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Building a Digital Strategy

No industry generates more data than manufacturing, says consultancy McKinsey, yet the vast majority of that information goes untapped. It’s time to change that with a Digital Strategy that enables manufacturing executives, designers, workers, machines, and more to capture the value of this vast data reserve to create new revenue and product opportunities. Explore emerging digital solutions to help you collect, connect, store, analyze and utilize data from your existing systems, as well as the advanced digital technologies you’re deploying – without a massive overhaul of your manufacturing environment.

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Advanced Sensors 

We’re rapidly moving beyond the current generation of cheap, embeddable sensors into a world of adaptable, intelligent sensors that provide a wealth of additional data and empower improved machine-to-machine communications along with localized decision-making that speeds response and problem resolution. Micro-sensor implants, organic and bio-degradable sensors, sensor swarms, and multi-function sensors, among other advances, can find and infer new types of information, and hold vast promise to improve processes, increase product quality and create new revenue streams. Learn what’s emerging today in Advanced Sensor Technology.

Hybrid Manufacturing 

Combining the best of two worlds – additive (3D printing) and traditional ‘subtractive’ (read CNC) systems – hybrid manufacturing holds tremendous promise for improving fabrication and precision for complex part and unique geometries. Emerging hybrid solutions are becoming available from a variety of traditional and emerging machine tool companies, but are they right for your shop today? Learn where hybrid manufacturing is best deployed, and what lessons early adopters are learning as they embrace this ‘ambidextrous’ technology. Find out more about the next steps in the evolution of hybrid manufacturing.

Digital Twins 

Digital Twins provide more than just a virtual replica of real-world assets, from aircraft engines to wind turbines to manufacturing systems – encompassing even a virtualized factory environment. Capitalizing on AI and machine learning, Digital Twins can optimize performance, reduce repair and downtime, improve manufacturing processes, as well as support new services-based revenue models. Here’s what you need to know to capture the value of Digital Twins, from where to begin to how to analyze and profit from the vast amount of data generated. You also learn how existing CAD/CAM systems are evolving to support Digital Twins.

Securing Industry 4.0

As we digitize manufacturing processes, create a digital thread connecting every phase of a product’s lifecycle, and harvest data from all our machines and tools via the Internet of Things, we open the door to a growing number of security threats and create additional attack vectors for a virtual Pandora’s Box of new risks - from disruption of manufacturing processes to theft of information and intellectual property. Security is the dark underbelly of Industry 4.0, the stinging fly in the ointment. But don’t despair. There are a wide variety of new strategies and technologies that promise to shore up our defenses and protect next-generation manufacturing operations. Find out more as we explore the evolving state of manufacturing security.

Advances in Additive Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing was among the most important topics covered in our first year, but the emerging tech landscape 3D printing keeps changing. A panel of manufacturing technology experts will examine the evolving landscape in AI and additive, as well as insights into new deployment applications for these technologies and the latest solutions from startup companies.

Metamaterials in Manufacturing

Metamaterials, designed to exhibit properties not found in naturally occurring materials, sound like the stuff of science fiction - bending, blocking, absorbing and deflecting electronic, magnetic waves like light, among other things. They might even make your Invisibility Cloak possible! These composites, which can provide more elasticity, enhanced acoustical properties, and lighter-weight, more durable materials, promise a whole new generation of products and components. Explore the reality of metamaterials today and understand how they could be applied in your manufacturing setting.

​Nanotechnology/New​ ​Materials

Working​ ​at​ ​the​ ​molecular​ ​or​ ​atomic​ ​level,​ ​nanotechnology​ ​promises​ ​the​ ​emergence​ ​of​ ​a​ ​wide range​ ​of​ ​new​ ​materials​ ​that​ ​can​ ​change​ ​what​ ​you​ ​build​ ​and​ ​how​ ​you​ ​build​ ​it.​ ​It’s​ ​been​ ​hyped​ ​for years,​ ​but​ ​do​ ​you​ ​know​ ​how​ ​leading​ ​manufacturers​ ​are​ ​capturing​ ​the​ ​power​ ​of​ ​nanotech​ ​and new​ ​materials,​ ​and​ ​where​ ​it​ ​makes​ ​sense​ ​for​ ​your​ ​organization?​ ​Get​ ​beyond​ ​the​ ​buzz​ ​and​ ​look at​ ​solutions​ ​that​ ​can​ ​be​ ​deployed​ ​now.

