Prioritizing Manufacturing 4.0 Investments and Implementations [Mar PDM]

March 11, 2020
5:30 PM - 8:15 PM

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Royal India - Miramar
8990 Miramar Road #200
San Diego, CA 92126

About the Speaker:

Alan G. Dunn is founder and President of the Gerald E. Dunn, Inc., a holding enterprise that owns and operates several companies and “practices", each led by a top industry professional. These entities include:

  • GDI Consulting & Training Company (GDI), a professional services firm that focuses primarily on manufacturing and distribution industry consulting. Other distinct “practices” within GDI include:
    • GDI Supplier Assessment Practice (GSAP), a professional service practice that focuses exclusively on performing global supplier performance and risk assessments.
    • GDI Talent Acquisition Practice (GTAP), a retained-search practice that utilizes a proprietary methodology based on extensive research in talent acquisition and performance management.
    • GDI Owner & Investor Services Practice (GISP), a specialized practice serving governance, operational due diligence and enterprise improvement requirements of the investment community.
  • Manufacturing Executive Institute (MEI), an industry training provide that specializes in classroom-based and E-Learning training programs supporting all functions and processes in a manufacturing company.


Before founding Gerald E. Dunn, Inc., Mr. Dunn was a Vice President at Gemini Management Consulting and a Partner at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). In both positions, Mr. Dunn was responsible for leading large teams of technical manufacturing consultants in innovative productivity enhancement projects. For the ten years prior to joining Coopers & Lybrand, Mr. Dunn was President, (and Founder) of ADI, a successful systems implementation consulting and training company that Mr. Dunn sold to Coopers & Lybrand in 1990.

In addition to his 35 years of technical and management consulting experience, Mr. Dunn has several years of line management experience in manufacturing environments. He has extensive background in most functions within manufacturing companies and has participated in over 150 manufacturing and distribution consulting projects in over 100 companies. Mr. Dunn has consulted in more than 20 countries and across most manufacturing industrial sectors.

Alan is also known as a capable mentor and instructor. He is a passionate advocate of the manufacturing industry as the most significant long-term "productive capital" contributor to industrial society.

Alan has also served on the APICS Board of Directors and was the Chairman of the Board in 2015. Mr. Dunn holds a BA degree in business management from California State University in Fullerton. He is also qualified by APICS as a Certified Practitioner in Production & Inventory Management (CPIM).


What You'll Learn:

This program will define and describe “Manufacturing 4.0” and all its many, and sometimes complex elements. Because no company has the capital to implement all elements of “Manufacturing 4.0” at once, prioritization methods must be applied. This program will present several methods for prioritizing various element investments so that little “investment rework” will be needed as one progresses through a “Manufacturing 4.0” series of implementations.

Using a modern as well as historical look at manufacturing technologies, this program will address why “convergences of technologies” is at the heart of “Manufacturing 4.0,” and not necessarily any new “bright-star” technology.

Together we will explore how certain trends, working in concert, will reshape the way manufacturing companies operate. Included in these converging trends will be:

  • Dramatic improvements in factory flows and efficiencies that result from the convergence of robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning.
  • Enhanced intelligent decision support systems that capitalize on the convergence of inexpensive and mass-produced sensors, wireless telemetry, cloud-computing, advanced algorithms and augmented reality systems.
  • Accelerated application of autonomous material handling enabled by the convergence of autonomous systems, dynamic network modeling and movement optimization models… applied in factories and distribution centers, as well as in transportation of goods.
  • Enhanced end-to-end global supply chain management driven by a convergence of connected ERP systems and transparent supplier performance and risk monitoring tools.
  • Cost reductions in all of the above that allow these technologies and systems enhancements to be available to even the smallest of manufacturing companies.


Participants will also learn how the “demassification of consumer tastes” that Heidi & Alvin Toffler predicted in their 1970 seminal work, “Future Shock” will accelerate the drive for more flexible manufacturing methods, including an unstoppable need to retool electronically. This in turn will require a completely different view toward the design of automation equipment, tooling and fixtures… which in turn will require a deliberate bias toward software driven retooling over mechanical retooling.

Finally, this program will address that which can STOP “Manufacturing 4.0” advancements… the skills gap and equally important, the skills shortage. The unfortunate fact is… society is not turning out the number of extreme critical thinkers necessary to support the “Manufacturing 4.0” dream. Suggestions for mitigating this dead-stop impediment will be presented, including a discussion on the difficulties of talent acquisition AND retention that will manifest even in the most successful “Manufacturing 4.0” environments.



5:30 PM - 6:00 PM: Registration / Networking
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM: Dinner
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM: Presentation
8:00 PM - 8:15 PM: Closing Remarks / Q&A


$28.00 [APICS Member]
$30.00 after 12:00 pm March 10

$38.00 [Non-Member]
$40.00 after 12:00 pm March 10

$18.00 [Military/Student]
$20.00 after 12:00 pm March 10