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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.

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AI and AR will Improve Quality Control

4Q 2017

Japanese corporations have faced a series of scandals in which they have admitted to not following proper product inspections. Subaru and Nissan have both done this, and Kobe Steel said its workers meddled with products specifications. Reuters attributed these scandals to an over-reliance on temporary workers. Temporary workers made up 37.5% of the Japanese workforce in 2016, up from 20% in the early 90s. This percentage has risen due to higher wages demanded by permanent employees and the legal difficulty of firing them. Using more temporary workers results in more mistakes and more missed mistakes in quality control.

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Transformative Smart Manufacturing Technologies

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.

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