What is smart manufacturing and is it the future?

Factory RobotSmart manufacturing is an emerging field surrounded by hype and, like all buzzwords, its definition can shift as new tools become more widespread and new terms find their way into the conversation.

In a broad sense, smart manufacturing is enabled by the design of processes using digital technology, which makes operations adaptive and flexible and responds to changes faster – sometimes entirely automatically.

Frameworks like the Internet of Things (IoT), Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), big data analytics, factory robots and AI are the spokes of a wheel which work both independently and interdependently to drive smart manufacturing.

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