Tag Archives: automation

21 jobs of the future

Take with a pinch of salt anyone who tells you that they know what will happen over the next ten years.  Having said that, here is one Dutch company’s forecast about new jobs that will be created as a result … Continue reading

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5 different ways to stick a car together

“Not another car manufacturer video” I hear you cry… but this is Tesla…and it is “beautiful”.

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Alibaba’s robots dance to the music

A few years ago I wrote a blog entitled “The robots are coming!”.  Well, here they are….

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Biometrics and you

Mitrefinch have written a piece on the Manufacturers’ Monthly website promoting the use of biometrics for “time and attendance” management.  This means that employees “clock in”  and “clock out” for work, not using a punch card or swipe card, but … Continue reading

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New fulfilment operation for Shop Direct

Shop Direct have just issued a press release outlining their plans for a new fulfilment operation in the East Midlands.  In an unusual move I am quoting it in full below – largely because it is all relevant to operations … Continue reading

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i4.0 means 14% of the global workforce will need to retrain by 2030…

…but who’s going to do it? As many as 375 million workers will need to be reskilled as a result of digitisation and automation, according to this article from the McKinsey Global Institute.  This is on the same scale of … Continue reading

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Amazon Go – the supermarket without queues… maybe

Today saw the launch of Amazon Go – a supermarket (or ‘convenience store’) which has no tills and no check outs.  It is fully automated.  Customers download the Amazon Go app, this is activated upon entering the store, technology monitors … Continue reading

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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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