Category Archives: Chap 10 Processes and technology

Digital transformation in practice

I’ve blogged about i4.0 and IoT, but what does this mean in practice for manufacturers?  One recent survey by Zebra Technologies has identified what specific technologies firms are planning to invest in, in order to digitally transform their business.  They … Continue reading

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How AI may revolutionise industrial design

Instead of being passive and logical, computers are becoming intuitive, as Maurice Conti explains in this TED video.  This has major implications for industrial design.

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The future of retailing? Wheelys 247 is beta testing in Shanghai.

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Digital Twins

If you’ve not come across this before a digital twin is a computerised version of a physical asset, as this Microsoft video explains.  The twin is used to run simulations to help understand a wide range of issues such as … Continue reading

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By 2030 Dubai plans one quarter of its police force will be robots

If you think this is crazy, Robocop 1 has just started work this week…

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Implications of AI for the travel industry

Over the next few years, consumers and employees will increasingly speak to their smart devices rather than use a key board. This has significant implications for how consumers will buy products and services and for how these products will be made … Continue reading

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‘Cognitive manufacturing’ – how the internet of things and analytics apply to factories

IBM Watson’s video is a great introduction to IoT and analytics in the manufacturing context…  

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The cobots are coming! Actually they have arrived already

In case you did not know a cobot is a collaborative robot (a word not yet recognised by a spellchecker).  Universal Robots was the first company to develop such a machine nearly ten years ago.  Their website tells you all … Continue reading

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Learn to speak robotics

For all new technologies there is a jargon specific to that context.  This may make it difficult to understand how the technology works, what it does, and whether it is performing as expected.  So this link takes you to a glossary of … Continue reading

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How to ‘grow’ houses rather than build them

Imagine a four ton solar-powered robot that can build houses out of the materials it finds around it… Science fiction? No, it exists – as this article explains.  MIT’s Mediated Matter Group have built a prototype, which they have called … Continue reading

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