There are plenty of reasons to cross the Atlantic and head to Hannover Messe next week — some serious (robots, new tech, business connections, Obama), others not so much (enjoying the sites, sounds and sausages).
Part one of a four-part series examining the definition of the Factory of the Future, common characteristics, benefits and how to get started.
CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer: “2016 will be characterized by continued market headwinds and uncertainties from both an economic and political perspective... Innovation will drive our future growth.”
Manufacturers that want to retain their competitive advantage in the Fourth Industrial Revolution will increase production flexibility, automate logistics and deploy smart machines and smart products along the manufacturing value chain.
Designed to be a sort of digital assistant, RoBoHoN can send texts, display photos, handle video conferences, dance (for some reason) and, of course make phone calls. But will it actually catch on?
The workforce of tomorrow must be trained, not for the jobs in the market today, but for the jobs that will emerge as critical to the operation of the digital factory in the future.
Rodney Brooks of Rethink Robotics, Jim & Anne Davis of New Balance and Bob Chapman of Barry-Wehmiller recognized for leadership in manufacturing.
Clearpath Robotics co-founder and CEO Matt Rendall discusses how his company’s OTTO 1500 opens up the factory floor — and what it has in common with Google’s self-driving cars.