The Apple Watch, CPG’s, and Semi-Automation

The Apple Watch, CPG's, and Semi-Automation


If you’ve been on the internet, you’ve heard about the forthcoming Apple Watch announcement from Apple Inc. today, and as with most of their product releases, this will be no ordinary launch.

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, introduced the product briefly during an Apple event in September of 2014, extolling the watch features and the impact it has had on his live, as he used pre-release versions.

Yes, the articles preceding the launch are begging the usual questions. Will the battery last long enough? Do consumers really want this and will they sell enough? How much will it cost, and how does it work?

Whether or not you consider the Apple Watch immediately relevant in your personal life or in your manufacturing operation, there is no denying that it is an intriguing technology and is further evidence that discrete, semi-automated technology is here to stay.

If you’re finding it challenging to understand why such product might be relevant in your operation, read a few of our blogs on discrete, semi-automated technology and the industrial internet of things.

We’ve written about discrete, semi-automated solutions for the consumer packaged goods sector in this blog to help your sort through things.

Whatever you do, don’t underestimate the impact that this will have. This is more than a device that will simply display information, and understanding this as powerful technology that can transform your organization is paramount to maintaining your competitive advantage:

  • You can find articles on semi-automated intelligence and the relationship to your installed base here and here.
  • We write about discrete, context first systems here.
  • We’ve also written about the industrial internet of things, a product sector where technologies like the Apple Watch which will no doubt have a variety of applications for CPG’s, here.
  • And, we wrote about how we scaled a semi-automated solution to save millions annually, using nothing more than a tablet as a tool here.
  • One of our most popular blogs also speculates on the relevance of discrete tools, walking you through how you might leverage semi-automated solutions to “check” and “act” as part of the Deming cycle, which you can find here.

To learn more about the Apple Watch today, Apple will stream the event live at 10am PDT, here. For additional, in depth coverage and a live blog of the product release, visit, here.

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