Having understandable data that delivers productive outcomes helps drive internal culture change. As Edward Youdell explains, using data is not new to manufacturing. But companies can better use information to look at their processes in a new way; data can help them think through the solutions. He believes that while technology is the platform, it's the tools that help identify where to make incremental improvements.

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Edward Youdell

President and CEO of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association

Edward Youdell believes that manufacturing needs to recruit the best and the brightest to remain competitive. He has experienced the innovation in manufacturing technology and the use of data to drive performance. Edward is currently President and CEO of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association. Connect with him on LinkedIn.