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Smart Manufacturing

The University of Toronto, Canada
(The University of Toronto, Canada - Wei-Jiun Su)




"Smart manufacturing has been defined as the 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 industry is a synonym for Industry 4.0 or industrial transformation in the fourth industrial revolution within which smart manufacturing de facto fits.

Industry, the manufacturing business, manufacturing companies and even manufacturing processes are in full transformation. This is mainly due to increasing automation, digital transformation, the bridging of digital and physical environments (as enabled by IoT or the Internet of Things), evolving industrial and manufacturing technologies, the intensive usage of data/analytics, industry and manufacturing challenges, human, economic and societal evolutions and demands and the integration of information technology and operational technology (IT and OT)."


Enterprise IoT Insights


[Enterprise IoT Insights]: 

"Sensors and data analytics underpin smart manufacturing initiatives

Smart manufacturing is a process that utilizes internet-connected machinery to monitor the overall production process. The main goal of smart manufacturing is to identify opportunities for automating manufacturing operations and use data analytics to improve the overall performance of the manufacturing process.

The implementation of smart manufacturing initiatives includes the deployment of embedded sensors in manufacturing machines to collect data on their operational status and performance. Through the analysis of this data, manufacturing engineers and data analysts can look for signs that particular parts may fail, enabling preventive maintenance. Manufacturers can also analyze trends in the data to try to spot steps in their processes where production slows down or is inefficient in their use of materials."


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