White Paper: Manufacturing & Prototyping

Smart Factories Need Smarter Machines


There are many different types of businesses and companies in the machine and equipment manufacturer (OEM) space but one challenge is always the same — the market is highly competitive. Each generation of equipment offers price/performance improvements over previous generations. Design, engineering, and product management departments must constantly evaluate the tradeoffs between new technology improvements and associated cost increases as they bring new designs to market.

Automation has been an integral part of equipment design for many years. New concepts such as digital transformation, Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) are being increasingly applied in the manufacturing world to deliver competitive advantages.

Edge Computing is a scalable, modular technology that supports the development of standardized, modular software components and applications to increase efficiency. It can help enable equipment manufacturers’ existing applications — such as monitoring and control software — to be consolidated onto a single platform while enabling other critical applications to run on the same platform. This makes it easier to develop smart IIoT-enabled machines and equipment, and to easily add future applications that support customers’ evolving Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing demands.

This whitepaper focuses on what machine and equipment manufacturers can do to leverage these new concepts and how Edge Computing can meet their unique needs as well as their customers’ requirements.

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