Brian Holliday, MD of Digital Industries at Siemens, took to the main stage at Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit 2019 to provide an insight into the latest 4IR developments, and the challenges and opportunities in adoption, culture and skills.
Matthew Wells took to the main stage at Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit 2019 to discuss how manufacturers are already optimising their activities using industrial data – delivering productivity gains that support their sustainability, financial and operational goals.
Manufacturing supply chains are at a pivot point. Optimisation is moving from node to network, planning and decision frequency is changing from periodic to real-time and the supply chain itself is evolving from ‘one-size-fits-all’ to a market segment size of one.
Upcoming developments such as AI and deep learning, internet of things-enabled equipment and augmented/virtual reality might be revolutionary - but the high cost of entry means they are off limits to most medium manufacturers for now.
From using satellites to track asparagus crops, to measuring the lean meat percentage of pork using a high-tech camera, companies across the food manufacturing supply chain are embracing emerging technologies in new and interesting ways to improve overall business productivity.
Digital twins enable organisations to develop an overarching digital model of their production process, from initial developmental stages through to the subsequent manufacturing and distribution stages.