The New MES: How Distributed
Architectures Are Bridging the IT/OT Divide

Now Available On-Demand

Originally Recorded:
June 25, 2019

Speakers: Reed Baker, Senior Vice President, Advantage Industrial Automation
                  Ganesh Hegde, Product Marketing Director, GE Digital
                  David Martin, Plant Manager, Current, Powered by GE Digital
                  David George, Manufacturing Engineer Manager, Current, Powered by GE Digital

Sponsor: GE Digital

Moderator: Keith Larson, VP Content, Smart Industry

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IT/OT convergence is a hot topic, but questions persist about pairing the physical and digital worlds within smart factories to make them fully flexible, truly self-optimizing and able to learn from conditions in real time to autonomously run entire production processes.

A true smart factory is a more holistic endeavor, moving beyond the shop floor toward influencing the enterprise and broader ecosystem. The smart factory is integral to the broader digital supply network and IT/OT convergence is a major factor that enables them.

In this 60-minute webinar, GE Digital’s Ganesh Hegde and Advantage Industrial Automation's Reed Baker join Current, Powered by GE's David George and David Martin along with Smart Industry’s Keith Larson to explore how hybrid manufacturing execution systems, in partnership with technologies like the edge and cloud, are enabling true, seamless IT/OT convergence.

Webinar attendees will:
  • Gain an overview of the latest technologies with hybrid manufacturing execution (edge vs. cloud)
  • Learn tips to ease and optimize IT/OT convergence in manufacturing
  • Discover how to increase visibility across the manufacturing network
  • Receive pointers on achieving manufacturing excellence through IT/OT convergence

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 Meet the Presenters

Ganesh HegdeGanesh Hegde
Product Marketing Director
GE Digital

Ganesh Hegde is a Product Marketing Director at GE Digital, with more than 20 years of experience in the software and manufacturing industries. Prior to joining GE Digital, he worked at Applied Materials and SAP and was responsible for the product management and marketing helping customers to achieve digital manufacturing excellence. His manufacturing domain experience include high-tech and consumer packaged goods (CPG) industries in both North America and Asia. He is been instrumental in reengineering business processes and implementation of various business systems, including ERP, manufacturing execution, manufacturing intelligence, and factory automation systems.


David-GeorgeDavid George
Manufacturing Engineer Manager
Powered by GE Digital

David George has been the Manufacturing Engineering Manager at the Current, Powered by GE site in Hendersonville, NC for the past 5 years and a career of 20 years with the Hendersonville site.  David was one of the key members of the original transformation team in 2011 responsible for starting Hendersonville on its lean and digital transformation journey.   He now continues to lead the team and support the operation allowing it to continuously improve cycle times, remove hard work and reduce waste. 

He graduated from the Virginia Tech in 1992 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering.  He then progressed through several manufacturing engineering roles before eventually leading the Hendersonville transformation.

Reed BakerReed Baker
Senior Vice President
Advantage Industrial Automation

Reed Baker is currently Senior Vice President at Advantage Industrial Automation based in Atlanta, GA, founded in 1989. Advantage Industrial Automation provides solutions by adding value to the leading products in factory automation and control utilizing the manufacturers they represent. They help their customers increase overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) by improving productivity and quality, reducing downtime and waste, and increasing efficiency and safety. 

He graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1985 with a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering.  After graduation his first position was with Square D Company (now Schneider Electric) as a Field Engineer.  He joined Advantage Industrial Automation in 1991.


David-MartinDavid Martin
Plant Manager
Powered by GE Digital

David Martin has been the Plant Manager at the Current, Powered by GE site in Hendersonville, NC for the past 5 years and a career of more than 20 years with GE in several progressive manufacturing roles.  The Hendersonville plant has been the outdoor lighting fixture facility for the business since 1955 and has been recently through a complete lean and digital transformation over the past few years into a world class lean manufacturing plant building state of the art LED outdoor lighting fixtures. David continues to lead the plant on the lean and digital transformation journey and empowers his team to continuously find ways to take the operation to new heights.

He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1989 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering.  After graduation he was hired into the engineering leadership program at FPL (now Schneider Electric) where he progressed through several engineering and operations roles over the next 9 years to manufacturing engineering manager before leaving to join GE.

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