The unification of smart machines, the Internet of Things, and cloud computing is resulting in a fundamental shift in how products are made and operations are run. This smart manufacturing approach uses real-time technology to deliver the right data to the right people at the right time, which improves decision-making and is driving companies to achieve never-before-seen results in areas like waste reduction, maintenance, and overall efficiency.
Smart manufacturing is expected to be the driver of the next industrial revolution and companies who do not successfully make the shift will quickly be left behind. While it’s clear that the move toward automating your data is imminent, it’s not as clear how to start transitioning your own business. Avid can help.


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Turning Data into Actionable Insights


Hershey added sensors to detect candy temperature and used the data in conjunction with cloud-based machine learning to predict final candy weight and get more accurate measurements, resulting in

savings per 1% adjustment in a batch

Shell implemented an IoT solution for digital pipeline surveillance and wellhead monitoring capabilities for remote areas to remit pipeline pressure, temperature, and flow data, resulting in

in efficiency-driven infrastructure savings
Step 1: Embrace Change

Throw away preconceptions around the limits of your technology and processes. Embrace new possibilities smart manufacturing can bring.

Step 2: Assess Readiness

There’s no one-size-fits all solution. Talk to an expert to evaluate your technical and organizational readiness and identify the best approach for your business.

Step 3: Jump In

Identify your biggest value leaks and start there. 80% of results can often be achieved with the first 20% of investment.

Q: What are some examples of results companies achieve with smart manufacturing?

A: Recently, Hershey’s implemented sensors to sense candy temperature and then used the data in conjunction with cloud-based machine learning in Microsoft Azure and predicted final candy weight to get more accurate measurements. The new insight helped their team make adjustments that yielded product overage of almost $500,000 per batch. Shell implemented an IoT solution for digital pipeline surveillance and wellhead monitoring capabilities for remote areas to remit pipeline pressure, temperature, and flow data, resulting in $1M in savings.

Q: Why isn’t everyone implementing smart manufacturing solutions now?

A: Many companies generally want smarter technology, but can’t process the benefits that new technology could actually bring. They don’t have the expertise needed to architect, implement, and support the right solutions, and they’re unsure how new technology would change their costs and human capital. This is why an outside partner can be particularly helpful.

Q: What does smart manufacturing cost?

A: Costs are going to vary drastically depending on the results you want to achieve. One thing we do know, though, is that the cost of instrumentation is dropping, which means the cost to try new solutions is lowering, too. We can use this to our advantage. With simple, open-source platforms and the manufacturing operations you may already have, we can easily implement changes and understand which adjustments will bring the most to your bottom line.

Q: What would it look like to get started with smart manufacturing?

A: At Avid, we first explore what could be possible with smart manufacturing technology. We work with your teams to understand the factors driving your profitability and propose plans around how smarter technology could capitalize on those strengths. We also assess your areas of profit loss and apply smart technology so that you can manufacture more efficiently and effectively.

Q: We’ve also heard about industrial IoT. How is that related?

A: Industrial IoT is simply the technology that connects manufacturing automation technology to a network, where data can be processed in conjunction with other data. With manufacturing IoT devices, companies can connect production equipment with embedded automation controls and manage the supply chain from component to product delivery. In addition, companies can view the end-to-end manufacturing process to optimize efficiency through the network. Industrial IoT technology enables smart manufacturing by connecting intuitive software and hardware for production management, performance analysis, quality and compliance, and human machine interfaces (HMIs) that encourage machine learning and can evolve processes with knowledge.

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