The Digitally Connected Factory

July 28, 2017 at 6:49 PM

The digitally connected factory is rapidly becoming a reality, thanks to huge leaps in affordable data handling capabilities.

As more machines begin to communicate with each other, production efficiency goes up. Add the ability of analytic tools to predict maintenance needs, and productivity improves even more.

The components necessary to build truly connected “smart factories” are available today. The next step, says Dan Janka, president of Mazak Corp., a major global supplier of advanced manufacturing systems, is to develop apps that can tap the vast database created by connected machines and deliver usable tools to move manufacturing productivity to the next level. He describes the promise and challenges ahead.