Global Megatrends Shaping the Future of Production: Digitalization in Industry
Digital technologies have become indispensable to both our private and professional lives. In industry, digital manufacturing gives rise to new possibilities for networking and optimizing production via the Industrial Internet of Things. Here are examples of the IIoT technologies at work in digital factories.
Digital transformation & the future of manufacturing
Digital transformation has swept through every aspect of our private and professional lives. But perhaps more than any other industry, digitalization has caused the most pronounced changes in the manufacturing sector.
The factory of the future is one in which digitalized processes – from product development, to production, to machine maintenance – will be steered by strategically collected data.
Digital manufacturing is a production landscape in which products, processes, and material flows can be continuously optimized on the basis of real-time data, giving manufacturers the tools to respond with agility and flexibility to new business models, diverse customer requirements, and changing market conditions.
Digitalization and the Industrial Internet of Things
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is a gives manufacturers the tools to network and seamlessly control entire plants, systems, and processes via Cloud platform. Interconnected sensors, actuators, and network components installed in manufacturing equipment deliver valuable data about the status of individual components and overall production efficiency.
By enabling systems and machines to directly communicate with each other, IIoT enables the autonomous optimization of production processes and seamless process modifications. Operators and employees who work on these production systems are also able to derive important information and action steps from the holistically processed and visualized data.
Another benefit of IIoT is that it reduces errors in the production process, thus leading to a sustained increase in the efficiency, quality and availability of manufacturing.
KUKA builds IIoT solutions for the Factory of the Future
KUKA offers a wide range of products and services built to provide industrial companies with the digital manufacturing tools they need to succeed in a changing production landscape: from simulation services, to continuously refined software tools such as KUKA SmartProduction.
What’s more: KUKA’s IIoT experts are eager to support your manufacturing business on its journey to become a more digitalized, networked production environment. Prepare for the digital future of manufacturing with our comprehensive consulting services.