Driving efficiencies with smart manufacturing technologies

by Dave Laux, Vice President, Manufacturing Industry


Discover how future-focused organizations are using, managing and maintaining smart manufacturing technologies.

Smart manufacturing is a critical approach that combines technology, data, processes, and human interactions to transform production. As today’s businesses continue to keep pace with customer demands, there’s an increased need for management and maintenance. Here are some ways manufacturers can set their business up for success.

Smart manufacturing technologies: using digital twins to assist with predictive maintenance

A digital twin is a virtual representation of a physical object, system, or process. Digital twins are a critical component of the metaverse as they mirror real-world counterparts and capture their behavior, attributes, and interactions. Digital twin technology can assist with predictive maintenance by creating a virtual replica of various physical assets.

The digital twin model is connected to sensors and other data sources to monitor real-time performance. Digital twins allow you to simulate and analyze different scenarios without affecting the physical object. For example, engineers can create a digital twin of a vehicle engine to test its performance under various conditions.

Take advantage of IoT monitoring

Implementing smart manufacturing technologies like an IoT device allows accurate predictions and forecasts. Manufacturers can optimize production schedules, inventory levels, and resource allocation by analyzing data from sensors, machines, and other sources. These solutions can provide critical equipment monitoring and predictive maintenance to ensure uninterrupted operations. With sensors for just about every aspect of building management, such as temperature, humidity, security, and motion, IoT can help operators better manage the factory environment for improved sustainability and workplace safety.

Did you know that multi-function printers are also IoT devices?

See how you can enable real-time problem detection, resolution, and actionable insights from connected devices with an all-in-one device-agnostic platform. Explore the IoT Command Center

Reduce time and increase efficiencies with 3D modeling

3D modeling offers the manufacturing industry an efficient, eco-friendly, and cost-effective way to develop prototypes, envision product ideas, reduce risk, and replicate functionality pre-production. Designers or engineers can enhance ideas and continue making endless updates and iterations prior to finalizing their product — it’s the ideal way to catch and correct any issues before they become problematic.

68% of manufacturers use 3D technology for prototyping to help reduce lead times, speed up the design process, and drive business growth.

Keep your smart manufacturing technologies secured

Embracing innovation to streamline and optimize your manufacturing business is crucial. However, in this era of digital transformation, the paramount importance of safeguarding your network cannot be overstated. As cyber criminals continue to advance their tactics, it's imperative to stay one step ahead with evolving cybersecurity solutions.

Experts predict that data breaches will cost the global economy $9.5 trillion. Avoid vulnerabilities while minimizing and mitigating risk by ensuring you’re working with a cybersecurity and IT services team committed to protecting your data, your people, and your businesses.

See how a multi-layered security solution can help protect your business from threats. Explore Bullwall Ransomware Containment >

Scale your smart manufacturing tech with ease

Ensuring all your technology is fully integrated, secured, optimized, and working as it should is vital to operational efficiency. However, internal IT teams are often short on time or lack the skills to implement and update the latest smart technologies, not to mention help with training and adoption.

Are you grappling with the challenges of managing your technology in-house? Consider the benefits of partnering with a technology expert. As an extension of your team, these professionals can enhance efficiency and safety, simplify operations, improve employee experiences, and reduce costs, allowing you to focus on your core business.

Our professional technical services for OEMs, planning, and service lifecycle management create improved customer experiences. Explore RICOH Service Advantage

Whether your organization seeks assistance with IoT monitoring, additive manufacturing, cybersecurity, or a tech partner that offers consistent holistic lifecycle support, training, education, deployment, service, maintenance, and more, talk to us. We’re here to help.

See how we can help keep your smart manufacturing tech up and running.

Dave spearheads the Manufacturing Industry team for Ricoh USA. Dave has over 30 years’ experience working in the manufacturing and industrial sectors. Dave has owned and operated several manufacturers and has helped many of the world’s largest manufacturers optimize their operating, back office, and technology environments to achieve their productivity and efficiency goals. Starting on the plant floor, operating machinery, Dave progressed to executive ranks and ultimately ownership. By focusing on overall operational efficiencies and process enhancement, Dave helps companies increase efficiencies, reduce labor dependencies, increase desired retention, and attain profitable growth. Dave has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Missouri and has completed post-secondary education at Harvard University School of Business, and Boston University. Dave has also held executive roles at IBM, Gartner, and Lumen, all focused on manufacturing.

Dave Laux

Vice President, Manufacturing Industry

Ricoh USA

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