The COVID-19 pandemic decimated workforces on factory floors around the world and worsened a manufacturing talent crunch already hastened by a wave of retirements. While much of the shortfall in human workers can be recovered through investment in Industry 4.0 solutions (automation, robotization, and digitization) humans will still very much be a part of the future of manufacturing going forward. Industry 5.0 technologies that place humans and human ingenuity and adaptability at the center of advanced manufacturing processes promise to help companies get more out of smaller teams.
Our panel will discuss questions such as:
- Whether to protect plant reliability from future pandemics or to keep plant workforces lean and agile, social distancing may go from temporary fix to permanent feature – how can Industry 5.0 be used to keep workers safe and efficient?
- Bridging the generational gap – how can Industry 5.0 technologies be used to preserve the valuable knowledge and experience of senior employees (Baby Boomers and Generation X) so that it can be leveraged by the digital natives who will come to replace them (Millennials and Gen Z)?
- What Industry 4.0 and 5.0 technologies can ensure a mix of talent and technology that is responsive to rapid and unanticipated change while leveraging human creativity and adaptability in new and surprising ways?