Factories of tomorrow will enable greater flexibility in products, but must do so by integrating flexible robotic technologies
The future of manufacturing is brimming with opportunity, full of new technologies designed to reduce waste and maximize process efficiency and flexibility through software and hardware capabilities. Almost all this promise is built on a foundation of digital transformation – and the digital twin. Everything from raw material tracking to process optimization to hardware selection stem from insights gained from the digital twin and closed-loop optimization of entire facilities.
Working in the virtual world before committing to physical implementation enables manufacturers to implement process simulation combined with plant simulation to achieve flexible production for increasingly complex and customized products.
In 2020 we asked, “Where are you in the journey to advanced robotics and how can it help you achieve your version of tomorrow’s factory?”1 Further to that discussion, Xin Guo, Rahav Madvil and Noam Ribon of Siemens Digital Industries Software examine the integration of flexibility using autonomous mobile robots at the station level as well as the plant level to achieve an optimized production environment.