Manufacturing Value Chain CommunityDigital Transformation Use Cases for Product Innovation<div><p>Product, supply chain, manufacturing, and service domains in organizations, along with their partners, are working more closely together, enabled by 3<sup>rd</sup> platform technologies such as cloud, analytics, mobile, AR/VR, and IoT; in fact, according to IDC Research, 3<sup>rd</sup> platform tech is growing at almost 10%, vs. flat to negative growth for 2<sup>nd</sup>…</p></div>Jeff HojloThu, 12 Jul 2018 11:56:53 -0400 Questions with 6 River Systems Co-Founder Jerome Dubois<div><p>There are over two dozen vendors that make and sell autonomous mobile robots capable of enabling the fulfillment process. The form and function of each device, however, does vary a bit from vendor to vendor. For example, companies like: <a href="">Amazon Robotics (formerly Kiva)</a>, <a href="">Geek+</a>, <a href="">GreyOrange</a>, and <a href="">Bluem </a>are designed as a goods to person shuttling system…</p></div>John SantagateWed, 30 May 2018 10:30:08 -0400 100% Customer Satisfaction Worth it for a Manufacturer?<div><p>This past week, I came across an <a href=""><u><strong>article</strong></u></a> which explored how one luxury auto manufacturer looked to achieve 100% customer satisfaction. To me this seems like a goal off a billboard or one found on a motivational poster in a contact center. But this manufacturer truly believes it can and should have this as its target to be measured and be held to…</p></div>Aly Pinder JrMon, 07 May 2018 16:16:31 -0400 Technology Goes Beyond Automation<div><p>One of the most obvious applications of robotic technology that is designed to augment human capabilities rather than automate tasks is in the area of surgical robotics.  These devices are designed to be manually operated by a surgeon while extending the capabilities of the surgeon.  One of the most widely known examples of robotic technology for…</p></div>John SantagateWed, 02 May 2018 15:27:44 -0400 Twin Mania at Hannover Messe 2018<div><p>Digital twins have become one of the hottest topics in manufacturing today because of their promise to improve innovation and design, visually enhance collaboration, and enable ongoing operation of connected products and assets — all in a fast-paced, digitally transforming, competitive environment for manufacturers.</p><p>Digital twins, or virtual…</p></div>Jeff HojloWed, 02 May 2018 09:09:18 -0400 Thoughts for a New Beginning with IDC Manufacturing Insights<div><p>New beginnings are exciting. The promise of something fresh, new things to explore, and a rejuvenation of outlook and energy. In my new journey as the Program Director for Service Innovation &amp; Connected Products within IDC’s Manufacturing Insights group, I feel all those emotions. For the last ten years, I have researched the trends and the…</p></div>Aly Pinder JrFri, 23 Mar 2018 09:40:43 -0400 Enabling Intelligent Robotic Picking<div><p>Robotics is a very hot topic lately. AI is a very hot topic lately. Put them together and you get a topic that is both tremendously interesting and a bit fear inducing. For many folks, the idea of AI enabled robotics brings visions of science fiction and intelligent robots that take over the world. However, before intelligent robots can take over…</p></div>John SantagateWed, 21 Mar 2018 10:42:28 -0400 2018 Takeaways for the Manufacturer<div><p>With that as a backdrop, following are my key takeaways from CES 2018 and some thoughts on what I expect to see at CES 2019:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Connected products are becoming AI products that will eventually be able to explain themselves</strong>: An important development around liability, insurance, and trust for autonomous vehicles. This will become more apparent at…</li></ul></div>Jeff HojloWed, 28 Feb 2018 23:15:02 -0500 Transformation of PLM: Collaborative Innovation<div><p>That's just the first step for manufacturers.  As innovation is a team sport that requires a cross discipline team (internal, and external) working together, enabled by 3rd platform (cloud, mobile, big data analytics, social business) as well as innovation accelerator (IoT, cognitive analytics, blockchain, advanced security, 3D printing)…</p></div>Jeff HojloWed, 31 Jan 2018 14:01:46 -0500 Worldwide Connected Vehicle Predictions<div><p>The continued development of connected vehicle technology has benefited users and manufacturers alike. The emergence of new connected capabilities provides consumers and enterprises feature-rich, safer, and efficient vehicles as well as opportunities for new services in public transportation, fleet management, and connected infrastructure. All the…</p></div>Jeff HojloTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:39:12 -0500