Manufacturers are forced to change how they operate to respond this new type of demand, including more localized manufacturing facilities and by designing production lines that can be quickly reconfigured for different batch sizes.
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“Having a real-time, high-bandwidth connection across each system enables greater control of various production processes. That’s driving efficiency.”
Senior Vice President, Industrial, Consumer, and Multi-Markets | Analog Devices
“Our role in translating the physical to the digital means that the insight we generate at the edge now must talk to everything else that’s in a particular plant,” says Martin Cotter, senior vice president of worldwide sales and digital marketing at Analog Devices.
“Having a real-time, high-bandwidth connection across each system enables greater control of various production processes. That’s driving efficiency, it’s driving more certainty of output and it’s driving a next-generation industrial process,” he says.
With the bedrock of interoperability in place, manufacturers can begin to adopt industry 4.0 manufacturing’s most exciting advances, such as robots and “cobots” capable of working alongside humans on the factory floor. Like autonomous vehicles, these machines are supported by advanced sensing solutions that intuit their surroundings three-dimensionally, ensuring a high degree of safety while they perform repetitive and complex tasks.
Next-generation solutions are bringing the promise of Industry 4.0 to fruition, driving productivity and gains in efficiency, safety and flexibility.
ROBOTS AND COBOTS
With sensor-powered analytics, plants can identify and fix issues with machinery before they fail and disrupt production.
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Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Digital Marketing | Analog Devices