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17 Sep 2019 - 18 Sep 2019

Course Introduction

For decades, manufacturers have relied on lean principles to reduce waste in operations and improve productivity. Lean principles allow manufacturers to streamline their operations with standardised processes, continuous improvement, and the empowerment of shop floor workers. Industry 4.0 has added a new dimension of opportunity but also another layer of complexity to achieving operational excellence.

Many run into the common pitfall of digitising waste by failing to ensure strong processes are in place before using technology to enhance them. Whilst Industry 4.0 will surely bring manufacturers an abundance of benefits alone, those who can create synergies with Lean will emerge frontrunners. With a better understanding how Lean and Industry 4.0 can complement each other and the importance of strong leadership, real impact can be achieved.

The Master Class draws from Boston Consulting Group’s Industry 4.0 Enablement Curriculum. This course is tailored for the Singapore industry, and will be conducted in a unique, immersive learning environment – Model Factory@SIMTech.

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  • Refresh on the fundamentals of best lean practices to give yourself the strongest starting platform for your digital transformation
  • Learn the many relationships between Lean and Industry 4.0 to find optimal synergies which support a comprehensive implementation roadmap

With many battle proven tools, we help you build a ready-to-use toolkit supporting you as a leader to successfully govern and realise lasting business improvements.

This Master Class is designed for senior management, Industry 4.0 project team, operations management, key plant management functions (IT, production, quality, maintenance, etc.) and any executives needing to understand the application of lean in Industry 4.0 better.


The 2 days Master Class consists of 6 sessions with a focus on experiential & immersive learning.

The Master Class is uniquely immersive - with actual hands-on on facilities and manufacturing equipment in the Model Factory@SIMTech.

You will receive customised coaching to individualise learning for your organisations, as well as implementation tips and further resources to leverage.

This Master Class will guide you towards developing your very own customised Lean-Industry 4.0 toolset.

The Master Class is developed by Boston Consulting Group’s leading global Lean and Industry 4.0 topic experts and will be facilitated by SIMTech to ensure a high impact learning experience through realistic contexts.

Dr Ian Colotla, Partner and Managing Director

Ian Colotla is a core member of BCG’s Operations Practice and he leads the Manufacturing topic in Asia Pacific. Ian has more than 20 years of experience in operations, which spans across Lean transformation, supply chain diagnostic, and more recently Industry 4.0 Digital Factory design and development. Ian has co-authored 6 BCG Publications including Avoiding The Hidden Hazards of Industry 4.0, and The Power of Production Systems and China’s Next Leap in Manufacturing.

Mr Niels Haenisch, Expert Project Manager for Industry 4.0

Niels is part of BCG’s global team leading the Innovation Center for Operations network, focusing on accelerating Industry 4.0 adoption. He advises clients in Europe, Southeast Asia and Singapore on Operations topics including advanced manufacturing, Lean, manufacturing network strategy and advanced data analytics. He has conducted enablement workshops on Lean, Industry 4.0 and Big Data Analytics in Operations for client teams across industries.

"The… training was great for me because theory and practice balanced out perfectly and the mechanisms behind lean became very clear"

  "The involvement of BCG has been instrumental… because of the expertise not only on the technical standards but also on the people related matters"
"The targets were achieved in year 1 making the project fully self-funded... The ability of BCG to go to a real team spirit where people felt they were learning something though the process was the key for success"

  "The results have been impressive... we have reduced working capital by 30-40%, continuously delivering a year-on-year cost reduction... The involvement of BCG for this program has been instrumental"

SIMTech Manufacturing Control Tower™ (MCT™) aims to provide an accurate overview of the manufacturing domains of shopfloor, enterprise and supply chain of a business by receiving, consolidating and analysing the right information in real-time to effect well-informed decision-making in a Sense and Response manufacturing environment.

MCT™ is a suite of solutions built on SIMTech’s research capabilities to assist companies in keeping at the forefront of technology through the integration of information and decision-making across the manufacturing value chain.

Visit SIMTech MCT™ website by clicking here.

When and Where

  • Dates:    17 - 18 September 2019 (Tuesday & Wednesday)

  • Time:      9.00am to 5.30pm

  • Venue:   Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology
                   6 Fusionopolis Way, Synthesis, Level 1,
                   Model Factory@SIMTech
                   Singapore 138636

    Visit here for directions on how to reach the venue. Synthesis is located next to Innovis.
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