Behind the relentless hype of Industry 4.0 and factories of the future is the reality that manufacturers are slow to adopt information technologies. Oftentimes, they simply don’t need to. Why buy shiny new robots and connected devices when production is running fine with tried-and-tested machines and reliable staff?
It’s a big exaggeration that robots will take all production jobs. Robots are expensive and high maintenance—and nowhere near as flexible as humans. People can do one job one day and another job the next. A robot needs to be reprogrammed, and that takes time that holds up production.