Hightech investments may ensure the growth of digital manufacturing mdash but may not be enough to ensure the success of manufacturers

High-tech investments may ensure the growth of digital manufacturing — but may not be enough to ensure the success of manufacturers.

Managing the Inevitability of Digital Manufacturing

New technologies for automation, simulation, and collaboration arrive constantly, but there is a human dimension to understanding, optimizing, and applying these new capabilities. Relying on IT to power growth Automation via digital planning Developing skilled workers

There is a sense of inevitability about “digitalization” in manufacturing: new technologies arrive in waves, to automate production sequences or processes, to coordinate planning with production, and to link processes with databases, and all these strategies are focused within individual workplaces. Connectivity between locations or across enterprises represents another, equally inevitable dimension of manufacturing.

Manufacturers know, and apparently accept, this inevitabilit

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