Kirsten Billhardt is a Marketing Director for Internet of Things at Dell Technologies.

Finding Common Ground in the Industrial Internet

“IT people and manufacturing people are natural enemies in the wild,” shared Mike Harmon at last week’s M2M Evolution conference during a Production & Industrial Internet session.    Mike wears a Dell badge but came up through the manufacturing / operational technology world and now leads an organization … READ MORE

Kirsten Billhardt February 7, 2014

Bringing digital tech to American manufacturers

Dell is pleased to be a sponsor of this week’s Digital Manufacturing Revolution, the public launch of the Michigan Grid Cell™ Innovation Center at GE’s Advanced Manufacturing and Software Technology Center in Michigan. The Grid is expected to bring 21st century digital manufacturing tools to American industry, allowing companies to … READ MORE

Kirsten Billhardt October 1, 2013

A Single Source of Truth

Imagine a plant floor setting where shop floor information systems are unevenly deployed throughout multiple plants, six distribution centers and are kept ‘organized’ with manually-updated bulletin boards. Sound familiar? How many of you in the manufacturing industry can relate to this type of scenario? How many of you … READ MORE

Kirsten Billhardt June 27, 2013

Michigan…A Right-to-Work State?

Michigan has become a right-to-work state.  Wait, Michigan?  The home of the sit down strike in the late 30s that led to the unionization of the auto business is now a right-to-work state? To me, growing up in a blue collar, heavily union suburb of Detroit, this is … READ MORE

Kirsten Billhardt June 7, 2013

The Romance between Auto and High Tech

The deepening relationship between high tech and the auto industry is evident this month as key players attend each other’s industry shows.  More automakers than ever, including Ford, Audi, Toyota, Chevrolet and Hyundai are at International CES this week, the well-known mega consumer electronics show.  This kind of … READ MORE

Kirsten Billhardt January 10, 2013

Are Manufacturers Ready for Shop Floor Modernization?

“You know, a lot of manufacturers don’t believe in more technology in their plants.  They’re still using paper kanban cards.” Preparing for this week’s American Manufacturing Strategies Summit my colleague Mike Morrison challenged the very idea behind our proposed theme of Modernizing the Shop Floor.  I dismissed the … READ MORE

Kirsten Billhardt October 22, 2012
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