Introduction of Smart Manufacturing
Over the past several years, the topic of Smart Manufacturing has been a conversation among manufacturing experts, strategists and thought leaders. However, despite its recent coverage in the press and in journal articles, many in the front lines of manufacturing aren’t quite sure what Smart Manufacturing entails, its importance or how it’s even relevant to their organization. If you’re sitting there wondering what Smart Manufacturing is, you’re not alone.
To state it simply, it is the use of real-time data and technology when, where and in the forms that are needed by people and machines. Landscape is the gateway to transforming your manufacturing facility. Contact us now to see how the team at Landscape can help you achieve your smart manufacturing goals.
Smart Manufacturing are systems that are “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 the ability to solve existing and future problems via an open infrastructure that allows solutions to be implemented at the speed of business while creating advantaged value.”
Smart Manufacturing is being predicted as the next Industrial Revolution. And, as with many other advances throughout recent years, it all has to do with technology connectivity and the unprecedented access to and contextualization of data. Think of your smartphone, only on a grander scale.
Landscape integrates data and information from multiple open and vendor applications and products that can be composed to form new solutions. It can be applied to a single machine line, an entire factory or across a network of suppliers and customers. In fact, linking and integrating among and across all of these in synchronized time is possible.
These improvements make it realistic to manage manufacturing operations with more precision and better collaboration among employees, suppliers and partners. Landscape will create an open framework where fact based decisions can be made and decision makers will have the trusted data when it’s needed, where it’s needed and in the most useful form. Solving problems will be based on a total picture.
What are the Benefits of Smart Manufacturing?
This merger of the physical and virtual worlds opens up new areas of innovation that will optimize the entire manufacturing industry to create higher quality products, improve productivity, increase energy efficiency, and sustain safer plant floors.
Furthermore, smarter factories also offer the opportunity to boost employment 2-4 times over the current national manufacturing workforce of 12 million.
Creating smarter factories will allow the U.S. to remain competitive with manufacturing organizations abroad. New, overseas manufacturing facilities are being constructed with Smart Manufacturing technologies built-in. In order for the U.S. to remain competitive, it needs to embrace Smart Manufacturing with people who have the desire to get in on the ground floor.
What Does Landscape Mean for the Manufacturer?
If you’re a small manufacturing organization, what are your strategies for improving upon your processes? What do you want to accomplish – increase sales, reduce costs, improve efficiency, or have a more agile supply chain? It’s likely that you’ve purchased hardware or software along with a license to use the technology to help you accomplish one or more of your goals.
While the intent of these products is beneficial, the ability for a small manufacturer to leverage any type of business intelligence from legacy systems has been extraordinarily limited. These systems are generally not interoperable. Landscape solves this problem as a vendor agnostic solution Landscape can gather data from any existing system.
Landscape offers tools to analyze data and test simulations that can drastically improve their performance, products and designs. It also offers the ability to collaborate with suppliers, both upstream and downstream, more effectively.