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Smart Machines Will Offer Major Opportunities, Cause Cultural Disruption and Radically Change Manufacturing Operations

Published: 07 January 2016

ID: G00278796

Analyst(s): Kenneth Brant , Simon Jacobson


Smart machines will become pervasive in manufacturing operations in the next decade and will profoundly change the way manufacturing functions. This research provides manufacturing line-of-business leaders an overview of what smart machines are and the transformative opportunities they can provide.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Smart machines offer and require a higher degree of automation than existing advanced process control and physical automation setups can deliver
  • Manufacturers' ability to move beyond traditional lean thinking and incremental continuous improvement will impact the speed at which smart machines are adopted
  • The pervasive adoption of advanced analytics will be the foundation for manufacturers' success with smart machines

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