Oracle Manufacturing Summit - October 26-28th 2010
By Stephen Slade on Jun 18, 2010
SAVE THE DATE!
We are in the middle of planning the 2010 Manufacturing Summit in conjunction with a customer showcase (open-house) at Panduit, outside Chicago in Tinley Park, IL. I had a chance to visit with them this week at their new headquarters and was quite impressed with Panduit's facility and the sustainability messages they offer. A grand-opening took place earlier this week with numerous dignitatries and customer-guests. David Brousell also blogged on Panduit and a portion of his clip follows. Stay tuned for updates on both the Panduit Showcase and Mfg Summit.
Panduit Keeps It Simple
I attended the formal opening of Panduit Corp.'s world headquarters yesterday in Tinley Park, IL, a suburb of Chicago. Panduit is a 55-year-old, family-owned company that manufactures a variety of wiring and communications products for industrial automation.
CEO John Caveney tells the story of how his father started the company in the basement of his home with a product that protects cabling within a control panel. That product is still selling, and selling well, Caveney says, and is a testament to a simple rule in business: "If you have a product that meets the right vision, you will be successful," he says. "Panduit was built on a vision, but also common-sense ideas."
Today Panduit, with 4,000 employees worldwide, is trying to hold to that philosophy even though the world, it seems, has gotten much more complex. Convergence is a word many of us hear with great regularity, and although it means many things to many different people, in the world of manufacturing technology it often means the intersection of communications, computing, and control in factories and plants