Are smart factories really going to be a thing?

The outlook looks good

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There is a huge shift happening in manufacturing today… today’s advanced factories have become data centers driving intelligence across the enterprise.

- Don Busiek, General Manager of manufacturing software, GE Intelligent Platforms

Smart factories are definitely already a thing, and these super connected, super optimized facilities are a rare combo of game-changing and closer to reality than you might think.

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Nearly 12.5 billion smart devices are being used in business and manufacturing in 2020. That number is expected to rise to 14 billion by 2022.12

Automation is a big part of smart factories. But this isn’t your grandparent’s automation. Smart factories automate the way your operation works rather than just the way an asset works. Connecting everything makes it easier to see patterns, which lets you adjust your processes quickly to fit a situation, like ordering more of a certain part or changing maintenance schedules because of changes to production levels.

Joe Kuhn talking about automation, smart factories and the future of maintenance.

Getting to that point can seem a little daunting. But there are a lot of maintenance teams that have already done it. What’s their secret? Starting small.

On average, predictive maintenance reduces breakdowns by 70% and lowers maintenance costs by 25%3

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The most successful teams focus on tying together little bits of technology at a time. This gives employees and systems a chance to get to know each other.

Some maintenance teams start by connecting their CMMS and ERP. Others hook up sensors to their CMMS. Whatever path you take, just remember, small steps are more than okay—they’re recommended. And don’t forget, we have your back.

Automation has always lacked a little something in maintenance. Until now.

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