Industry 4.0

Reshoring and localization of manufacturing

The global supply chain is proving fragile. An August 2020 survey of global analysts found that ~75% of companies intend to accelerate plans to bring factories closer to customers. Most car factories take up millions of square feet and produce hundreds of thousands of units annually. Today, manufacturers are moving facilities closer to home, which presents an opportunity …

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Frontline workers – who are they and what do they do?

Frontline workers took over the spotlight in 2020, and they’ll likely be a topic of conversation regarding the workforce and employment rates. One of the clearest realizations made in the midst of industrial transformation triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic has been that global manufacturing is powered by the frontline workforce. Frontline vs. essential worker Frontline …

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Smart factory’s impact on productivity

The smart factory is a flexible system that can self-optimize performance across a broader network, self-adapt to and learn from new conditions in real or near-real time, and autonomously run entire production processes. Smart factories optimize efficiency and productivity by extending the capabilities of both manufacturing devices and people. By focusing on creating an agile, …

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Industry 4.0 Investments In Worker Training Increase

Many manufacturers have previously only focused on integrating Industry 4.0 technologies that had a direct impact on efficiency, cutting costs, and maximizing profit – upgrading and connecting equipment. However, those who are thriving in this era are taking a more holistic approach. They understand that digital transformation applied to all areas of business, most notably, …

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Digital Factories Require Digital Training

Digitization is radically changing the face of manufacturing companies. Digital factories are transforming manufacturing, as companies implement innovative technology and look for employees with fundamentally different types of qualifications. These new digital factories are being created in the heart of Europe to produce highly customized products and systems. One area that is receiving a lot …

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