Speaking prior to the recent Advanced Engineering 2017 exhibition in Birmingham, Andy Brown, Divisional Leader at supply chain technology company Access Group, has challenged the idea that Industry 4.0 poses a threat to job security, amid reports of ‘robots taking over the factory’.
Brown highlighted that fears of jobs disappearing because of automation and other new technologies were largely unfounded, adding that innovation is, in fact, essential for future economic growth.
Commenting further, he said: “Industry 4.0 raises many questions - however, our view is that it can modernise engineering and manufacturing and ultimately safeguard employment. There will be a definite shift away from manual work towards strategic operations, enabling businesses to lower costs, increase output and push up profits. Instead of losing jobs, we will see them redefined, with production managers taking more responsibility for running the factory rather than getting involved with physical processes.
“Technology is increasingly breaking down barriers, helping smaller firms to compete with larger firms and win lucrative contracts. Greater efficiencies in the supply chain mean that businesses are more commercially successful, which, in turn, can reduce the likelihood of redundancies.
“Advanced Engineering 2017 is a valuable opportunity for us to speak to those at the coalface of this major transformation. During the event, our team will be on hand to dispel some of the myths around Industry 4.0 and we’re looking forward to discussing any concerns they may have.”