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The Promises of Smart Manufacturing: Pipe Dream or Reality?

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Smart Manufacturing often promises to improve operational efficiency, enable flexibility and agility, and increase profitability. However, research shows that more than 85% of companies are unable to achieve successful deployments.

Join Kahuna and NxGen Group as we discuss what smart manufacturing really is; where the failure point often occurs; how validated skills data and training can provide critical insights; and why the right mix of people, processes, and technology is essential in making smart manufacturing a reality for the business.

Meet the Speakers


Jim Wetzel

Founder, NxGen Group

Jim's career has centered around innovation and improving things. He is known as a visionary in Smart Manufacturing and was one of the early champions nationally. Jim spent most of his career at General Mills and retired as a Director of Engineering - Global Reliability. He was responsible for improving the existing asset base in GMI manufacturing across the globe. Jim was Chairman of the Board of Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) and was interim CEO of the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute. 

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Jai Shah

CEO, Kahuna Workforce Solutions

Jai Shah is a technology executive with more than 20 years of practical implementation, architecture, and management experience. He specializes in guiding the development of applications that make a difference to end-users and deliver real business value in operationally-focused environments.  

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Joe Saathoff

Director of Value Engineering, Kahuna Workforce Solutions

Joe Saathoff has more than 5 years of experience running continuous improvement and strategic planning projects across heavy industry organizations. In his 5 years at Kahuna Workforce Solutions, he's worked across manufacturing, energy, field services, and healthcare to run implementation and lead the organization's value engineering function. He's also a lean six sigma black belt.