Steve Shebuski, VP of Digital Strategy
Guiding businesses through their digital transformation journey
Manufacturing has come a long way through the years. The Industrial Revolution began back in the late 18th century when power, machinery, and semi-skilled workers were combined. This eventually led up to the first modern factory system.
Now here we are in the middle of the Fourth Industrial Revolution or better know as, Industry 4.0. We developed automation, data exchange, IoT, cloud computing and started a new era of intelligent manufacturing.
Microsoft identified in their article, 2019 Manufacturing Trends, that automated processes and machines, instant access to analytics, AI-enhanced computers, and other technology are driving intelligent manufacturing. It's also cutting down on costs, waste, product defects, and bottlenecks.
Utilizing Business Data
Having real-time data at your fingertips is a very powerful tool for your business. Intelligent systems are implemented into manufacturing facilities in order to detect issues, classify and organize data, calculate probability, and optimize processes.
Connectivity is also having a big impact on manufacturing opportunities. Connected systems streamline your data to one place allowing for you to make more educated actionable decisions.
This level of data visibility is not practical to do manually. Technology enables you to make smarter and more informed decisions and stay ahead of your competition. This eliminates the need for running reports in each department and spending countless hours connecting it all.
Predictive Insights Into Your Business
Intelligent systems analyze large quantities of data to predict future issues before they occur. The system flags operational abnormality and safety issues, ensures regulation compliance, and even predicts future maintenance needs.
Adopting technology to provide more accurate predictions and forecasts is more important now than ever. As this trend picks up speed, you risk getting left behind by your competitors without the implementing some intelligent manufacturing capabilities.
Companies are using"cyber-physical production systems" and cloud-based monitoring to check processes and make human-like decisions in real-time. These types of intelligent systems help you avoid breakdowns and downtime by reviewing asset function and health to predict maintenance and service needs.
Automation in Manufacturing
The manufacturing market is moving faster than ever before and customers want products and services to be affordable and delivered fast. To keep up with the pace, streamline and accelerate processes using automation.
Automation eliminates the need for time consuming manual processes and automatically optimizes your manufacturing. For example, when automation software identifies a potential issue, it slows down the machine to keep it from breaking down. Another example would be automatically reallocating resources when necessary to decrease waste.
The rise of blockchain also made automation more important to businesses. Tracking a products journey in the past was a process that could have taken days but with automation, you have the answer in seconds.
Fast. Efficient. Smart.
Industry 4.0 here and intelligent manufacturing is no longer a futuristic concept, but a present day need. By leveraging automation, predictive technology, and real-time data, with solutions like Microsoft Dynamics 365 and the Supply Chain Cloud, you stay ahead of your competitors and meet market needs.