Digital Revolution in the Manufacturing Industry

On the 3rd February 2016 the High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute (HSSMI) held a forum based on the digital revolution in the manufacturing industry.  This event was designed to highlight connectivity among designers, managers, workers, consumers and physical assets. The following is a summary of the topics presented:

– How collaborative Virtual Environment can innovate manufacturing: The first idea from this presentation was on how to improve communication with the environment.  For instance, sharing files have become more and more complicated due to the barrier files size, different formats, data silos (storage) and insecure data transfer. To overcome this, one solution has been to create a dynamic PDF which will convert CAD files from 45Mo to 3.9Mo.  The second idea involved creating a scan of a factory which would show the facilities, thus enabling a tour to be carried out virtually.  As well as making this a safer option, this virtual tour also offers the possibility of training the operators on the installation and works in a similar way to Google Street view.

– Digital Bill of Process (BOP) – The Future of Manufacturing Engineering: The purpose of this project is to create a part by choosing which materials to use with which process and informing the user of any problems that may occur.

– Integration of virtual and physical production system: Three different projects were presented:

  • Augmented Manufacturing Reality (AMR), this project consists of a scanning flash code to use digital and physical sensor data to obtain a different view of the manufacturing facilities. For example, for the PREVIEW project it would be possible to combine the flash code with the data acquisition system and scan it by opening any application to obtain the temperature and pressure etc. from the machine.
  • Dynamic Resource Monitor (DMR), this project appears similar to the PREVIEW data acquisition system because it is possible to read and record data in real time such as temperature, energy consumption and other multiple combining sensors. It can show the actual data produced from the machine including energy consumption for each production cycle, productive and non-productive energy consumption and waste.
  • SELf – SUStaining Manufacturing Systems (SELSUS) , the focus of this project is about reducing the number of physical prototype models, reducing cost, risk and time, improving quality and knowledge transfer and enhancing visibility. It aims to maximise the performance of the manufacturing process over longer life times to target and timely repair, renovate and upgrade an existing process.