Two Barriers to Smart Manufacturing Implementation? Hint: It’s a People Problem

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) issued a new report at last week’s IMTS show in Chicago: Smart Manufacturing: Building Talent to Accelerate a Digital Transformation. The report cites data from its Manufacturing in the New Industry 4.0 Era Survey, that manufacturers are concerned about two barriers preventing smart technology implementations. Both are people-related:

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IoT and Smart Factories—Electronic Manufacturing Data Intelligence

Manufacturers are currently using IoT solutions to track assets in their factories, consolidate their control rooms, and increase their analytics functionality through predictive maintenance. Many IoT solutions are still basic today, but industry analysts predict that manufacturers will be implementing complex technologies in the future, such as autonomous robots and augmented-reality tools.

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