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Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation

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Waltham, MA 02453

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"What is Industry 4.0 and How Did We Get Here?"

The evolution of technology, the workplace, and the nature of educational needs supporting the current phase of the American Industrial Revolution.

Ask any manufacturing company today about what the future holds, and likely the answer will be some form of “Industry 4.0”. Some even call it the “4th Industrial Revolution.” But what do these labels mean, and what about 3.0, 2.0 and 1.0? Does manufacturing progress in such big steps?

By looking at the long sweep of manufacturing history (and personal experience over the past 4 decades) we see both a continuous evolution of technology and a set of “principles of manufacturing”. These principles, which are drawn from the unique requirements of manufacturing, are universal and unchanging. This implies that Industry 4.0 is simply a moment in time along this trajectory, and one that continues to advance manufacturing to an ever more complex technical system, but one that still is based on these principles.

In this talk the state of manufacturing technology will be examined along with how that technology affects the workforce. The conclusion is that world class manufacturing has and will always require mastering the necessary technologies in the context of the underlying fundamentals and that education at all levels of the enterprise must include both.

Professor Hardt is an expert in system dynamics, control and manufacturing processes. He is the Ralph E. and Eloise F. Cross Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. His process control research has centered on a variety of processes from welding and sheet metal forming to micro-embossing and most recently continuous soft-lithography.

Professor Hardt has served as the Director of the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity, Engineering Co-Director of the MIT Leaders for Manufacturing.

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The Mill Talks at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation are free and open to the public and are made possible by the generous support of the Lowell Institute.

Advance registration is strongly recommended; we cannot guarantee that space will be available the night of the event.

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IMPORTANT DIRECTIONS AND PARKING INFORMATION FOR THE CHARLES RIVER MUSEUM

There is NO Museum Visitor Parking at the Francis Cabot Lowell Mill complex. You will be subject to tow by the Mill.

CHECK OUT OUR HANDY NEW DIRECTION/PARKING VIDEO

If you are coming to the Charles River Museum for the first time, it is helpful to follow the directions, map and advice below:

While the Museum’s address is 154 Moody St. in Waltham, we are not right on the street but rather at the far end of the Francis Cabot Lowell Mill complex.

Because there is no Museum Visitor parking at the Mill, we recommend using the many public lots in Waltham. The one closest and most accessible to the Museum is the Embassy Parking Facility off Pine St. Enter 42 Cooper St into your GPS to locate the entrance to the lot. To then reach the Museum, cross the footbridge which crosses the Charles River and then keep to your right along the Mill. A brief 2-5 minute walk will bring you to our Visitor Entrance. The Charles River Museum is directly under the factory smokestack.

Please DO NOT BRING VEHICLES DOWN THE LANDRY WAY PATH. It is restricted to Emergency Vehicles ONLY and is a DEAD END with no turnaround.

If walking coming from Moody St itself, enter at the pathway immediately North of the Moody St Bridge next to Enterprise-Rent-A-Car. Follow to the right alongside the Charles River and down Landry Way along the river side of the Mill.

If you need further assistance or information, the Museum phone number is 781-893-5410

We look forward to seeing you at the Museum!

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