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Why Smart Manufacturing Is About More Than Just Technology

Posted by Shekhar Chandrashekhar, SMART Manufacturing Practice Lead on Sep 13, 2018 10:21:29 AM

What is smart manufacturing? Essentially, smart manufacturing is the practice of making information about manufacturing processes available when and where it is needed, in the form it is needed, so that smart decisions can be made about the course of critical business operations.

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Topics: Smart Manufacturing, digital transformation, Future of Manufacturing, sensors, Internet of Things, IoT, Manufacturing Solutiions

The Role of Smart Sensors in Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand on Aug 15, 2018 9:30:56 AM

Sensors have played a role in manufacturing for years, but until recently they have been largely constrained by issues such as system noise, signal attenuation, and response dynamics. Today, integration of local computing power and the Internet of Things (IoT) has transformed ordinary sensors into smart sensors, enabling them to carry out complex calculations on measured data locally within a sensor module.

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Topics: sensors, Future of Manufacturing, Internet of Things, IoT, digital transformation, Manufacturing Technology, Technology, Manufacturing Information Systems, Manufacturing Solutiions, Innovation, Smart Manufacturing

How Virtual Reality is Changing the Manufacturing Game

Posted by Steven Brand on Aug 3, 2018 10:21:51 AM

It’s no longer just for gaming! Virtual Reality (VR), sometimes referred to as Augmented Reality (AR), is shaking things up across all industries, including manufacturing. While the technology is currently being employed mainly by large manufacturers, like additive manufacturing and the cobots before it, growing acceptance of the technology is likely to cause prices to drop, allowing small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) to take advantage of its powers as well.

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Topics: Future of Manufacturing, digital transformation, virtual reality, Smart Manufacturing, Safety in Manufacturing, Advanced Manufacturing, Manufacturing

The Drive Toward Digital Transformation in Manufacturing

Posted by Steven Brand on Jun 19, 2018 1:43:41 PM

While manufacturers have traditionally been hesitant to invest in their operations due to cost, a recent National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) survey of more than 500 manufacturers reveals that 65% plan to increase capital spending in the coming years. Where is the money going to go? Experts predict most manufacturers will look toward revamping their facilities in order to adapt to the demands of today’s digital world.

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Topics: IoT, Internet of Things, Smart Manufacturing, Advanced Robotic Manufacturing, 3D Printing, digital transformation

4 Smart Energy Ideas for Manufacturers in California

Posted by Steven Brand on Oct 26, 2017 11:58:04 AM

Although manufacturing has long been considered an energy-intensive industry, this trend has begun to change. Between 2010-2014, U.S. manufacturing energy consumption is estimated to have increased by 4.7%, according to the Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey (MECS) released in October 2017.

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Topics: Smart Manufacturing, Energy Management, Manufacturing Tips

The Insider's Guide to Smart Manufacturing Trends in 2017

Posted by Steven Brand on Oct 12, 2017 10:30:00 AM

Smart manufacturing trends in 2017 indicate that a radical transformation in the manufacturing sector is taking place. In a report by global market research firm BCC Research, the global market for smart manufacturing is expected to grow from $159 billion in 2015 to $392 billion by 2020 at a compounded annual growth rate of 19.8%.

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Topics: Additive Manufacturing, Smart Manufacturing

Don’t Get Left Behind, SMART Manufacturing is the Future for Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers

Posted by Steven Brand on Sep 22, 2017 10:03:18 AM

What exactly is Smart Manufacturing?

Over the past several years, the topic of SMART Manufacturing has been a conversation among industry experts, strategists and thought leaders. However, despite its media coverage, many on the front lines of manufacturing aren’t quite sure what SMART Manufacturing entails or why it’s even relevant to their organization.

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Topics: Smart Manufacturing

How Has Digitization Impacted Small to Medium-Sized Manufacturers Over the Last Decade?

Posted by Steven Brand on Mar 31, 2017 9:30:00 AM

When we talk about digitization in manufacturing, we are referring to the use of digital tools and technologies to create sustainable growth for manufacturers of all sizes. For example, tools such as mobile applications, video conferencing and instant messaging allow for easier communication while other digital technologies like robotics and data storage give small and medium-sized manufacturers the ability to compete in the global marketplace.

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Topics: Manufacturing Technology, Smart Manufacturing

Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) is the Next Big Thing in Manufacturing: An Entirely New Platform for Electronics

Posted by Steven Brand on Nov 16, 2016 12:30:00 PM

Flexible hybrid electronics (FHE) is an innovative process that combines elements of the electronics industry with that of the high-precision printing industry.

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Topics: Smart Manufacturing, Research and Development

Smart Manufacturing – A Bird’s Eye View (Part 6 of 6)

Posted by Ellen McKewen on Oct 19, 2015 11:38:48 AM

This post is the sixth and final installment in our series about Smart Manufacturing (SM). Our goal for the series was to inform manufacturers of SM’s components, how it affects business productivity, economics and plans, its importance in the value chain, and how it changes the workforce and the overall future of manufacturing. We also would like to thank the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC) for their assistance and the availability of their experts who are currently working on Smart Manufacturing.

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Topics: Smart Manufacturing