What if design talked to manufacturing BEFORE production? What if information flowed across the full product life cycle? Or throughout the entire supply chain? The digital thread will integrate data from the shop floor to the factory to the global marketplace – cutting cost and time to production.
2. Smart Machines
Networked machines will sense, collect, analyze and share production data, alerting each other of errors, inefficiencies, and changes to technical specifications. Big data and analytics are the future of manufacturing, leading to less downtime and higher quality products.
3. Global Manufacturing Standards
One key to success in digital manufacturing will be standardization. Machines must speak the same languages to properly interpret, respond to, and relay critical manufacturing data. And manufacturing specs must be consistent in order to support innovation crowdsourcing and other collaborative design efforts.
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