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In our comprehensive coverage on Smart Manufacturing, ABI Research takes a close examination of the IT- and OT-centric systems convergence, as well as the impact that this has on establish IT systems. The Industrial Internet is one of the next major IoT segments and is posed to revolutionize design, manufacturing, operations, service, and maintenance by relying on key enabling technologies like robotics, automation, remote monitoring, AR, VR, and wearables.

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Enterprise 3D Printing and Distributed Manufacturing

The terms 3D Printing and additive manufacturing (AM) both refer to the same technologies that take three-dimensional digital models and create a physical object or product. Many manufacturing companies currently use AM for prototyping, but companies have struggled to match the productivity and low cost of an automated assembly line in mass production with AM. Fortunately, AM does have current business use cases for complex manufacturing with many parts or intricate geometries, low-volume plastic parts, and highly customized parts, as well as replacement parts via distributed manufacturing platforms. Because of this, aerospace and defence, as well as medicine and dentistry, already see growth in AM use.



GE Predix Only as Good as Its Apps

4Q 2017

GE Digital launched the second season of its Digital Industry Program, a startup competition for industry-specific apps using Predix, GE’s cloud-based Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform, which works with data from connected industrial equipment and control centers. The competition aims to foster innovation and provides business opportunities for startups. As part of the competition, startups from Europe, Israel and Turkey will compete in seven challenges, where each winner will get EU€15,000 grants and mentoring from GE Digital.

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Transformative Smart Manufacturing Technologies

Nov. 16, 2017, 11 a.m.

Digital twins will minimize down-time, extend equipment’s useful life and help manufacturers meet new regulations. Early opportunities include monitoring of remote assets such as wind turbines, offshore drilling wellheads, jet engines and energy inverters as well as industrial equipment on the factory floor. When deployed successfully, these sorts of new technologies improve agility and decision-making, build in security and increase the exchanged of ideas between departments to simplify IIoT solutions and drive innovation. This webinar will cover an overview of what the Industrial Internet means today and the trends that will impact new business models and the deployment of new technologies such as digital twins in smart manufacturing.