Industry Today Volume 21 Issue 3

very manufacturer would like to believe what their organization is doing is smart, but the concept of Smart Manufacturing (SM) isn’t exactly about individual intelligence. Rather, it’s about the manufacturing industry as a whole and ampli- fying its productivity, technology and commu- nication along the value chain. What Exactly Is Smart Manufacturing? Over the past several years, the topic of Smart Manufacturing (SM) has been a conversation among industry experts, strategists and thought leaders. However, despite its media coverage, many on the front lines of manufacturing aren’t quite sure what SM entails or why it’s even rel- evant to their organization. E Predictions say Smart Manufacturing will be the next Industrial Revolution. What exactly is SM and how do manufacturers get ready for it? 36 INDUSTRY TODAY CALIFORNIA MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY CONSULTING (CMTC) FEATURE