McKinsey launches North American Digital Capability Center at DMDII

June 1, 2017
New facility aims to help companies excel at digital disruption and prepare for the jobs of tomorrow

McKinsey & Company and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) have launched the North American Digital Capability Center (DCC), which is a digital manufacturing learning center that offers companies hands-on experience and workshops in next generation technology to help them advance their operations, design and productivity.

“Digital manufacturing will disrupt every business in every industry, pushing leaders to reinvent their operations and retrain their workforces,” said Enno de Boer, McKinsey partner and digital manufacturing leader. “The North American Digital Capability Center joins McKinsey’s global network of 15 Model Factories, which bring together more than 15,000 leaders every year to ask and solve their businesses’ toughest questions around transformative technological change and the benefits their companies and workers can recognize from the latest digital technologies.”

The North American DCC brings McKinsey’s expertise in digital manufacturing, automation and business transformation to Chicago. It aims to not only help America’s leading manufacturers adapt to new technologies but also to help the next generation grow - preparing smaller and mid-size companies to innovate, while nurturing start-ups.

The facility offers digital showcases that over time will grant companies the ability to explore more than 20 themes related to digital manufacturing, including showcases dedicated to digital performance management, digital standard work, predictive maintenance, wearables and augmented reality.

The facility will also host experiential capability-building workshops where leaders from companies of all sizes can sign up for one-day workshops designed to build awareness of digital manufacturing. Managers and their teams can take advantage of multi-day workshops to equip them with necessary skills to undertake digital transformations within their organizations.

The DCC mock line transforms in stages from a current, non-digitized line into a higher-performing, digitally driven production line of the future that includes advanced analytics, augmented reality and digital assistance for the operators. In the coming months, it will include collaborative robots (cobots) and artificial intelligence.

The DCC is digitally connected to four additional McKinsey DCC’s in Singapore, Aachen (Germany), Beijing (China), and Venice (Italy). 

“Access to the necessary tools and training is essential for U.S. manufacturers to benefit from the rapid technological change currently underway,” said Thomas McDermott, executive director of DMDII. “Housing the North American Digital Capability Center at DMDII – a neutral collaboration platform – ensures companies of all sizes can tap into the resources they need to adopt advanced manufacturing technologies and remain competitive on the global stage.”

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