The world of manufacturing has experienced great transformations over the past years and this, in part thanks to the emergence of new technologies. In 2017, the manufacturing sector has not been spared by this development and had to juggle with many challenges due to economic growth and an increase in demand in several sectors.
For those who are familiar with conventional product and machine design methods, you or your engineering team convert a 3D virtual model of your product into a series of 2D drawings that are used to assess the production costs and/or transfer vital information for the quality of the parts produced.
Smart sensors are revolutionizing the manufacturing industry. When you implement a sensor into manufacturing machinery, you create an intelligent network that brings value to the entire chain. With a smart sensor, you can reduce or eliminate the need for instrument tracking tools such as vernier calipers, thermometers, and sizers. Smart sensors provide manufacturers with a tracking system to monitor equipment and tools.
The concept of industry 4.0 is more than a current trend. This revolution will have a major impact on 3 manufacturing key aspects: quality, manufacturing costs and production times. For manufacturing companies, this represents a unique opportunity to step up and increase their productivity.
For several companies, whether it is used to keep parts in place, guide operators’ tool or ensure precise positioning of assembling parts, tooling and jigs are at the centre of manufacturing operations.
Recently, we focused on automated equipment to reduce production costs and within this automation, we often forget tooling’s role of connection between equipment and product.
In September, we published an article on the three levels of manufacturing maturity which are linked to mass production, labor, and information technology departments. In the same vein, we present the fourth level: industry 4.0.
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