Lean for digital manufacturing: The human factors critical to IoT success

Lean principles can help your people deploy the right IoT technology at the right time.

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Manufacturing is evolving. Digitization, improved monitoring and sensors, and faster computing and data networks have produced a new, smart factory environment. This evolution has been described as Industry 4.0 – the utilization of internet of things (IoT) technology, automation and other smart factory technologies.The problem with the current definition of Industry 4.0 is that it ignores or undervalues the role of human knowledge and creativity. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted on April 13, 2018, in response to production issues the company was experiencing: “Yes, excessive automation at Tesla was a mistake. To be precise, my mistake. Humans are underrated.”The path…

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