Physical products can’t be produced digitally, but digital resources can and do support manufacturing in a big way. Although manufacturing has made use of computers for decades, ever more powerful systems, sophisticated software, the Internet, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) have expanded the digital world of manufacturing . . .
December is often a rather strange month in the life of the manufacturing plant. There may be some seasonal demand effects to deal with (lower actual demand and lower production objectives in many cases) and there are often schedule reductions to be accommodated due to holiday shut-downs and the policy in many companies of encouraging employees to use vacation time before the end of the year.
It may seem that virtual reality (VR) is the stuff of science fiction and video games—and that’s still essentially true at this point in time. Augmented reality (AR), however, is on the verge of becoming an important advancement for industry, particularly in manufacturing and service. A remodeled computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing developer recently demonstrated just how powerful this technology can be.