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However, implementing sustainable manufacturing production comes with issues and challenges that could be overcome by adopting modern technologies. Product development merged with digital technologies helps to reap the true potential of sustainable manufacturing and achieve environmental conservation goals.

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Digital twins help to improve product design and manufacturing by serving as a real-time digital counterpart of physical entities in a system. It enables product designers to embed and follow circular economy principles throughout each stage of design.

David McKnightDirector of Digital Manufacturing Solutions, Hitachi VantaraDavid McKnight joined Hitachi in 2016 with an eye to broaden his work in Industrial IoT and Digital Manufacturing. At Hitachi Vantara, he is driving manufacturing operations excellence solutions with clients across various industries. Prior to his tenure with Hitachi, David has focused on providing industrial automation and SAP manufacturing solutions throughout the world. David is passionate about enabling Manufacturers and their operators, supervisors and management to employ technology to maximize productivity, quality, safety and flexibility.

For the past decade, Digital Economy is transforming the traditional manufacturing process with modern digital systems. Digital Manufacturing has improved the Quality, Efficiency, and Sustainability of Manufacturing. Manufacturers are now open to new and improved business practices to start their digital transformation journey.

Traditional manufacturing has worked well so far for mass production by being cost-effective with short cycle times. However, extensive manufacturing equipment generates more waste with inventory overflow and high energy consumption. Whereas, digital manufacturing is sustainable, efficient, and flexible with boundless manufacturing opportunities.

Digital Manufacturing is modern manufacturing with end-to-end technology including hardware and software integration. Manufacturers have realized the need to optimize their business model to align with the modern market and start their digital transformation journey.

The future of digital manufacturing is bright and beaming with numerous opportunities for a sustainable world. At EDS Technologies, we strive to be part of the Movement for Global Sustainability in Business with our solutions. We also encourage our customers who are manufacturing companies to start their digital transformation journey with our engineering solutions such as DELMIA, CATIA, SIMULIA, ENOVIA and 3DEXPERIENCE for a better world.

P&G selected Microsoft as its preferred cloud provider to build the future of digital manufacturing based on a four-year history of successfully working together on data and AI. The new collaborative effort will:

To accelerate technology integration and support pilot programs, Microsoft and P&G have co-created a Digital Enablement Office (DEO) staffed by experts from both organizations. They will jointly deploy the Azure platform, and the DEO also intends to serve as an incubator to create high-priority business scenarios in the areas of product manufacturing and packaging processes that can be implemented across P&G.

We challenge the notion that environmental responsibility is inherently at odds with productivity and, by extension, profitability. Instead, 4IR transformations based on digital and analytics tools can augment not only green technology but also current production methods by bolstering efficiency. By embracing 4IR-driven transformation, a viable kind of eco-efficiency is possible, where sustainability and competitive excellence are not only compatible, but interwoven.

Eco-efficiency is the outcome of 4IR technologies that, when directed to solve business problems, simultaneously boost productivity and sustainability. This concept of efficiency has three dimensions. First, it involves digital technology that enables data-informed actions across production and the end-to-end value chain. Second, it demonstrates measurable improvements across performance indicators including cost, agility, convenience, and quality. Finally, it drives sustainability gains by reducing consumption, resource waste, and emissions.

A detailed look at lighthouse success cases reveals that organizations investing in 4IR technology are realizing improvements in productivity, sustainability, operating cost, customization, and speed to market. Companies that drive competitive efficiency through digital transformation can make every kilowatt-hour count and every natural resource matter, using every machine and square foot of production space to its fullest, optimized potential.

Business Application Services help organizations to address key digital transformation challenges by leveraging a co-creation approach and our Connected Ecosystem. Whether you want to focus on a specific technology, digital transformation or solutions specific to your sector, we look forward to co-creating with you.

The Ericsson Tallinn manufacturing site has set out an ambitious digital transformation program to improve operational efficiency, workplace health and safety, and cooperation with the Product Design Unit to secure integration of design with the manufacturing process.

To uncover the sustainability value in smart manufacturing, the second step was to come up with a general approach to deal with the complexity of technology, manufacturing and sustainability impact analysis.

The benefits of digital manufacturing include: improved production and operations; greater capital efficiencies; reduced manufacturing costs and environmental impact; improved safety, productivity and experiences for the industrial worker; and enhanced cyber resilience and operational availability.

Digital manufacturing is an integrated approach to manufacturing centered around computer systems. It involves adopting new digital technologies like the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and becoming obsessed with data and automation.

Effective digital transformation in the manufacturing industry requires embedding digital technologies (and the cultural and behavioral changes needed to benefit from them) across four key dimensions:

Connecting digital and environmental goals is achievable through digital manufacturing. It requires a thorough assessment of your current environmental impact, integrating environmental goals into your business strategies, and giving employees access to the data and digital tools they need to deliver on sustainability targets.

But the two concepts, digital technology and environmental sustainability, are often mutually reinforcing. And we would go further: Without digital technology, it is hard for companies to ease their pollution footprint or manage waste. Without a full understanding of sustainability, the energy drawn by computers can be wasted.

Yet as compelling as this interplay between digital technology and sustainability may seem, it is no panacea. Although digital technology and sustainability are mutually reinforcing, they do not always sit easily together. They are championed by different functions, for one thing.

How should companies approach social impact value? As a first step, we recommend that companies establish board-level digital and sustainability advisory units to ensure that boards understand AI and other digital technologies, including considerations of safety, ethics, values, and governance. Companies should also ensure that their technology strategies optimize the effect digital will have on sustainability outcomes, both to capture new business opportunities and to manage risks.

A key differentiator for these frontrunner companies was using digital capabilities and technologies to break economic constraints and unlock new solutions. But success depends on leveraging technology and data from the very start. Before making a major commitment of time, management energy, and company resources, management should take a forward-looking and strategic view of how advanced technology and data can accelerate the journey to sustainability advantage.

Examples of these new paradigms in manufacturing include smart manufacturing, digital manufacturing, and circular manufacturing. Each of these paradigms has significant benefits for industry and society, as well as for the Earth itself, with less exploitation of finite virgin resources, cost savings, reduced emissions, reduced waste, less pollution of fragile ecosystems, and less impact on biodiversity.

Key technologies in these novel manufacturing strategies include blockchains, digital connectivity, big data analytics, cyber-physical systems, additive manufacturing, and IoT technologies. Their potential contribution toward a more sustainable future for human society has crystallized the need for studies that provide specific examples of their use and benefits, especially regarding more sustainable patterns of production and consumption. The issue is a multi-dimensional one that requires innovative solutions.

With the arrival of Industry 4.0, many key technologies have been developed. Advanced design, engineering, and manufacturing methods along with an increased focus on sustainability have driven the digital transformation of industry. Technology-based paradigms aim to create smart and sustainable manufacturing processes.

We heard the EU officials tell us they need our help in defining the path to success for Digital Manufacturing 5.0 in Europe. Only through a close collaboration between digital companies, manufacturing companies and relevant policy makers can we achieve this. That is exactly why this group will take the leadership to drive this collaboration further in the future. 041b061a72


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