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What is Digital Manufacturing and how does it work?

In this article, Mr Amit Kothari discusses Digital Manufacturing, its importance & applications. Let's explore.
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What is digital manufacturing?

Digital manufacturing is a part of smart manufacturing, which is the fusion of virtual and physical worlds through cyber-physical systems (CPS).

Digital manufacturing is a technology-based approach to production that links different data silos and processes in the product lifecycle. This helps the stakeholders to make better business decisions comprehensively and at each step. An essential objective of digital manufacturing is to improve efficiency and respond to changing customer demands more agilely.

People working together to make products

Digital manufacturing is all about people working together to make products. The Manufacturers, unlike traditional approaches, incorporate and understand the iterative change and improvement into the process.

Unlike conventional manufacturing, the adages” one size doesn’t fit all” and that” any colour as long as it is black” is not acceptable. Customers and the market demand customization and flexibility.

How does digital manufacturing work?

The current process involves CPS, smart machines, smart products, and mobile devices to produce personal, low cost, and high-quality goods. Smart manufacturing is one of the most beneficial and innovative technologies of our time.

The efficiency of time, the increase of quality, the less use of resources, and cost reduction are the prominent contenders. Smart manufacturing revolves its importance in a more market- or customer-driven form.

Therefore, this technology was designed for more adaptability, flexibility, self-adaptability, learning characteristics, fault tolerance, and risk management.

The importance of CPS

We will now talk about the importance of the CPS, as mentioned above, in smart manufacturing technology. CPS supports them by overseeing the product status and the entire manufacturing process in almost real-time over long distances.

Machines can have conversations with each other to deliver decision-critical data with this cutting edge technology. Therefore, it can significantly reduce interventions by human operations.

It also enables the distribution and processing of information that happens in real-time. In a more economic sense, CPS and the Internet of Things contribute substantially to gross domestic products (GDP), which can measure an industrial section’s financial performance.

The flexibility of digital manufacturing

It requires standardization and modularization of many individual manufacturing process steps and programming modules of workable models to incorporate these critical technologies into manufacturing processes.

Digital manufacturing’s flexibility aspect is derived from the application of open machine design that runs distinct functions or tools in direct chronological order. It is also from the role of CPS with the help of IoT, that allows decentralization of the exchange of data by the products themselves through environmental data processing, by the embedding of computing systems and deducing control commands.

The research and development department of digital manufacturing is working on new business processes and manufacturing methods based on the Internet of Things, Data, and Services (IoTDaS).

The gears that set the industry in motion are engineers, scientists, managers, and employees who support industrial revolutions from innovations in their own manufacturing companies.

Why Digital manufacturing is important

Digital manufacturing is an appealing concept because it enhances connectivity, productivity, quality, and consistency, through automation intelligence and virtual representation – effectively lowering costs and helping companies stay competitive.

Digital manufacturing helps increase brand awareness, consequently assisting businesses to provide more customer-specific solutions. Digital manufacturing allows companies to gain better insight into supply chain issues, such as inventory levels, delivery status, and demand cycles.

This increased visibility helps reduce unnecessary risks and costs associated with things like excessive inventory.

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