Sanmina, Inc. 
Intermediate level

The ROI of digital factory transformation

Manufacturing case studies


Practitioner Presentation
Thursday, Nov. 7 Location Code
10:45am-11:45am ThS/44



Nearly two decades ago, enterprises began to adopt the first generation of cloud platforms to streamline operations, increase efficiencies and cut costs in areas such as enterprise resource management (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) – yet areas such as manufacturing operations remained unchanged. Learn how the rise of Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) have led to new cloud solutions that are revolutionizing the factory floor.


During this session, several video case studies will be presented, demonstrating how forward-thinking companies are embracing digital factory transformation to achieve dramatic results, including: Real-time factory and supply chain visibility that breaks down data silos by connecting several thousands of pieces of manufacturing equipment and multiple global factories in the cloud; increased efficiency through automated tracking of raw materials and control of autonomous guided vehicles that replenish material levels; improved quality with machine-to-machine interactions that “force” day-to-day management of regulatory compliance; and the overall ROI of these implementations.


Sanmina, Inc., a leading global EMS (Electronic Manufacturing Services) company, produces some of the most complex and innovative optical, electronic and mechanical products in the world. Recognized as a technology leader, Sanmina provides end-to-end design, manufacturing and logistics solutions, delivering superior quality and support to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) primarily in the automotive, communications networks, computing, medical, aerospace and industrial sectors.

Presenter: Gelston Howell

Gelston Howell is senior vice president at Sanmina Corporation. He has worked in product design and manufacturing for the past 25 years. He managed a large business division at Sanmina for over six years, having responsibility for Sanmina’s manufacturing, engineering and regulatory compliance in five plants. Prior to joining Sanmina, Howell worked in the medical industry, including building a Siemens Medical manufacturing facility for class 2 medical devices in South Korea.