Manufacturing Trends: Automation in Overdrive

Radiocasts | February 4, 2014 by Bonnie D. Graham

Today’s buzz: Manufacturing. Manufacturers are pushing automated processes into overdrive to survive in the competitive global marketplace. The resulting systems evolution is creating new types of factory jobs requiring specialized skills. Will labor cede even more jobs to robots? The experts speak.

Mike Yost, MESA International: “Twenty years ago, information technologies were holding manufacturers back. Today, manufacturers are still looking to make sense out of the role of modern IT-based solutions.”

Bob Parker, IDC: “The manufacturing industry is facing a ‘productivity imperative.’”

Jeff Jackson, Deloitte: “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” (Albert Einstein)

Chuck Pharris, SAP: “The dominant concern throughout the 20th century was a reconfiguration of our political and social structure. This question has now been usurped by what is the role of technology within it.”

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