What is a Smart Factory?
While most factories are already leveraging automation today, most of it is limited to the physical processes, with limited communication and optimization between the individual parts.
A smart factory flips that equation on its head by connecting all the machinery and equipment through an Internet of Things protocol. Witha central system at its core, a smart factory combines sensing, measurement, control, and communication into a unified package, and then throws high-level automation, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence into the mix.
Reasons to Transform Traditional Manufacturing
The traditional manufacturing environment of today uses automation in many areas. Scanners, mover drones, production line robotics, cameras, and digital sensors are just a few of the many examples. As far as basic automation is concerned, the traditional manufacturing environment of 2020 is more optimized than ever.
Smart factories, however, can take that optimization to a whole new level by connecting all of those individual parts into a unified automation solution.
A basic but effective example of this is the way a smart factory can detect and highlight potential faults in motors using vibratory sensors.
It is typical for motors and bearings to produce uncharacteristic vibrations long before they break down. A central Intelligent IOTsolution like the FORCAM FORCE can detect those vibratory signs from day one and issue alerts for preventive maintenance — thus stopping a potential production disruption in its tracks.
By continuously monitoring and optimizing the manufacturing processes, a smart factory can dramatically lower production costs and errors. Furthermore, decision-makers can use smart manufacturing insights to detect underused production capacities, and then make appropriate changes to boost growth without any major investments.
There are plenty of opportunities to lower costs, minimize misplaced resources, and maximize productivity in a manufacturing facility — and a smart factory is key to realizing those opportunities.
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