Why the Lights Out Factory is Not an Immediate Reality

Ken Koenemann | March 2, 2021 | Uncategorized

Could COVID-19 be the catalyst for a “lights-out” factory? While 67 percent of manufacturing decision makers say their adoption of digital technologies has accelerated as a result of the pandemic, one expert in particular believes this doesn’t mean fully automated factories are in our near future.

Manufacturing.net recently spoke with Ken Koenemann, Vice President of Technology at TBM Consulting Group and Dploy Solutions, who says a lights-out factory is not an immediate reality. Why? Until machines can fix themselves, there will still be a continued need for human talent.

Download (in pdf format) Q&A from the interview with Ken titled, “Is COVID Eliminating the Need for Factory workers?”

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Ken Koenemann, VP Technology & Supply Chain
Ken Koenemann

Ken is a 25+ year veteran of manufacturing, operational excellence and supply chain optimization. He believes that it is critical for organizations to address the challenges of strategic planning and use of big data in manufacturing. At TBM, Ken is actively leading the effort to our suite of services to include emerging technologies that improve productivity and convert complex data into information for improved decision making.