PART    II

New and Emerging Technologies

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”

—Carl Sagan

Part II of this book looks at a suite of new technologies that will influence the way we will be manufacturing in the near future.

First we look at new developments in information and communications technology (ICT) that are already changing the administrative side of things. Then we look at new and emerging technologies that are about to change not only how we communicate and control machinery but also how we communicate with people on the floor.

Next we look at new manufacturing technologies, most of which have become available or affordable because of recent ICT advances, and at a few others that will extend the things we can produce ...

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