What is Creating the Seismic Shift in Modern Manufacturing?
A fully digital system may be the future of manufacturing. It has it detractors and supporters in the industries, including those who are actively against this fundamental shift. But, the shift to a 100% digital platform in manufacturing may largely be inevitable. Ever since the onset of the web, software accessibility, and new innovations in digital technology, manufacturing has slowly been evolving into something new entirely. How things are designed, made, and allocated will eventually rely fully on a computer-backed system.
This is an overall shifting trend in manufacturing, but it is hardly a trend at all. It is a truth and a reality. Trends tend to ebb and flow and go away as fast as they came. The shift towards digital is hardly a trend, but a full on seismic shift in how things work in manufacturing.
The name for this new fully digital system? It is called “smart manufacturing,” but this hardly tells the whole story. The revolution happening is being spearheaded by three main realities.
- Data storage has just skyrocketed. Though the pace was high for a while, including terabyte availability just a few years ago, data storage has hit a whole new peak. This is especially so considering the explosion of the cloud. In essence, data storage was an issue. Now, there is hardly a useable and foreseeable cap.
- Mobile everywhere. Data can be accessed from any device and virtually at any time. There is no shortage of access points in the system. Combine this with the data storage caps and the results are amplified tremendously.
- Analysis capabilities have increased tenfold. This is more difficult to place into words, but it essentially encapsulates the ability for detailed algorithms to track and balance high computations. Manufacturers can know more.
The above only begins to explain the reasons for the huge manufacturing revolution going on now. Systems, once archaic and bound by a lot of stipulations, are now wide open. There are no immediate limits to data storage or caps in how and where data can be retrieved. The sky is the limit- almost literally. Read more by following a manufacturing marketing blog.