It is important to understand that data should be used from the perspective of the manufacturing value chain, to create value from information via movement from physical to digital, and back to physical.
Therefore the required application should combine the connected technologies inherent in the Internet of Things (IoT) with relevant IT and OT, including analytics, additive manufacturing,robotics, high-performance computing, artificial intelligence, cognitive technologies, advanced materials, and augmented reality, to drive the physical act of manufacturing.
This connecting of technologies to
complete the physical-digital-physical cycle–which are unique to manufacturing
processes; it is the leap from digital back to physical—from connected, digital
technologies to the creation of a physical object or an improved process is what
constitutes the essence of identifying which areas of the value chain
merit greatest attention.