Tag Archives: automation

Made Smarter Review – is the UK ready for 4i0?

The government has just published the Made Smarter Review.  This 231 page industry-led report explores “how UK manufacturing can maximise benefits from increasing adoption of digital technology (IDT)”.  The adoption of industrial digital technology, over the next 10 years, “could … Continue reading

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How to navigate the “digital deluge”

This article from Deloitte Insights is focused on how companies in the oil and gas industry can engage in digital transformation.  But it is also of general interest for two reasons.  First, it identifies the notion of a ‘digital deluge’ … Continue reading

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Operations Insight: New Balance – the additive manufacture of footwear

Shoe-making is typically thought of as a labour intensive operation, especially sports shoes.  This is because the product is made from soft materials, is manufactured in many different sizes, and many different models are marketed.  It is for this reason … Continue reading

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“Automation, robotics, and factory of the future”

Recently published article on the McKinsey and Company website is a great overview of the current state of the art with regards the use of robots in manufacturing.  It begins by explains how the cost of adopting robotics have gone … Continue reading

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Do you have a chatbot strategy?

A what?  Just in case you did not know a chatbot is “a digital service that can hold natural sounding conversations with human beings with the aim of accomplishing particular tasks, such as answering questions or enabling product purchases”.  This … Continue reading

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Automated fast food and casual dining restaurants and kitchens

These are not one off restaurants.  There are chains using this robot technology in Japan.

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How is artificial intelligence (AI) affecting business?

The MITSloan Management Review, in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group, have just published a report entitled ‘Reshaping Business with Artificial Intelligence’.  This is based on a global survey of 3,000 executives and in-depth discussions with 30 AI experts.  A … Continue reading

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Toru – the robot picker

Magazino have developed a robot that is designed to pick items in a warehouse.  This article tells you all about it and provides two videos of the robot in action (illustrated below).  Already operators are testing out whether or not … Continue reading

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

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Beyond the hype of i4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution

KPMG have produced a 24 page report that seeks to separate the rhetoric from the reality of the so-called fourth industrial revolution.   It “offers a realistic perspective on the current state of i4.0 adoption and readiness across the market…. based … Continue reading

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