Category Archives: Manufacturing

Industry 4.0: Shifting the Power of Technology Back to the Business

In some ways, the Second Industrial Revolution finished what the First started.  Powering machines with steam had been a massive step forward, but by the 1840s/50s the pace of innovation had slowed.  It wasn’t until the 1870s, when electricity was made broadly available and was combined with increased labor, natural resources and a network of […]

Cloud-Powered Technologies Enable Quick Improvements On Manufacturing Floor

Peter Drucker, the giant of business management education, has many famous quotes.  Perhaps the most well-known of the bunch, “if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it”. Any self-respecting manager instinctively agrees, and billions are spent annually in its pursuit.  Yet many shop floors still don’t have full visibility into their production, a shortfall […]