between their design and production processes
today, over the next five years, 53% expect to
have that level of connectivity.
And future workflows hold a promise
well beyond that of the Airbus generative-design or LimbForge examples. New design
and manufacturing capabilities, brought on
by the explosion of data in our sector and
combined with machine learning and AI,
will soon enable manufacturing at the push
of a button. The key to attaining push-button manufacturing lies in delivering insights
from across your entire workflow; uncovering unlikely solution sets; and connecting
supply chain, design, manufacturing, product use, and product end of life in innovative,
highly optimized ways. Airbus connected design and manufacturing process. Apple connected waste streams with material streams.
LimbForge connected customer use data to
design. None of these would have been possible in a traditional, linear process or without
technology to bring this data together.
The Influence of Government
Although technology is evolving quickly, there are other pressing reasons—from competition to
demand to government mandates—to start
connecting your processes and data now to
make more, better, with less.
Government initiatives have long been
striving to curtail the environmental impacts
from manufacturing, such as the European
Union’s mandates around recycling and toxicity through WEEE, RoHS, and REACH.
More recently, the historic Paris Agreement
saw countries around the world pledge to re-
duce greenhouse gas emissions and prevent
catastrophic climate change by preventing
temperatures from increasing more than
two degrees Celsius. While many countries
focus on energy suppliers and transportation
for reductions, China explicitly identifies re-
source and energy-efficiency measures that
have implications for manufacturers.
These governmental trends are also influencing market demand. We see this in
everything from personal electronics to automobiles to household goods. Recent studies have shown that one in three consumers
prefers to buy from more sustainable brands
11 and almost three out four millennials will
pay more for sustainable options. 12
Companies are taking notice. Walmart
recently announced that it will eliminate a
gigaton of carbon dioxide from its supply
chain by working with its manufacturing
partners, necessitating the connection of
processes and data across companies. Auto
manufacturers are competing to go all-elec-tric. This challenge is harder than just swapping out an engine; it requires these manufacturers to redesign cars from the ground
up to squeeze out range-robbing weight and
enhance the efficiency of their electric drive-trains—challenges that are going to require a
systems approach to their overall processes.
Serving growing populations, expanding
to new markets, and increasing throughput
by making more means fundamental growth
to our bottom lines. Increasing the performance, customization, and quality of our
products and improving our processes will
enable us to compete and survive. Finally,
making the right decisions about the things
we make and how we make them will enable
us to achieve more with less of a negative impact on people and the environment.
This is the future of making things, and it is
enabled by new technologies and powered by
data from connected processes. Companies are
already taking advantage of connected workflows today, and the opportunity for more of
them to make more, better, with less is here.
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