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The lights-sparse versus the lights-out factory

The concept of a “lights-out” factory – one in which the requirements for human activity are so minimal that the facility can operate in the dark – has been around for decades, but the digital and automation technologies needed to make it a reality at scale are just now maturing. At the same time, new market trends and perennial issues like questions about labor versus automation are making the realization of the lights-out factory that much more challenging. Widespread deployment of lights-out factories globally across industries may be years or decades away, but forward-looking manufacturers may seize opportunities today to implement lights-out processes within their conventional and smart factories – making for a “lights-sparse” facility or production line.

How can manufacturers benefit from the new model of lights-out approach?

Manufacturers are using a comprehensive digital twin, with embedded IoT data and analytics, to realize lights-out manufacturing by way of actionable manufacturing insights that bring about continuous improvement, reducing production costs and improving quality. Digital tools are essential, and they ensure that quality and efficiency are built into the manufacturing process and are proactively and systematically enforced.

Read this white paper to discover more about challenges and opportunities presented by the lights-out approach, and how a feasible deployment can provide realistic value to manufacturers.

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The concept of a “lights-out” factory – one in which the requirements for human activity are so minimal that the facility can operate in the dark – has been around for decades, but the digital and automation technologies needed to make it a reality at scale are just now maturing. At the same time, new market trends and perennial issues like questions about labor versus automation are making the realization of the lights-out factory that much more challenging. Widespread deployment of lights-out factories globally across industries may be years or decades away, but forward-looking manufacturers may seize opportunities today to implement lights-out processes within their conventional and smart factories – making for a “lights-sparse” facility or production line.

How can manufacturers benefit from the new model of lights-out approach?

Manufacturers are using a comprehensive digital twin, with embedded IoT data and analytics, to realize lights-out manufacturing by way of actionable manufacturing insights that bring about continuous improvement, reducing production costs and improving quality. Digital tools are essential, and they ensure that quality and efficiency are built into the manufacturing process and are proactively and systematically enforced.

Read this white paper to discover more about challenges and opportunities presented by the lights-out approach, and how a feasible deployment can provide realistic value to manufacturers.