Smart manufacturing is linking factories digitally, with central networks connecting with machines, not only to mechanize but to learn processes autonomously, generate orders, adapt to change, understand quality issues and even allot tasks to other devices.

FREMONT, CA: With digitalization comes the rise in trends like smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0, and smart factories. Also recognized as the fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0 is about focusing the attention on connectivity and communication. It presents businesses with a future where devices are connected so that they can correspond and make smart decisions. 

Digital change is a combination of conventional manufacturing processes improved with new advancing technologies, working in tandem to drive manufacturing forward, and address incompetence in the present sector. Driven by technology, Industry 4.0 will alter production and redesign businesses by creating greater efficiency and better relationships between manufacturers, suppliers, and customers.

Big data, analytics, and additive manufacturing (3D printing) are among the technologies considered vital in transforming industrial production. Driven by automation and data, digitalization is changing each step of the industrialized process—from supply chain and enterprise to the shop floor and end-users.

Smart manufacturing is linking factories digitally, with central networks connecting with machines, not only to mechanize but to learn processes autonomously, generate orders, adapt to change, understand quality issues and even allot tasks to other devices.

How Will Digitization Affect Manufacturers?

Smart manufacturing, automation, mass customization, and lean manufacturing are disrupting the industry. By adopting and employing smart technologies, manufacturers can improve inefficiencies, increase productivity, and further sustainability. Additionally, they can also increase uptime, throughput, and performance while reducing operating, overhead, and capital expenses

With the introduction of intelligent factories comes the significance of useful data. Information is an asset to all enterprises and is now driving digital transformation by enabling real-time, learning-based decision-making around all business operations comprising product development, supply chain, manufacturing, and customer experience.

Manufacturers need to take ideas from past industrial revolutions, thereby embracing the change or risking it to stay competitive. Change is scalable, and with some small changes, manufacturers can advance their data, make healthier connections between teams and systems and eventually make their business more digital, ensuing in better customer experience.

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