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What’s next in manufacturing: Industry 4.0, drone regulations

October 04, 2019 / Caitie Burkes

Industry 4.0 is now more than just a buzzword-it’s becoming a vital concept for local manufacturers to embrace, industry leaders say as they near the end of the two-day Tec-Next conference at the Shaw Center for the Arts. The event-hosted by multiple Louisiana-based manufacturing companies-gathers chemical and petrochemical industry and technology experts for a TED-like conference, interspersed with technology demonstrations and roughly a dozen Tec Talks that cover topics ranging from cybersecurity to augmented reality visual tools. Such discussion comes at a time when new technologies are changing and influencing heavy industry-although, according to an early Industry 4.0 report from McKinsey, U.S. manufacturers lag other nations in these technology transitions.