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1. Sustaining a Massive Shift in U.S. Manufacturing
More companies are finding value in manufacturing close to the end user. A growing trend is to reshore or near-shore. How do we sustain this movement back to North America? Automation is always the key.
2. Guys, I Can Predict the Future
Simulations have long been used to predict the life of an end product – at least in the engineering world. Recently, manufacturing has seen the trend of physics-based simulations grow. The goal, in the end, is to get the first part correct.
3. Material Flex
Have you been on a plane and seen the wings flex as it takes off? This is common. What’s new is the amount wings can flex. Thanks to advancements in carbon fiber reinforced polymer, the Boeing 787 can now flex its wings up to 25 feet! While that is interesting, the real benefit is to the passenger. The lighter wings allow for increased fuel efficiency and a smoother flight. I guess they call it the Dreamliner for a reason.
4. Yup, Managing Data is a Thing Now
Everyone knows digital manufacturing is a thing. To expand and continue harvesting value, what people and resources are needed? One paradigm is the development and growth of a dedicated DataOps department. I don’t think you want your operators spending time figuring out cloud architecture or which statistical tools to use, and just make parts.
5. Let’s Have an Honest Conversation on Cybersecurity
As communication capabilities continue to grow in manufacturing equipment, cybersecurity needs shift from traditional IT architectures. Operational technologies have different lifecycles and requirements than a printer or laptop in the office. It’s time we take a hard look at securing our manufacturing equipment.
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