Recognize how Smart Manufacturing Will Affect Every Production Floor


For the previous few decades, the industrial revolution has heavily dominated the workforce. Today’s era, dubbed “Industry 4.0,” is all about acquiring and using big data, and firms must understand smart manufacturing to do so effectively.

Before COVID-19, Industry 4.0—which includes connectivity, advanced analytics, automation, and advanced manufacturing technologies (Exhibit 1)—was gaining traction, assisting companies in transforming their operations in areas ranging from production efficiency to product customization, as well as improving speed to market, service effectiveness, and the creation of new business models.

This article will teach you everything you need to know about industrial manufacturing’s next phase.


Smart Manufacturing

Smart manufacturing is defined as fully integrated, collaborative manufacturing systems that respond in real-time to changing demands and conditions in the smart factory, supply network, and customer requirements.

Industry 4.0, or industrial transformation in the fourth industrial revolution, is a term for smart industry, which smart manufacturing de facto falls under.

We examine how industries and manufacturing businesses operate today and in the future, as well as an overview of technologies that have impacted the industrial market and manufacturing in general, resulting in what we refer to as “smart industry” and “smart manufacture.”

People typically use the terms smart industry and smart manufacturing interchangeably. When people talk about smart manufacturing, they usually refer to the smart factory.

That is not the case, however. So, before we get into what smart industry, Industry 4.0, smart manufacturing, and other terms mean and which industries we’ll be discussing here, let’s go over the differences.


The Distinction Between Manufacturing and Industry

Manufacturing, as we’ll see, is the process of creating items to be sold. Within both an economy and a single sector, industry refers to the production of goods, as well as the underlying ecosystems and services.


To give an example, the automotive industry includes vehicle manufacturers, however the automotive industry is not the same as the automobile manufacturing business. The same can be said for the majority of the other industries we cover here, which mostly involve primary and secondary industries and include manufacturing, mining, logistics and supply chain, power industries such as oil and gas, construction, and so on.


Smart Manufacturing and Mass Customization

One of the many consequences of a growing reliance on “smart” technologies in “smart factories” and “smart supply chains” for demanding customers in the industrial production ecosystem is that, in addition to mass production as it has existed since previous industrial revolutions, manufacturing has entered and continues to enter an era of mass customization.

The increasing possibilities of mass customization, lean flexible manufacturing, just-in-time manufacturing, and ever more automation, as well as the digital transformation of manufacturing (or industrial transformation of Industry 4.0 methods, processes, and technologies), disrupt industrial production as we know it with its many intermediaries.


Smart manufacturing and Discrete Processes 

We manufacture numerous distinct finished items that can be easily identified and are made up of diverse pieces in discrete manufacturing, with the good/product being able to be reduced back to its various parts in theory, for example when it is broken and needs to be recycled.

Consumer items such as sports equipment and consumer electronics, as well as automobiles, planes, and other vehicles, are examples. Discrete manufacturing is common in make-to-stock or make-to-order procedures, where we work with discrete lots of assembled goods rather than big batches as in process manufacturing.

We make products in-process manufacturing that go through some form of processing of the various materials used (typically chemical conversion), where the finished product is not differentiated and cannot be returned to the various components and materials used due to the impact of the processing or refining.

Consumer items such as soft beverages, paints, and medications, as well as refined oil, textiles, and cosmetics, are examples. In most cases, process manufacturing is batch production and based on a formula or recipe, as in chemical conversion, refinement, or mixing, and processing several substances where the original ingredients cannot be recovered in their original state.


How KloudPLM Helps Improve Your Smart Manufacturing

On multiple fronts, the manufacturing business is undergoing significant changes, and, like any other industry, it is undergoing digital transformation.

It’s doing so at a time when many countries’ manufacturing sectors are experiencing unprecedented growth. At the same time, the industry is being disrupted in many ways, not only technologically. In a geopolitical setting of greater anti-globalization, there is also increasing competition between regions and countries that wish to lead in Industry 4.0 evolutions, as well as local distinctions and desires. Nonetheless, the industry is being disrupted just like any other.

Regardless of the amount of money invested, each company’s efforts to grow smart manufacturing will require the same things:


Having a Thorough Understanding of the Product is Essential:

Before you start buying parts and putting together a product, you need to know what you’re doing. Research leads to correct estimations and resource allocations, which leads to proper comprehension. KloudPLM provides a requirement management module that helps you capture requirements, analyze them, produce estimations and help convert the requirement into a project.


Road Mapping that is Accurate and Well-Executed:

With the right vision and goals, a good product can be created. Along with the goal of creating that product comes the obligation of ensuring a well-structured manufacturing process flow. KloudPLM includes a powerful project management module that makes it easy for employees to keep track of their work and tasks.


Optimal Entry into the Market

It is critical for businesses to debut their products into the market in the most professional manner possible. On a quarterly basis, not being first to market might result in significant capital losses. With KloudPLM’s BOM and MBOM Management module, it’s simple to keep track of all the activities that occur during design and manufacturing, making it easier for businesses to enter the market quickly.


Single Source of Truth

An email has always been a popular way for coworkers to interact with one another. However, few people realize that when a team grows larger, managing mail becomes increasingly complex. KloudPLM includes a chatter feed, which is similar to Facebook’s group messenger, where you can post updates, poll for a decision, share, remark, and communicate with coworkers all in one place.


Smart manufacturing has now become the best way for manufacturing companies to improve and enhance their product design and deployment. KloudPLM is the best tool that can help you in starting your new phase towards an era of digital transformation. Schedule a demo to find out how.

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