Smart manufacturing isn't just a broad buzzword. It has specific characteristics that contribute to its success. One important characteristic is making important data available to those it affects - quickly. Forbes said that executives, "Should use smart technologies to, for example, eliminate reports and meetings, where decisions are traditionally made. Instead, they should use smart technologies that make the appropriate data available via dashboards to those who need it, when they need it." That's where our real-time dashboards on the floor come in. When a machine isn't operating at full capacity, that information doesn't need to work its way from executives to those on the floor - they know right away.
Too often, discussions about smart manufacturing are too abstract to be useful. Claims that it connects billions of machines and people confuse rather than clarify. To gain the benefits, you need to get specific. To do that, it’s helpful to review how the characteristics of smart manufacturing correspond to your business goals and tactics. This will help you decide how to leverage and deploy the technologies in your company. Future articles will review the characteristics from the perspective of traditional business goals, describing how smart manufacturing will help you address the need for speed, meet more complex customer expectations, improve decision making, and build and sustain operational improvement and business growth. Read More