Technologies alone will not regain competitive advantage

Smart factories, high level of automation, robots, cobots and industry 4.0 concepts will not be enough to regain competitive advantage for Western European* companies. The reason is very simple, these technologies will be available to everyone and there is no real barrier to entry. These technologies won’t be very expensive and the ease of mastering … Continue reading Technologies alone will not regain competitive advantage

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How disruptive 3D printing can be

In the early days of 2014 there is none without announcement of new amazing possibilities offered by 3D printing. The new additive manufacturing techniques - adding material layer by layer - are accessible to a growing number of players to ever lower costs and with increasingly diverse materials. The new possibilities are both exciting and … Continue reading How disruptive 3D printing can be

3D printing as additive manufacturing

Every day sees new surprising applications of 3D printing and most of them are forerunners of disruptions, larger applications, breakthroughs, etc. The fast maturation of 3D printing techniques and their proven abilities make them stand as symbol of the factory of the future. In this near future additive manufacturing with 3D printing should tackle the … Continue reading 3D printing as additive manufacturing

What jobs in the factory of the future? Part5

Not as Many Jobs, But Jobs Contrasting with my pessimistic analysis about jobs in the factory of future, Hal Sirkin, a senior partner with The Boston Consulting Group, would see the positive side of the half full glass in his article published on http://www.wired.com The author discusses the possibility of Foxconn, the enormous Asian gadget … Continue reading What jobs in the factory of the future? Part5

What jobs in the factory of the future? Part4

It doesn’t take very keen analytic abilities to foretell the most likely future of jobs in industry. Common sense of the man on the street is enough. Industry in US and Western Europe has paid a high price to the appealing cheaper manufacturing in low-cost countries. The customers were delighted with cheaper prices, even at … Continue reading What jobs in the factory of the future? Part4

Robots won’t take your job, investors will

In a previous post I outlined cobots utopia where collaborative robots extend the worker’s abilities and compensate some human weaknesses. In this perspective cobots could keep aging workers on the job and help to improve industrial jobs’ image, often quoted Dirty, Dangerous and Difficult. The cooperation between robots and workers could increase manpower productivity, hence … Continue reading Robots won’t take your job, investors will

Cobots utopia

What is a cobot? A cobot is a collaborative robot, a robot able to work with human, assist them, collaborate with them, without harming them. Traditional industrial robots are fenced off humans to avoid injuring them while moving or working. Unlike cobots, traditional robots cannot notice human presence and adapt their behavior. Usually a safety … Continue reading Cobots utopia

Robot as coworker, a cobot

Automation and robotics are ways for old economies to keep up with competition being inovative and cost effective. Yet aging of population, raising concern about health and safety, stiffer regulations, etc. may welcome the robot as a companion. Those able to work with humans on a shopfloor are called cobots, collaborative-robots. Collaborative industrial robots are … Continue reading Robot as coworker, a cobot

What jobs in the factory of the future? Part3

Factories are not the only place where the future of jobs is questionable. New technologies may have far bigger impact on employment than generally thought. Until “recently” job losses related to innovation have eventually been compensated by new roles for workers, but this may no longer be true according to an analysis of the Economist. … Continue reading What jobs in the factory of the future? Part3