Is There a Self-Driving Zamboni in Your Future?

Want to work the overnight shift at Walmart scrubbing floors? I didn’t think so. How about scanning shelves to see what merchandise need to be replenished before the morning rush? For that matter, did you want to work the night shift at all? And if you did, wouldn’t you rather be handling online orders, coordinating […]

Digital Manufacturing: What Would FC Barcelona Do?

You’re modeling a digital manufacturing strategy around a use case of new product introductions (NPI), because the corporate emphasis is organic growth through a constant stream of new offerings. You want to understand demand as early as possible in the product life cycle, to continuously adapt your manufacturing and supply chain response for timely replenishment. […]

Plugging Manufacturing into the Data Pool

What do you need to know before you connect your manufacturing floor to the Industrial Internet of Things? As consumers shift their buying habits from products to experiences, should businesses change their operating models as well? Well, if your organization wants to be able to innovate in an effective way, the answer is yes. As […]

Mobility Meets Blockchain; Data Privacy, Supply Chain Loom Large

Few things get the business juices flowing like platforms and ecosystems, with the raft of opportunities that follows in their wake. Transportation and mobility companies, along with blockchain providers, have taken a step toward creating this network effect with theMobility Open Blockchain Initiative(MOBI), designed to promote standards and blockchain adoption in the mobility market. The […]

Lithium Mining and Electric Vehicles: Powering Innovation and a Greener Future

The future of transportation is increasingly greener, with jurisdictions around the world aiming to significantly grow the number of electric vehicles traversing the streets. In the state of California, an ambitious target has been set to reach 5.5 million of them by the year 2030 through rebate programs. By 2025, they plan to have 250,000 […]

The Next Aviation Disruption

Anyone who still considers the idea of point-to-point, on-demand air taxis too futuristic to merit serious thought may want to rethink such a notion. A market for urban air transportation is emerging—effectively airborne versions of Uber and Lyft—and it is probably closer than most people realize. Proof-of-concepts of air vehicle designs, batteries, autonomous systems, and […]

Advanced Robotics: Changing Industries Everywhere

When we think of robots, we often think of manufacturing. After all, machines have taken over numerous jobs that humans used to do by hand—from assembling cars to loading trucks and packing boxes. But as today’s artificial intelligence continues to expand—even, in some cases, adopting the emotional characteristics of human beings—the potential for the use […]

Data-Centric Design: The Next Step in the Evolution of the Internet of Things

Gartner says that 8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide this year, up 31% from 2016. IDC estimates that worldwide spending on the Internet of Things (IoT) will grow 16.7% in 2017, reaching just over $800 billion. When we talk about big numbers such as these, it’s always advisable to look at the big […]

Reinventing the Wheel: Smoothing the road for the next generation of automotive pioneers

Imagine how difficult it was for Armand Peugeot or Henry Ford to stake their fortunes and reputations on the newfangled, “who really cares” invention called automobiles? After all, there was nothing wrong with the horse-drawn carriage or bicycle. Why would anyone in their right mind want to replace these trustworthy forms of transportation with noisy, […]

The Next Generation Mining Workforce

Recruiting Tech-savvy Workers With innovation taking center stage in the mining industry, what the next generation mining workforce will be is only just beginning to take shape. Digitization of all aspects of the mining value chain will bring more opportunities to reshape how the industry works and who will staff it as artificial intelligence, block […]