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A new industrial revolution in the works

The Economist produced a video about the Third Industrial Revolution. 


The video is focus is on:

  1. 3D printing - a shift from subtractive manufacturing to additive manufacturing.
  2. Robotics – the use of automation to improve quality and reduce costs
  3. Flexible manufacturing techniques and social structures.


In addition to the automation and new manufacturing techniques, the increase in transportation costs… is causing a shift in where and how manufacturing takes place. I saw a clip the other day on a company  moving TV assembly to DetroitElement Electronics. This is quite a shift from how organizations have thought about what drives cost reduction in manufacturing.


These are bringing into question some of the foundation assumptions in manufacturing.

| ‎05-11-2012 09:37 PM
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