Intelligent automation • Reshoring • Reskilling • Supply chain resiliency • Sustainability • Viewpoints

Welcome to the New Era of Manufacturing

Manufacturers today are assessing every process and protocol that once made factories run efficiently to understand if they’re still providing value. While accelerated by the pandemic, we’ve reached this critical point largely because of Industry 4.0 technology that’s making it possible to change the production of products. That – combined with manufacturers now demanding more flexible solutions to navigate consumers buying patterns and build supply chain resiliency – is ushering in a new era of manufacturing that we’re welcoming with open arms. 

Five areas of change that are top of mind for manufacturers:  

  • Supply chain disruptions: The pandemic, trade wars, and other global disruptions have leaders everywhere rethinking their global operations. A McKinsey survey showed that an overwhelming majority (92 percent) of survey respondents planned to improve resilience through physical changes to their supply-chain footprints and then did so within the year.  
  • Reshoring and near-shoring: Ongoing supply chain issues have led to an increasing desire to reshore or near-shore production to avoid the pitfalls of global operations.
  • Labor shortages: Recruiting and retaining top talent is a massive challenge for the industrial sector. To this, executives are embracing reskilling their current employees to ensure they have the skills required for the digital era.
  • Sustainability pressures: Leaders adopt greener processes and energy alternatives to increase competitiveness, attract new customers, and strengthen their brand. Intelligent software assesses the areas of production that can be improved, whether right-sizing the use of materials or reducing waste. 
  • Shifts in the B2B model: Intelligent automation solutions are easier to access, deploy, design, and maintain, causing a change in the traditional B2B model as end customers can now manage systems on their own.  

Our mission at Bright Machines is to change the speed, scalability, and sustainability of manufacturing by providing an intelligent platform for flexible automation. Bright Machines Microfactories combine software, machine learning, computer vision, and robotics that can be deployed up to twice as fast as existing assembly lines. This is especially important for manufacturers setting up new facilities as they reshore or near-shore to reduce the risk of a global supply chain. 

This era we’re in – where there’s a shift in the traditional mindset occurring, paired with innovative technologies – is breaking down limitations and opening new doors for manufacturers and their workforce. We’re excited, and we hope you are, too.  

Want to learn more? Reach out today by selecting the “Contact Us” tab at the top of our website

About the author

Paolo is a manufacturing and industrial automation executive specializing in strategy, planning, and control operations. Before joining Bright Machines, he was Head of Digital for Comau North America after serving as Head of Global Planning, Head of Supply Chain, and Head of Manufacturing. He’s also held consulting and management roles at Accenture and Cooper Standard. Paolo holds a master of science in formal methods from Universita’ degli Studi di Salerno and an MBA from Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.


Ready for what comes next?

Learn more

Manufacturing: Once a great Equalizer, Now a Competitive Advantage
Viewpoints

Manufacturing: Once a great Equalizer, Now a Competitive Advantage

June 25, 2021

Read more 
Black Swan or Invisible Hand of The Market? How the Pandemic’s Ripple Effects will Shape Manufacturing
Viewpoints

Black Swan or Invisible Hand of The Market? How the Pandemic’s Ripple Effects will Shape Manufacturing

June 2, 2021

Read more 
A new Chapter in Bright’s Story
Viewpoints

A new Chapter in Bright’s Story

May 17, 2021

Read more 
Seven Metrics to Understand Your Factory’s Financial Health
Viewpoints

Seven Metrics to Understand Your Factory’s Financial Health

April 19, 2021

Read more 
Lessons from the Front Lines of Manufacturing: Ford, Honeywell, and My Journey to Bright Machines
Viewpoints

Lessons from the Front Lines of Manufacturing: Ford, Honeywell, and My Journey to Bright Machines

April 13, 2021

Read more 
Is your Automation Automated? How Software is Opening the Door for Increased Innovation in Manufacturing
Viewpoints

Is your Automation Automated? How Software is Opening the Door for Increased Innovation in Manufacturing

March 30, 2021

Read more 
Innovation Latency in Industrial Automation
Viewpoints

Innovation Latency in Industrial Automation

March 24, 2021

Read more 
Be Paranoid, Android: Here Come the Humans
Viewpoints

Be Paranoid, Android: Here Come the Humans

February 25, 2021

Read more 
Four Factors to Ensure Success on First Automation Projects
Viewpoints

Four Factors to Ensure Success on First Automation Projects

February 8, 2021

Read more 
An Intelligent Platform for Innovation
Viewpoints

An Intelligent Platform for Innovation

February 3, 2021

Read more 
Finding the Bright Spots in a Dark Year: 2020 Year in Review
Viewpoints

Finding the Bright Spots in a Dark Year: 2020 Year in Review

December 21, 2020

Read more 
Five Predictions For The Manufacturing Industry In 2021
Viewpoints

Five Predictions For The Manufacturing Industry In 2021

December 11, 2020

Read more 
The Interlock between Product Innovation and Marketing
Bright ideas • Viewpoints

The Interlock between Product Innovation and Marketing

May 18, 2022

Read more 
Full Stack Automation: A Key for Keeping up with Server Demand
Intelligent automation • Viewpoints

Full Stack Automation: A Key for Keeping up with Server Demand

May 2, 2022

Read more 
With Greater Flexibility Comes Greater Resiliency
Software-defined manufacturing • Viewpoints

With Greater Flexibility Comes Greater Resiliency

March 25, 2022

Read more 

Ready for what comes next

Brightware software

Brightware®

Game-changing software that makes it easy to design and deploy flexible assembly lines.

Learn more 
Hand working with tool

Bright Machines Microfactory

Fully programmable production lines – powered by Brightware – that intelligently automate repetitive assembly and inspection tasks.

Learn more 
Contact Us

Interested to learn more about how Bright Machines can help you get started?