Tag Archives: robots

‘Random stow’ inventory

Having just blogged about the challenges of inventory management, how do Amazon go about storing their 15 million stock items in one of their fulfilment centres?  What they do not do is store similar items together.. they ‘random stow’.  This … Continue reading

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Innovation in Europe

This Deloitte report “investigates how companies in Europe are developing digital, data-driven technologies to augment human physical and mental abilities. Specifically, the report examines the triggers of innovation and its implementation”. The digital tools most firms have already invested in … Continue reading

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Construction tech trends 2019

Interesting examples of i4.0 applications in the construction industry.  This 12 minute video provides examples of: robotics artificial intelligence exoskeletons connected job sites through cloud technology digital mapping autonomous vehicles advanced materials drones virtual and augmented reality 3D printing

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Australian bots leading the field in coping with complexity

Many private sector organisations use chatbots to sort telephone enquires so that the caller can be directed to the appropriate human agent.  But according to this article in the MITSloan Management Review, the public sector in Australia has been an … Continue reading

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How to create queue seatisfaction

Love this video about Nissan’s ProPilot chair (there are others…).  No more standing in queues?

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Ops 4.0

This blog has talked a lot about i4.0, as will the forthcoming second edition of our book.  This video however talks about the concept of Ops 4.0 as discussed by McKinsey & Co’s Yogesh Malik.  A key element of this … Continue reading

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The factory-as-a-service

We have blogged a lot about servitisation.   The idea that products can be provided on a lease basis to customers so that after sales service becomes integral to the offer.  This “as-a-service” concept has been applied in many different … 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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The future of transportation is SAE 4 & 5, Maglev and Hyperloops

Interesting piece by the Economist Intelligence Unit on the future of transportation in 5, 10 and 25 years from now. Five years from now the EIU argues that driverless cars will be more numerous more quickly than was predicted – … Continue reading

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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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