Assembly lines + COVID-19: News roundup from the factory floor

Most manufacturers now face two critical imperatives: keeping the goods that society relies on flowing out the door, while keeping their workforce safe at the same time. In the following weeks and months, I expect to see incredible amounts of ingenuity as factories figure out how to achieve both goals. In fact, we’ll likely see […]

The secret to effective AI deployments: The real world

To realize the promise of artificial intelligence, manufacturers need to bypass the lab. Go live, test, measure and be realistic about what the technology can do.

How AI and data amp up the traditional genba

Using technology, plant managers can stop using the genba to gather data, and instead use it to address issues based on the data already available.

Drishti Sheds Light on the Person-Shaped Blind Spot in Factory Analytics

Industry 4.0 is changing the nature of manufacturing. From IoT and AI to wearables, advanced robotics and 3-D printing, the strategic pillar of manufacturing that is Industry 4.0 is completely transforming the factory floor. Over the past five years, A.T. Kearney has helped hundreds of manufacturers ensure they’re on the right track to be competitive in […]

Augmenting tasks performed by humans is no easy feat

In the mid-1990s, I led the industry/academia team at General Motors that built the world’s first collaborative robots. It was hard work; most people even in robotics had not heard of a “cobot” (or, “intelligent assist devices” (IADs) as we referred to the broader category), knew what it was, much less how it could be […]

“Differentiation in manufacturing is all time to market.” The Drishti Interview: Anik Bose, BGV

Anik Bose, General Partner at Benhamou Global Ventures, was the first investor to hear Drishti’s story—and, I’m flattered to say, the very first investor to commit, after just a 50-minute conversation. With our Series A round behind us, I recently grew curious: what was it about Drishti that captured his interest? We recently sat down […]

Drishtiの紹介: 自動化が進んだ世界で工場労働者の競争力を高める

製造業には2つの重大な秘密がある。 まず第一の秘密は、ロボティクスと自動化の長年の進歩に関わらず、大部分の工場での仕事はまだ人間によって実行されていることである。 スマートフォンがわかり易い例である。ご存知の通り、携帯電話を持っている約50億もの人とのデジタルな接点である。同時に、驚くほど大きな数の人々との物理的な接点も持っている。ただ、中国の工場でそのスマートフォンを作ってくれた約100人近くの人々がいることはあまり知られていない。 Prasad Akella Dr. Prasad Akella transformed manufacturing in the 1990s as leader of the General Motors team behind the world’s first collaborative robots (“cobots”), projected to be a $12 billion market by 2025. With cobots, Akella advanced robotics to safely amplify workers’ physical capabilities. With Drishti, Akella returns to the factory to […]