My excitement for the manufacturing Renaissance comes out loud and clear in a paper I wrote about NetSuite’s manufacturing customers here
“The agenda (at the WEF in Davos) this year was “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. The first three revolutions came with introductions of mechanization, electricity and IT—today, Big Data, the Internet of Things, robotics and other technologies are allowing for another revolution.
The WEF is usually ahead of the curve when it comes to such thinking. In this case, however, its cue came from a concept called “Industrie 4.0”, which Germany’s industrial base has been pioneering for a few years and is now becoming a theme across the world. China is looking way past Industrie 4.0 as it plans for future manufacturing with its “Made in China 2025” initiative. In the US, the conglomerate GE has generated excitement with its ambitious initiative called the “Industrial Internet”. Workers at airport hangars, wind turbine farms, hospitals, and many other settings are seeing the growing impact of smarter GE machines that generate loads of data used for optimized operations and predictive maintenance. Japan continues to innovate with 5S lean manufacturing and other methodologies.
The bottom line—the world of manufacturing is evolving at warp speed, and an industry that was supposedly dying as the world moved toward services is back with a vengeance”
In my upcoming book, Silicon Collar, I showcase automation at Plex’s manufacturing customers and quote its CEO Jason Blessing addressing them
“Many of you in this room, the Plex community, you're doing these things. It dawned on me the magnitude of what we're doing together. What we're doing, the Plex community, is someday going to be taught in classrooms. In a sense, we're the pioneers who are leading the Fourth Industrial revolution—leveraging technology to make manufacturing plants more intelligent, safe, and efficient than ever."