Factory of the Future: Ready, Set, Now!
Published April 11, 2012
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    Manufacturing. If the term still evokes Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 film “Modern Times” - his Little Tramp character struggling as a Great Depression factory assembly line worker - it’s time to fast-forward to our own modern times and beyond. According to IDC’s Worldwide Manufacturing 2012 Top 10 Predictions, “Manufacturers will be really busy in designing their factories of the future…for a massive change...” SAP’s Martin Mrugal quantifies the impact of this trend. “Today’s new technology and how it is applied to the design, production, transportation and distribution of a company’s products will set it apart in the eyes of the consumer, creating the most powerful and lasting competitive advantage a company can have.” To keep us future-focused, SAP’s Pradeep Amladi’s Forbes.com blog, “Will your next car drive itself?”, cites this 1977 Fleetwood Mac lyric: “Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow. Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here.” Pour a cup and join us for Factory of the Future: Ready, Set, Now!
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