Tag Archives: robotics

Manufacturing 4.0: Integrating New Technology and Old Work Environments

It’s being futuristically referred to as “Manufacturing 4.0,” the latest in a long line of wrinkles in our ever-changing world of heavy and light industry, a seismic marriage of technology, automation and computerization that is causing more and more functions once done by human hands to be performed by sophisticated and highly specialized machines. I will […]

Robotics and Jobs: Living in Harmony

Before you read any further, take a moment or two and check out the recent 60 Minutes feature on what’s afoot in the rapidly expanding world of robotics. OK, now that you’ve done that, let me offer some thoughts on robotics; especially since my hometown, Chicago, just played host to that industry this past week […]

Tell the Kids: Want a Blue Collar Job? Get an Education.

The BBC this week ran a terrific story on the radically changing face (and sound) of industrial America.  It pointed out a hard and cold fact that we’ve been trumpeting in this space for nearly two years: no manufacturers really need unskilled or even marginally skilled factory workers anymore. Oh sure, there will always be […]