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7 Amazing Examples of Digital Twin Technology In Practice

7 Amazing Examples of Digital Twin Technology In Practice

Wouldn't it be extraordinary to simulate plans or build what-if scenarios for the products, facilities, and processes you wished to change before you actually put real-world resources behind real-world implementation? That's the promise of digital twins. And, many businesses and industries are taking advantage of this promise as these 7 amazing examples of digital twin technology illustrate. 

Read the full article in Forbes.

Why Software Will Drive the Smart Factory and the Future of Manufacturing

Why Software Will Drive the Smart Factory and the Future of Manufacturing

The manufacturing industry is seeing a turning-point in its growth and development, moving from decades-old operational processes to new implementations of IoT and connected technology such as smart robotics and industrial systems. A report from Statista reports that the smart manufacturing market is expected to grow to approximately $480 billion USD by 2023, from just a few hundred billion in 2018. As more systems become connected, the industrial and manufacturing industries, as well as the whole supply chain, must continue to mature to give manufacturers a set of tools for optimizing and increasing efficiencies in their connected factories that help them compete in the market and ultimately enable greater innovation.

Read the full article in Manufacturing.net.

For 3D Systems, The Future Of 3-D Manufacturing Is Today

For 3D Systems, The Future Of 3-D Manufacturing Is Today

Some industry reports say Additive Manufacturing (AM) will render all other manufacturing obsolete. While that’s almost certainly overblown, at least for the foreseeable future, there’s no doubt that additive for production manufacturing has arrived.  Read the full article in Forbes.

5 Ways to Turn Smart Manufacturing Awareness Into Execution

5 Ways to Turn Smart Manufacturing Awareness Into Execution

Industry 4.0 and digital transformation bring with them smart factories and smart manufacturing units, which are fully integrated, collaborative manufacturing systems capable of adapting to supplier and customer needs in real time. The latest technologies in Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, data analytics and artificial intelligence are forming an integral part of this digital-driven industry.

INTERVIEW: FAST RADIUS’ CEO LOU RASSEY ON EMBRACING INDUSTRIAL ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

INTERVIEW: FAST RADIUS’ CEO LOU RASSEY ON EMBRACING INDUSTRIAL ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Now that 3D printing is moving towards industrial-grade production levels, many companies find themselves excited about the possibilities but not sure how to fully make it part of their operating model. This has created a gap where companies are slow to adopt additive manufacturing. Fast Radius’ CEO Lou Rassey shares his take on industrial additive manufacturing.

Read the full article in 3D Printing Industry.

On-Premises or the Cloud: Which Makes More Sense?

On-Premises or the Cloud: Which Makes More Sense?

In your digital transformation, remember that every plant is different, so you need to find the right balance of local and cloud platforms. When you are choosing a platform to collect and visualize data, make sure the system has the flexibility to meet your particular requirements.

Read the full article in Advanced Manufacturing.

Turning Traditional Automation On Its Head

Turning Traditional Automation On Its Head

Manufacturing automation is trickling down from the massive automotive assembly lines toward the “mom and pop” machine shop. As you take your first look at automation, consider the benefits of and barriers to this technology. Traditional automation requires a large upfront investment in dedicated equipment that takes months or even years to implement. Expanding automated solutions to more manufacturers doesn’t just require a better mousetrap, but also a paradigm shift to break down the old barriers. Systems integrators are creating solutions for manufacturers that reduce initial investment, shorten implementation times and allow for greater flexibility from the get-go.

Read the full article in Advanced Manufacturing.

RAPID-ROI AUTOMATION FOR FOOD MANUFACTURING — NO ENGINEER REQUIRED

RAPID-ROI AUTOMATION FOR FOOD MANUFACTURING — NO ENGINEER REQUIRED

Today’s collaborative robots (“cobots”) quickly, easily, and cost-effectively automate secondary food-handling processes such as quality control, labeling, packaging, and palletizing. They’re easy to program with no engineering experience, and they can typically pay for themselves in less than a year.

How Machine Learning Improves Manufacturing Inspections, Product Quality & Supply Chain Visibility

How Machine Learning Improves Manufacturing Inspections, Product Quality & Supply Chain Visibility

Manufacturing is the most data-prolific industry there is, generating on average 1.9 petabytes of data every year according to the McKinsey Global Insititute. Supply chains, sourcing, factory operations, and the phases of compliance and quality management generate the majority of data.

Realizing Digital Manufacturing’s Potential in 2019

Realizing Digital Manufacturing’s Potential in 2019

ccording to McKinsey’s Digital Manufacturing Global Expert Survey from July, nearly 70 percent of respondents say digital manufacturing is a top priority. And a McKinsey whitepaper introduced at the World Economic Forum in Davos states that across sectors and diverse manufacturing types, there are around 40 proven innovations ready for immediate scale-up that major manufacturers can use to drive their digital transformation. Fully integrated into global manufacturing, these new technologies could create up to $3.7 trillion in additional global GDP by 2025.

Accelerating a more sustainable industrial revolution with digital manufacturing

Accelerating a more sustainable industrial revolution with digital manufacturing

According to the World Economic Forum, the value of digital transformations in the Fourth Industrial Revolution is estimated at $100 trillion in the next 10 years alone, across all sectors, industries and geographies. The manufacturing sector, which has long been a driver of global prosperity and economic growth, is key to this transformation.

What 3D Printing Will Look Like In 2019

What 3D Printing Will Look Like In 2019

2019 will see the widespread availability and adoption of high-speed 3D printing. This is the new frontier of additive manufacturing, and it’s already here. Today, there are commercially available, cost-effective products that can print around 40 times faster than the average 3D printer. These “factories in a box” are perfect for printing mechanical parts, prototyping and production tooling.

Read the full article in Forbes.

Where Do Digital Twins Fit In?

Where Do Digital Twins Fit In?

digital twin is a virtualized replica of an actual facility or plant, either hosted on premises or in the cloud. It draws data from a number of sources, including real-time control systems, asset management systems, historians, records of employee/customer interactions and other sources. With IoT implementations providing more and more data, high-fidelity digital twins are becoming easier to create and maintain.

Robotic Basics Q&A: Getting Started in Automation

Robotic Basics Q&A: Getting Started in Automation

From assembly and pick-and-place to material handling and packaging, the number of robots working in manufacturing and assembly plants continues to grow—a big part of the new wave of factory automation circling the globe. They can handle the simplest and the most complicated tasks. Taking the plunge into robotics, however, can be confusing and daunting.  To get some good advice on getting started on the road to robotic automation, Machine Design talked with Rick Brookshire, a group product manager at industrial robot manufacturer Epson.

Additive Manufacturing Industrializes: A Serious Show Shows A Serious Industry

Additive Manufacturing Industrializes: A Serious Show Shows A Serious Industry

Producing large volumes of product reliably, repeatably and affordably is the increasingly-reachable carrot-on-a-stick for 3D printing as improvements are made in hardware speed and quality, design capability in software and widening portfolios of engineering-grade materials suited for manufacturing environments.

Are you ready for the smart manufacturing revolution?

Are you ready for the smart manufacturing revolution?

The digital factory will change the nature of manufacturing—from mass production to product customization—and allow companies to respond instantly to changes in customer demand or the inevitable production variation, such as supply disruption. It can lead to gains in productivity, performance, output, and market share as well as better control and visibility in the supply chain, and digital innovation can help manufacturers create capacity to enable more profitable growth.