That all equipment, vehicle, and worker activities are monitored on a 24x7 basis providing data sets that digitize all physical operations. Unfortunately, many factories look more like this example. With equipment ranging from manual, unconnected equipment to fully automated and connected equipment. Even with fully connected equipment, there are major blind spots in operations especially in how people are interacting with equipment and vehicles.
1. People: The goal of Smart Manufacturing is not to replace people but to empower them to learn and use the optimal combination of Smart technologies to improve their organization
2. Smart Technology: Selecting the right combination of technologies can be challenging, but the good news is that you can start small, and the cost of many Smart Technologies is affordable for even smaller organizations
3. Implementation: When evaluating how best to proceed, a simple ROI analysis can guide your choices