Apr 1, 2021

Mendix: 78% of US Manufacturers want to help with DX

US
SmartManufacturing
DigitalTransformation
Mendix
Georgia Wilson
2 min
Digital Transformation
Latest findings from Mendix reveals that 78% of US manufacturing workers want to Help with digital transformation...

In a survey titled ‘Digital Illiteracy in the Factory: Providing Workers with Low-Code Tools’, Mendix - a Siemens business - discovered that 83 per cent of manufacturing workers (8 in 10) are interested in learning new digital skills.

“The prevailing wisdom for years has been that factory and industrial workers would resist digitalisation of their workplaces for fear of being replaced,” said Mendix. “But the survey, titled 'Digital Illiteracy in the Factory: Providing Workers with Low-Code Tools', revealed that workers now see acquiring technology as a strength.”

Commissioned by Mendix, and conducted between January 29 and February 11, 2021, the report looked at 250 full time workers in the US and 250 in Germany.

Other key findings from the survey included:

  • 9 out of 10 wanted to learn how to use low-code software development, with 3 per cent stating that they currently use low-code in their jobs
  • 67 per cent wanted to create a software app to solve issues at work
  • When compared to other countries (such as Germany) US workers were more willing to welcome and contribute to digitalisation 78 per cent vs. 61 per cent
  • Only 18 per cent of US manufacturing workers are happy with their digital skills 
  • 87 per cent of US workers want to learn how to use low-code, with 88 per cent of women being very interested in learning to low-code versus 51 per cent of men

“Like many business sectors, U.S. manufacturing is short of software and software developers. Training workers to code is expensive and time-consuming. Low-code enables citizen developers to build applications rapidly, with minimum training. As for the trained developers that manufacturing companies do employ, Mendix’s low-code helps them create apps 10X as fast and at a much lower cost,” said said Derek Roos, CEO of Mendix.

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May 10, 2021

Timeline: Tesla's Construction of Gigafactories

Automotive
Gigafactory
DigitalFactory
Sustainability
Georgia Wilson
3 min
Sustainable Manufacturing | Gigafactory | Electric Vehicles | EVs | Tesla | Smart Manufacturing | Automotive Manufacturing | Technology
A brief timeline of Tesla’s Gigafactory construction progress over the years, furthering its efforts in sustainable energy and electric vehicles...

Tesla's mission to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy

Founded in 2003, Tesla was established by a group of engineers with a drive to "prove that people didn’t need to compromise to drive electric – that electric vehicles can be better, quicker and more fun to drive than gasoline cars." Almost 20 years on, Tesla today is not only manufacturing all electric vehicles, but scaleable clean energy generation and storage too. 

"Tesla believes the faster the world stops relying on fossil fuels and moves towards a zero-emission future, the better," says Tesla. "Electric cars, batteries, and renewable energy generation and storage already exist independently, but when combined, they become even more powerful – that’s the future we want. "

Tesla Gigafactories

In order to deliver on its promise of "accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy through increasingly affordable electric vehicles and energy products," Tesla's Gigafactory journey began in 2014 to meet its produciton goals of 500,000 cars per year (a figure which would require the entire worlds supply of lithium-ion batteries at the time).  

By ramping up its production and bringing it in-house, the cost of Tesla 's battery cells declined "through economies of scale, innovative manufacturing, reduction of waste, and the simple optimisation of locating most manufacturing processes under one roof." With this reduction in battery cost, "Tesla can make products available to more and more people, allowing us to make the biggest possible impact on transitioning the world to sustainable energy."

2014: Giga Nevada and Giga New York begin construction

Born out of necessity to meet its own supply demand for sustainable energy, Tesla began the construction of its first Gigafactory in June 2014, in Reno, Nevada, followed by its Buffalo, New York facility the same year. "By bringing cell production in-house, Tesla manufactures batteries at the volumes required to meet production goals, while creating thousands of jobs," said Tesla.

2016: Reno, Nevada grand opening

Tesla’s construction of Giga Nevada came to an end in 2016, the first of its Gigafactories to complete its construction project. The factory’s grand opening took place in July 2016, and by mid-2018 reached an annual battery production rate of 20 GWh, which made it the highest-volume battery plant in the world that year. 

2017: Giga New York begins production

Two years after Tesla’s second Gigafactory began construction, Giga New York was complete, and started its production operations in 2017.

2019: Giga Shanghai construction to production in record time

In 2019, Tesla selected Shanghai as its third Gigafactory location. The company constructed the factory in record time, taking just 168 working days from gaining permits to finishing the plant's construction.

2019: Giga Berlin begins construction

Announced in November 2019, Tesla began the construction of its first European Gigafactory in Berlin. The Gigafactory is still under construction.

2020: Giga Texas begins construction

The following year in August 2020, Tesla began the construction of its Giga Texas factory. The company’s third Gigafactory in the US is still under construction.

2021: Giga Texas and Giga Berlin expected completion of construction

Looking to the future, Tesla expects to complete the construction of its Giga Texas and Giga Berlin factories in May 2021 and July 2021 respectively.

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