Gerhard believes that a properly designed and implemented Manufacturing Operations Management System can add tremendous business value to any manufacturer. MOM, when done right, will improve operational effectiveness and efficiency and will assist in increased business value for companies from discreet manufacturing to continuous processing.
As Divisional manager for Bytes Universal Systems, a Software integration and services company with more than 600 employees, he is responsible for the Process Management and Control (PMC) business unit. This business unit focus on MOM, and has done so for the past 20 years.
He is responsible for strategy and direction, product and solution development and operations management. Gerhard manages relationships with technology suppliers such as GE, Siemens, Schneider, Rockwell, Parsec, OSI Soft and others, as well as with current and potential clients.
His chosen field of focus is MES/MOM and Gerhard has published various articles about MES and MOM systems in trade publications, a chapter in “The MOM Chronicles: ISA-95 Best Practices Book 3.0” and a book “Practical E-Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management” through Newnes Press in 2004. Gerhard co-authored three MESA White Papers on the concept and management of the Time-in-State Metric and reviewed a number of other MESA White Papers.
Gerhard presents training as part of the MESA Global Education Program(GEP) and developed 2 of the 9 courses and he is one of the few certified presenters of this program globally.
Gerhard has also Chaired the MESA Southern Africa Special Interest Group for 7 years.
Specialties: Manufacturing Solutions Strategy, Manufacturing Operations Management, Time-in-State Management, Operational Technology, Manufacturing 2.0 Architecture, TISM, MES/MOM, OI/EMI.