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Trendspotting: Smarter Factories Integrate OT and IT
As the Industrial Internet of Things grows, next-generation technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning and augmented reality can be highly useful in factories.
Mar 01, 2020—
Manufacturing facilities have evolved to the extent that a factory worker from 50 years ago would scarcely recognize them in this age of Industry 4.0. However, in the interim, automation, safety breakthroughs and technology solutions have made factories safer, more efficient and more cost effective.
While Industry 3.0 revolved around the computerization of factories, Industry 4.0 seeks to add artificial intelligence, machine learning and augmented reality to a growing wave of technical integration. Each technology has a place on the factory floor, and a contribution to make toward revolutionizing manufacturing practices and processes. If Industry 4.0 seems like smoke and mirrors, consider that in 2019 we witnessed a growth of 400% in the number of digital transformation initiatives across industries, including manufacturing.
Coordinating and Integrating IT and OT
It's tempting to say that next-generation technologies like AI, machine learning and AR don't really belong on the factory floor. Just remember, someone was saying the same thing about computerization in Industry 3.0.
AI can sift through the mountains of data generated by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), isolating and analyzing trends to create efficiencies, improve safety and reduce production time—which enables the return of maximum value. Machine learning can train your AI to provide precisely the information that is most valuable to your organization, eliminating the need to sift through reams of unimportant data before getting to the "good stuff."
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