Internet of Things Experience

Internet of Things Experience


Mohamed Abuali
CEO and Managing Partner, Iotco, LLC Mohamed Abuali

Mo Abuali is CEO and managing partner at IoTco, the internet of things company. He is a strategic and transformative technology and business management leader with a 20-yr. record of achievement driving and sustaining change in manufacturing. Abuali serves industrial and manufacturing clients in the automotive, aerospace and defense and other industries, providing digital transformation, industrial IoT and predictive analytics technology and services, as well as the IoT Academy for Training. He has a doctorate degree in Industrial Engineering, and has worked at Toyota, Omron and other companies.

James Barrett
President, Link Systems James Barrett

 James Barrett has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and is President of Link Electric & Safety Control in Nashville, TN. He has 30 years of experience designing and applying safety, control, and automation equipment for the metal stamping industry and is a member of the Precision Metalforming Association.

Isaac Bennett
Director of IT and Digital Transformation, Wright & McGill Co Isaac Bennett

Isaac Bennett is the Digital Transformation and IT Director at Wright & McGill Co., the only manufacturer of Fishhooks in the United States. He comes from an automotive manufacturing/IT background having worked as the IT Director of Detroit Manufacturing Systems (DMS), and previously the Global IT Innovation Manager for Maxion Wheels; both tier-1 automotive suppliers.  He has worked in the IT field for near 20 years, where he led the automotive IT departments global digital transformation initiative, helping plants around the world implement smart manufacturing projects.
Isaac is Passionate about bringing business value through IT. Modern, agile, Innovative solutions to propel businesses into the digital age.

Provided IT Leadership with:

  • Digital Transformation
  • Manufacturing Process Innovation
  • Industry 4.0
  • Industrial Internet of Things

Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things is disruptive. These concepts will lead to new types of work and ways of working. Industry 4.0 is not just a technology change, it is a corporate cultural shift. Shifting our mindset of cooperation to collaboration and connectivity.

David Darling
Chief Strategy Officer, Creston Industrial Sales David Darling

David is a strategic thinker and innovator who is always looking at continuous improvement and technological innovation, not as one-time achievements, but as a business culture of their own. David has significant experience in varied manufacturing processes, business standardization, manufacturing engineering, sales, and marketing. After spending nearly 15 years in the automotive industry working for DaimlerChrysler/FiatChrysler he took the helm as VP & COO of a $50M wholly owned tool and die manufacturing company.  During this tenure, David effectuated massive change in almost every area he touched. Since that time, he has served an operational turnaround consultant, the President of Creston Industrial Sales, and now the Chief Strategy Officer of its partner company, Tools United USA.

Jim Finnerty
Product Manager, Wintriss Controls Group LLC Jim Finnerty

Jim Finnerty has been with Wintriss Controls Group for more than 35 years and is responsible for new-product development and sensor applications. He has helped metal stampers implement sensors and prevent die crashes for more than 35 years, and has published numerous articles pertinent to the metalforming industry. He also is an active member of the Precision Metalforming Association, serving on multiple committees and presenting at countless PMA technical seminars, FABTECH and conferences around the world.

Steve Gruber
Executive VP, Global Service, Nidec Press & Automation Steve Gruber

Through his 34 years with Nidec Press & Automation (previously The Minster Machine Company), Steve has provided leadership in every area required to successfully provide press equipment that optimizes quality and productivity. From Sales to Engineering, Manufacturing and continuing in Aftermarket Services, his focus has always been on partnering with stampers to push press room technology to yield results that benefit the end customer.

He is currently responsible for all of the aftermarket business for Minster, Arisa, Kyori, Vamco, CHS and SYS products worldwide and puts preventative and predictive maintenance, monitoring and communications technology and service contract configuration in the forefront of products being developed to improve efficiency and uptime.

With degrees in Physics, Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, Steve gets great satisfaction from developing hardware, software and technical solutions to the challenges faced when forming parts for the Automotive, Container, Contract, Motor, and Connector industries.

