Successfully managing large and complex integration projects is a focus for Polytron Inc., and the company is looking to continue to grow the digital manufacturing presence. Ron Rich, CEO of Polytron. discusses his company’s philosophy and its approach to innovation in an interview with CFE Media.
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DULUTH, GA – December 10, 2018 – Polytron, Inc., a Digital System Integrator, leader in engineering consulting and Systems Integrator is pleased to announce that it has again been awarded the prestigious System Integrator of the Year for 2019.
Each year, system integrators around the world compete for the title of System Integrator of the Year based on achievements in the areas of technical expertise, business skills, and customer satisfaction. Hosted by Control Engineering, entries are reviewed by a panel of industry experts who select one winner from each of the three revenue categories.
Duluth, Georgia – December 5, 2018 – Polytron, Inc. today announced the promotion of Richard Phillips, PE, PMP to Director of Polytron’s Smart Manufacturing and Digital Transformation Group. Richard has been acting as the practice lead over the past several years providing guidance and thought leadership to Polytron’s manufacturing clients that are embarking on their Digital Transformation journeys. As Director of the Smart Manufacturing and Digital Transformation Group, Richard will report directly to Polytron’s CEO, Ron Rich, in order to provide the agility required to effectively address this rapidly growing segment. READ MORE
Join Polytron for two Smart Manufacturing workshops on May 8th in Room 302A at the Raleigh Convention Center
9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Leveraging Smart Manufacturing for Digital Transformation
Smart Manufacturing is not a destination – it is a journey to digital transformation that begins at the plant floor. Identifying which latest technologies such as IIoT, Big Data, cloud computing, wireless, predictive analytics, etc. should be leveraged can be overwhelming. Where do you begin? This interactive hands-on workshop will provide proven methodologies and case studies to help attendees begin their own journey toward digital transformation.
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Best Practices for Optimizing Operations Using a Digital Manufacturing Platform
Today it is vital that companies seek to streamline their business processes, reduce production losses, and improve the productivity and throughput of their existing assets and systems. While methodologies such as Continuous Improvement offer an excellent framework for driving improvement, many companies still struggle to obtain higher levels of performance. How do you know where to begin? Which improvements will produce the greatest benefit? How can we become more proactive vs. reactive? Please join us for an informative live event to hear former factory manager, Six Sigma black belt and Continuous Improvement expert share best practices for optimizing operations using digital technologies.
Stop by Booth 831 at the IndustryWeek M&T Conference in Raleigh, NC, May 8-10 to learn more about Polytron’s Smart Manufacturing Solutions for the plant floor.
Duluth, Georgia – January, 2017 – Polytron, Inc. was selected by Cisco’s Digital Transformation Group to be one of the first in its new Digital System Integrator Pilot Program.
Polytron, Inc. is a holistic Digital Solution provider – a Consulting and Engineering firm for manufacturers (not just a systems integrator) coming alongside its customers with full manufacturing systems and solutions for the Digital Transformation journey. Polytron understands that Smart Manufacturing is changing the way manufacturers strategically operate and is unique in its approach that addresses the culture change with a focus on its customers’ people Connecting Process – People – Performance.
“The Cisco Digital System Integrator Program is a natural fit for Polytron,” says Robin Cobb, PE, PMP, Manager, Industrial Network and Security Solutions (INSS) group. “We have been delivering innovative digital transformation engineering to our customers for many years enabling greater connectivity across the plant floor and connecting to the Enterprise level.”
Polytron’s certified expertise in the industry’s best-in-breed technologies allows the Digital System Integrator to leverage the best technology solutions for the customer to meet its long- and short -term business objectives.
Unlike other firms, Polytron’s Workforce Development and Training Group focuses on the people side of the digital journey. With today’s multigenerational workforce, developing a data-driven mindset for consistent operational efficiency requires standardized processes, new skill sets, a new way of communicating on the plant floor, and understanding manufacturing data delivered to the right person at the right time and the right place for actionable results.
