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Digital Manufacturing: Bringing Change to Supply Chain and Factory Operations

By Dick Weisinger

Manufacturing is going digital. Over 90 percent of manufacturers are adopting digital techniques, according to a manufacturing report from fictiv. Manufacturers are prioritizing customer satisfaction and supply chain visibility as their top two reasons for adopting digital, and 93 percent of companies said that tech solutions that increase operational efficiency can help them achieve those goals.

But digital transformation in manufacturing goes beyond customer satisfaction and supply chain.

Factory operations are being engineered with digital technologies. Factory floors are using sensor data to track and monitor machinery. Dashboards and KPIs provide rich insight into factory operational effectiveness. Real-time sensor data can provide information about noise, vibration, and temperature, and can detect machine-level anomalies. Further, digital models can predict machine operations and anticipate the need for equipment servicing, helping to reduce downtime and maintenance costs.

Hendrik Witt, Chief Product Officer at TeamViewer, said that “as the world moves towards digital, the manufacturing industry needs to adapt with it. Technologies such as AI, AR, and IoT are essential to keep modern production lines running through predictive maintenance, and pre-empting issues before they become detrimental to the supply chain. In a highly competitive business world, companies simply cannot afford to lose precious time to manufacturing issues or allow small defects to spiral into closure of production lines.”

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