With all the talk about the 4th Industrial Revolution and the Age of Smart Manufacturing, driven by the Internet of Things, Big Data, advanced analytics and the Cloud, it’s easy to gloss over questions about the role people will play in manufacturing’s digital future. After all, if machines talk to machines, learn new things and adapt on the fly, why wouldn’t it be time to dust off the old idea of what used to be called the “lights-out factory.” You know the ...

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