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Putting Smart Manufacturing Into Strategic Perspective

January 10, 2019 / John Clemons

When we talk about the future of manufacturing, it can seem like we’re all over the map. Various terms-smart manufacturing, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), digital manufacturing, the connection factory or supply chain, Industry 4.0-are used interchangeably by some, while nuanced differences are debated by others.
Some groups-mostly plant and operations leaders-derisively ask: “What’s the difference? We’ve been automating and integrating manufacturing and business processes for 30 years.” But others consider smart manufacturing as nothing less than transformational.