Our industry is in the midst of building the foundation of monumental change in how manufacturing is accomplished.
With greater than ever demands for increased efficiency and productivity, keeping up with the significant digital advances in manufacturing is critical to success in today’s market. Technology is continuing to evolve and accelerate toward digital integration in manufacturing. This is opening the path to a fully connected digital-art-to-part-to-profit process, which is completely changing the way work gets done.
Internet of Things and Manufacturing Revolution — Industry 4.0
The new wave of technological changes, and the complete shift in manufacturing production, has set in motion a new industrial revolution, the Manufacturing Revolution — also referred to as ‘Industry 4.0.’ This shift completely deconstructs the conventional process logic with internet-powered technology innovation and brings a necessary element of seamless connectivity to formerly unconnected production processes.
The manufacturing industry has found value in this kind of connectivity, which is being driven by the “Internet of Things”. This is the idea of a physical information system that erases the lines between the physical and digital world, linking sensor and actuator-embedded physical objects to wired/wireless networks via the Internet Protocol (IP).
With the Internet of Things, we are able to become more networked, leading to a complete interlinking across all manufacturing processes. With data-sharing limitations and boundaries removed, there can be a harmonious coexistence across the entire industrial enterprise — connecting people, data, applications, devices, infrastructures, and processes. The whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts.
As part of the Manufacturing Revolution, innovative digital enablers and tools bring new value to the manufacturing industry by improving productivity, decreasing downtime and error, enhancing quality, delivering data, and processing knowledge anytime, anywhere.
Digital Integration and NOVO™
Inspired by the possibilities of digital integration, Kennametal created NOVO, a revolutionary digital assistant to address the manufacturing industry’s critical need for improved productivity and process knowledge. Going beyond online catalogs and tool selectors, NOVO integrates extensive embedded intelligence in application engineering and process planning via the cloud to improve manufacturing efficiencies. This is a huge step past simply providing a digital version of the tool and its physical properties — it is the true integration of our knowledge with our customers.
NOVO connects a previously disconnected system by seamlessly interfacing with Kennametal’s ToolBOSS tool management via the cloud and streamlining input into Kennametal’s e-commerce system. This new way of deploying data and knowledge transfer reduces errors and eliminates non-value-added data-transfer.
With this combination of the right technology partnerships and digital relationships, the whole manufacturing production cycle and workflow is improved, and the timeframe is cut from weeks to hours. NOVO enables more than 20% productivity improvement on total cost of part, and up to 75% time savings in process planning when compared to the traditional way of machining.
New Era of the Digital Factory
Digital presence is very important. Our customers are using digital tools more than ever before — completely changing the game on traditional channels. It used to be that a product was put into a channel and ended up at a customer. Now, customers are driving the channels, making it imperative that we present innovative, customer-driven solutions to change the way work gets done as the industry continues to change. This new era of digital manufacturing is only the beginning of delivering the promise of the digital factory.
Be sure to check out this article by our friends at American Machinist, who have expanded upon this article and the idea that “Cloud-Based Tooling Management Improves How Work Gets Done”.