The latest Smart Manufacturing Report, published by Rockwell Automation, highlights several key findings related to the adoption and implementation of smart manufacturing initiatives among manufacturers. One of the main positive outcomes that manufacturers want to achieve from these initiatives is improving quality, with 45% citing this as their main objective. This suggests that quality remains a top priority for manufacturers, and that they see smart manufacturing as a way to achieve this goal.
However, the report also reveals that many manufacturers believe their organization lacks the technology needed to outpace the competition. In fact, twice as many manufacturers polled in the latest report believe this compared to the previous year. This suggests that there is a growing recognition of the importance of technology in staying competitive in the marketplace, and that many manufacturers feel that they are falling behind.
Another key finding of the report is that one-third of manufacturers state that the range of available systems and platforms is leading to ‘technology paralysis’. This refers to the difficulty that manufacturers face in choosing the right technology solutions for their needs. With so many options available, it can be challenging to evaluate and select the best solutions to meet their specific requirements.
To address these challenges, many software platforms and solutions are being developed to aid manufacturers in managing smart manufacturing. These solutions are designed to help manage the data generated by their operations, prevent and predict quality issues, and provide oversight and insights into production processes. As technology continues to evolve, it is likely that even more solutions will come to market to help manufacturers overcome the challenges of implementing smart manufacturing initiatives and stay competitive in the global marketplace.
Although smart manufacturing can offer advantages to companies of all sizes, it’s important to acknowledge that the level of implementation and the resulting benefits may differ based on the scale and complexity of a company’s operations. For small companies, adopting individual smart manufacturing solutions may be more feasible as they have fewer resources and processes to manage.
In March our editorial focus was the coordinate measuring machine (CMM) that has been a stalwart in manufacturing industry for over six decades, providing reliable and accurate automated quality control solutions. Despite the emergence of newer and smarter technologies in recent years, the CMM remains a popular choice among manufacturers for precise measurements of complex parts and assemblies. As manufacturing processes continue to evolve towards smarter quality control and process control solutions, the role of the CMM is also expected to shift. While it may not be the sole solution for automated quality control, the CMM will still play a crucial role in the overall quality control process. The CMM’s role is expected to transition from a primary quality control solution to a complementary tool in the smart manufacturing ecosystem.
March saw the release of a number of new and enhanced 3D measuring solution products, many incorporating artificial intelligence, bringing ‘smart’ into measuring technologies. The complete library of over 80 February articles can be accessed by clicking here.
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