Intelligent Factories Of The Future

As more manufacturers begin to integrate smart machines into their production processes, employees throughout the industry seek to understand what it will mean to the factory of the future.

To understand how new industrial technology will impact employees, a team from Intel’s Internet of Things Group conducted a study to find out what workers from the factory floor to the boardroom can expect in the intelligent factory of the future.

Led by Dr. Irene Petrick, industrial innovation director, and Dr. Faith McCreary, principal engineer and researcher, the global study involved interviewing 145 employees working in industrial manufacturing — including petrochemical, metal fabrication, and food and beverage companies with factories, primarily in North America.

“Current manufacturers who are considering new digital implementations need to think not just about the technology piece, but also about their workforce,” said Petrick, an internationally recognized expert in strategic road mapping and innovation.

“It’s not just about the numbers of jobs that are changed. It’s about the types of jobs, and their needs. It’s the co-evolution of technology and people in the factory.”

Stephanie Battista