How can smart manufacturing optimise your production process based on data?

Are you looking for ways to optimise your production process? Is it difficult to make reasoned choices about your production process due to a lack of data? Or would you like to know how you can guard your production process against malfunctions, defects and cyber problems? In this blog, we take a look at smart manufacturing: what it is and what it can do for your company.

Smart manufacturing

Smart manufacturing is an extremely broad term. In essence, it has to do with making your production line more intelligent, so that you can cut costs, produce more efficiently and more flexibly and improve the quality of your product. That means you always have insight into what is happening, so that you can take the right decisions about your production line based on these data.

What does that mean in practice for your production process?

With smart manufacturing, organisations are able to identify the opportunities for automating activities and to use data analysis to improve the production parameters: you are more flexible and can switch gears more quickly, and your company can thus keep up with the market.

In order to achieve this, you deploy a combination of different technologies that ensure that you collect as much data as possible about your production process. These data are then processed in a central point by an algorithm and stored, so that the operators always have information about possible issues and solutions can be immediately offered, wherever they might be at that moment.

You also reduce damage and breakdowns, because sensors also collect data about the proper functioning of your equipment. That ensures that you can perform proactive maintenance and thus reduce production stoppages due to defective infrastructure to a minimum.

What do I need to consider for the implementation?

Don’t try to rush it: set realistic goals in a feasible masterplan. Be realistic about the time required for the implementation as well. Smart manufacturing is an ongoing process in which you continue to optimise and invest. When setting up the masterplan, think carefully about what you will implement and how you will implement it: the solutions that you introduce have to be sustainable.

Look for a Vendor-Agnostic partner for realising the shift to smart manufacturing: that is, a distributor who can offer solutions from different suppliers in order to better respond to what your company needs. That partner can also build on the components that your company already has, regardless of the system or brand. A value added distributor like Microtron has a portfolio of different automation suppliers and will objectively advise you in determining and integrating the right mix of components and solutions from different suppliers.

At Microtron, we will conduct an audit of your company if you like, to determine what your company already has in the IT/OT. We listen to where you want to go, and we study how we can visualise all that data. With all that information, we offer a solution that is truly customised for your company.

Curious about the possibilities of smart manufacturing for your company? Feel free to contact us for a chat, without obligations. Our advisers will come to you and look at which solutions can make your production line futureproof.

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