What impact could smart factories have on productivity?
Inspired by The Internet of Things the smart factory is a production model where operations are connected across the plant. At the heart of the smart factory is the coordination of machinery and personnel and the idea that with everyone and everything inter-connected, production proceeds smoothly and seamlessly.
The benefits are significant. Advanced robotics speed up production lines, increasing efficiency. New techniques such as 3D printing enhance output quality and provide customers with exciting new solutions. Order personalisation allows manufacturers to move away from mass production and produce to individual customer requirements. And when things go wrong - up to 20% of profits are lost every year due to unplanned downtime - smart technology minimises the impact with sensors on the production line that quickly identify problems and send alarm tickets to the radios of maintenance staff.
Communication is the key ingredient in a smart factory. It’s all about connecting the workforce using devices designed for the environment. Our MOTOTRBO™ radios are ideal, as they include a range of productivity-focused features such as enhanced voice quality to counter loud noise, extended battery life for long shifts and better reception coverage. Add in smart applications like WAVE Workgroup Communications so every worker can communicate with one another, irrespective of the device they’re using, and you have a complete communication solution that will optimise operations.
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Sean Fitzgerald, Senior Solutions Marketing Manager, Motorola Solutions
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1Siemens (2014). ‘UK’s first digital factory demonstrator launched’