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What the future of manufacturing holds

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT): Manufacturing machines and environmental sensors are interconnected through a network to provide data, which is then analysed to improve productivity, through better product design and prediction of when machines need maintenance. Here are some examples of how IIoT can be applied.
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Internet of aviation

  1. Thousands of onboard sensors on the plane record terabytes of data.
  2. Data are then analysed remotely and delivered real-time to pilot and airline
  3. Advanced analytics help optimise fuel economy and anticipate maintenance needs.
  4. Parts can be made available at the right place and time, reducing inventory costs.
  5. Parts are then delivered and fixed onto plane, reducing costly downtime and delays.

Industrial 3D Scanning

  • An intelligent inspection system uses a combination of cameras and scanners to measure complex parts quickly, as well as verify the authenticity of premium parts.

Smart Control Room

  • It does away with the countless monitors, knobs and buttons that could lead to human error. Tapping on the Internet of Things, the connected and smart control room is an organised way for managers to monitor the processing line.

Advanced Robotics

  • In Singapore, robotics are tapped on to complement the workforce, not replace. The goal of automation is to boost productivity − part of the government's efforts to shift towards higher value manufacturing. A*Star’s Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre, Institute for Infocomm Research, and Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, all have dedicated robotics teams.

Augmented Reality

  • Smart glasses to help employees in assembly, maintenance and logistics.

Green Manufacturing

  • Efficient use of resources with solar panels to generate electricity; savvy interior designs to maintain comfortable room temperature without air-conditioning; better waste water treatment to reduce pollution, etc.

Industrial 3D Printing

  • Known in industry-speak as Additive Manufacturing, this technology creates intricate parts more efficiently. Three-dimensional (3D) printing technology - which generates 3D objects from computational data by building them up in layers from materials such as plastic or metal - the approach allows rapid production of complex, customised and previously inaccessible designs. The precise addition of material also minimizes waste for a reduced environmental footprint.

Autonomous Vehicle Technology

  • To move heavy equipment and goods around a cluttered indoor environment, safely and without human supervision.