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.
Download this white paper to learn more about the challenges and current opportunities presented by a lights-out approach and how these new concepts are optimizing manufacturing toward the factory of the future.
Contract manufacturers and corporations benefit from micro factories
Contract manufacturers setting up microfactories can benefit from easy and cost-effective digital technology to take advantage of embracing digital tools from the very beginning. Microfactories can also be designed from the very beginning with sustainability taken into consideration. An agile microfactory is also capable of high-mix, low-volume business with low cost and high ROI.
Factory of the future being built today with digital manufacturing technologies
Manufacturers are using a comprehensive digital twin, with embedded IoT data and analytics, as the factory of the future is being built today with digital manufacturing technologies. Lights-out manufacturing can bring about continuous improvement, reduced production costs, and improved quality. Digital tools are essential, and they ensure that quality and efficiency are built into the manufacturing process and are proactively and systematically enforced.
New opportunities for manufacturing industries
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.
Read this white paper to discover more about the challenges and opportunities presented by the lights-out approach, and how a feasible deployment can provide realistic value to manufacturers.