is not at all simple. So, what can a manufacturer do? What are companies doing today to move the needle on their performance?

IndustryWeek and PTC bring you a conversation on Continuous Improvement. Join us as speakers Craig Melrose of PTC and John Dyer of JD&A – Process Innovation, explore how manufacturers can focus resources on productivity improvements to drive digital transformational value and measurable P&L impact.

We will discuss:

  • How implementing Continuous Improvement (CI) programs can help get organizations enable business change and financial impact.
  • How you can systematically identify top constraints to increase factory efficiency and throughput leveraging analytics and traditional problem-solving techniques.
  • The optimal output of true industrial insights to unlock digital transformation.

Join us to get your company started on the track to higher value from manufacturing productivity programs.


Craig Melrose | Executive Vice President - Digital Transformation Solutions | PTC

Craig Melrose is the Executive Vice President of Digital Transformation Solutions at PTC. In this role, Craig works to build customer-facing, (operationally transformative) solutions that incorporate PTC’s industry-leading CAD, PLM, IoT, and AR technologies. His responsibilities include interacting directly with the customers to develop, scale, and roll out tailored industry 4.0 programs based on their unique operational excellence goals and needs.

Prior to joining PTC, Craig served as a Partner at McKinsey & Company for over 20 years, leading numerous operations and digital transformation initiatives, working directly with customers to understand their challenges, and identifying both tactical and strategic solutions globally and across dozens of industries. Throughout his career, he has helped companies dramatically enhance their factory automation strategies, including Toyota Motor Manufacturing, where for five years prior to joining McKinsey, he led the improvement of the Toyota Production System and Toyota’s operating performance through the introduction of new products across North America.

Craig earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky.

John Dyer | President | JD&A - Process Innovation Co. 

John Dyer is president of JD&A – Process Innovation Co. and has 32 years of experience in the field of improving processes. He started his career with General Electric and then worked for Ingersoll-Rand before starting his own consulting company.

John is the author of The Façade of Excellence: Defining a New Normal of Leadershippublished by Productivity Press. He is a frequent speaker on topics of leadership, continuous improvement, teamwork and culture change, both within and outside the manufacturing industry.

John is a contributing editor for IndustryWeek, and frequently helps judge the annual IndustryWeek Best Plants Awards competition. He also has presented sessions at the annual IW conference.

John has an electrical engineering degree from Tennessee Tech University, as well as an international master's of business from Purdue University and the University of Rouen in France.


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