The Rise of the Smart Factory: How IoT is Reshaping Manufacturing From artificial intelligence to predictive maintenance to collaborative robotics, or co-bots, IoT solutions are having an impact in manufacturing, improving operational efficiency. Tech Data’s IoT expert Eric Thompson describes how smart factories are tapping into automation, learning how to merge the data silos of OT and IT, and re-imagining operations in a world changed by this pandemic.    
Ford Motor Company Relies on IoT Technologies to Boost Manufacturing Productivity Robotic exosuits coupled with virtual reality and 3D printing have led Ford to restructure workspaces and assembly line tasks with the goal of reducing worker fatigue and improving productivity on the factory floor.  
Automated AI Solution Sharpens QC in Contact Lens Manufacturing Contact lens manufacturing has traditionally used slower, manual inspection processes that can limit productivity and output. LEDA Technologies developed an automated inspection solution using technologies from ADLINK and Intel, and the production improvements are clearly visible.  
ProGlove Hits the Mark with Wearable Barcode Scanners Hands-free scanners help companies improve productivity and worker safety in the warehouse and on the manufacturing floor, while providing critical logistics information.  
Autonomous Robots Armed with UV Light Join Fight Against COVID-19 Disinfecting strategies that use chemical-based cleaners put workers at risk of infection, are time consuming, drain resources, and can be impractical for frequently used rooms. Now, robots with UV lights are disinfecting public areas more efficiently and safely.  
Companies Turn to Wearable IoT Technology to Safeguard Workers Wearable technologies provide companies with an easy way to ensure social distancing, prevent group clustering, and provide contact tracing as employees return to the workplace. New technologies are flexible enough to work in the factory, office, or in the field.
Accelerate Industry 4.0 with Modern Industrial PCs Industry 4.0 will lead to the creation of smart factories, with machines that can communicate with each other. Backed by AI and insights from raw data, these machines could be empowered to configure production processes and make modifications in real-time to optimize operations.   
Sterilization Nation: Airlines, Hotels Turn to UV-light, Robotics to Fight COVID-19 Electrostatic sprayers and UV-light sanitation systems provide airlines and hotels with high-end disinfection procedures, easing corporate and consumer cleanliness concerns. IoT technologies, robotics, and classic chemistry will allow airlines and hotels to reopen safely and efficiently amid the COVID-19 pandemic.   
Surviving the Supply and Demand Disruptions of the Pandemic Hard-hit businesses have to pivot to find new revenue streams, and farmers struggle to find buyers for an abundance of milk and produce. How can the supply chain improve its technology to better match supply and demand?  
Sports Brands Pivot to Produce Protective Gear for Health Workers Athletic-gear manufacturers swap athletic equipment for medical supplies to aid in the COVID-19 pandemic. By retooling their operations and reprogramming equipment, manufacturers are making much-needed supplies to protect front-line healthcare employees.  

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