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What is Smart Manufacturing?

ARTICLE
ARTICLE

The Smart Manufacturing Elevator Pitch, Literally!

Breaking down the elements of this definition in 3 minutes.

Research & Reports
RESEARCH & REPORTS

Seeking Common Ground for Smart Manufacturing

In these early days of Smart Manufacturing, there is plenty we can learn from each other. This report of on-line survey results from 384 manufacturing respondents is just the beginning of exploring common ground, in an effort to move forward more rapidly as an industry. Manufacturers are expecting significant benefits from their Smart Manufacturing initiatives; some are familiar, others are more ground-breaking. While many have their own name for it, many see the concepts converging on Smart Manufacturing. This survey explores areas of agreement and divergence in current initiatives and shows that manufacturers are leveraging a wide array of technologies and approaches for their Smart Manufacturing projects.

ONLINE COURSE
ONLINE COURSE

The Journey to Smart Manufacturing

This course provides an introduction to Smart Manufacturing, the logical progression of all previous eras known as Industrial Revolutions. It outlines the Who, What, Why and When of Smart Manufacturing, as well as provides an overview of a number of organizations involved in this movement to the future. The course is aimed at a diverse group of professionals, but has a median job position of mid-level manager as the primary target audience.

WHITE PAPER
WHITE PAPER

MESA White Paper #52: Smart Manufacturing – The Landscape Explained

This paper discusses the drivers, goals, opportunities and challenges related to the Smart Manufacturing roadmap for manufacturers. The paper also discusses initiatives by multiple organizations that bring together manufacturers, technologies and information systems, organizations like MESA (Manufacturing Enterprise Systems Association), the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), Industrie 4.0, and the Smart Manufacturing Leadership Coalition (SMLC), are working on initiatives to coordinate the convergence of technologies and realize the process improvement potential sooner rather than later.

WEBINAR
WEBINAR

Three Dimensions Converge on Smart Manufacturing – Digital Thread, Smart Factory, Value Chain

The Smart Manufacturing endeavor requires collaboration among many different stakeholders in the organization including engineering, operations and business management. Each comes to the discussion table with different perspectives which must converge to achieve the revolutionary productivity goals of Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing. This presentation covers a three-dimensional model that explains the intersection of several initiatives included under the scope of Smart Manufacturing: IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things), Digital Thread, and Connected Enterprise. This model can serve as the basis of organizing discussions and roadmaps for your organization’s journey to a Smart Manufacturing future.

WHITE PAPER
WHITE PAPER

White Paper #59: Three Functional Dimensions Converge on Smart Manufacturing

There are a myriad of new technologies coming into the manufacturing arena, each with attractive value propositions. How does an organization navigate the complexity of different organizational perspectives, data models and business processes that converge at manufacturing operations? This paper discusses how to organize the convergence of processes supporting Smart Manufacturing into three dimensions: smart factory, digital thread and value chain management. These different dimensions relate to different perspectives and systems coming from engineering, operations and business management disciplines, and help explain why the Smart Manufacturing endeavor requires collaboration among many different stakeholders in the organization.

ONLINE COURSE
ONLINE COURSE
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On-Demand Course: The Journey to Smart Manufacturing

This course will provide an introduction to Smart Manufacturing, the logical progression of all previous eras known as Industrial Revolutions. It will outline the Who, What, Why and When of Smart Manufacturing, as well as provide an overview of a number of organizations involved in this movement to the future. The course is aimed at a diverse group of professionals, but has a median job position of mid-level manager as the primary target audience.

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