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AI-Driven Manufacturing - The Practitioners' Perspective

Dr. Stefan Hild, Data Science Director, ei3 Corporation

Edward Jump, IIoT Digital Analytics Leader, Milacron


AI holds the promise of increased machine and process performance because a clever algorithm can sift through millions of data points from machines to find those hidden performance hogs. Yet, many in the manufacturing world are still skeptical and scared about AI. In our presentation, we would like to show how AI, when done right, provides a range of insights – from predictions on machine parts that require service to unique perspectives on machine and process performance. 


Our presentation will cover the basics of AI all the way to real life examples of AI algorithms deployed in the real world, delivering insights that management teams and operators rely on every day, allowing new levels of smart decisions to be made based on the insights provided.


During this session, we cover:

  • How AI works - we will give an introduction that shows how machine learning works that can be understood without taking a university maths degree!

  • How manufacturers are applying AI to production data to understand future machine performance and the impact of wear-and-tear

  • Why there is a strong ROI when using AI on the plant floor

  • The right methodology to execute Data Science projects, create results and not break the bank

  • The role of a secure and robust IoT platform in building the foundation for delivering AI at scale

Dr. Stefan Hild is an engineering technologist and and a veteran in the global IT industry with over 20 years of professional experience. Stefan received a PhD degree in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, England, before embarking on a career as Researcher and Business Manager at IBM in Germany, Switzerland, and USA. He left IBM in 2016 while Partner for Industrial Solutions in the IBM Consulting Business, having overseen IBMs global strategy as well as most high-profile client projects in this area for more than a decade. He has his name to more than 44 issued patents and is a life fellow of the Cambridge Philosophical Society; a member of the ACM, IEEE, and Mensa International. He holds an FAA private pilot license and instrument rating with more than 900 flight hours to date.


Edward Jump leads IIoT and Digital Analytics initiatives for Milacron, a global manufacturer of hot runner systems, injection molding, blow molding, and extrusion equipment. His team focuses on providing unique business insights to customers to increase productivity, reduce downtime, create energy savings, and develop internal data-based feedback systems to enable Milacron's quality department to improve upon machine reliability. Eddie is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and received an MBA from Maryville University.