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Kim Burndred

Kim Burndred
Director of Machine Connectivity



Kim Burndred has nearly 40 years' experience in the industrial sector specializing in manufacturing systems and related engineering. Currently, he is the Director of Machine Connectivity with Toward Zero. In that role, he collaborates with industrial companies to conduct machine audits, determine machine "connectability," assess machine connection states, and capture all relevant machine information throughout the plant and enterprise. Through these efforts, he helps the manufacturing enterprise establish the data backbone for MES, Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, IIoT, and other manufacturing systems and technologies. Prior to Toward Zero, Kim was a Senior Business Consultant with FORCAM US, where he served as an expert in manufacturing productivity and manufacturing execution systems (MES) implementation, integration, rollout, training, and adoption. Before his time with FORCAM, Kim dedicated more than three decades of his career to systems engineering, developing performance and automation solutions for manufacturing organizations. Kim spent his early career as a Manufacturing Manager with ABB, where he was responsible for all operations activities throughout a production facility, including production, engineering, and procurement. Kim's engineering passions don't stop at the end of the workday; he and his wife are passionate about advancing high school students' knowledge and capabilities in robotics and automation. To that end, in 2017 they founded Starship Robotics, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to mentoring teens in robotics competitions.
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How to Collect Manufacturing Data from Legacy Factory Equipment

Legacy factory equipment (manufacturing machines with no built-in data collection mechanism) presents a significant challenge when it comes to manufacturing data, particularly for companies that want to calculate OEE. That most basic of all manufacturing metrics isn’t the only reason manufacturing companies are eager to make older equipment IoT-compatible. Capturing the right data can transform manufacturing operations: it eases the disconnect between the factory and business processes, eliminates the lag time for management to access, analyze, and act on data, and resolves problems with planning, inventory control, the supply chain, and meeting customer expectations.

Dirty Little Secret of MES: Deployment Success More than “Just” Software Installation

An overwhelming number of manufacturing execution system (MES) deployments fall short of the finish line; in their wake, they leave partially implemented and, therefore, ineffective solutions. A typical outcome: stalled digital transformation and a budgetary freeze for additional IIoT projects.  It’s not an uncommon scenario for MES projects, yet most manufacturing companies seem unaware that many MES deployments fail to hit expectations.

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Kim Burndred

Kim Burndred
Director of Machine Connectivity



Kim Burndred has nearly 40 years' experience in the industrial sector specializing in manufacturing systems and related engineering. Currently, he is the Director of Machine Connectivity with Toward Zero. In that role, he collaborates with industrial companies to conduct machine audits, determine machine "connectability," assess machine connection states, and capture all relevant machine information throughout the plant and enterprise. Through these efforts, he helps the manufacturing enterprise establish the data backbone for MES, Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, IIoT, and other manufacturing systems and technologies. Prior to Toward Zero, Kim was a Senior Business Consultant with FORCAM US, where he served as an expert in manufacturing productivity and manufacturing execution systems (MES) implementation, integration, rollout, training, and adoption. Before his time with FORCAM, Kim dedicated more than three decades of his career to systems engineering, developing performance and automation solutions for manufacturing organizations. Kim spent his early career as a Manufacturing Manager with ABB, where he was responsible for all operations activities throughout a production facility, including production, engineering, and procurement. Kim's engineering passions don't stop at the end of the workday; he and his wife are passionate about advancing high school students' knowledge and capabilities in robotics and automation. To that end, in 2017 they founded Starship Robotics, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to mentoring teens in robotics competitions.
Find me on:

Recent Posts

How to Collect Manufacturing Data from Legacy Factory Equipment

Legacy factory equipment (manufacturing machines with no built-in data collection mechanism) presents a significant challenge when it comes to manufacturing data, particularly for companies that want to calculate OEE. That most basic of all manufacturing metrics isn’t the only reason manufacturing companies are eager to make older equipment IoT-compatible. Capturing the right data can transform manufacturing operations: it eases the disconnect between the factory and business processes, eliminates the lag time for management to access, analyze, and act on data, and resolves problems with planning, inventory control, the supply chain, and meeting customer expectations.

Dirty Little Secret of MES: Deployment Success More than “Just” Software Installation

An overwhelming number of manufacturing execution system (MES) deployments fall short of the finish line; in their wake, they leave partially implemented and, therefore, ineffective solutions. A typical outcome: stalled digital transformation and a budgetary freeze for additional IIoT projects.  It’s not an uncommon scenario for MES projects, yet most manufacturing companies seem unaware that many MES deployments fail to hit expectations.

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