Posted on: November 15, 2015 by Thilo Stieber

As digital technology ushers in a fourth industrial revolution, what does it mean for the workforce? Will we all be working with robots?

Smart manufacturing is being dubbed ‘the fourth industrial revolution’, or Industry 4.0. Why? Because it will transform the way manufacturing is structured and the jobs that make it happen.

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Picture the assembly floor of a car factory staffed entirely by machines. And picture again these machines interacting with human workers – Cobots or collaborative robots, talking to the cars they’re making, and seeming to apply intelligent decisions as to which assembly station they go to next. Bespoke components are being printed to orders fed in by a computer that’s taking instructions from a design department 5,000 miles away, which in turn is being informed by a depository of data gathered from end users worldwide. It’s all happening with seamless efficiency. Productivity is up, quality is impeccable and the customer is more satisfied than ever before (…)

This somewhat Utopian vision is what Industry 4.0 will look like and, to a certain extent, it’s happening already. At Siemens’ Amberg Electronics Factory, the products control their own assembly and all processes along the value chain are integrated via IT, thus enabling increased productivity to one product per second throughout the working year, failure rate reduction to almost zero and costs cutting. By retraining its employees, Siemens has simply redeployed its Amberg workforce into positions of control rather than assembly.

So what sort of jobs will the manufacturing workforce be doing in 10 or 20 years’ time? Thilo Stieber, Luca Benporath and Davide Criscione, all believe that in order to answer that question you must first understand the context of the revolution (…) Download the full story below.

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About Thilo Stieber
Chief Digital Officer Manufacturing, Retail, Transport - Global Head Automotive, High-Tech & Engineering
Thilo Stieber is responsible at Atos for the Manufacturing, Retail and Transport markets in APAC, in addition to his global market responsibility for Portfolio & Innovation. In his roles he supports companies in improving & transforming their business from a product to a more customer centric approach by using new digital technologies like Cloud, Big Data & advanced analytics, Internet of Things and mobility. Prior to this Thilo Stieber held a range of global management roles with a strong focus on developing new innovative business strategies & solutions. His expertise is based on serving for many years European & US manufacturing companies globally in the area of Supply-Chain Management and Production. During his career he built up strong international business skills by working many years abroad throughout Europe, US, South America and Asia.