Industrial Technology

Automation: Driving the Future of the Rail Industry

The Need for Better, Faster, Safer

In the wake of the 2015 derailment of Amtrak North East Regional Train 188, which claimed at least eight lives and wounded more than 200, there has been immense public scrutiny on Amtrak for the lack of safeguard technology that could have prevented the tragedy.  The unfortunate reality of the Amtrak 188 disaster is that it is not an isolated event. Since 2013, at least 13 accidents involving trains carrying crude oil alone have been reported— including the Lac-Megantic tragedy, in which 47 people were killed.[1]

As rail lines struggle to keep pace with mounting capacity, efficiency, and safety requirements, the need for a scalable solution that will allow rail operators to meet these challenges is critical.[i] Global rail executives cite “congestion,” “operational efficiency/reliability,” and “safety/security” as three of their top challenges—and with high speed rail alone expected to attract $900B in global investment by 2020, it is clear that many rail stakeholders are prepared to find the resources to address these challenges.[2],[3] In the face of this need for better, faster, and safer rail operations, automation is positioned as a modern solution with far ranging benefits. Automated rail lines, which enable autonomous control of trains with minimal human oversight, hold the promise of increased efficiency, lower costs, and, perhaps most importantly, more consistent safety.

The Resurgence of U.S. Manufacturing: Why Industrial Manufacturers Need to Act Now

The Resurgence of U.S. Manufacturing: Why Industrial Manufacturers Need to Act Now, explores the technological, cultural, and global economic trends that are driving a transformation of the U.S. manufacturing environment.  In this paper we propose that it’s time for U.S. manufacturers to challenge long-held assumptions about their markets and business strategies and refocus on growth if they want to survive and thrive in the global economy.

RaaS Rising: The Coming Era of Robots as a Service


The next wave of robotic industry growth is coming. This paper explores the implications of robotics growth trends for innovators, investors, and Fortune 500 companies across a range of industries and applications. It also presents a series of challenges that successful vendors will need to meet in order to participate in this industry.

All Together Now: The Convergence of Automation and Advanced Manufacturing

Automation and additive methods in industrial manufacturing have been incrementally improving production efficiencies for decades. The convergence of these two maturing trends in the coming years has the potential to structurally change old ways of doing business. For companies exposed to this convergence, the choice is clear: capture this growth or risk getting left behind.