Digital manufacturing involves the use of computer systems in manufacturing, and the objective is delivering manufacturing excellence.
Electronics in controls and automation kick-started the digital transformation in manufacturing. The flow of information and controls through devices with computing power enabled scalable automation in manufacturing. But the real acceleration of digital transformation started with the integration of field-level data and enterprise systems through manufacturing operations management systems (MOM). Line data began influencing business decisions and vice-versa.
With the advent of IoT, cloud computing and edge computing, the ability to handle, process and generate manufacturing data became manifold. These applications not only allow monitoring of real-time processes but also simulate and predict future possibilities. Thus, the use of digital information to aid human decision making and machine-level autonomy has truly transformed the manufacturing enterprise through digital manufacturing.
Below are a few use cases of big data, which is an arm of digital manufacturing. These use cases identify the possibilities of digital manufacturing.
As industry 4.0 and its allied forces of disruption redefine manufacturing standards, the use of digital manufacturing continues its upward trajectory. Today, digital manufacturing finds its application across industries, as the use of data to drive production processes is becoming increasingly automated.