Digital Manufacturing and The Internet of Things

A Digital Backbone For Manufacturing

Fundamentally, the Internet of Things (IoT, also referred to as the Industrial Internet of Things—IIoT) is the networked connection of people, processes, data, and machines, devices, sensors, and products; collectively “Things”.

With its smart equipment and devices, wealth of available data, and the need for real-time feedback and control of operations, manufacturing is a natural fit for IoT technology. Manufacturers can leverage IoT to create solutions that transform production operations and improve performance by providing real-time visibility, execution, and collaboration across people, systems, and assets. This visibility and collaboration drives operational excellence through business efficiency and cost reduction.

Digital Manufacturing

The “Digital Manufacturing” concept represents the combination of cyber and physical systems; the ability of these systems to interact, in real-time, with each other and with people; and the decision support and predictive analytics systems that are made possible by the real-time exchange of data and contextual information.

Digital Manufacturing allows manufacturers to continuously improve operational performance and flexibility in a way that is not practical with traditional technologies.

An IoT platform provides a unified data source for real-time operational information from disparate assets and systems. Asset performance, production processes, and product quality are monitored in real-time, ensuring anomalies are detected and annunciated as soon as they occur. Role-based interfaces enable faster, proactive decision making.

Digital Work Instructions define and deliver manufacturing processes, quality plans, and work instructions digitally, reducing costs & effort, and simplifying & accelerating change management processes. Maintenance, quality and performance problems are predicted in real-time by applying machine learning to data from assets, sensors, and systems. Augmented reality layers digital information on top of the user’s physical world, making work instructions richer, and improving assembly operations & quality.