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Virginia Gerhart

Senior IT manager, GE Appliances

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  • 1:30 - 2:10 IIoT (Industrial Internet of things) Past, Present, Future

    As we push forward in to the age of Factory 4.0, the flow of data from the factory and the synthesizing of that data has become the focus of industrial improvement. In order to improve our processes, we have to be able to measure how we perform in order to see where we are improving, and where we need to invest more. The new generation of manufacturing is expanding it's capabilities through integration with new sensors, network technologies, data collection, and machine learning. Join Virginia on a tour of where we came from, where we are now, and what the future holds for IT in the manufacturing space.

Bio

Virginia is a senior IT manager working in the Factory Information Services(FIS) team at GE Appliances. Prior to her current role, she was an IT Infrastructure manager and then VP of IT at Firstsource America. As a mother of three, balancing work and home has been a challenge, but always worth it.

As a female leader in a largely male industry, she feels it’s her duty to recruit to young ladies to this space. Traditional IT and factory Operational Technology (OT) are full of opportunity for young ladies with creative minds. She volunteers with the GEA SWIFT (Students With Futures in Technology) program, and Junior Achievement speaking to kids at high schools about careers in the IT/OT space.

Currently, she is studying to continue to improve her industrial networking knowledge. In the FIS space, there are many protocols used that are not common to regular network traffic. PLCs, scanners, IoT devices on the factory floor have different connectivity needs than regular items on the enterprise network. This combines her love of the networking and the factory automation worlds.

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