Consumer demand, heightened regulations and better profitability are leading many manufacturers to embrace sustainability. Here are five tech solutions to kickstart your eco-friendly factory.
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As the world becomes more environmentally conscious, manufacturers face increasing pressure to adopt more sustainable practices. But brand reputation isn’t the only reason to go green.
Of the 76.6% of U.S. emissions driven by manufacturing production, 17% is directly attributed to the manufacturing sector.
(The remainder is driven by supporting sectors including mining, utilities, construction and agriculture.)
What does it mean to be a sustainable manufacturer?
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency:
“Sustainable manufacturing is the creation of manufactured products through economically-sound processes that minimize negative environmental impacts while conserving energy and natural resources.”
The key to simple and efficient green processes? Technology.
In this infographic, we’ll explore five sustainable solutions for your green factory.
Machine Learning (ML) is the scientific process of training systems to act upon data without requiring explicit, programmed instructions. A subtype of AI, ML leverages algorithms and statistical models to identify patterns and predict future outcomes.
3D printing is a manufacturing process that creates tangible, three-dimensional objects from a computer-generated design. It’s a form of “additive” manufacturing, meaning it creates objects by adding material layer by layer.
Manufacturing automation is the use of technology, robotics or machines to perform tasks that were previously performed by humans, including assembly, quality control and material handling.
The cloud refers to data stored at a data center that can be accessed on the internet as an on-demand service. Cloud technology in manufacturing involves using cloud-based software for design, planning, production, logistics and more.
Predictive maintenance anticipates equipment failures, taking corrective actions before failures can occur. It’s a data-driven approach using sensors, machine learning and other technology to monitor equipment performance.
Insight understands manufacturing and the technology you need to be more sustainable. We’ll help you find the best path forward as a factory of the future.
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