Seeking Common Ground for Smart Manufacturing
We are seeking to understand the state of Smart Manufacturing. So far, MESA has been examining where there is agreement and disagreement on terminology, what initiatives are linked, what is challenging, and how companies are working through those.
Find out what not-for-profit association Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association International (MESA) has learned already from its research and Community Group meetings.
- Accelerating progress toward Smart Manufacturing: MESA and the Community
- What we’ve learned so far: Research data and discussion points
- Expectations and Ground Rules for the workshop
- How to stay involved in the Community
The workshop will break into sub-groups for interactive breakouts on the following topics:
- Big Data and Analytics
- The Role of MES in Smart Manufacturing
- Smart Factory and IIoT
- Digital Thread / Digital Twin
- Smart Connected Supply Chain
Big Data and Analytics
Smart Manufacturers know big data, analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning are important. Companies need ways to determine where and how to apply each of these for best business benefit. This group is examining what is working to move from where companies are today with backward-looking reporting to a more insightful and predictive approach.
- How are big data, artificial intelligence, and machine learning related and different?
- What are the levels of maturity moving from reporting and KPIs to correlation to prediction?
- How do you determine what data to collect, and what you need for better outcomes?
- What are the pitfalls of analytics not matching up with what operations most needs.
The Role of MES in Smart Manufacturing
Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) have been a mainstay for larger companies’ production IT. With the radical changes envisioned around Smart Manufacturing, this group is examining how the MES footprint is adapting.
We will explore what future MES needs to be to support Smart Manufacturing initiatives and handle the decentralized data from IoT and integration to enterprise systems and value chain.
- What will MES need to do to support Smart Manufacturing?
- What are different options for MES and function-role-specific apps or bots in the future plant?
- How do you handle master data management in a distributed data collection environment with data lakes, MES, analytics and enterprise systems?
- How will MES and IIoT platforms interact? What are the proper roles?
Smart Factory and IIoT
Plants can no longer succeed if the flow of information doesn’t match up with the production process. This group examines how companies can move facilities from their current state to one where everything in the production operation is coherent and data is shared effectively. Participants will share their views on new production technologies and how to leverage them successfully.
- Why does IIoT Matter? What are the drivers? What about other key technologies like robotics, 3D printing, augmented reality and virtual reality?
- What is the pathway to Smart Manufacturing for those with few minimal machine intelligence and connectivity today?
- How will smart products or containers and smart machines or lines interact effectively?
- How to architect data flows and connectivity effectively and at a reasonable cost?
Digital Thread / Digital Twin
These are the mechanism to ensure product and asset information is updated throughout its lifecycle. This group is helping clarify what companies are pursuing under these initiatives and what’s needed for Smart Manufacturing. We are examining whether the business case is strong enough, and the approaches spelled out well enough that companies are getting closer to smooth communication and up-to-date digital twin data.
- How do digital twin and digital thread play together, and can one succeed without the other?
- Where are the current gaps in the digital thread and digital twin vision for different industries?
- What are the constraints today on ensuring data from all phases of the lifecycle are available in the digital thread?
- What role will digital twins play in ensuring the digital thread goes through the entire set of value chain partners?
Smart Connected Supply Chain
No company is an island. Increasingly, multiple tiers of suppliers, distributors, customers and other partners must be a part of the digital fabric of every company. The question is how to coordinate and synchronize the smart activities in both internal and external segments of the value network. We will examine ways to increase the visibility and agility both inside each plant and across this entire end-to-end ecosystem.
- How can we gain visibility across the supply chain for faster, more nimble production?
- What are partners demanding and how can producers ensure they also get what they need?
- When you don’t control the IT or the IP, how can you ensure partner data is correct and safe?
- What groundwork are companies laying to increase the nimbleness and transparency of their supply chain?