We know the world is changing fast

New business models are constantly disrupting the status quo.
Online businesses are rising, retail is suffering, data is proliferating. Consumers demand everything quicker and more personalised to their tastes. Cars will become autonomous, cities will become smart, technology will augment human tasks and change the nature of work.

Manufacturing too, is changing. Factories are becoming smart to match the technology used to order and personalise products.
As s consequence a smart factory is a flexible and intelligent, rather than rigid, production system.. It uses machines, devices and technology that can communicate and exchange data with each other and with smart products, in order to respond quickly to order changes.

The technology deployed in a smart factory is designed to increase this speed and agility while maintaining or exceeding industry quality standards. In-line metrology is one example. Rather than inspect a batch part on an end-of-line CMM, which is time-consuming and costly, new measurement technology will be able to verify parts and products within the manufacturing process. This guarantees that every single part is validated rather than “tailgate” batch quality inspection in a separate process.

The future state of manufacturing is referred to as “Industry 4.0”. Industry 4.0 has been described as: the system for producing a product customised to a buyer at the same price point and same quality as a mass produced product.