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Cloud Computing: Setting the Foundation for Industry 4.0 Applications

Digital transformation technologies are key enablers of modern Industry 4.0 workflows where automation is required to run traditional processes. For manufacturers, implementing industry 4.0 operational models starts with going digital and in many cases; the digital transformation process is done incrementally from eliminating the use of paper to utilizing manufacturing enterprise systems (MES). Moving from …

Reshaping the Production Line with Big Data Analytics

Dark data – this refers to the data collected from the shop floor that remains untouched or used to improve manufacturing output in any way. The average enterprise’s leaves 90% of its data sets untouched and this applies to facilities within the manufacturing industry. This statistic means that despite the increased rate at which data …

5 Digitization Technologies for Implementing Industry 4.0

At the height of the pandemic, access to protective equipment such as masks and gloves, and the availability of test kits to improve tracing was at an all-time low. In a bid to secure citizens, countries turned to their manufacturing industries to repurpose production lines to aid the response efforts…and the global manufacturing industry’s response …

5 Use Cases for Cloud Computing in Manufacturing

The manufacturing industry is no novice to applying technology solutions to innovate, improve planning, and productivity within the shop floor. In the 60s’ the industry rode thewave of technology advancements and adopted time-keeping systems and production-tracking systems to implement lean manufacturing concepts. Manufacturers also made a dent in the 80s’ by leveraging computer-aided design and …

5 Use Cases for Big Data in Manufacturing

The manufacturing industry is known for the large data sets it produces. These data sets include both structured and unstructured data from production processes and for a long time they went uncollected until the advent of Industry 4.0. Earlier advancements such as lean manufacturing methodologies leveraged data. To implement lean processes, the manufacturer had to …

Virtual Models, Digital Shadows, and Digital Twin Applications in Manufacturing

Implementing digital transformation processes within the manufacturing industry has been an ongoing process for approximately three decades. First, manufacturers utilized digitization to collect data for storage purposes before moving on to more complex applications. Optimizing industrial design became the next logical step for applying digital transformation technologies. However, it would take the introduction of Industry …

5 Things to Consider When Searching for a Digital Twin Solution

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably heard that the digital twin can enable your manufacturing facility: Optimize its operations and production cycles to go to market faster leverage data-driven analysis to make better decisions that increase revenue Monitor operations in real-time to reduce errors and increase throughput All you have heard is accurate but the …

Pharma 4.0 and the Role of Digital Transformation

Consumers accustomed to excellent customer services when making online purchases from retails stores have begun to expect similar excellence from more traditional industries. The pharmaceutical industry, which has existed centuries before e-commerce became a thing, is an example of an industry where much more is expected in terms of customer service for two important reasons. …

3 Ways Digital Transformation Support Nuclear Energy Upgrades

Nuclear power has staked its claim as one of the most adopted clean energy sources used across the world. The widespread adoption of nuclear power is due to its ability to serve as an adequate energy source for both domestic and large scale industrial uses, unlike other competing clean energy options. In the United States, …

Improving Operational Efficiency with Digital Transformation

Across the industrial sector, strategic alliances are being made to simplify everyday business operations, utilize data, and improve revenue generation. These strategic alliances have witnessed enterprises within more traditional industries partner with digital transformation service providers to solve problems. One example is the Oil and Gas industry turning to digital transformation to deal with struggles …

4 Ways Enterprises can Build On Covid-19 Digital Transformation Efforts in 2021

2020 was the year the digital transformation came of age. Before Covid-19, digital transformation strategies across all sectors including manufacturing, healthcare, and the educational industry had approximately 3 – 5 year plans for achieving digital transformation goals. In many cases, these goals focused solely on digitizing record keeping, data manipulation, data transfer, and storage but …

Simulation and Risk-based Scheduling in the Industry 4.0 Era

In 2019, an industrial facility struggled with optimizing its schedules, maximizing resources, and cutting down on astronomical production costs due to the complex nature of its manufacturing process. The facility relied on a high-mix and low-volume manufacturing process with sequence-dependent setup times which added an extra level of complexity to its manufacturing processes. To eliminate …

Revisited: The Evolution of the Industrial Ages: Industry 1.0 to 4.0

Through the ages, human progress has been closely intertwined with the ability to develop innovative solutions to producing the items we consume and utilize. The stone and metal age saw our ancestors produce goods by hand and through the help of domesticated animals but by the 18th century, things were to change dramatically for the …

Creating Digital Twins in Diverse Industries with Simio

In an offshore Oil and Gas facility near Norway’s coastlines, engineers struggled with optimizing the use of assets, increasing production, and ensuring the safety of operators within the field. The remote nature of the Oil and Gas facility meant decision-making was shared between both the off-shore team and stakeholders at the on-shore side of things. …

Spending on Data Tools Expected to Jumpstart the Manufacturing Industry Post-Pandemic

Getting the manufacturing industry to its pre-pandemic levels is one challenge majority of CIOs have to deal with as economies open up. On top of the challenges Covid-19 brings, stakeholders in the manufacturing industry must grapple with supply chain disruptions, the political fallout from tariffs and a likely trade war on the horizon. The listed …

Smart Manufacturing: 4 Ways Digital Transformation Technologies are Transforming Plant Floors

At the Bentley factory in the UK, whirring noises emanate from an advanced wood turning robot crafting the wooden pieces that will form the interior decor of its luxurious cars. This ongoing process occurs at precision levels no human can match and without human supervision thus highlighting one of the transformational benefits of digital technologies. …

Best Answers to Commonly Asked Risk Analysis Questions

Many managers don’t understand what exactly risk analysis is.  We put together some of the most common questions with responses for you. What does the risk percentage mean? The risk percentage approximates the on-time probability for an order with appropriate consideration of the number of replications or “experiments.”  It tells the user how confident they …

Integrating Digital Transformation to Enhance Overall Equipment and Facility Efficiency

The digital transformation of traditional business process and the assets that run them have become one of the raves of the moment. A Forbes-backed research highlights just how popular the topic of digital transformation and the tools needed to accomplish it has become. Statistics like the fact that 55% of business intended to adopt digitization …

Industry 4.0 Revolution: Understanding the Digital Twin and Its Benefits

The world is moving toward an era of more efficient business operations driving by automation. This was one of the key messages of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems CEO, Paul Browning, at the just concluded 2019 CERAWeek held in Houston. Paul Browning, who was the keynote speaker on the ‘digital transformation agenda’, spoke about Mitsubishi’s use …