“Polytron’s collaborative relationship with Cisco’s Digital Transformation Group will allow us to better support the customer’s whole business with Smart Manufacturing Solutions ̶ from the plant floor to the business enterprise,” says Polytron vice president Brent Stromwall. “We are proud to have been selected as one of the first integrators to participate in the Digital System Integrator Program.”
Polytron, Inc – Industrial Networks and Security Solutions (INSS): Developing a robust and secure network infrastructure requires protecting the integrity, availability and confidentiality of control and information data. Polytron’s approach to industrial network convergence applies a design methodology for network requirements to develop a physical framework to align with and support the customer’s logical framework. From Network Audit to definition and design, through Implementation and Validation, our roadmap ensures secure, standardized, and consistent network integration to enable plant wide information sharing. Polytron is a certified solution partner with other technology solution providers for Industrial Network Solutions and Security. Our technology relationships allow us to deliver the right solution to meet our clients’ specific needs. Our engineers are Cisco CCNA certified and we also have ISA99 Cybersecurity Fundamentals Specialist on staff.
Polytron predicts that this year will be focused on the trends that begin the journey of digital transformation in manufacturing. It is an approach that is holistic in nature – viewing the plant floor as one living. breathing entity. It is a manufacturing environment where everything is part of a digital thread, or the interwoven data stream from supply chain to warehousing and the consumer. Delivering full visibility into every facet and action of production to allow companies to be more competitive, agile and flexible moving with the quickly changing markets and speed of technology evolution. Manufacturers’ success over the coming years will be comprised of connected, data-driven processes that combine innovative automation, interactive connectivity, sensing and control, with a transformed workforce.
Digital Transformation: Smart Manufacturing, IIoT, Manufacturing 4.0, Industry 4.0 – all of these labels represent the era of manufacturing run by smart fully-integrated devices/technology, and wireless access to the operation for fast data-driven decisions. It is a time where the technologies and tools do not dictate operations in the plant – but support the vision of plant. It is a time for increased OEE, consistency and predictive action – knowing something requires attention before it goes wrong.
It is a year of partnering with a vendor who can support your digital transformation journey with the seamless digital thread to connect the whole plant enterprise with no independent point solutions – and the ability to grow with your journey.
Digital Transformation of the Workforce: The evolution of the digitally transformed plant floor requires that the workforce evolves as well. It is the alignment of long- and short-term strategic objectives and the key stakeholders. It requires focused education and communication. This is a year of bringing the workforce together with standard operating procedures and KPIs for consistency in operational delivery. It is a time for skills gap assessment to develop efficient training programs to align workers with the technical requirements of a data-driven plant floor. It is all about creating a Digital Work Culture.
Getting Started on Your Digital Transformation Journey:
- Align key stakeholders with strategic long- and short-term objectives. This includes operations, maintenance, IT/OT, supply chain, warehouse
- Conduct a comprehensive vendor review to ensure you have the appropriate integration experts to support your journey – a vendor who truly understands the digital thread in manufacturing
- Develop a Digital Transformation Roadmap. How to Start – How to keep going – How to measure success
- Think BIG – Start SMALL – Scale RAPIDLY. Plan a phased approach for quick wins and successes across a single or multiple sites.
Start today – the clock is ticking
Duluth, GA – 08 February 2017 – Polytron, Inc., a leading engineering consultancy and systems integration firm based in Duluth, Georgia, proudly announces the appointment of Ronald Rich to CEO as of January 1, 2017, following the retirement of Polytron founder, Charles Jager.
“I am humbled by this appointment. I believe in the people at Polytron and I am excited about our future. We are uniquely positioned to be a dominant player as the industry moves into the digital transformation era…”
Gwinnett Business Journal, May 2013 – Ask Polytron President [and Founder] Charlie Jager about his business and he’ll tell you, “Thirty years ago seems like yesterday.” Jager founded Polytron, Inc. just in time to position his company for the wild ride that has shaped business and industry over the past 30 years.