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The Definitive Guide to Modern Supply Chain Management (Collection) by Sara Lewis, Michael Watson, John Bell, Thomas J. Goldsby, Peter Cacioppi, Jay Jayaraman, Chuck Munson, Chad W. Autry, Mark A. Moon

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8. Implications for Production: Disrupted Process Flows

Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick warned us what a future might look like where humans and their computing machines find themselves in conflict, as the mission-fixated HAL conspired against his mortal crewmates in 2001: A Space Odyssey. But computer processing power and the performance capabilities of computer-driven automation are exciting considerations today. A tour of a modern manufacturing facility equipped with robotic automation and guided vehicles can astound and amaze the casual observer. Following such a visit, you might think that humans’ role in the production process is being marginalized as advanced technology takes over. However, humans and machines more often than not work hand-in-hand. ...

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