Intel recently conducted a study to assess the state of factory floor automation. With the avalanche of connected sensors and other cutting edge IoT technologies descending on factories, they wanted to see what hurdles for execution might still exist. They explored their own operations in addition to surveying 145 workers in 133 other various companies. According to their research, only 29% of those interviewed worked in what Intel determined were “digitally intensive” factories. As we have indicated in past POV posts, many of the reasons why digital transformation stalls at the POC stage is due to hurdles that are internal to the organization. This study supports this case as those as those who aren’t yet in digitally intensive factories say the biggest roadblocks aren’t technological. Rather, Intel found that 56% of the obstacles to creating more automated factories were related to the company’s culture and leadership.

What’s New: Intel releases study, “Industry 4.0 demands the co-evolution of workers and manufacturing operations.” Research finds more than half of workers surveyed hunger for change and “intelligent” solutions for labor-intensive jobs, but many distrust new technology.

Access the full study on Intel Newsroom

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