The “seismic” shift from fixed automation to mobile robots will transform material handling within the industrial supply chain, as well as other areas of manufacturing – according to new research by a global tech market advisory firm.
Today, supply chain networks span the globe, with the digital revolution multiplying both opportunity and complexity. As a result, the combination of the need for speed and growing big data volumes can cause existing supply chain planning processes to overload.
How do you summarise the takeaways from 186 interactive roundtable discussions, more than a dozen keynote talks, two panel discussions and countless conversations at the coffee station? Here are my own highlights from the two days.
Mike Bristow, COO for manufacturing logistics at DHL, took to the main stage at Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit 2019 to share insights from DHL’s latest edition of its Trend Radar, which captures the development of society, business and technology.
Today’s global value chains and the end-to-end processes that underpin them, from raw material extraction and processing through to consumer fulfilment and end-of-life disposal, reuse or recycling, have been built on a paradigm of localised production nodes and globalised flows.
From using satellites to track asparagus crops, to measuring the lean meat percentage of pork using a high-tech camera, companies across the food manufacturing supply chain are embracing emerging technologies in new and interesting ways to improve overall business productivity.