In the ever-evolving landscape of the industrial world, Industry 4.0 (i4.0) technology has emerged as a game-changer for manufacturers. If you’re unfamiliar with i4.0 and its potential impact on your manufacturing processes, this blog post is a must-read. We delve into an enlightening conversation between CompassMSP’s Made in America Series with Ari Santiago, and Brian Romano, Director of Technology Development at The Arthur G Russell Company (AGR), where they explore the significance of i4.0 and how AGR is leveraging this technology to revolutionize the industry.

Embracing i4.0 Technology

In their discussion, Ari and Brian embark on an exploration of i4.0 technology and its implications for manufacturers. They shed light on the various aspects of i4.0, providing clarity for those seeking to understand its essence and impact. They also reveal the struggle of technology adoption readiness and bridging the gap between early adopters and the mainstream market. Brian brings his wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table, making this conversation a valuable resource for all.

Leveraging i4.0 Systems

With a focus on innovation, AGR has incorporated i4.0 systems, such as sensors, data collection, and analytics, into their machines. These cutting-edge technologies have paved the way for AGR’s groundbreaking remote support program, aimed at assisting customers with machine maintenance. The support program has become increasingly vital in light of the current workforce shortage. AGR steps in, filling the void to ensure that their customers’ machines receive the essential maintenance they require.

Addressing the Workforce Shortage

Brian also discusses the critical issue of attracting younger generations to the manufacturing industry. As an industry leader, AGR recognizes the importance of supporting schools and programs to promote manufacturing careers. By actively engaging with educational institutions, AGR contributes to marketing the potential of a manufacturing career to the younger generation. Brian’s insights shed light on the steps companies like AGR are taking to bridge the skills gap and inspire the next wave of manufacturing talent.


Industry 4.0 technology is transforming the manufacturing landscape, and understanding its significance is paramount for every industry player. This captivating conversation between Ari and Brian Romano provides valuable insights into i4.0 and its practical applications at AGR. By leveraging i4.0 systems, AGR pioneers a remote support program, filling in the gaps caused by the workforce shortage. Moreover, their efforts to engage the younger generation in manufacturing careers exemplify their commitment to the industry’s future. Stay ahead of the curve by embracing i4.0 technology and unlocking its potential for enhancing your manufacturing outcomes.

Brian Romano