Smart Manufacturing: Are You Familiar With This Trend?

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Discover the technological innovations that are transforming factories around the world. Imagine a place where robots and humans work together, with integrated and connected machines doing all the “hard work” while people monitor remotely.  This is not a description of a futuristic setting or some fictional series. It’s the everyday life of an assembly line impacted by Advanced Manufacturing, or what you might also call Smart Manufacturing.

In practice, we are talking about the factory that adopts Industry 4.0 in its production process. Want to know why this topic is essential to your business? Take a look.

Your industry wants these benefits

See some advantages that digital transformation can provide your industry:

  • Determinant factor for competitiveness
  • Increased productivity and quality
  • Reduction of defects and costs
  • Efficiency in the use of raw materials and energy
  • Factory optimization;
  • Production customization
  • Advance in the development of new products

How Does Advanced Manufacturing Work?

Who knows the backstage of Brazilian industry knows that it is common to use microprocessors and microcontrollers to control the production line? They function like a basic computer, programmed to fulfill only a predetermined function.  In Intelligent Manufacturing, machines are autonomous and communicate between sectors of the production line – through automation, advanced robotics, and IoT.

Some Of The Smart Manufacturing

Advanced Robotics: They have integrated communication systems to provide autonomy and flexibility in industry activities. Robotic automation is present on the factory floor; it is also found in the inventory, distribution, purchasing, finance, and even Human Resources sectors.

Additive manufacturing: The famous 3D printing. By this system, the parts are produced so that the material is deposited in layers until the product is formed. With this technology, complex products are made-to-measure and do not waste any material. Thus, it is possible to receive information from all equipment and employees in real-time, following each manufacturing stage. This data is stored in the cloud and analyzed thanks to Big Data and Cloud Computing.

Another feature that should be mentioned is the ability to anticipate errors, irregularities, and defects in machinery. Industries that adhered to Manufacturing 4.0 reduced by up to 50% the total time to solve unforeseen problems in production.


James Harrison: James, a supply chain expert, shares industry trends, logistics solutions, and best practices in his insightful blog.