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What’s the difference between Smart & Digital Manufacturing?

January 31st, 2015 - Posted by Smart ManufacturingSmart Manufacturing to Uncategorized

They sound quite similar.  Digital manufacturing is about an industrial internet of smart, connected products.  Smart manufacturing is about the industrial internet of smart, connected factories and production plants. Still confused?  Take a look at this presentation (click thumbnails to enlarge) It describes the new Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute that broke ground in Chicago last October with $320…

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Would you fly in an automated plane?

July 24th, 2013 - Posted by Smart ManufacturingSmart Manufacturing to Automation

In a recent discussion on Quora, a frequent flier brought up several points why an automated pilot may be safer

Smart Manufacturing transforms traditional factories from cost centers into profit centers that progressive businesses will strategically invest in to increase sales.

Traditional factories are cost centers.  They make more and more stuff – while increasingly cutting costs.  Consumers love buying all this affordable stuff.  But to keep up with their demands, businesses have had to lean production to bare bones.  Some relocated to lower cost regions, and others even totally outsourced their production capabilities.

A new era of 21st century Smart Manufacturing will optimize plants and supply networks by starting to transform them into profit centers.  Progressive businesses have already begun gathering information and manufacturing intelligence by investing in highly automated and IT-driven production.  This manufacturing intelligence enables the factory floor to become a profitable innovation center. 

Early adopters foresee a smart manufacturing model flexible enough to respond to global consumer demand and bring to life innovations such as the electric-powered car or other game-changers.  Flexible factories can be more quickly reprogrammed to provide faster time to market today and the next generation of mass customization.  Smart manufacturing marries information, technology and human ingenuity to bring about a rapid revolution in the development and application of manufacturing intelligence to every aspect of business.  It will fundamentally change how products are invented, manufactured, shipped and sold. It will improve worker safety and protect the environment by making zero emissions, zero-incident manufacturing possible.  It will also enable an interconnected, efficient global industrial ecosystem.

This website is dedicated to taking you on the manufacturing industry’s transformational journey as smarter processes and sustainable practices deliver greater efficiency and excitement – whether you are a consumer who wants better stuff, a manufacturer who wants to learn how to make more money, or a talented individual who wants a great 21st century career.  You’re in the right place!

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  1. I was searching for Smart Manufacturing on google and i found your blog! Thanks

  2. Excellent tutorial! It’s on my backburner to do list for way too long now, so I should really do this ASAP! The tutorial will come in very handy. Thank you for an outstanding explanation.

  3. Thanks a ton for this – love the info and agree with your perspective. However many others will not, so thanks for speaking up. Nice blog, well done!

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