We are launching a new series at ABIS: a list of the best articles of the week in the Manufacturing Industry. Here is our first ever selection, including four things that happened this past week and how they might affect your business. Did you miss them?
1. How Industry 4.0 Is Transforming Manufacturing
I’m not a big fan of the 2.0 or 3.0 usage, but this article is worth mentioning. It describes an interesting cocktail of several major technology innovations, all maturing simultaneously. These technologies—including advanced robotics and artificial intelligence, sophisticated sensors, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things— are bound to shape the Industry in the next decades. The article presents 5 ways manufacturers can benefit from them to inverse the declining Manufacturing Industry. Which, we will see below, is not so declining. Read more.
2. Is U.S. Manufacturing Really in Decline?
A positive article that gives another story about the state of manufacturing in the US. Is there fewer jobs on the shop floors? Yes, indubitably. But this data might not tell the entire story. U.S. manufacturing just had another big month, the output has risen about 20 percent since the 2008 crisis, and American manufacturing may support more employment than many people think. Read more.
3. Video of the Week: Inside the Gigafactory, Where Tesla is Building its Future
Tesla’s Gigafactory is still under construction but by the time it is finished, it will be the world’s largest building, by footprint with 8 millions square feets. That’s about 107 football fields. Take a look at the construction site in this video from Wired Magazine. Watch below.