Continuous adoption of Industrial IoT and abundance of data drastically increase the performance capacity and our expectation of what can be achieved at Smart Factories.

Machine vision will increasingly be the eyes of the Smart Factory, triggering intelligent actions where images are not simply being recorded but are helping identify patterns and learning from them to inform future decisions.

A new breed of “factories” is emerging in the form of 3D printing service bureaus. These facilities allow SMBs, entrepreneurs to produce parts at prices competitive with traditional manufacturing.

Non-destructive testing and quality control, such as 3D computed tomography improves smart factory efficiency by discovering porosity in 3D printed parts and shaving days or weeks off of failure investigations.

By integrating robotics with business processes, companies can continually improve efficiency and product quality, increase profitability and reduce production costs.