2016 has been one of surprise and turmoil for UK manufacturers with largely unexpected outcomes in both the EU referendum and the US presidential elections. These geopolitical events contributed to an unprecedented level of uncertainty surrounding international trading relationships, as Dom Tribe explains.
2017 could be when the concept of the smart factory becomes a widespread reality, according to YCF – a not-for-profit organisation committed to supporting the manufacturing industry and its supply chain.
The subject of ‘design thinking’, introduced earlier in this series, has triggered requests for deeper definitions and explanations around its application. Here, Paul Stead explores the guiding principles using a textile industry case study.
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This year, it’s been impossible to miss the buzz surrounding Industry 4.0, the ‘fourth industrial revolution’. And while the world of business is full of fads and fashions, most observers agree that Industry 4.0 has undeniable substance. But talking about Smart Factories is one thing, and building them quite another.
With manufacturers intently focused on the technology element of Industry 4.0, the workforce management company Kronos believes that maximum benefit can only be achieved if equal attention is paid to the people operating it. Nick Peters reports.