How to create a smart factory?

Customers are using smart gadgets in their day-to-day lives and their demands are becoming smarter and more specific. The manufacturing industry thrives on the concept of supply and demand. In order to cater to changing demands, businesses need to be smarter and their techniques have to be modified in line with current digitalization trends such as digital manufacturing and the Internet of things (IoT).

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So, start transforming your business, factory, and workplace into a smart one to hold root in this competitive digital world. Make your machines and workers high–tech and digital friendly.

Identify cashable constraints – time and skills

Time is a game changer and a very important constraint to stay ahead of the competition. So save the time spent on repetitive tasks which need less human involvement and get it automated. Invest intelligently in labor and their skills, which should be on par with the latest trends. Make your employees tech savvy.

Learn and research technologies 

Before jumping into anything new, get ahold of its usefulness. There are a lot of professional companies and centers that provide aid to manufacturers by helping assess their current processes and giving feedback and expert advice on automation.

After getting clarity on the solutions available, you can get a bigger picture of how many and what type of tasks need to be automated. 

Go step-by-step

Give attention to the entire manufacturing process from the planning and design stages all the way to production and maintenance. Find out what areas from each phase need to be addressed and monitored more efficiently to boost the overall productivity.

Design

Use CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) technologies which are nothing but computer systems used to manufacture and design products. They help in simulating real-world conditions and they can be easily altered and corrected by changing a few parameters instead of redrawing or reconstructing the entire design, thus reducing time and cost.

Production

Use intelligent machines which will operate automatically and self-configure, self-optimize, and self-diagnose performance issues to produce high-quality products more efficiently.

Test and maintenance 

Through automatically generated reports on the status and performance of the products, it can be possible to avoid failures and get warnings beforehand nullifying the failure cost as compared to traditional systems.

Interconnectivity and transparency

A few years ago, manufacturing systems were isolated and there was no interconnectivity, but with advanced systems, computerization, and other techniques incorporated into the process, there is a flow of information and data across the system as a whole. It is, therefore, becoming easier to compare performance across the world and take fast and effective actions. Communication between different phases of the manufacturing process and transparency are thereby leading to a better and higher-quality process.

So, act smart, use smart, and incorporate digitalization to create a smart factory.

What do you think of smart factories? Let us know.

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