Don’t Wait for Standards Before Moving Closer to Smart Manufacturing
Smart Manufacturing has been making a lot of noise in the manufacturing industry, mostly due to how automation can greatly improve manufacturing operations through enhanced productivity. Also known as the “New Industrial Revolution”, this may indeed drastically shift the entire world of manufacturing.
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So, what is it?
According to Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition, Smart Manufacturing is defined as “integrating network-based data and information that comprises the real-time understanding, reasoning, planning, and management of all aspects of a manufacturing and supply chain enterprise.” Some refer to smart manufacturing as the digitization of various processes in a manufacturing company.
A company that has moved forward to smart manufacturing utilizes intelligent machines, networks, and systems to handle and manage different processes in their operation. Smart manufacturing is basically a term highlighting the different technologies used in manufacturing to make the processes more efficient and more effective.