Bumps in the Road to Smart Manufacturing

IndustryWeek | March 06, 2019

Bumps in the Road to Smart Manufacturing
My childhood was spent listening to songs piped out of an AM transistor radio, selected at the whim of a DJ. Today my 4-year-old grandson merely needs to tell his virtual assistant named Alexa the music he would like to hear. Technology has changed so dramatically in my lifetime that it’s hard to envision a future state when there isn’t the kind of exponential growth we’ve seen since the mid-1990s.
Arguably the most significant technological advance for American business-the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), which holds the promise of unimagined productivity gains and untold benefits to consumers-isn’t assured. That’s the essence of a new study, Smart Factories: Issues of Information Governance, produced by the Manufacturing Policy Initiative (MPI) out of Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

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How will Dion’s products be manufactured in 2030? And what role should your company play to stay relevant for the next generation? Explore the opportunities of tomorrow! Each industry has its owns challenges and digital disruption is everywhere. Organizations must be agile and build new momentum that respects the new reality of their industry. Organizations continuously try to remain relevant. This requires adaptation to changes not only today, but also tomorrow. Change is the only constant.

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How will Dion’s products be manufactured in 2030? And what role should your company play to stay relevant for the next generation? Explore the opportunities of tomorrow! Each industry has its owns challenges and digital disruption is everywhere. Organizations must be agile and build new momentum that respects the new reality of their industry. Organizations continuously try to remain relevant. This requires adaptation to changes not only today, but also tomorrow. Change is the only constant.