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The Lego Hand

November 24, 2014

Topics like quality, efficiency, process and cost can dominate almost any manufacturing conversation. End-customer satisfaction depends on consistent quality and high value; as an industry, we spend billions of dollars annually to implement practices and technologies to make things better.

Creativity, on the other hand, is more elusive. We call it ‘thinking outside the box’ for a reason: it sits in opposition to other practices. Creativity is difficult to predict, to manage or to make efficient. It requires a great deal of failure and investment, sometimes with little return.

So for this Make Things Monday, we’ll highlight creativity. Meet Aidan Robinson, a 9-year-old who saw things differently and found an intersection between Lego and his prosthetic arm. Rather than focus on making a better hand, Aidan imagined what he could do given the right tool. Through his maker camp and a lucky break, his ideas might just change how we think about prosthetics for kids.

That ability to take a situation, a set of tools, resources and materials and come up with a completely different approach can quickly separate leaders from followers in an industry. Sometimes it isn’t just about making things better, it is about reimagining what’s possible.

About the Author

Plex Team

Plex Systems, Inc., a Rockwell Automation company, is the leader in cloud-delivered smart manufacturing solutions, empowering the world’s manufacturers to make awesome products. Our platform gives manufacturers the ability to connect, automate, track and analyze every aspect of their business to drive transformation. The Plex Smart Manufacturing Platform includes solutions for manufacturing execution (MES), ERP, quality, supply chain planning and management, Industrial IoT and analytics to connect people, systems, machines, and supply chains, enabling them to lead with precision, efficiency and agility.