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We are witnessing a new industrial revolution, fueled by the advancement of digital technologies on a global scale. While every manufacturer faces shifting demand, regulatory pressures, and intense global competition for customers, materials and talent, new disruptive solutions help manufacturers transform their operations and streamline functions across the value chain. Hitachi helps manufacturers navigate this dynamic and volatile marketplace by co-creating innovative solutions that draw on social, environmental and economic values to improve business results and benefit society.
The manufacturing world stands on the brink of the Fourth Industrial Revolution sparked by dramatic technological advances in genetics, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and 3D printing.
Data has become a powerful driver of the Manufacturing 4.0 transformation. Your ability to effectively harness the data available to you is crucial to your success in today’s and tomorrow’s smart manufacturing environment. Forward-thinking manufacturers are moving beyond the traditional “four Vs” of data (volume, velocity, variety and veracity) to leverage a fifth “V”: value.
In the early 21st century, the movie rental industry was dominated by a single, multibillion-dollar company with millions of customers and thousands of retail locations. In 2000, Reed Hastings, the CEO of newly formed Netflix, was laughed at when he approached the CEO of that video rental company for a partnership. Today, Netflix is quickly approaching 150 million subscribers across 190 countries, while the video rental company is no longer in existence.
Today, driven by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, every application is now an analytic application and every business interaction needs to be informed by real-time, right-time data. At the same time, connected machines are flooding businesses with huge amounts of data from the edge to the cloud, driving organizations away from centralized, single data centers to distributed pools of data.
Although the hype around the internet of things (IoT) can make it sound like a completely new technology market or product category, this isn’t the case. IoT is actually an architectural shift that places new requirements on existing IT and operational technology (OT) capabilities and product categories. It’s making new demands on network connectivity, data aggregation and integration, information and operations management, visualization, application development, systems management, security and governance, and more.
Millennials, there’s a lot of talk about you on social media these days. Of course, to be a millennial, you simply needed to be born between 1980 and 1996. In the United States, that’s about 73 million of you. But, like the baby boomers before you, it doesn’t work to pigeonhole you into one single mass of people. You’re unique in so many ways – perhaps the most unique generation on earth.
In business, happiness matters. Unhappy workers don’t stay long at their jobs, they take more time off while they’re there, they provide poor customer service and they tend to be less productive. All of this costs workplaces dearly, not only in opportunity costs related to what they’re not getting from their unhappy employees, but in the increased expenditures that are necessary to continually recruit and train top talent.
“Industry 4.0” refers to the fourth industrial revolution: the age of digital technologies such as the internet of things, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, drones and other emerging technologies. This revolution will not only disrupt businesses and industries but will affect the lives of every human being on this planet.
Manufacturing in the U.S. is in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, in which the real and digital worlds are being blended in unprecedented ways to drive innovation success.
It’s more important than ever for manufacturing companies to be ahead of the digital curve to continue innovating and stay ahead of their competition.
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It’s more important than ever for manufacturing companies to be ahead of the digital curve to continue innovating and stay ahead of their competition. Here are 5 megatrends manufacturers should keep in mind for the foreseeable future
James Bond1 films are known for pushing the envelope of ground-breaking technologies – like lasers, sensors and even heatmaps that help 007 overcome global fiends. Well, now these technologies have come to your local retailer or hospital or the train you take to work.
Online stores and websites have long understood the value of the data that streams into their sites every day from digital sources.
Quality circles are incredibly consequential for manufacturers, as understanding feedback from senior management to engineers on the operation floor is a key component to generating valuable data for future product development.
Manufacturing is benefiting from a host of new technologies that hold the promise of creating much more efficient operations and greater customer satisfaction. But to become digital leaders and realize the business results of this transformation, companies will need more than new technology.
If you’re in manufacturing, you know what “a spanner in the works” means. It’s when a line grinds to a halt due to an unforeseen incident or a “spanner” (British English for “monkey wrench”), and you start losing money until the systems get back online.
Hitachi is transforming the factory with solutions powered by IoT technology, machine learning and advanced data analytics. Explore Hitachi Optimized Factory, Hitachi Predictive Maintenance, and Hitachi Water Solutions.
The industrial internet of things (IIoT) has arrived – and it’s driving manufacturers in the U.S. towards smarter, more connected factories.
Alan Kay, one of the world’s top computer science pioneers once said, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” For manufacturing, transportation, and oil and gas organizations, having solutions that allow them to characterize assets, environments, processes and the people operating these assets helps them predict issues and prevent downtime.
The right tools can make all the difference. Hitachi Cables America creates various types of cables that give all types of businesses the advantage they need to succeed. From the environmental industry to the financial sector to our cell towers.
Now, more than ever, it is crucial for manufacturing firms to take the lead in ensuring a sustainable future. At Hitachi group company, Waupaca Foundry, practicing sustainable manufacturing is a top priority.
A single message can make all the difference in a deal. Hitachi performance cables are engineered for peak performance, ease of use, and flexibility, contributing to the nation’s infrastructure with a variety of both standard and custom solutions that help deals get done.
HiQ eSystems from Hitachi High Technologies contributes to society by reducing food waste and changing food safety culture in the food service industry.