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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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 – 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.