Report Highlights Digital Manufacturing

Apr 20, 2018

Globally, the manufacturing landscape is changing as it pushes towards a more digitalized scene to stay on par with the latest technological developments. But what does this mean for an industry traditionally rooted in manual labor? A new report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) explores the digitalization of manufacturing, including definition of “smart” manufacturing, also known as “Industry 4.0”.

The report also provides a deeper dive into the promised results of digital manufacturing compared to more traditional manufacturing. “The digitalization of manufacturing is changing how products are designed, fabricated, used, and serviced, just as its transforming the operations, processes and energy footprint of factories and supply chains.”

These analyses are done with a global focus examining the different operating procedures of several countries with strong manufacturing industries, through five case studies. The report provides suggestions of how these states can best support their manufacturing industries transition to a more digitalized mode of operation with the support of standards development.

To view the full report, click here: http://www2.itif.org/2018-manufacturing-digitalization.pdf?_ga=2.127894596.854649056.1523972649-793708545.1523972649