Accelerating Smart industry: The importance of a clear vision and strategy

November 9, 2021

During this Virtual Round Table we organise a panel discussion, focussing on the importance of a smart industry vision and strategy to overcome challenges and unlock the smart potential for a wide array of companies. The panel consists of executives from the field and professors to combine the knowledge and experience from practice and science. An important part of the session is devoted to discussion and interaction with you and other participants. You are most welcome to join!

  • Small scaled peer session
  • Open dialogue by means of the Chatham House Rule
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Arno Buskermolen

Director Projects & Engineering

As of early 2020, Arno is responsible for the asset management of the manufacturing and logistics footprint at PGG, using project and program management tools to optimise capital effectiveness and minimise risks. Part of his work is are gradually implementing smart industry applications.



Bart Makkink

Senior SME Director Equipment Digital Thread

As of early 2020, Bart is responsible for supporting, developing, and adopting innovative digital solutions implemented by the Dow Engineering- and Maintenance domain. In doing so, Bart attempts to continuously provide Dow with a competitive edge in a highly competitive industry.



Rinze Benedictus

Professor Aerospace Materials & Structural Integrity

Rinze Benedictus is currently a Professor of structural integrity and composites with the Technical University of Delft. He is also the Head of the Department of Materials, Structures and Mechanics and the Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering. He is also a Board Member of the Fibre Metal Laminate Centre (FMLC) and the Hechtingsinstituut (Adhesion Institute) and a Scientific Advisor of the Dutch National Aerospace
Laboratory (NLR).



Geert-Jan van Houtum

Vice-dean IE of Dept. Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences

Geert-Jan van Houtum has been a Full Professor and chair of Maintenance and Reliability at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) since 2008. Since September 2017, he is also vice-dean IE of the Department IE &IS. His areas of expertise include predictive maintenance and optimisation, spare parts inventory control, inventory theory in general, and operations research.



LEAN manufacturing tools to drive automation, AI technologies, the use of robotics, overall equipment effectiveness monitoring and reporting, quality assurance automation, Digital Twins, fast and accurate sensing, preventive maintenance, digitalisation; the potential of Smart Industry applications looks promising. However, despite the proposed benefits and the increasing demand for smart production, so far, the application of smart manufacturing has primarily been the domain of large companies, often supported and assisted by large service providers. Many companies struggle to adapt, often lacking resources, or more importantly, a clear vision and strategy on how to enrol innovative industry applications. How can they adopt smart industry applications to optimise capital effectiveness and minimise risk?


15.55 uur | Dial in to Teams meeting
16.00 uur | Start Virtual Round Table
17.30 uur | End


Executives in the manufacturing industry

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  • Participants have to meet the previously described target audience.
  • If applicable, our partners will be presented with every application.
  • During all our sessions, the Chatham House Rule applies. This means that the participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed. This means that no report, no photos and no recordings are made of the meeting. The presentation will also not be distributed to the participants afterwards.

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