How Smart is Your Factory?

By Gordon Benzie

Much has been discussed about Smart Manufacturing, or the use of the Industrial Internet of Things in manufacturing environments. But it seems everyone has a different opinion of what that actually means. In this post, I want to make an attempt at defining what a Smart Factory is.

As I see it, there are five components to a Smart Factory, and all five must be met to some degree before a production operation can be considered truly smart. If you want to rate how smart your factory is, read the descriptions and give yourself a score of 0 to 5 for each of these categories: Smart Equipment, Smart Processes, Smart Operators, Smart Suppliers, and Smart Distribution.

Read Gordon Benzie's Smart Manufacturing blog post and see how your factory ranks in automation.

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