Innovation is a critical component of economic growth and success, and it is especially important in the manufacturing sector. It results in increased productivity, efficiency, and progress. Typically, innovation entails looking for something better, noticing flaws and finding solutions, or taking an existing method and streamlining it.
Advanced manufacturing encompasses all aspects of the value chain, from concept to end-of-life considerations, and is dependent on information and communication technology (ICT) to integrate manufacturing and business activities into a seamless and efficient operation.
With four decades of management experience in manufacturing and technology and a passion for learning the ins and outs of advanced manufacturing, Dr. Dean Bartles has established himself as an expert and leader in innovating, improving, and advancing the sector’s technologies and methodologies. He was a driving force and a key figure in developing Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing, two innovations that revolutionized the sector.
Dean’s educational background demonstrates his commitment to learning and expanding his knowledge: he holds a Doctorate in Business Administration and Management from Nova Southeastern University, as well as a Ph.D. in Technology Management.
Bartles also spent over 30 years as the Vice President and General Manager of General Dynamics’ $600 million strategic Business Unit. He became a prominent authority in the field of manufacturing technology thanks to the valuable knowledge he gained during his time there. He held several other senior positions before he settled as the President and Chief Executive Officer of MTDG.
Geroge Barnych, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at the National Center for Defense Manufacturing & Machining (NCDMM), had the following to say about Bartles: “Dean is one of the most motivating and encouraging leaders I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. He’s your man if you want to see your company grow quickly.”
Dr. Bartles’ ability to manage and direct projects cannot be overstated. He assisted Shalimar Research & Technology in running a smoother operation by providing consultation during a crisis. Daniel Matuska, the company’s owner, commented: “Dean was a sane touchstone in a roiling growing entity of confusion due to rapid acquisitions and mergers. His advice was priceless in that environment.”
He currently serves as President and CEO of the Manufacturing Technology Deployment Group, Inc., a non-profit holding company for both the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) and Advanced Manufacturing International, Inc. (AMI), a new subsidiary and sister company to NCDMM. “Our years of experience in the advanced manufacturing technology space makes us uniquely qualified to manage our diverse customer portfolios, programs, or standalone projects and achieve successful results,” says Bartles.
NCDMM’s success is founded on the trust they’ve built and nurtured with manufacturing companies across the U.S. They also have the vision, expertise, and agility to assemble professional teams that will collaborate and leverage the appropriate technology to develop innovative solutions.
AMI, a sister company of NCDMM, provides digital manufacturing technologies that are easy to integrate and operate to help small-to-medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) achieve profitability. Their industry experts, led by Dr. Dean Bartles, collaborate with SMMs to identify pain points and recommend low-cost, simple, and quick technology solutions.