Leverage Smart Manufacturing & the Digital Twin

Smart manufacturing is a broad category of manufacturing that employs computer-integrated manufacturing, high levels of adaptability and rapid design changes, digital information technology, and more flexible technical workforce training.

Industrial machinery in manufacturing is experiencing a radical upswing of technological advancements based on smart manufacturing. This exciting trend, however, creates a challenge for validating and managing modern manufacturing and assembly operations for achieving premium quality and optimizing cost.

In the last several years, there has been a move towards 3D printing and additive manufacturing. From a machining perspective, it allows the machine designer to consolidate components via the additive manufacturing process, leading to less expensive parts, superior reliability and increased durability.

The digital twin plays a role in this process.

From a smart manufacturing perspective, the digital twin requires more than just additive manufacturing. It also should include post-process machining along with several make-ready processes for industrial machinery assembly—a whole new class of machinery that’s worth the investment. The digital twin encompasses far more than just the designing of parts or mechanical components of a machine. To add flexibility and adaptability, the digital twin must reflect the electrical part, the software, and the PLC programming.

It’s a multi-disciplinary approach incorporated into a true digital twin, and it is critical to have the right software to manage all of this.

Manufacturing disciplines and the manufacturing space

Simple or easy, this information is used to improve processes, production and ultimately user efficiency. For this artificial intelligence and machine learning must be implemented otherwise a company would have to do all this piece by piece.

As information is collected and used accordingly, an added benefit smart manufacturing offers is the ability to understand inventory levels allowing for when stock is low, an order is placed to make sure the product doesn’t run out. This data is generated from the smart manufacturing leveraging their automation with inventory levels.

This is the process of a technology-driven approach that utilizes internet-connected machinery to monitor production processes. The underlying goal of smart manufacturing is to identify opportunities to automate operations using data analytics to prove manufacturing performances.

Understanding the concept of smart manufacturing and AI, I’m sure you can’t help but want to utilize this for your company. So, give it a try, let us know what you think, and if you have any questions contact our engineering team for assistance.

Benefits of smart manufacturing

The manufacturing of the machinery is an elaborate dance between the supply chain, internal manufacturing, and assembly, so a united knowledge management piece is key. Smart manufacturing provides the portability to create the design, transport it to a remote facility while retaining the quality and reliability of the manufacturers’ product. This flexibility is a significant value-add of smart manufacturing – tying in both the design and extension into manufacturing operations and operations management.

Interested in more information, contact us at: market@prolim.com.

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