Manufacturing Experts: Workers, Machines Can Coexist

New digital tools on the factory floor will help improve quality and efficiency, but they are not going to replace the need for traditional, hands-on manual labor, according to a panel assembled for the Center for Automotive Research’s 2021 Management Briefing Seminars last week in Traverse City, MI.

David Johnson, vice president-production engineering and quality at Nissan, says digital tools involving the collection of data are already making an impact in auto plants. At Nissan, the information gathered digitally is widely used for predictive maintenance.

“Our machines will tell you if it’s not feeling well,” says Johnson, who has worked

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