Digital Manufacturing is Key to U.S. Competitiveness
The deployment and use of digital manufacturing tools and practices on factory floors are no longer optional. Thankfully, today these tools are widely available and easier than ever to implement.
Of all of the transformations that have taken place in manufacturing over the last decade, the rise of digital technologies has been the most sweeping and impactful.
From machine monitoring to machine tool dynamics to out-of-the-box digital tools, digital manufacturing technologies are a requirement for competing in the marketplace as well as simplifying and improving businesses.
Tim Shinbara, Vice President and CTO of AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology, says that at their core, digital tools are designed to provide resources for making informed decisions on how to run a shop. “Every investment that a shop makes is a business decision, which means that every investment has to pay for itself,” Shinbara says. “What data-driven manufacturing does is provide the infrastructure to improve how a business runs.”
What does that infrastructure look like today? This Knowledge Center outlines just a few of its core components...