Zachary Cobb, director of engineering and R&D in North America, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, was the keynote speaker at the 2018 ASQ Inspection Division Conference. Cobb presented "Shaping the Future of Manufacturing,” a frontline view on how emerging technologies, processes and production methods are transforming the world of manufacturing.
Cobb discussed concepts of connectivity and the importance of linking systems and information together. He addressed the role model-based engineering plays in the tools, connectivity, data analysis and quality in the organization. The presentation also covered the changing workforce and its impact on the enterprise. Attendees looking to leverage the benefits of Smart Factory practices found Cobb's outlook on the future both helpful and exciting.
Cobb is part of a global team responsible for the design, development and support for Hexagon stationary and portable coordinate measurement machines and accessory products. He previously served in engineering management roles at Loud Technologies in Massachusetts and Mackie Designs in Reggio Emilia, Italy, where he led teams in the development of professional sound reinforcement products. Gaining expertise in engineering management at an international level, he learned the value of cross cultural awareness and its importance to engineers working in a global organization. Cobb holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering (BSEE) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.