You’re a smart person. Smart enough to know that digitally transforming the factory shop floor is one of the most pressing challenges facing manufacturers right now. You’re also smart enough to know that other smart people keep talking about “smart manufacturing” as a crucial concept in digital transformation. According to Gartner, 86 percent of manufacturing leaders are incorporating smart manufacturing into their digital supply chain strategy, and 84 percent say that they expect smart manufacturing to boost their competitiveness.

Finally, you’re smart enough to know that the more you know about smart manufacturing, the more successful your digital transformation initiatives will be. So let’s do the smart thing and learn a little more about smart manufacturing.

The power of interconnection

Smart manufacturing calls for the digitization of the entire gamut of manufacturing processes, from supply chains to production to logistics to sales. It builds off the interconnectivity of the Internet of Things—the network of physical devices outfitted with sensors that share their data with servers and other devices over the internet. Everything in a smart factory is

continually evolving to communicate with each other, allowing for the orchestration and optimization of both physical and digital processes and giving rise to hyperflexible, self-adapting capabilities.

With this enterprise-wide integration of data, devices, and processes, manufacturers can reap a windfall of benefits:

  • Increased productivity from better process optimization
  • More cost-efficiency from better resource use
  • Heightened collaboration from better data sharing
  • Faster growth from more informed planning and management

Flatten the learning curve

But when it comes to adopting smart manufacturing technologies, you need to be smart about it. As with the introduction of any new technology to your business, there’s going to be a learning curve for your workforce as they get up to speed on a fresh skill set.

The Mendix low-code application development platform can help you flatten that learning curve. The platform acts as a simplifying intermediary between your workforce and the intricacies of your new smart manufacturing technologies. The drop-and-drag interface of the Mendix platform makes creating personalized low-code apps intuitive and quick-to-learn for every employee, no matter what their level of development experience.

You can learn much more about how low-code can accelerate the adoption of new smart manufacturing technologies. On August 30, 2022, we conducted an IndustryWeek webinar detailing how to use a low-code platform to:

  • Give your workforce the tools to create personalized digital experiences
  • Simplify integration across technologies, data, processes, and human interactions
  • Accelerate your smart manufacturing initiatives while keeping core technologies clean
  • Completely transform your customer’s journey

Get insights from the experts

In our webinar, you’ll be joining Subba Rao, director of manufacturing industries cloud for Mendix, and Guillaume Cordonatto from Siemens Digital Enterprise Innovations, as they share the secrets to reimagining your smart manufacturing initiatives with a low-code platform. Subba brings 25 years of industry knowledge in digital manufacturing and operations transformation, while Guillaume offers insights from his more than 20 years of experience in digital innovation for manufacturers.