As the world struggles with labor shortages and races to resolve supply chain disruptions hastened by a global pandemic, we must elevate the conversation around the future of manufacturing. The time is now to convene leaders from across the public and private sectors, academia, and civil society to define joint actions at the national, regional, and global levels. Our aim is to develop scalable, implementable solutions that are beneficial for both the industry and the broader community at large.
As technology evolves, so does the relationship between humans and machines. When it comes to labor and the workplace, increased digitization means that the set of skills needed for people to thrive inevitably shifts too. In particular, factory workers can’t be retrained with just a flip of a switch, so consistent, proactive reskilling and upskilling are critical. Not only does this help to retain more motivated, engaged employees, it also enables companies to innovate faster, with a more highly trained workforce.
Just as Bright Machines is helping our manufacturing customers navigate digital transformation at the factory level, we are equally committed to developing public policy and programs aimed at shaping the future of work. As a member of World Economic Forum’s Advanced Manufacturing Industry Taskforce, we are helping to define and track future skill requirements, as well as establish new job transition pathways.
In parallel, Bright Machines is planning to directly support local manufacturers with a network of regional innovation centers. These “Centers of Excellence” will provide access to state-of-the art technology, trusted manufacturing services, industrial automation skills training, and best practices for realizing the potential of modern manufacturing.
Supporting factories and factory workers is part of our DNA at Bright Machines. As we grow, so will our efforts to best prepare all parts of the manufacturing industry ecosystem to take full advantage of the opportunities created by the latest technologies.