Transformative technologies have entered the manufacturing sector and have started doing what they do best: Transform it. Technologies such as additive manufacturing, IIoT, edge and cloud computing, machine learning and artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, augmented reality, production simulation and wireless connectivity have and will continue to impact manufacturing, automate it and augment the work and abilities of humans on the shop floor.

Incremental changes such as improving the performance of legacy machines with new component systems (sensors, motors, actuators, and drive belts, for example) will also continue, but transformative technologies will reshape the way manufacturers build products and do business.

Discover the different stages that manufacturers need to progress through before entering the final phase: lights-out manufacturing that allows factories to operate without humans on site.