Getting consensus on the best strategy for harnessing Industry 4.0 isn’t easy. That’s ok. What the pundits say isn’t keeping leaders up at night – there are plenty of real world challenges for that. What we do know is leadership will look very different in the digital age of manufacturing.
Think Efficiency is Enough in the New Age of Manufacturing? Think Again
For decades, manufacturers have evaluated innovation through the lens of lowering costs and improving efficiency. It’s worked. But in the new industrial age, manufacturers need to ask a different set of questions to reach a better balance between efficiency and effectiveness for sustained advantage.
Losing Sleep over Your Digital Manufacturing Strategy? You’re Not the First
Manufacturers are all a-twitter over digitization. Everyone knows that it’s coming, everyone knows they need to get a handle on it and more than a few are wondering if, when, why and how. The wholesale transformation can be daunting concept – until you realize that manufacturing isn’t the first industry to go digital. Manufacturers can look at what their colleagues in marketing experienced and be heartened by all the good that’s come with digitization.
Mind + Machine: Changing the Business of Manufacturing
Robots are changing everything – automation, manufacturing and soon, in the Industrial Internet of Things, the business of manufacturing. Fueling the ability to sense, respond and act on changes internal and external, robots give manufacturers a faster path to harnessing opportunities.
Robots with Grit: Redefining Manufacturing
We’re hearing a lot about the value of grit: tenacity and perseverance in the face of challenges. Well, that where robots are headed – and with grit they’ll bring the transformation that manufacturing needs to break through to the next level.
3 Challenges for Manufacturing’s Innovation Age
At the intersection of mind and machine, manufacturing is poised for transformation. Here are three challenges industry faces in order to capitalize on advances in robotics and the Industrial Internet.
On Your Marks: The Race to Global Manufacturing Leadership Is On
Made in China 2025 was launched in May of this year and from where I sit, it represents an inflection point for US manufacturers. The investment around the world in fulfilling the vision of the factory of the future signals that the race is on to lead how those operations are run. New technologies, including smart, collaborative robots are here – the roadmap for exploiting them isn’t. First mover advantage only lasts so long, and those who wait will find themselves left behind….
Factories of the Future: A Conversation With Jabil’s John Dulchinos
Recently, electronics manufacturer Jabil Circuit launched its Blue Sky Center, a state-of-the-art facility designed to help customers engineer growth in a world of change. Automation is a key component of the center – with programs to help customers with design-for-automation, as well as, share expertise in deploying flexible automation. I was fortunate to be at the grand opening…