From the way we interact and communicate with one another, to how we make basic decisions about our day, shifts in the technological landscape have completely transformed the very basics of what life looks like, and how society operates today. Nowhere have those changes been greater than in the world of manufacturing. From the dawn of the first industrial revolution, technological changes have had a major impact on how products are manufactured – opening up new opportunities for improving efficiency, productivity, and quality.
Robotics, CAD, and machine-assisted processes all had a huge impact on manufacturing, but now they’re yesterday’s innovations. Now, it’s time for the next major transformation: the Smart Connected Factory.
The Smart Connected Factory is all about changing the ways that humans and machines interact and learn from one another – so that both can do more. Behind those interactions is data—the fuel that drives the Smart Connected Factory. Sensors, platforms, and people constantly generate data that the smart connected factory can analyse and action on its own through deep automation. That data provides the foundation for the factory—effectively enabling the use of all kinds of sophisticated, intelligent tools and technologies. Artificial Intelligence, Virtual and Augmented Reality, and advanced robotics all have a role to play in the Smart Connected Factory. But ultimately, it falls to you as a manufacturing business to identify which new digital tools you can best apply to your operations, and how they can help deliver better results for your customers and your business.
Understanding how you can apply new technologies to build smart, connected factories can help you get ahead of the curve and start driving change instead of simply reacting to it. But that entails much more than choosing the right operational technologies. It also means finding the right people with the right digital skills, and implementing the right data foundation to underpin it all.
In this digibook we’ll explore what the future looks like for industrial manufacturing, and what you need to consider as you get your business ready for the changes ahead.