Technology is transforming the world around us, including the products we use, how they are made, and the places where we work. It’s also transforming manufacturing, to make it more efficient, productive, and adaptive. Industry 4.0 and advanced manufacturing at Stanley Black & Decker is about improving collaboration between humans and automated technology, leveraging connected machines to improve how plants collaborate and problem solve, and utilizing analytics to improve productivity and make manufacturing more efficient and more competitive.
Stanley Black & Decker currently operates 49 manufacturing facilities in the United States, including three in Connecticut, with more than 100 manufacturing facilities globally. Our facilities are implementing Industry 4.0 in their operations from manufacturing execution systems (MES), to 3-D printing, virtual reality and artificial intelligence, with the support of the Manufactory 4.0 initiatives.
The Stanley Black & Decker Manufactory 4.0
In 2019, we opened our 23,000-square-foot Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence, called “Manufactory 4.0,” in downtown Hartford, CT. The Manufactory serves as the nerve-center of Stanley Black & Decker’s Industry 4.0 transformation. It is designed to more rapidly test and deploy technologies at our many manufacturing facilities and deeply engage with a wide range of public and private partners. The Manufactory is also an innovation hub for the local region, helping our manufacturing community, including suppliers and customers, evolve into advanced manufacturing and to re-develop Connecticut as a leading market for advanced manufacturing in the United States.
“The opening of our world-class Manufactory 4.0 facility is an important part of our commitment to becoming a global leader in advanced manufacturing – both in terms of enabling our own company’s Industry 4.0 evolution and enabling innovation across the industry. From this center of excellence, we’ll be able to more rapidly test and deploy technologies at our many manufacturing facilities and deeply engage with a wide range of public and private partners.”