Why Smart Manufacturing?
A Business Transformation
Smart manufacturing marries information, technology and human ingenuity to bring about a rapid revolution in the development and application of manufacturing intelligence to every aspect of business. It will fundamentally change how products are invented, manufactured, shipped and sold. It will improve worker safety and protect the environment by making zeroemissions, zero-incident manufacturing possible. It will help keep jobs in this country by keeping manufacturers competitive in the global marketplace despite the substantially higher cost of doing business in the United States.
Investments in a smart manufacturing infrastructure are essential to securing America’s industrial future and the future economic well-being of our citizens. Smart manufacturing will increase the flexibility of our plants, reduce the use of energy, improve environmental sustainability and lower the cost of products and It will enable us to development of innovative new products using next-generation materials.
IT-enabled Smart factories and supply networks can better respond to national interests and U.S. strategic imperatives. America’s industrial sector can be revitalized by facilitating global competitiveness and exports, providing sustainable jobs, radically improving performance and facilitating manufacturing innovation. Involving sophisticated knowledge workers, sensor technologies and modeling and simulation in all aspects of manufacturing while in production will transform the U.S. manufacturing industry.
Real time management of energy consumption exemplifies the potential benefits, but barriers to the implementation of Smart Manufacturing technology. In many industries, energy is frequently the second largest operating cost; but many companies lack cost effective measurement systems and modeling tools and/or performance and management tools to optimize energy use in individual production operations, much less in real-time across multiple operations, facilities, or an entire supply chain.
As a result, business plans and day-to-day management decisions are being implemented with incomplete knowledge of the relationship between product output, energy use and environmental impact, while approximately 30% of the energy delivered to U.S. manufacturing sites is lost as waste heat. Generally speaking, a cost effective infrastructure to integrate real-time manufacturing intelligence and active management above and across the control systems of an entire production operation does not exist today.