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Two Weeks from Idea to Creation in Manufacturing?

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How long does it take to go from ideation to creation? Far too long, according to Will Sobel, Chief Executive Officer for System Insights Inc. and Chief Architect and Chair of the MTConnect Technical Steering Committee. Sobel argued that using standards and interoperable services, the manufacturing industry can dramatically decrease the time from ideation to creation—to as little as two weeks.

Sobel explained his “moon shot” and how the industry can achieve it during an interview with IMTSTV following his presentation at the [MC]2 Conference. Sobel’s “moon shot” is his goal to create a standards-based platform for dynamic scheduling and planning that will allow products to move from ideation to full assembly in just two weeks. Currently, the process can take years.

System Insights is partnering with Xerox Park and the MTConnect Institute on a project for the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) to develop the platform using MTConnect and other standards. Ultimately, the project is seeking to create a self-aware manufacturing environment. This new environment will allow software to find the most optimal means of manufacturing, increasing cost effectiveness and efficiency, Sobel said.

Sobel also discussed the evolution of the MTConnect standard. He noted that the standard has come a long way since 2007 when people were still skeptical about why they even needed to acquire data from machines. MTConnect provides an important foundation for understanding what is happening in the manufacturing process, and it continues to help systems evolve and become more predictive, Sobel concluded.

For more information about the digital factory and the MTConnect standard, plan to attend the [MC]2 Conference in Nashville, Tenn., on May 2-4, 2017.

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