With digitalisation, developments such as Industry 4.0, digital manufacturing and smart factories are increasing.
Digital manufacturing ‘leverages technology to improve manufacturing processes’ resulting in creation of a ‘smart’ factory that is a connected, networked and fully automated environment, using real-time data analytics to optimise the entire manufacturing process. It also includes improved optimisation of resource planning, product and process design, factory capacity utilisation and increased production output- reducing time, cost and performance.
Digital manufacturing seeks to produce highly customizable products with higher quality and lower costs by integrating IIoT, big data analytics, cloud storage, and autonomous robotics into manufacturing plants.
A digital manufacturing ‘smart factory’ platform is built upon a dynamic federation of private and public networks requiring end-to-end security that enables the integration of services by providing functions such as, authentication, authorization, privacy and message integrity to ensure ‘trust’ across various devices.