It might be a surprise to know how many things manufacturers and this year’s PowerPlex keynote, Mythbusters™ alumni Tory Belleci, Kari Byron, and Grant Imahara, have in common. Yes, one is in the business of producing things as economically as possible and the other is in the business of showing the hidden side of science, but here are three important things they have in common:
First, the obvious. As a manufacturer, you make things. If you’re like Hausbeck Pickle Co., that might be enough pickle slices to wrap around the earth six times over. Or maybe you’re like Kamco Industries, which delivers more than seven million parts to automotive OEMs each year. Or perhaps you’re more similar to Shank’s Extracts might manage 2,400 active formulas for vanilla and other extracts,
Just like you, Tory, Kari, and Grant—our PowerPlex 2018 keynotes—are making things. It might be a suit that simulates superpowers. Or, it might be figuring out which tools were used by thieves to drill through the concrete walls of a bank.
One key difference? They also like to make things blow up.
Getting it Done
One of my favorite parts of watching both The White Rabbit Project and MythBusters is the persistent problem solving. The team follows the scientific method to determine the story behind some of the weird and wonderful moments in science, pop culture and history.
We’ve also seen manufacturers take a similar approach when implementing new processes, MES systems or advanced manufacturing technology. You do your research, you test your theory and when it proves out, you roll it out company-wide.
Keeping it Real
One of the greatest similarities between manufacturers and Tory, Kari, and Grant? The ruthless pursuit of the truth.
Whether you’re measuring scrap or tracking inventory, precision is critical and essential to giving your company one version of the truth. Similarly, some stories (which started out as being as accurate) become legend throughout time—only to be proven or disproven later by the Down the Rabbit Hole team’s inscrutable scientific methods.
We can’t wait to welcome Tory, Kari, and Grant on stage at PowerPlex 2018, and we hope to see you there! If you haven’t already, be sure to register by April 30.
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