Consumers could potentially use 3D printers to individualize toys and replace lost parts, which creates a problem and opportunity for toy manufacturers, writes Ian Wright. "Distributed home manufacturing is the future for toys, but also many other products," said Joshua Pearce of Michigan Technological University, who has researched the issue.
Manufacturers that simultaneously use enterprise resource planning and manufacturing execution systems can adjust production in real time and forecast demand accurately, writes Yuval Lavi of Magic Software Enterprises. Integrating ERP and MES capabilities also helps mitigate risks created by rush orders, he writes.
Applications of 3D printing are advancing beyond fused filament fabrication to developments such as dissolvable supports that enable large metal printing, Jeff Kerns writes. Altair has subtracted 103 pounds from a piece of agricultural equipment through additive printing, he writes.
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Cyberattacks aimed at industrial functions are growing by 20% per year, reports Justin Berman of Check Point South Africa. Risk-based continuity plans are the primary way to start preparing for cyberattacks, says Alex Roberts of Cura South Africa.
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign tested whether artificial intelligence objects around self-driving cars could be hacked; their study concluded that "fake" stop signs could not fool autonomous cars. However, a study from OpenAI challenged this claim, with the research team creating a printed picture in five days that was able to fool an autonomous vehicle.
Warehouses may be far removed from final delivery locations, but they play a critical role in providing a customer-centric experience, writes Mark Humphlett of Infor. Strategies such as cross-docking can improve the customer experience by reducing delivery delays, he writes.
Warehouse robots are meant to work with people rather than displace them, especially in solving challenges such as mobility and placement, argues Jerome Dubois, the co-founder of 6 River Systems. A key step toward that is making it easy and engaging for human workers to interact with and control robots.
Collaboration, rather than competition, characterizes the progression of industrial internet of things ecosystems, Susana Schwartz writes. "The challenge -- as millions of IoT devices come onto mobile networks, streaming information to
Internet cloud applications -- will be achieving ultra-responsiveness and higher degrees of
intelligence in industrial IoT applications," she writes.