Will Smart Factories Remove the Need for Humans?

The implementation of Industry 4.0 tech may increase the likelihood of fully autonomous factories, but it isn’t the end for human workers on the shop floor.

 

LLumin's Insight

Fully autonomous factories are in sight as manufacturers adopt Industry 4.0 technologies. Does this spell the end for human maintenance staff? Not likely. Many companies are moving to approaches that blend human and artificial intelligence, where humans and smart systems work together to keep plants running. An excellent example of this type of collaboration is a worker taking guidance, on what to fix and when, from an asset management system that triggers predictive maintenance alerts when it detects a problem in the making.

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