My morning roundtables at this year's Manufacturing Automation and Robotics Summit included discussions around 'Autonomous Mobile Robotics', 'Cobots versus Standard Robots', and 'End of Line Automation'.
While the key to a successful digitalisation project is data, the key to meaningful, accurate data is the factory network. And businesses need to plan carefully to ensure theirs can deliver on their needs.
Globally, digital transformation in manufacturing processes are moving forward – customers demand more of them, which means they need to invest in gaining that edge, securing growth, improving products and winning in their markets.
Digital twins have been one of the biggest recent developments in the world of technology. The virtual replicas of physical systems, processes or products provide a valuable real-time insight into how a physical asset is performing.
Additive manufacturing technologies have enabled significant changes to the way we design complex components and create early prototypes. But the uptake of these new production methods beyond prototyping and small-scale production remains slow.