As leaders, we need to deliver results. Certainly, they are as important now as ever. But I think we must aspire to more.
AI and Robots: Not What You Think
Artificial intelligence (AI)-driven collaborative robots are not some futuristic technology that manufacturers have to wait for. The AI that makes cobots smart, capable and effective is here and at work today – improving productivity and quality in manufacturing operations large and small.
Living In Irony
Work is essential to being human. Having a purpose is possibly the most important driver to get up every day. Why would I ever give that up?
What Robot Makers Must Learn from Dogs, Animators and Video Game Designers: A Conversation with Bruce Blumberg
As humans and machines engage in direct working relationships, how it works is interesting. Making these connections successful draws from an unlikely source: animation and video gaming, where innovation gives autonomous characters – and robots – ways to engage in dialogue using non-verbal cues.
Robots: The Automation Juggernaut that Manufacturers Need
It’s a great time for cobots. The market potential seems limitless. It makes sense – these solutions give manufacturers relief from the challenges of labor and a path to the bright future of Industry 4.0. But how real is the hype?
MIT’S Dr. Duane Boning Talks Leadership in Digital Age of Operations
Few things in my life have shaped who I am today, including graduating from MIT’s Leaders for Global Operations (at the time, Leaders for Manufacturing) program. So, when an opportunity arose for me to talk with Dr. Duane Boning, Co-Director, MIT Leaders for Global Operations Program, about the future of leadership in manufacturing and operations,…
The Role of Robots in Industry 4.0
Robots have come a long way since the days when automation solutions relied on hard-wiring, expensive programming and fixed installations. Unleashed and powered by software, these smart machines are key to helping manufacturers unlock the potential of the digital factory and Industry 4.0.
Industry 4.0: Harder Than We Think
Industry 4.0 promises a lot to manufacturers – and is the source of a lot of headaches. The digitization of manufacturing reaches far beyond the factory floor making it much harder to realize the vision.
How Manufacturers Can Tackle The Labor Problem In Their Race To Industry 4.0
Even as they race toward the promise of Industry 4.0, manufacturers are stymied by a present-day, real-world problem: reliable, productive labor. Today’s smart, collaborative robots do double duty: giving manufacturers a workforce that works and future-forward solutions that support the evolution.
Robots are Boring
Smart, collaborative robots have crossed over from futuristic fantasy to solving the real-world challenge of labor in manufacturing. Today, robots are working in manufacturing to increase productivity and efficiency; soon robots will help manufacturers run more agile and innovative operations.