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    7. Warehousing Lights-out warehouses may come even faster than lights-out factories. With the rise of e-commerce, demand for warehouse space has exploded. Last year, the average warehouse ceiling height is up 21% compared to 2001, and spending for new warehouse construction hit a peak in October 2017, with $2.3B spent on construction in...
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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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