Stanley Black & Decker 
Advanced level
Track: Disruptive Technologies

Factory of the future

Digitizing the shop floor with the next-generation frontline operations platform


Practitioner Presentation



Hear about Stanley Black & Decker's bottom-up approach to digitalization in manufacturing and distribution and its human-centric approach to augmenting the workforce. Discuss the common pitfalls of transformation and how to succeed with proper engagement.


Stanley Black & Decker is engaging a bottom-up approach to digitalization in manufacturing and distribution with a human-centric approach to augmenting the workforce. Utilizing the digital plant maturity model (DPMM), Stanley is meeting each site where it is at and solving pain points with scalable solutions. The company is focused on two separate but equal paths to transform operations. 1) Lean material flow on the shop floor, product design review for automation, and automation solutions. 2) Connected factory, data visualization, and pushing to the cloud for advanced analytics while contextualizing the shop floor with a frontline operations platform. 


Stanley Black & Decker is the world's largest tool company, operating nearly 50 manufacturing facilities across America and more than 100 worldwide. The company's more than 60,000 diverse and high-performing employees produce innovative, award-winning power tools, hand tools, storage, digital tool solutions, lifestyle products, outdoor products, engineered fasteners and other industrial equipment to support the world's makers, creators, tradespeople and builders. The company's iconic brands include DEWALT, BLACK+DECKER, CRAFTSMAN, STANLEY, Cub Cadet, Hustler and Troy-Bilt. Recognized for its leadership in environmental, social and governance (ESG), Stanley Black & Decker strives to be a force for good in support of its communities, employees, customers and other stakeholders.


Jane Arnold is the vice president of manufacturing and operations technology at Stanley Black & Decker. Her focus is to improve digitalization in manufacturing with an emphasis on emerging technologies. Arnold is a graduate of Oxford University’s Business Economic Program and holds a degree in mathematics from the University of Houston. She has more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing technology, control engineering and operations. She joined Stanley Black & Decker in February of 2021.