Even smarter manufacturing
I haven’t toured a manufacturing or processing facility that left me thinking, “That was a dumb manufacturing plant.” Even so, smart manufacturing is impressive. Learn from these examples.
- Improve return on investment for smart manufacturing.
- Implement industrial digital technologies to help smart manufacturing.
- Support the plant with off-site experts, 3D digital twin, augmented reality.
Eight online examples below and five more in this issue provide examples of how smart manufacturing technologies add intelligence, speed, economy and safety. Think again about how intelligence in software can improve your hardware, processes, and people.
Smart manufacturing can improve with time-sensitive networking (TSN), controller-to-controller communications and safety networks, edge computing and vertical integration, advanced physical layer (APL), and fifth-generation cellular (5G) technologies. PI North America
Return on investment (ROI) is a hot topic for mid-sized manufacturers interested in investing in operational improvements on the factory floor. FactoryEye by Magic Software Enterprises
How to present a business case to get smart manufacturing projects successfully approved and implemented. Grantek
A system integrator explains six industrial data requirements for factories of the future using an apple-pie baking example. L&T Technology Services
Whether it’s called smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0, or the Industrial Internet of Things, (IIoT), installing a smart platform for the sake of implementing new technology doesn’t produce the desired result; it must be practical, usable and focus on business benefits. Maverick
Enabling access to machine learning (ML) algorithms in easy-to-use advanced analytics applications accelerates insights in process data. A specialty chemical manufacturer used ML tools to predict over 90% of quality deviations and save more than $500,000 per year in quality downgrades. Seeq Corp.
For operations, a 3D digital twin of a plant can be used to navigate to a virtual representation of an asset to access information about the real asset. ARC Advisory Group
Digital twin: An interactive, one-to-one scale digital replica of the asset and every component, system or piece of equipment within it, updated in real-time gives the asset owner a powerful monitoring tool and testbed. Idox
Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology has been around nearly 20 years, but there’s still confusion about what it can and can’t do for end users and what the certifications mean. University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab
In this issue
In this issue, on this topic, see: How do you break the trap of IIoT development? Finding the ROI in smart manufacturing, digital transformation; How to calculate digital transformation ROI; Factory of the future: How to vitalize digital transformation; and Exploring industrial wireless best practices: More answers.
Mark T. Hoske is content manager, Control Engineering, CFE Media, firstname.lastname@example.org.
KEYWORDS: Smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0
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