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The Fourth Industrial Revolution has Started: How Will You Envision and Plan for the Future?

Smart Manufacturing is the Future for Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers

Manufacturing is evolving and your business needs to evolve too. The fourth industrial revolution has arrived as manufacturers meld new technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI) into their business strategies. SMART manufacturing – Sense, Measure, Analyze, Report and Train – will be an integral component of this strategy.

"Intergrated advanced sensors, controls, platforms and modeling makes Smart Manufacturing possible."

It is estimated that smart manufacturing will generate $371 billion in net global value over the next four years by streamlining design and manufacturing processes and managing supply chain risks. By not moving forward, you may be leaving your business behind.

Fortunately, you don’t need to be a big company to realize the benefits of moving to a smart manufacturing process. However, in order to be effective, people, processes and technology need to be in balance and working together. Other key components of a smart manufacturing solution include:

  • Increased efficiency and productivity
  • Establishing equipment and connectivity needs
  • Structuring information management
  • Quantifying business decision making
  • Developing improved workflows

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"A Strategic Approach to Smart Manufacturing" (Industry Week, January 14, 2020)

"Sponsored by MEP National Network: Smart Manufacturing Is About More Than Just Technology" (SME, September 5, 2018)

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What if you could predict when machinery will need maintenance? Or figure out why production drops nightly? With Smart Manufacturing, you can.

Smart Manufacturing empowers businesses to envision and plan for the future by leveraging data and information to facilitate decision making for implementation. 




Foundation of Equipment & Connectivity

The foundation for equipment and connectivity is the ability of connecting equipment to the internet with the ability to turn it on or off. This is also known as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT).

Some Key Statistics About the IIOT

Business investment will grow from $215 billion to $835 billion versus consumer at $72 billion in 2015 to $236 billion in 2020.
Combined, businesses, and governments will invest nearly $1.6 trillion to install IoT solutions in 2020.
$6 trillion will be spent on IoT solutions between 2015 and 2020 (compounded).

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