The advancements in technologies from sensors and analytics to automation, IoT, and big data have painted a picturesque blueprint for the digitized, smart factory of the future. These advanced environments are optimized to use real-time data, both up and downstream, to drive efficiency, streamline cross-department collaboration, and learn and adapt to new demands across the entire manufacturing process. However, to date, the promise of a smart factory is just that—a promise. A completely closed-loop system requires extensive planning, connectivity, automation, digitization and IT infrastructure. Moreover, many of these initiatives need to extend beyond the warehouse and shop floor into supply chains and other departments. While the capabilities exist, the technology can be cost-prohibitive and difficult to implement.
Moving closer to a smart factory may sound daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. This session will outline the essential building blocks manufacturing organizations should integrate to get closer to the connected factory of the future. Citing critical lessons learned from Flex’s multiyear smart factory plan, Flex will share insights on essential technology investments and use cases that are driving next-generation connectivity and information sharing. Presenter will also highlight critical smart factory benefits for engineers (virtual testing and remote support), customers (real-time and mobile product, scrap, and yield updates), and the factory at large (predictive maintenance, real-time monitoring for quicker decisions, and more).