Helge Hornis
Technology Director, Pepperl+Fuchs, Inc. Helge Hornis

As the technology director at Pepperl+Fuchs, Inc., Dr. Helge Hornis focuses on expanding the use of IIoT methods in factory automation to simplify automation tasks and enhance system uptime. In this capacity, he is responsible for the startup Neoception USA, a Pepperl+Fuchs company that designs and implements software interfaces between proven automation hardware and secure cloud infrastructures. Another one of his key focus areas is the use of novel LIDAR solutions in robotics, material handling, and mobile applications. Over the past two decades, Dr. Hornis has held a number of technology-oriented positions at Pepperl+Fuchs, including product manager for industrial bus communication and RFID.

Dr. Hornis has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed scientific publications and industrial trade publications in North America and Europe, on a range of topics including safety networking, RFID solutions, and Industry 4.0. He provides regular inter-company training seminars and is a lead instructor for AS-Interface Organization North America, where he also serves on the board of directors. He recently joined the University of Akron's Electrical and Computer Engineering advisory board.

Before joining Pepperl+Fuchs, Dr. Hornis worked at the University of Missouri Research Reactor and the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Labs. He graduated in 1994 from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in physics and a minor in material science.  

James Landowski
Vice President, Komatsu America Industries, LLC Press Technology Division James Landowski

Bio coming soon.

Gary Mintchell
Principal, The Manufacturing Connection Gary Mintchell

Gary is a passionate communicator and adviser on:

  • Manufacturing Excellence
  • Technology Trends and Vision
  • Marketing
  • Leadership Coaching
  • Personal Growth and Development

In his business career, Gary has held leadership positions in almost every area of manufacturing including IT, product development, and marketing. He has launched new products, increased sales, managed projects and programs and helped companies and individuals succeed. He entered the media business as a senior editor at Control Engineering magazine. He then was one of the co-founders and founding editor of Automation World magazine. He was among the first in his market to deeply engage in social media.

Pavan Muzumdar
Chief Operating Officer, Automation Alley Pavan Muzumdar

Pavan Muzumdar is chief operating officer of Automation Alley and an Industry 4.0 expert. He is responsible for facilitating smooth functioning of the organization and enabling execution of strategic goals. Blending his 20-plus years of experience in executive leadership roles with his love of financial analysis and entrepreneurial endeavors, Muzumdar brings a people-focused, fundamentals-based analytical approach to his work.

Muzumdar also is the founder of PCS Insight LLC, a company that teaches leaders of growing companies how to increase profits by intensifying happiness and reduceng friction in the workplace, resulting in greater productivity and long-term success.

Leveraging his experience with workplace cultural change, Muzumdar created Automation Alley's Competitive Industry 4.0 Transformation (ACT4.0) program and Industry 4.0 Assessments to help growing, forward-thinking advanced manufacturing and technology companies transform their businesses by adopting cutting-edge technologies associated with Industry 4.0.

Stephan Robertson
General Manager/VP Sales & Operations, SIMPAC America Stephan Robertson

Stephan Robertson is a sales and marketing exec with over 30 years of experience in the metal forming industry and a proven aptitude for repositioning brands, penetrating markets, and cross-communicating P&L strategies between European, Asian, and North American shareholders. With customer satisfaction and brand integrity being of his highest priorities, Robertson has developed new automation practices to uphold innovation standards and transform business structures for maximum profitability. Prior to becoming General Manager/VP of Sales & Operations at SIMPAC America, Robertson held leadership positions with various North American- and European-based companies, for which he contributed over $150M in sales and spearheaded projects from numerous Fortune 500 companies. Robertson’s record of converting companies from loss to profit centers is a clear demonstration of his ability to acquire resources, assess risks, and attain results.

Fred Tillman
VP of Product Development , ECI Software Solutions Fred Tillman

Fred has extensive experience developing and deploying complex global commercial SaaS software products and services for a diverse spectrum of industries.  He has held executive and leadership positions in software product development at various companies including Maintenance Connection, Periscope Holdings, BidSync, L-3 Communications, ARI Network Services and ADAC Healthcare.

Fred earned a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Texas Christian University. He has a broad understanding of product management, system architectures, programming languages, software development processes, and cloud computing.  He has developed several successful commercial software products for the manufacturing, asset management, government procurement, e-commerce, aerospace, and healthcare markets.

Fred’s primary motivation is to create enabling and collaborative environments for technology professionals and customers that want to make a difference in the world.  He has an unquenchable thirst for solving business problems through the use of technology.  Success is defined by creating value for customers, shareholders, and employees.



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