MHI Solutions - Volume 3, Issue 2 - (Page 99)

SOlUTION GROUP UPDATE Two New MHI Solution Groups Provide Resources and Networking By KATIE KUEHNER-HEBERT T his year, MHI is kicking off two Solution Groups-Automation Alliance (AA) and Information Systems (IS)-as part of the association's effort to tout more holistic solutions to end-users by positioning MHI and its member companies as authoritative resources on material handling and supply chain topics. "This represents an evolution of the market and the industry," says Bill Leber, director, business development and marketing at MHI member Swisslog in Norfolk, Va. "Our customers-end-users-are more concerned with solutions and performance than they are about individual product components. They want the system to work holistically and frankly, they couldn't care less about the 'pots and pans' of our industry." The advent of MHI Solutions Groups has enabled the association to reach "a maturity curve," by recognizing-and stressing to end-users-that automation has now entered the industry's mainstream, Leber says. "We should now be finding ways to grow the market by strongly emphasizing that automation is not an anomaly- it's a necessity," he says. With the formation of the two Solutions Groups, the existing Integrated Systems and Controls and Supply Chain Execution Systems & Technology MHI Product Groups will discontinue operations. A core team of MHI members has already developed a proposed mission and vision for each MHI Solution Group. warehousing and distribution industries." Its vision: "To be an authority on automated material handling solutions for supply chain operations." "AA is focusing on end-user trends and opportunities in the market, working with the various suppliers to help craft the message and value proposition to educate end-users on solution sets available to meet their challenges," says Jerry Koch, director, corporate marketing and product management at MHI member Intelligrated in Cincinnati. "We're focusing on both automation software and the process-and the varying ways that those two can be put together to create solutions. End-users' future growth plans will play a vital factor in what solution is best for them." Several MHI members have stepped up to form the AA Solution Group, including Koch, Leber, Shana Relle, marketing director, global marketing- logistics & material handling team at MHI member Intralox LLC and Ken Fry, global segment business manager, material handling at MHI member Rockwell Automation Control Systems. "We're looking to broaden our sphere of contributions to the Solutions Group, to continue the momentum so that we can better engage and excite end-users," Koch says. Information Systems The IS Solution Group's mission is to "enable practitioners to dramatically improve and sustain supply chain Automation Alliance The mission for the AA Solution Group is to "strategically position and market automated material handling solutions to the manufacturing, * MHI SolutIonS 99

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MHI Solutions - Volume 3, Issue 2

CEO Update
Wearable and Mobile Technologies
The Rise of Automation and Robotics in Supply Chains
Disruptive Technology
The Power of the Cloud
Connections between Education, Industry Key to Training the Workforce of the Future
The Food and Beverage Industry
ProMat 2015 Preview
2015 MHI Innovation Awards to be Awarded During ProMat
Industry Trends
Economic Market Analysis
Collaborate With Supply Chain Management Programs to Solve the Workforce Shortage
Safer Handling
MHI Solution and Product Groups—Moving Forward
Solution Group Update
Solutions Spotlight
Roadmap Update
Where Are They Now
MHI News
Index of Advertisers

MHI Solutions - Volume 3, Issue 2