Making the Case for Machine Learning

Making the Case for Machine Learning

By Amy Bryson
Contributing Lead Editor,
Smart Manufacturing

In this podcast, Greg Farrar, Head of R&D and Plant Manager at CpK Interior Products and Graham Synott, Process Engineer – IT Systems at Linamar, will share their experiences in successfully getting pilot programs off the ground and quickly demonstrating ROI to stakeholders. They will be joined by Praemo’s President and COO Paul Boris and Vice President of Strategic Accounts Mike McFarlin to discuss the challenges and opportunities with machine learning in manufacturing.

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North American Manufacturing Excellence Summit

The North American Manufacturing Excellence Summit brings together the “who’s who” of manufacturing executives, cutting-edge technology providers and media partners for North America’s premier manufacturing event.

See us at Booth 32 during the conference and join us on Tuesday at 11:40 for the Workshop, moderated by Praemo President Paul Boris – Next Level Continuous Improvement with a New Approach to Industrial Machine Learning.

  • Learn how industrial companies are avoiding the roadblocks to quickly deploying successful AI/machine learning and finding valuable new insights from their existing systems and data, as-is, with no prep required.
  • Hear how continuous improvement is supercharged with the power of machine learning to constantly monitor for new opportunities and ensure sustainable benefits.
  • Find out about a low touch, low risk way to quickly discover the available business value from industrial machine learning for your operations.
  • Conference Agenda at a Glance

Building and Maintaining Competitive Advantage

  • Lean, Operational Excellence, and CI Programs
  • Training Tomorrow’s Leaders
  • Leveraging New Technologies
  • Managing a Global Footprint
  • Workforce Development

Who Should Attend?

  • SVPs & VPs of Manufacturing
  • Directors of Manufacturing
  • Lean/CI and OPEX Executives
  • Supply Chain Leaders
  • Operations and Quality Executives
  • Plant Managers

Praemo Selected for Coveted Smart Manufacturing Start-up Program

Praemo is honored to join the seven scaling start-up organizations that have been selected to join the first Sixth Sense cohort to gain access to Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence data, expertise and tools.

KITCHENER, ON, March 18, 2022 – The judges selected the seven organizations to join the first cohort following their pitches showcasing their #SmartManufacturing solutions to real-world problems. Read more about the first Sixth Sense Pitch Day on the Hexagon website.

Praemo President Paul Boris explained how Praemo’s unique approach to industrial machine learning is disrupting the time to value for new levels of industrial productivity using machine learning. Even at operations considered to be world-class, there are significant opportunities to improve throughput, cost, and productivity. Continuous improvement through data visibility and business intelligence has largely plateaued. Machine learning offers an exciting path to a step change in performance and competitive advantage, but current machine learning solutions are not working for industrial operations.


Praemo offers a new approach that makes industrial machine learning a competitive advantage for industrial operations. The Praemo Razor™ engine ingests your data as-is from your automation, quality, historian, maintenance, and other manufacturing systems of record to deliver differentiating insights to drive new levels of productivity and performance. You don’t need a data science team to leverage Razor™ immediately for predictive maintenance, predictive quality, and continuous process optimization.

About Praemo

Praemo is a SaaS predictive analytics company that powers new levels of continuous improvement by leveraging advanced machine learning tuned for industrial data. Visit the Praemo website at to learn more about how advanced machine learning can take you to next level performance.


Paul Boris

SME’s Manufacturing Technology Conferences

Praemo is excited to back face-to-face with our customers and new prospects this fall at SME’s Eastec and Houstex, presented by SME and AMT, The Association For Manufacturing Technology, .

These show will bring an exciting mix of manufacturing products, services, and intel highlighting the latest advanced technologies and processes that are disrupting industrial sectors important in the Gulf Region and helping manufacturers prepare and reshape their enterprises.

SME’s Eastec and Houstex, will feature current technologies and trends along with hands-on demonstrations. Attendees will have the chance to network with peers and hear from industry experts who will share best practices on enabling change to stay competitive in the market. Other key elements will include exhibits, workshops, seminars and keynote presentations from influencers in the manufacturing sector:

Join Praemo Oct 19-21 in Houston, Texas.

