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  4. Labor augmentation & management In a recent write-up about furniture maker Steelcase’s production line, humans were described as being solely present to guide automation technology. Steelcase’s “vision tables,” which are computerized workstations that dictate step-by-step instructions, eliminate human error in assembling furniture. Using sound cues and overhead scanners to track assembly, the system...
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2. Resource planning & sourcing Once a product design is finalized, the next step is planning how it will be made at production scale. Typically, this requires gathering a web of parts suppliers, basic materials makers, and contract manufacturers to fulfill a large-scale build of the product. But finding suppliers and gaining trust is a...
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From advanced robotics in R&D labs to computer vision in warehouses, technology is making an impact on every step of the manufacturing process. Lights-out manufacturing refers to factories that operate autonomously and require no human presence. These robot-run settings often don’t even require lighting, and can consist of several machines functioning in the dark. While this may sound futuristic, these types...
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  The cloud is no longer sufficient to instantaneously process and analyze the troves of data generated — or soon to be generated — by IoT devices, connected cars, and other digital platforms. Enter edge computing. Sometimes faster data processing is a luxury — other times it’s the difference between life and death. An autonomous...
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Clip IT’s 6th lecture (September 7th) was presented by Kwon Jin-mang on the subject of ‘Smart Factory’s present and future society’. Kwon Jin-man is the CEO of Cresprit Co., Ltd., which develops and operates the ALOOH IoT (Industrial IoT) platform, which provides monitoring and other services to improve the productivity of manufacturing facilities in factories....
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