Smart Manufacturing FAQs
What is Smart Manufacturing?
Smart Manufacturing is the implementation of fully integrated, collaborative manufacturing systems that respond in real time to meet changing demands and conditions in the factory, in the supply network and in customer needs. Smart Manufacturing is essentially the framework label most often referenced in the United States that incorporates the design principles of Industrie 4.0. Smart Manufacturing uses information and communication technologies along with intelligent software applications to:
- Optimize the use of labor, material, and energy to produce customized, high-quality products for on-time delivery
- Quickly respond to changes in market demand and supply chains
- Drive unprecedented gains in production agility, quality, and efficiency to improve long-term competitiveness.
At Connected Factory Global, we believe that the ability to efficiently extract meaningful data from Smart Manufacturing systems and translate it into valuable operational intelligence provides a distinct competitive advantage to manufacturers. Connected enterprises that are able to mine data from their Smart Manufacturing applications and use it effectively will maximize the benefits and ROI associated with them.
Why Should I Care?
Smart Manufacturing is not just an industry buzzword, it’s the conduit to a sustainable future for all manufacturing operations. By leveraging Smart Manufacturing solutions, manufacturers increase their competitiveness with respect to cost, delivery, flexibility, and quality. By adopting advanced technologies that promote the strategic and rapid flow of digital information within and between manufacturing systems, manufacturers can maximize these capabilities. Developing competitive strength and new capabilities through the implementation of Smart Manufacturing principles and solutions represents the “Fourth Journey” (following journeys that evolve organizational, operational, and technological capabilities) which manufacturers must embark on to meet changing market demands.
Who Should I Trust?
With the rapid pace of Smart Manufacturing evolution and technological advancements, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by jargon and media hype related to manufacturing technology trends such as the Internet-of-things (IoT), Industrial Internet-of-Things (IIoT), Industrie 4.0, Digital Transformation, Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), Computer-Integrated Manufacturing (CIM), Connected Enterprise, Factory Automation, Advanced Manufacturing…that’s why you need an objective and experienced partner who can simplify and streamline the process of leveraging Smart Manufacturing solutions.
As the trusted advisor to manufacturers of all sizes, Connected Factory Global provides in-depth and independent analysis using our proprietary Smart Manufacturing Solutions Database to create customized Smart Manufacturing Roadmaps that are characterized by:
- Low capital costs
- Fast payback
- Mature technologies that meet existing industry standards and practices.
- Easy implementation with limited assistance from vendors or system integrators.
- Ease of use, requiring minimal training from vendors or associations.
Our Smart Manufacturing Solutions Database incorporates industry standards and best in class solutions that integrate across the business management, product life cycle and operational processes of a manufacturing enterprise. Our team represents respected industry experts who understand how to future-proof manufacturing operations and deliver Smart Manufacturing solutions that lead to greater ROI and lasting competitive advantages.
Where should I start?
Talk to us – If you are all ready to get started on your Smart Manufacturing journey, contact the Connected Factory Global Team. We can talk to you about your specific needs and what next steps you should take to ensure that your manufacturing operation stays competitive and ready to meet evolving market demands.
Not sure if you’re ready to take the next step? You can also take the free self-assessment. See where you are on the Smart Manufacturing Journey by completing this short self-assessment survey and where you need to go.