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Industry 4.0 Was Always Supposed to be About People

Wednesday 1st December 11:00 - 11:30

One of the biggest misconceptions surrounding Industry 4.0 is the idea that it’s all about replacing human workers, rather than augmenting them. But technologies like machine learning (ML), Internet of Things (IoT) and robotic process automation (RPA) were never meant to take the place of an organization’s most valuable asset: its people. During the pandemic, Alcoa witnessed first-hand just how much these powerful tools can support productivity, unlock new efficiencies and reinvent legacy processes. Over the past few years, we’ve been integrating cutting-edge technologies that have enabled our field force to streamline field inspections, training & safety, asset diagnostics, and everything in between. And, we’ve been able to build systems that provide people with greater access to real-time data and insights, empowering them to make decisions in the field that improve productivity and efficiency. This session would offer an inside look at Alcoa’s Connected Worker initiative, providing an in-depth overview of the cutting-edge technology that can help unleash human potential to solve some of the aluminium industry’s greatest productivity and operational challenges.

Speaker: Johann Reps, Global Technology Manager for Digital Innovation, Connected Worker, and Automation at ALCOA

Industry 4.0 Was Always Supposed to be About People

Johann is a senior leader with many years of commercial, financial and operational experience in the Mining and Resources industry, focusing on innovation, digital and automation transformation both at Corporate and Operational levels.

Johann has overarching responsibility for the Alcoa wide Connected Worker program, Automation & Robotics as well New Technologies, with a global, diverse, cross-functional team.

He is passionate about maintaining a serving leader mind-set with an operator centric approach. He thrives for meaningful transformative change through customer engagement to ensure that solutions have a seamless user experience and are designed to drive best practice.

Fluent in multiple languages, Johann studied in both France and Australia where he earnt a Bachelor of Corporate Finance, a Masters of Corporate Finance and Business Strategy and a Masters of Business Administration.


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