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Panel: What Will Factories of the Future Look Like?

Panel: What Will Factories of the Future Look Like?
How will tomorrow's factories differ from today's? What challenges lie ahead for smart manufacturing? Watch the full Atlantic Design & Manufacturing Expo panel, “What Does the Factory of the Future Look Like?”

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Tomorrow's factories are going to look very different from today's. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), the increasing pace of automation, the rise of collaborative robots, and even the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) in industrial applications are all going to transform manufacturing—not only for products, but for workers themselves.

What are the challenges as IT and operational technology converge on the factory floor? What challenges lie ahead for workers and manufacturers? How can AI be deployed on assembly floors?

Keary Donovan, Market Development Manager at Ellitek; Keith Han Vice, President of Strategic Planning & Engineering at BISTel; and Rodney Rusk, Industry 4.0 Business Leader at Bosch Rexroth, spoke to an audience at the Atlantic Design & Manufacturing Expo about the current state of smart manufacturing and where the industry is headed.

In their panel discussion, “What Does the Factory of the Future Look Like?,” the three discussed everything from the hurdles of legacy systems to the rise and potential of predictive maintenance.

Watch the full panel below. And for more updates, be sure to follow Design News on Facebook.  

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Chris Wiltz is a Senior Editor at Design News covering emerging technologies including AI, VR/AR, and robotics.

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