Manufacturing

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How Future Factories Will Change Manufacturing — and Supply Chains

The Fourth Industrial Revolution provides us a massive opportunity, a chance to redesign supply chains so they never sleep.

We’re witnessing a transformation of manufacturing supply chains that’s ushering in the fourth modality of logistics. To ground, air and ocean, we can now add digital. The move to the digital supply chain  — the power source for Industry 4.0  — creates multiple opportunities for every company in every industry. But every revolution needs exemplars […]

Can We Lower the Barrier to Augmented Reality?

The cloud represents a powerful tool for staying ahead of the game and remaining at the forefront of innovation.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution, more commonly known as Industry 4.0, is transforming the way we manufacture products. A primer on Industry 4.0 published in Forbes describes it as enhancing existing systems with “smart and autonomous systems fueled by data and machine learning.” Augmented reality (AR) is one of the core technologies of this new paradigm. In fact, during the […]

5 Strategies for Leading an Intelligent Factory Transformation

How to implement the next wave of digital innovation toward Industry 4.0.

Intelligent factory transformation is a process that industry leaders are using to create a culture in which change is expected, failure is not penalized and experimentation and learning go hand in hand. A recent Intel study of manufacturing leaders and workers that I co-authored with my colleague Irene Petrick underscores the role that leaders must play in […]

Our Best 2018 Manufacturing Articles

A year-end look at the top manufacturing content from Longitudes.

The digital and physical worlds are colliding in what we now call the Fourth Industrial Revolution. As UPS’s Alan Amling points out, what’s happening under the surface to bring any product to your door is undergoing a massive transformation that will forever change companies, industries and countries. The rise of makerspaces, additive manufacturing and apprenticeships […]

Think Generative Design Is Overhyped? This Could Change Your Mind

Just imagine the problems the world’s designers and engineers could solve with the computer as an actual partner, not just a tool.

It is my view that generative design is the most exciting development the manufacturing industry has seen in the past 20-plus years. If that sounds like an overstatement – or you’re unsure about generative design altogether – let me share some examples that might open your mind a bit. But first, let me clarify what generative design is – and […]