Thought Leaders
Jan. 22, 2018 - What do you see when you look into the manufacturing crystal ball? It’s a Manufacturing AUTOMATION tradition to highlight the top five trends and technologies to keep an eye on at the start of a New Year. Read on for expert predictions about the impact of Big Data analytics, the Digital Twin, artificial intelligence and more.
Jan. 18, 2018 - Dozens of analyses have been released over the past decade estimating a large segment of the labour market will be displaced due to increased automation in the workplace. The McKinsey Global Institute recently predicted up to 800 million workers worldwide — or one-fifth of the global workforce — will lose their jobs by 2030 and be replaced by robotic automation.
Jan. 11, 2018 - Companies might not be able to dodge rising minimum wages by relocating even their most mobile workforces to lower wage provinces, but higher costs could accelerate the pace of automation.
Dec. 7, 2017 - The Fourth Industrial Revolution is under way, and like its three predecessors, it holds the promise of completely upending manufacturing as it’s done today.
Dec. 6, 2017 - IoT being built into the product design, manufacturers adopting a more service-centric business model, and 3D printing reaching the tipping point of realizing business benefits on a large scale — these are the three game-changing predictions that Antony Bourne, global industry director of High-tech and Industrial Manufacturing at IFS, outlines for 2018.
Nov. 30, 2017 - Artificial intelligence is the hot topic of the moment.
Oct. 30, 2017 - The lack of women in manufacturing has been a critical topic of discussion for a number of years. This is of particular concern as attracting and retaining a skilled labour force will be an increasing concern for about 60 per cent of manufacturers over the next five years, according to Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).
Oct. 30, 2017 - When the robots came to online retailer Boxed, dread came, too: The familiar fear that the machines would take over, leaving a trail of unemployed humans in their wake.
Oct. 3, 2017 - There’s no time like the present — an adage that holds truer today than many old proverbs. Last week I attended the Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show in Mississauga, and after sitting in several conference sessions, I noticed an underlying thread connecting the various presentations.
Sep. 1, 2017 - As quality leaders, it is our role in the organization to provide differentiation from the competition. This starts with quality process engagement across functions and definitely must be made a high priority with top management. The key elements are strategy, data and analysis that we can use to help communicate this to top management in order to drive this culture and important differentiation for the organization.
Jul. 12, 2017 - Supply chain executives are paying close attention to the implications of what trade might mean under the new administration. With U.S. President Donald Trump’s new agenda to put “America first,” supply chain executives are specifically concerned about issues surrounding import tariffs and trade rules.
Jun. 20, 2017 - According to Brendan Sweeney, growth is the one word that can be used to sum up the findings of a recent report that examines the stability of the overall Canadian vehicle production and auto industry employment over the last five years.
Jun. 14, 2017 - How the Canadian economy — with an ailing resource sector and a diminished manufacturing base — will stack up in this future of more nationalistic and shorter, but hopefully more sustainable, supply chains will depend on political will to drive a directive to make much more of what we consume.
May 8, 2017 - What a thrilling month April has been; publisher Klaus Pirker and I both attended Automate in Chicago in the first week of April and Hannover Messe in Germany the last week of the month, bookending a month of innovation and networking in the industrial automation world.
May 8, 2017 - While plenty of versions of the classic fairytale Cinderella exist, it is arguably one of the most familiar stories in the world.
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