According to its promoters, the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) will bring big changes and re-boost industry in Western Europe with the integration of digital technologies in smart resources and connected objects.
Embedded smart technologies will free the future processes from some human weaknesses and limitations, if not from human attendance. With less needs for human management, what will happen to Theory of Constraints, Lean and Six Sigma?
I assume that ToC, Lean and Six Sigma will not only survive Industry 4.0 but keep naturally their place in smart factories and enterprises of the future.
Each of the TLS (Theory of Constraints, Lean and Six Sigma) body of knowledge in Industry 4.0 smart factories is described in a specific article, leading to the proposed conclusion.
Theory of Constraints and Industry 4.0
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