Tag Archives: automation

Two anecdotes and a press release

There is huge growth in internet shopping and consequently home delivery.  In the space of one hour I heard two anecdotes about this, and then read about Boxbot’s new home delivery system (see video).  I’ll let you decide just how … Continue reading

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Walking Plant System

This is so “on trend” I had to post a video of it, even though the Dutch have being using this system for a decade.  I tried to get one with an English commentary, but you’ll get the idea…

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Automated parking

In May last year I posted a video of a new car parking system in Leiden.  This is another way to park as many cars as possible in the smallest possible space. [You may want to turn the volume down…]

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Automated warehousing issues

This article from http://www.themanufacturer.com looks at the issues relating to warehouse automation.  One aspect that is emphasised is that such automation significantly decreases risk with regards matters of health and safety.  With goods stored up to 12 metres high, warehouses … Continue reading

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The sewbots are coming!

Having blogged about “fast fashion”, I thought you ought to see this video from the Wall Street Journal.  It is about automation in the fashion industry.  But it also examines in some detail the implications of this for labour economics … Continue reading

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Process design and service delivery

I am on a trip to Germany.  So I thought I would use this opportunity to blog about the operations I encounter and reflect on their process design and my perceptions of their effectiveness….

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Ocado’s automated distribution centre

Given the previous blog about Amazon, I thought you’d like to see this.  Compare it with how you load your shopping trolley….

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The human side of automation

It is clear that automation will result in three things – some jobs being completely automated, some new jobs being created, and most jobs being partly automated.  Hence there is a need to retrain most workers so that they can … Continue reading

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The smart factory – more than just automation

In this Deloitte Insights article, Burke et al discuss the concept of the ‘smart factory’.  This concept is based on utilising real-time data to achieve: “horizontal integration through the myriad operational systems that power the organization; vertical integration through connected … Continue reading

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Spyce – the truly robotic restaurant

Spyce is a new restaurant concept recently opened in Boston, Mass.  Here’s a link to their website and a video that explains it all.

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