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Humans and machines working together

Graham Immerman
September 21, 2018

There is often concern about machines replacing workers in manufacturing, but the discussion should really be centered around how they will work together for the best outcome. By taking over the dangerous and repetitive tasks, machines can improve employee job satisfaction by making their work day safer and more rewarding. Forbes said, “So the big question as manufacturers adopt Industry 4.0 technologies isn’t about whether technology will replace factory workers, but rather how to build manufacturing systems that maximize the performance and productivity of your workforce via human-machine symbiosis.” As you can see, efficiency isn’t the only benefit of digital transformation!

Human-Technology Symbiosis in Manufacturing: Changing the Discussion About Automation and WorkforceSource: http://www.forbes.com

The debate within manufacturing about whether technology will completely replace people is interesting, but it’s the wrong debate to be having. Technology is changing the workforce, it’s a fact, and it has eliminated low-skilled manufacturing jobs in the past; but it’s not as black-and-white as most arguments suggest. Read More

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