How AI is Powering a Safe Return to the Workplace Real-time workplace data streamed from IoT sources such as cameras, temperature probes, and tags can now be collected and analyzed at the edge and processed using artificial intelligence (AI). The results offer immediate insights, and in some cases, AI can even take actions to detect and prevent health risks to customers and employees.  
Industry 4.0: Understanding the Next Wave of Smart Manufacturing Industry 4.0 is well underway. The key drivers of this era—IoT, cloud, edge computing, and 5G—are reshaping product development and production. As a solution integrator, you play a vital role in innovation. Attend the Intel Industrial Summit 2020 to hear from experts, meet Intel ecosystem partners, and learn about all the technologies that are building the industry of the future.   
Mid-Size Manufacturers Release Cobots into Automation Workstreams Collaborative robots, or cobots, offer reasonable price tags and customizable add-ons that give medium and smaller manufacturers a viable path toward automating their factory floors.  
The Rise of the Smart Factory: How IoT is Reshaping Manufacturing From artificial intelligence to predictive maintenance to collaborative robotics, or co-bots, IoT solutions are having an impact in manufacturing, improving operational efficiency. Tech Data’s IoT expert Eric Thompson describes how smart factories are tapping into automation, learning how to merge the data silos of OT and IT, and re-imagining operations in a world changed by this pandemic.    
Ford Motor Company Relies on IoT Technologies to Boost Manufacturing Productivity Robotic exosuits coupled with virtual reality and 3D printing have led Ford to restructure workspaces and assembly line tasks with the goal of reducing worker fatigue and improving productivity on the factory floor.  
Automated AI Solution Sharpens QC in Contact Lens Manufacturing Contact lens manufacturing has traditionally used slower, manual inspection processes that can limit productivity and output. LEDA Technologies developed an automated inspection solution using technologies from ADLINK and Intel, and the production improvements are clearly visible.  
ProGlove Hits the Mark with Wearable Barcode Scanners Hands-free scanners help companies improve productivity and worker safety in the warehouse and on the manufacturing floor, while providing critical logistics information.  
Autonomous Robots Armed with UV Light Join Fight Against COVID-19 Disinfecting strategies that use chemical-based cleaners put workers at risk of infection, are time consuming, drain resources, and can be impractical for frequently used rooms. Now, robots with UV lights are disinfecting public areas more efficiently and safely.  
Companies Turn to Wearable IoT Technology to Safeguard Workers Wearable technologies provide companies with an easy way to ensure social distancing, prevent group clustering, and provide contact tracing as employees return to the workplace. New technologies are flexible enough to work in the factory, office, or in the field.
Accelerate Industry 4.0 with Modern Industrial PCs Industry 4.0 will lead to the creation of smart factories, with machines that can communicate with each other. Backed by AI and insights from raw data, these machines could be empowered to configure production processes and make modifications in real-time to optimize operations.