Verizon is Revolutionizing Manufacturing Connectivity

Verizon is Transforming the Future of Manufacturing

The Role of Connectivity in Transforming Manufacturing

In the latest episode of “Getting Smart,” host Brandon Pfluger had the pleasure of welcoming Mike Weller, Manufacturing Practice Manager at Verizon, to discuss the transformative role of connectivity in manufacturing. Weller’s insights into Verizon’s approach to empowering manufacturing plants through network technologies are both intriguing and vital for the future of the industry.

Network Optionality and Enterprise Intelligence

One key aspect is the significance of network optionality and enterprise intelligence in manufacturing. Weller explained that while Verizon is well-known in public networks, its expansion into private wireless is revolutionizing manufacturing connectivity. This new direction offers exclusive, agile, and flexible network solutions within plant environments, ensuring high performance, reliability, and security.

The Future of Factory Environments

Weller emphasized the future of factory environments as being highly visual and bandwidth-intensive. The advent of technologies like computer vision, AR/VR headsets, and digital twinning will revolutionize the way information is absorbed and processed on the manufacturing floor. These technologies promise to improve decision-making, enhance collaboration, and increase efficiency.

Empowering the Workforce

The integration of new technologies in manufacturing isn’t just about automation; it’s about unlocking the intellectual capabilities of workers. By reducing their physical, repetitive tasks, workers can now focus on problem-solving and creativity, leading to higher job satisfaction and potentially better retention rates, especially among younger workers.

Verizon’s Role in Manufacturing

Weller’s discussion illuminated Verizon’s proactive role in shaping the future of manufacturing. By understanding customer visions and business models, Verizon is not only providing network solutions but also driving innovation and transformation in the manufacturing sector.


The episode with Mike Weller offered a compelling look into how connectivity and network innovation are key drivers in the evolution of manufacturing. As we move forward, it’s clear that companies like Verizon will play a pivotal role in shaping a smarter, more efficient, and more connected manufacturing world.

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