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      • SMARTER FACTORIES. SAFER WORKERS. PRODUCTIVITY TRANSFORMED. - Author Sean Fitzgerald

        Published Dec 09 2016, 8:19 PM by Clare McFarlane

        SMARTER FACTORIES. SAFER WORKERS. PRODUCTIVITY TRANSFORMED

        FACT: The global forecast for advanced manufacturing by 2020 is €750 billion1

        FACT: Over 32 million are employed in the manufacturing sector across the EU2

        FACT: A recent report concluded that investing in smart factories could boost British manufacturing productivity by up to 30%3 . That’s an impressive statistic that will resonate with all manufacturers, regardless of location, striving to create more profitability and counter aggressive competition in the wake of a recession.

        Here we see a big challenge facing today’s manufacturers - how to be safer and more productive. One solution is the smart factory. Inspired by the Internet of Things, it links people, machinery and processes - the smart factory relies on intelligent systems to connect operations across the whole plant so managers are far better placed to monitor and manage people and assets – and therefore, optimise operations and safety.

        It’s an exciting concept. Manufacturers are increasingly adopting smart technology like robotics and 3D printing to speed up production lines, improve output quality and enable order personalisation. These new tools can help drive efficiency, but to really take advantage of them, they need to be connected together and for staff to form a single, coherent, plant-wide system. Unplanned downtime can cut profits by up to 20%4 - by connecting everyone and everything with monitoring equipment and secure, reliable radio communications, issues can be detected and resolved as quickly as possible.

        Productivity optimised, safety enhanced. The smart factory is set to transform operations for many manufacturers. Will you be one of them?

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        Sean Fitzgerald, Senior Solutions Marketing Manager, Motorola Solutions
        Connect with Sean on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sean-fitzgerald/1/705/4a0
        http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sean-fitzgerald/1/705/4a0

        1European Commission 2012, A stronger European industry for growth and economic recovery
        2 Cedefop (2014)
        3Siemens (2014). ‘UK’s first digital factory demonstrator launched’
        4Leveraging Plant Communications to Slash Downtime and Speed Response Time, Motorola Solutions, 2014