HOUSTEX is an interactive experience, dedicated to showcasing advanced technologies and processes that help manufacturers innovate and create industry transformation.

Register and attend FREE with our special code: 16325868H


Join Praemo at Oct 19-21 in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

EASTEC celebrates the historical importance of Northeast manufacturing while showcasing its future in leading-edge industries such as aerospace, medical devices, automotive, industrial equipment and defense.

Register and attend FREE with our special code: 16325868E

Attending southtec?  So are we!  Our CTO, Andy Henderson,  will be at the show also investigating the newest and greatest technology in the industry. If you’re looking to discuss industry trends and best practices with an experienced executive, let us know and let’s find a time.  


    Can’t Attend The Shows? 

    Make sure to follow us on social media as we provide updates live from the show and online material!

    Praemo names Mike McFarlin Vice-President, Strategic Accounts


    Kitchener-based Praemo adds software veteran with deep experience in the industrial marketplace, Mike McFarlin as Vice President, Strategic Accounts.

    KITCHENER, ONTARIO | July 1st, 2021 —

    Leveraging IoT and operational data as-is, where-is, Praemo accelerates the adoption of AI and Machine Learning for manufacturing and industrial operators. This unique approach eliminates costly and time-consuming data preparation, speeds time to value and virtually eliminates operational risk.

    “As we continue to grow, it was critical for us to add a proven leader in the enterprise software space. Mike is a perennial top performer with success at the largest companies like SAP, PTC and Infor, as well as emerging market leaders like Lighthammer and ThingWorx,” said Paul Boris, President & CRO at Praemo. “The addition of a veteran sales executive like Mike is key to moving us to the next level.”

    “Praemo’s technology leverages the existing IoT investment industrial operators already have in place to drive the next level of performance,” says McFarlin. “It’s critical for companies to extract all the value from that investment, and Razor™ does this while eliminating unnecessary cost and time related to data prep. This will change how manufacturers deploy AI and Machine Learning.”

    Praemo’s Razor™ has been successfully utilized in large enterprise and mid-market customers in the US, Canada, and EMEA across a number of key verticals like Mining, Consumer Products, Automotive, and in both process and discrete manufacturing. Praemo has added key markets with resources in the Austral-Asia region, and with the selection by a leading provider of Digital Innovation in Mexico, Alestra as part of their innovation scale-up program.

    About Mike McFarlin

    Industrial operators and manufacturing companies have been using data and analytics to improve performance for decades, and Mike McFarlin has been supporting their success his entire career. Mike has traveled from his industrial control roots at ABB to the pioneering enterprise manufacturing intelligence space, to full suite enterprise software, IoT, and full suite digital transformation solutions. With this deep understanding of the end-to-end processes and technologies used in operations, McFarlin saw how leveraging the resulting data exhaust created significant value for the enterprise and supporting new levels of industrial performance. Mike has partnered with his customers throughout his career to employ the right technology to accelerate critical transformations at some of the leading manufacturers in the world. He’s enjoyed tremendous success along the way at innovative software companies like SAP, PTC, and Infor; and has delivered success at start-ups defining the I4.0 space like Lighthammer, later purchased by SAP and ThingWorx, later purchased by PTC. Throughout his career, his focus has remained unchanged – helping clients recognize and adopt leading technologies to win.


    About Praemo

    Praemo is creating a future without disruptions for manufacturing and industrial operations. By leveraging the data and systems you already have, as-is, where-is, Razor™ exposes actionable insights that your teams can use to avoid downtime and quality issues while maximizing throughput. Founded and led by industry veterans, and Razor™ utilizes Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning to provide a non-intrusive solution for our customers that delivers value faster than any competitive approach. If you’re not extracting all the value from the data and systems you already have, Razor™ can help.

    Praemo is proud to have achieved Diversio’s Platinum Certification, its highest level of recognition identifying our team as “Best in Class.” To achieve this recognition, a “Platinum Certified organization not only demonstrates a diverse & inclusive culture, it actively supports Inclusive Businesses in its network or supply chain.

    Praemo Leadership:

    Michael Martinez, Founder & CEO

    Paul Boris, President & CRO

    Paul Hancock, Founder & CFO

    Andy Henderson, CTO

    Thomas Hynes, Managing Director


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