Manufacturing and the Cloud
Cloud computing is poised to transform every aspect of modern manufacturing. “Industry leaders - as they embrace digital transformation - are turning to cloud technologies to increase operational efficiency, improve supply chain management and change how products are designed, produced, and distributed,” said Aaron White, regional director, Middle East at Nutanix.
A recent study from Cloud Technology Partners found that the cloud can reduce total cost of ownership for manufacturers by as much as 42 per cent.
Manufacturing & IoT
Manufacturer companies are turning to Internet of things (IoT) to connect and gather data from a wide variety of equipment and sensors across production facilities, distribution centres, transportation equipment, offices and other locations to deliver a competitive advantage in an increasingly wired and data-intensive world. “For example, a maker of agricultural equipment might use IoT data received from customer machinery to enable predictive maintenance, improving customer satisfaction and customer engagement, while also increasing service revenue,” White said.
Industry leaders are taking notice of the potential of AI to transform manufacturing. According to a recent report from Infosys, companies want to use AI to further automate manufacturing in order to increase productivity, minimise manual errors, reduce costs and eliminate the need for humans to perform repetitive tasks. These benefits apply across a wide variety of AI use cases from the front office to production facilities.
The opportunities for automation across various types of manufacturing are almost endless. “Some companies are even evaluating the potential for factories that are 100 per cent automated, with environmental conditions optimised for machines not humans,” he said.