Smart Factories Insights Report 2021

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163-page insights report detailing the ways factories are becoming smarter, including:

  • 10 detailed case studies of smart factories showcasing goals achieved, technologies deployed, and use cases realized
  • In-depth analysis of the three smart factory enablers:
    • Processes
    • People
    • Technology
  • Overview of digital smart factory maturity models
  • Trends, drivers, and challenges of current smart factory projects
  • Upcoming manufacturing paradigms
  • Database of 80 smart factory projects around the world

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Smart Factory Insights Report 2021

The Smart Factory Insights Report is part of IoT Analytics’ ongoing coverage of Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 topics (Industrial IoT Research work stream). The information presented in this report is based on extensive primary and secondary research, including 21 interviews with smart factory technology vendors, experts, and end users conducted between May 2021 and July 2021.

The document includes a definition of smart factory, a research perspective on common smart factory goals, use cases, key smart factory enablers, in-depth case studies, drivers, trends, and challenges.

Questions answered in this report:

  • How have the goals of manufacturing evolved?
  • How do production characteristics vary across different types of industries, such as process, discrete, and hybrid manufacturing?
  • What are the different goals of today’s factories?
  • What role do processes and continuous process improvement methods (e.g.: Lean, Six Sigma) play in smart factories?
  • What is the significance of employee engagement and workforce empowerment in smart factory initiatives?
  • What are the ways in which technology enables smart factories?
  • What are the different methods of data ingestion for a smart factory?
  • What are digital maturity models for smart factories, and how can they be used?
  • How have different companies deployed smart factories?
  • What are the key challenges and drivers of smart factory projects?

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At a glance:

Factories have been evolving in tandem with technology innovation. The rise of Industry 4.0 has been fundamental to the development of next-generation factories, often referred to as “smart factories.” This report aims to provide the reader with a holistic view of smart factories, starting with a definition and then deep diving into key aspects, such as smart factory enablers, case study examples, and drivers and challenges.

Smart Factories Insights Report 2021 - Evolution of Manufacturing-min

A smart factory refers to the transformation of people, processes, and enabling technologies at a production site, accompanied by the use of data.

Smart Factories Insights Report 2021 - Definition-min

Each production characteristic has multiple subgroups, and there are different types of factories within each subgroup.

Smart Factories Insights Report 2021 - Production Characteristics-min
Manufacturing facilities consist of several processes that have distinct improvement goals.
Smart Factories Insights Report 2021 - Typical Manufacturing Processes and Goals-min

A deep dive into smart factory technology and lean concepts

Smart Factories Insights Report 2021 - Technology and Lean Concepts-min

Talent requirements in a smart factory

Smart Factories Insights Report 2021 - Talent Requirements-min

The role of automation systems in smart factories

Smart Factories Insights Report 2021 - Role of Automation Systems-min

The Smart Factories Insights Report includes 10 detailed case studies.

Smart Factories Insights Report 2021 - Case Study-min

Examples of process improvement tools in smart factories

Smart Factories Insights Report 2021 - Process Improvement Tools-min

Overview of data collection methods in smart factories

Smart Factories Insights Report 2021 - Data Collection Methods-min

A list of 80 smart factories around the world is included (only Team User and Enterprise Premium licenses)

Smart Factories Insights Report 2021 - Projects List-min

Table of contents:

Smart Factories Insights Report 2021 - Table of contents-min

Selected companies from the report:

Siemens, Schneider Electric, Bonfiglioli, SEW Eurodrive, Alibaba, Kalbe Morinaga, Nokia, AGCO, BMW, Foxconn, and many others.

Related Reading:

IoT Analytics’ blog post“ What are smart factories? 7 misconceptions and a definition” is derived from the report.

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Publication date

August 2021


163 page PDF/PPT + EXCEL

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Table of Contents

Table of content (PDF)

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Introduction
    1. 2.1 The Evolution of Manufacturing
    2. 2.2 Smart Factory Definition
    3. 2.3 Smart Factory Google Trends Analysis
  3. Attributes of Factories
    1. 3.1 Production Characteristics
    2. 3.2 Goals
    3. 3.3 Recurring Smart Factory Themes
  4. Smart Factory Enabler 1: Processes
    1. 4.1 Typical Manufacturing Processes and Goals
    2. 4.2 Process Improvement Methods
    3. 4.3 Process Improvement Methods In Smart Factories
    4. 4.4 Deep Dive: Smart Factory Technology And Lean Concepts
    5. 4.5 Examples Of Modern Process Improvement Tools
  5. Smart Factory Enabler 2: People
    1. 5.1 Talent Requirements for New Hires
    2. 5.2 Upskilling the Existing Workforce
  6. Smart Factory Enabler 3: Technology
    1. 6.1 The Role of Automation Systems in Smart Factories
    2. 6.2 Types of Smart Factory Deployments
    3. 6.3 Data Collection Methods in Smart Factories
  7. Digital Maturity Models
    1. 7.1 Overview of Digital Maturity Models
    2. 7.2 Comparison of Four Digital Maturity Models
    3. 7.3 Profiles of Four Digital Maturity Models
    4. 7.3.1 Maturity Model X
    5. 7.3.2 Maturity Model X
    6. 7.3.3 Maturity Model X
    7. 7.3.4 Maturity Model X
  8. Drivers, Trends, and Challenges
    1. 8.1 Smart Factory Use Cases
    2. 8.2 Case Studies
    3. 8.2.1 Case Study X
    4. 8.2.2 Case Study X
    5. 8.2.3 Case Study X
    6. 8.2.4 Case Study X
    7. 8.2.5 Case Study X
    8. 8.2.6 Case Study X
    9. 8.2.7 Case Study X
    10. 8.2.8 Case Study X
    11. 8.2.9 Case Study X
    12. 8.2.10 Case Study X
  9. Drivers, Trends, and Challenges
    1. 9.1 Smart Factory Implementation Challenges
    2. 9.2 Smart Factory Technology Adoption Drivers
    3. 9.3 Upcoming Manufacturing Paradigms
  10. Methodology and Market Definitions
  11. About IoT Analytics

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