The concept of the Smart Factory or Industry 4.0 (called Industry of the future in France) is all about the improvements, changes and disruptions likely to happen thanks to new technologies, cobots, big data, regulations or social changes. The old economies try to invent a new future for industry that once made their strength, find new ways to create value and growth and hopefully jobs.
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Bad times are coming for those reluctant to change as Information Technologies will soon bring major disruptions in our everyday’s lives. Many of these changes will be for the better, some are questionable. The near future looks exciting and a bit scary. The best is to be prepared.
A revolution in manufacturing technology The advances in manufacturing technologies that we are seeing are more exciting and potentially more disruptive than anything we’ve seen in a long time. These include advanced robotics, which create much more flexibility in the way automation can work in a factory than in the past. This also includes digitized manufacturing, where plant managers can monitor machines on their iPhones and make real-time decisions about how to optimize production in a factory, as well as to do much more predictive maintenance work around their assets—and going beyond managing a factory that way, to manage a whole global network of factories and suppliers with this kind of real-time information.
Trends, tech, hype and hypotheses
- Industry 4.0 on the edge of the chasm
- Robot as coworker, a cobot
- ToC, Lean, Six Sigma and the fourth industrial revolution
- Technologies alone will not regain competitive advantage
- The cobot controversy part 1 and part 2
- Can new luddites smash robots in anger?
3D printing and additive manufacturing
- How much non-added value additive manufacturing can take out of actual processes?
- 3D printing as additive manufacturing & Creativity breaks loose from constraints with additive manufacturing
- How disruptive 3D printing can be & 3D printing and Porter’s five forces & Will 3D printing revitalize strategic analysis?
- Re-SWOT your business with 3D printing in mind – Introduction
- Is 3D printing the ultimate postponement?
How can Lean help shaping the future?
- Visit my Lean 4.0 page and articles
- Introduction: Reflecting on Lean so far vs. challenges ahead
- How lean can help shaping the future – Value Stream Design
- How lean can help shaping the future – Lean engineering
- How lean can help shaping the future – compact factories
What jobs in the factory of the future?
- Part 1: Introduction and a study from Fraunhofer IAO Institute
- Part 2: Prospective six theories from SAP
- Part 3: Factories are not the only place where the future of jobs is questionable
- Part 4: It doesn’t take very keen analytic abilities to foretell the most likely future of jobs
- Part 5: Not as Many Jobs, But Jobs
- Cobots utopia: when collaborative robots help workers
- Robots won’t take your job, investors will
From other sources on these topics:
- Advanced Manufacturing Report: Most Manufacturers to Soon Implement Technologies Like 3D Printing & Robotics, March 19, 2015
- Big Data, the Internet of Things and the Death of Capitalism? by Dr. Barry Devlin, among the foremost authorities in the world on business insight and data warehousing
- The future of jobs, The onrushing wave, by the Economist, Jan 18th 2014
- Enslave the robots and free the poor by Martin Wolf, The Financial Times, February 11, 2014
- Technology: Rise of the replicants By Richard Waters
- Why Robots Won’t Take Every Job in the World by The Daily Beast
- More Robots Won’t Mean Fewer Jobs by Rodney Brooks, HBR Blog, June 10, 2014
- The societal impact of technology
- When Robots Take All the Work, What’ll Be Left for Us to Do? by Marcus Wohlsen August 8, 2014
- When Robots Take Over Most Jobs, What Will Be the Purpose of Humans?
- Learning to live with robots
Industrial Internet – Industry 4.0
- Promises of technologies for the future by economist Marco Annunziata on TEDTalks “The worker of the future will be more like iron man than the Charlie Chaplin of Modern Times“ GE’s view about Industrial Internet
- What is Industry 4.0 – Juergen Kanz an extensive presentation of the German concept called “Industrie 4.0”