The smart factory of the future consists of 15 key components, split in 3 groups:
- Smart supply network
Transparency over supplier inventories and vehicle logistics allows for automatic and optimized supply decisions.
- Next-gen manufacturing systems
Making automated and smart decisions (e.g., production scheduling), offer intelligent machine applications, smooth engineering integration and allow for remote visualization, alerts, control and monitoring.
- Cloud storage/processing
Data storage and application processing on secure cloud servers.
- Data analytics
Advanced decision algorithms, offering real-time analytics.
Encrypted data and mechanism, providing protection against cyber threats.
- Intelligent sensors
Sensors deeply integrated in machines wirelessly stream data and possess an own analytics engine (edge analytics).
- Cyber physical systems
Interconnected systems, together with social machines, control physical entities.
- Smart maintenance
Predictive algorithms and remote assistance systems aid autonomous machine maintenance.
- Mobile workforce
Workers process real-time information with mobile and augmented reality devices.
- Self-driving vehicles
Autonomous vehicles, together with intelligent transportation units, handle material.
- Intelligent products
Machines are given relevant information to make decisions by products.
- Additive manufacturing
Utilizing 3D printing allows for rapid prototype and spare part printing.
Flexible robots promote intelligence, improve production and create an entirely new paradigm for worker-robot interaction.
- Advanced materials
Stressing the rising importance of nanomaterials and integrated computational materials engineering (ICME).
- Responsive manufacturing
Individual steps, designed for customer interaction, offer the ability to produce tailor-made products for customers.