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Smart Factories: Next wave in IoT Revolution

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Added 09 November 2015

The Smart Factory approach adds a new dimension to multi-scale manufacturing by using the state-of-the-art ubiquitous computing technologies and software tools. By Atul Sareen

Smart Factory facilitates full integration, turnkey and affordable factory automation that can be deployed quickly to track and streamline the manufacturing materials. Smart Factory provides omni-channel features comprising of continuous, real-time work in progress (WIP) tracking, scrap and breakage monitoring, and integration with materials software.

The Smart Factory approach adds a new dimension to multi-scale manufacturing by using the state-of-the-art ubiquitous computing technologies and software tools. The Smart Factory represents a context-sensitive manufacturing environment that can handle turbulences in real-time production using decentralized information and communication structures for an optimum management of production processes.

What's there in the SMART Basket?
Smart factory holds benefits like increased production yield and product quality, lowers costs, eliminates operator misprocessing, reduces material shortages, reduces need for physical inventory, and easily handles factory expansion plans.

The Full potential of smart factory can be felt when the three primary digital elements - intelligent devices, intelligent systems and intelligent automation would fully merge with the physical machines, facilities, fleets and networks. When this occurs it would trigger benefits of enhanced productivity, lower costs, secure systems, reduced waste which would propagate through entire industrial economy.

Smart Factory gathers location data through its best-in-class Real-Time Location System (RTLS), and correlates it with information from other enterprise systems. This delivers unprecedented visibility of real-time process interactions. Smart Factory intelligence is instantly connected to the relevant people and tools - providing insights and control that drive real improvements to the bottom line.

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