Advanced,​ ​Self-Learning​ ​Robotics

Robotics​ ​is​ ​entering​ ​a​ ​brave​ ​new​ ​world​ ​where​ ​robots​ ​are​ ​more​ ​mobile​ ​and​ ​autonomous, self-learning​ ​and​ ​capable​ ​of​ ​handling​ ​a​ ​wider​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​more-complex​ ​tasks​ ​on​ ​the​ ​production floor.​ ​How​ ​will​ ​these​ ​advanced​ ​robotic​ ​systems​ ​change​ ​your​ ​production​ ​processes​ ​and​ ​how​ ​will they​ ​impact​ ​your​ ​supply​ ​chain​ ​and​ ​your​ ​workforce?​ ​Learn​ ​the​ ​state-of-the-art​ ​in​ ​advanced robotics​ ​and​ ​how​ ​this​ ​technology​ ​will​ ​make​ ​it​ ​to​ ​your​ ​shop​ ​floor.

Manufacturing as a Service

MaaS is democratizing manufacturing, giving more people the ability to create new things and offering new revenue opportunities for existing manufacturers. Imagine a virtual manufacturing world where parts and products are built on demand closes to customers, and underutilized assets become more productive and lucrative. The promise exists, but there are substantial challenges to overcome as well, not least the security of the manufacturing data that drives the MaaS process. We’ll explore the emerging array of MaaS options and examine how MaaS can reshape your manufacturing strategy today.

​Machine​ ​Learning​ ​and​ ​Manufacturing

Machine​ ​learning​ ​promises​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​deep​ ​insights​ ​and​ ​automated​ ​suggestions​ ​to​ ​improve manufacturing​ ​productivity,​ ​reduce​ ​downtime,​ ​increase​ ​equipment​ ​effectiveness​ ​and​ ​make​ ​your organization​ ​more​ ​competitive.​ ​But​ ​machine​ ​learning​ ​requires​ ​a​ ​commitment​ ​to​ ​quality​ ​data​ ​and savvy​ ​analytics​ ​skills.​ ​Understand​ ​how​ ​machine​ ​learning​ ​really​ ​works​ ​and​ ​how​ ​it​ ​can​ ​be​ ​woven into​ ​your​ ​processes​ ​today.

Generative​ ​Design

Generative​ ​design​ ​is​ ​a​ ​completely​ ​different​ ​approach​ ​to​ ​product​ ​design.​ ​Rather​ ​than​ ​traditional designs​ ​based​ ​on​ ​what​ ​you​ ​already​ ​know,​ ​you​ ​establish​ ​design​ ​goals​ ​and​ ​apply​ ​vast​ ​computing power​ ​to​ ​generate​ ​powerful​ ​new​ ​designs​ ​beyond​ ​your​ ​imagination.​ ​Generative​ ​design​ ​can​ ​cut design​ ​time,​ ​speed​ ​prototyping​ ​(especially​ ​when​ ​combined​ ​with​ ​the​ ​power​ ​of​ ​additive manufacturing),​ ​and​ ​cut​ ​production​ ​and​ ​material​ ​expense.​ ​How​ ​can​ ​you​ ​put​ ​this​ ​power​ ​to​ ​work for​ ​you​ ​today?

​Blockchain​ ​For​ ​Your​ ​Supply​ ​Chain

You’ve​ ​heard​ ​of​ ​Bitcoin,​ ​but​ ​how​ ​much​ ​do​ ​you​ ​know​ ​about​ ​blockchain​ ​–​ ​the​ ​powerful​ ​distributed ledger​ ​technology​ ​that​ ​underpins​ ​Bitcoin​ ​and​ ​other​ ​e-currencies,​ ​and​ ​that​ ​will​ ​have​ ​a​ ​profound impact​ ​on​ ​your​ ​manufacturing​ ​operations?​ ​Blockchain​ ​applications​ ​include​ ​securing​ ​the​ ​supply chain,​ ​fighting​ ​counterfeiting,​ ​and​ ​reducing​ ​intellectual​ ​property​ ​theft.​ ​Find​ ​out​ ​how​ ​the blockchain​ ​works​ ​and​ ​see​ ​how​ ​it’s​ ​being​ ​applied​ ​in​ ​manufacturing​ ​environments.

​Additive​ ​Manufacturing

Additive​ ​manufacturing​ ​–​ ​the​ ​industrial-strength​ ​version​ ​of​ ​3D​ ​printing​ ​–​ ​brings​ ​new​ ​speed​ ​and flexibility​ ​to​ ​the​ ​manufacturing​ ​process​ ​and​ ​can​ ​change​ ​the​ ​way​ ​your​ ​company​ ​designs, prototypes,​ ​and​ ​delivers​ ​new​ ​products.​ ​It’s​ ​already​ ​being​ ​applied​ ​by​ ​industrial​ ​giants​ ​like​ ​GE. See​ ​the​ ​latest​ ​advances​ ​in​ ​additive​ ​manufacturing​ ​and​ ​learn​ ​how​ ​to​ ​apply​ ​them​ ​to​ ​your operations.