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New technologies are changing the way we live, the way we work and how we communicate. They are transforming the way data is gathered and information is analysed and how businesses operate.

Many manufacturers understand the importance of digital tools but find it confusing to know what tools are available and select which are best to solve their business challenges.

Read our at-a-glance overview of the key technologies. If you are interested in finding out how they could help your business register now to see how Made Smarter can help your business to digitalise.

The transformative technologies explained
  • Additive Manufacturing

    These are technologies that build 3D objects by depositing material layer by layer. They can be used to create customised products, offering benefits like complex, lightweight design and increased speed.

  • Big Data And Analytics

    Big data and analytics allow access to powerful tools such as artificial intelligence, uncovering process inefficiencies (or trends) that are difficult to spot by the human eye. This enables informed decisions to be made faster based on real-time data.

  • Industrial Cybersecurity

    Cybersecurity protects networks, devices, programs, communications and data from attack, damage or unauthorised access. It's a crucial part of business continuity planning.

  • Virtual, Augmented And Mixed Realities

    VR immerses a user within a synthetic environment that may be representative of the real-world or a focused scenario. AR grafts visual and other sensory stimulation(s) with the physical world to enhance perception. MR merges real and virtual worlds to produce new environments and visualisations where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real-time. This can be invaluable in many situations such as technical training.

  • Robotics And Process Control Automation

    Autonomous robots can complete a manufacturing process independently with minimal human intervention. They can handle high-volume, repetitive and potentially dangerous tasks that previously required humans to perform. This results in higher quality, accuracy and speed, as well as reduced costs. These robots can interact with each other and learn from their human counterparts.

  • Data And Systems Integration

    This involves the interconnectivity and integration between industrial control systems, business processes and data analytics. It provides business process insights and intelligence that can be used to make better-informed strategic decisions.

  • Mobile Devices And Wearable Tech

    Industrial wearable devices are tools worn by people to collect data in real-time, track activities, send alerts and provide customised experiences. They improve workplace productivity, safety and efficiency.

  • Artificial Intelligence And Cognitive Learning

    AI uses computers to solve complex problems that would otherwise require human intelligence. Cognitive learning imitates human behaviours to solve problems. They both enhance understanding and decision-making.

  • The Industrial Internet Of Things (Sensors)

    The Industrial Internet Of Things (IIoT) is a data collection system that provides leaders - from the boardroom to the factory floor - with the operational intelligence they need to improve productivity and reduce costs.

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