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The Human Touch in Smart Manufacturing

By John Santagate

Smart manufacturing, industrie 4.0, and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) have been the focus of manufacturing initiatives lately. A big part of these ideas is to "connect" the manufacturing process through the use of sensors and connected equipment. With smart manufacturing, it is all about leveraging these connections to deliver a more granular level of understanding about the manufacturing process through data capture and analytics of the manufacturing equipment. But what about the processes that are conducted by human hands? As much as manufacturers continue to automate the manufacturing process through robotics and automation equipment, many environments and processes still require a human physically putting something together or physically doing something. Traditionally, these processes would be "disconnected" and managed largely through paper. To address the challenges associated with managing, analyzing, and optimizing such processes, a start-up out of Somerville Massachusetts has developed a technology that augments the human operator to deliver digital transformation of the human element of manufacturing.


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CES 2017 Implications for Manufacturers

By Jeff Hojlo

IDC recently sent a team of analysts to CES 2017 in Las Vegas, NV, the 50th edition of the event, to see the latest and greatest in consumer technology, and how this continues to change our personal lives, business connections, and everyday experiences.


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GE's Strategy and GE Minds & Machines

By Kimberly Knickle

At GE Minds & Machines, GE shared its "all in" strategy to become a Top 10 Software company by 2020. The approach is a combination of organic growth and acquisitions, with partnerships. The company also plans to continue building out capabilities in its cloud based IoT platform Predix and expand product lines that can take advantage of the digital thread, digital twin, and IT/OT integration Predix enables.


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This blog post provides a summary of IDC Manufacturing Insights' attendance at Automobili-D and the Press Days for the currently running North American International Auto Show, held in Detroit, Michigan from January 8 -22, 2017.


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This blog post summarizes an upcoming IDC Manufacturing Insights Perspective about the HCL Analyst & Advisory Day, which took place November 8-9 in Boston, MA.


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10 Predictions for Worldwide Supply Chain

By John Santagate

Over the next decade, IDC expects that a majority of manufacturing industry growth will accrue to those companies that engage successfully with their consumers. The number will vary by industry, with those companies that are inherently consumer facing seeing a much larger percentage of growth being tied to consumer engagement and those that are not seeing less growth. But in all cases, the ability to be "relevant" to consumers will be critically important to the majority of manufacturing segments. This does not mean new business models necessarily, though there will be many such examples, but it does mean transforming the business from one focusing on products and customers (retailers, resellers, etc.) to one also focusing on consumers.


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It seems of late that every technology or manufacturing event one attends includes some discussion of “digital twins” and their potential. CAD and CAE aficionados alike will say, accurately, that virtual modeling of products has been present in design teams and engineering work groups for years. So what’s different about today’s discussion on virtualization and digital twins?


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Top 10 Predictions for Robotics, 2017-2020

By Jing Bing Zhang

This report presents the IDC Worldwide Robotics team's analysis of key drivers relating to robotics, and how these drivers are likely to shape the development of robotics in the planning horizon of 2017 through 2020. The Top 10 Robotics Predictions are discussed in details in this IDC FurtureScape document.


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The IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Connected Vehicle 2017 Predictions study provides our top 10 predictions for the 2017 worldwide connected vehicle market, intended to highlight key areas of evolution in the worldwide connected vehicle market.


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Integrated supply chain execution and fulfillment is a very hot topic among manufacturing and retail supply chain professionals. Supply chain executives understand that the key to achieving world class supply chain execution is delivering an integrated approach that enables a seamless flow of material and data across the supply chain coupled with alignment of business processes.


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  • Manufacturing Day, E…
    Kimberly Knickle says:
    Good question.  I think manufacturers are working to retain those employees that are willing to change with the business and with the technology that's increasingly part of their everyday life.  But no data to prove that theory, unfortunately.
    4 months ago
  • Manufacturing Day, E…
    delger says:
    Kimberly,
    Based on the data shared above, how important is it for Manufacturers to engage and retain their current employees?  And are you seeing a trend in that regard?
    4 months ago
  • Webcast: The Importa…
    Jeff Hojlo says:
    Antony,
    Thanks for your comments - agreed.  Nice article, and I look forward to our next conversation.
    Best Regards,
    Jeff
    5 months ago
  • Webcast: The Importa…
    Antony Bourne says:
    Jeff,
    I agree with your comments in the webcast and also am of the same opinion, and think that manufacturers need to take small steps on this journey since it is not an on/off switch that they need to use, but a process in which they make improvement after improvement since a lot of learning will happen along the way.
    I also have written a blog…
    5 months ago

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