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Smart factories – why manufacturing big change is difficult

Claire Asher

A new report from Capgemini promises major gains from smart manufacturing – but also major obstacles.

Among the many industries that stand to be transformed by robotics, automation, and Artificial Intelligence (AI), one stands out. While energy, oil & gas, nuclear decommissioning, engineering, mining, agriculture, transport, and the supply chain are among the sectors being impacted by Industry 4.0 technologies, manufacturing is the one most often in the media spotlight, partly because of the decades-long adoption of robots in the automotive, electronics, and metals sections of that industry.

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