According to the Zebra 2017 Manufacturing Vision Study, quality drives a smarter plant floor. Fully connected smart factories are expected to double with over one-third of those surveyed in this survey anticipated having smart factory capability by the year 2022. Forty-eight percent of those surveyed plan to use RFID in their manufacturing factory. 88 percent expect it will bring revenue growth and 44 percent expect it to be 5 percent or greater year over year. 50 percent cite that flexibility will adjust to fluctuating market demands as a top business strategy. 46 percent of those surveyed say increased visibility across their operations will support this growth. 58 percent identify supplier quality as an issue and 23 percent plan to have 10 or more gate stages. The top strategies driving growth and improving financial performance include increased total production and throughput, improved ability to adjust to fluctuating market demand, increased number of product variants, increased visibility across the enterprise, and a decreased cost of production. Some of the expectations of having a connected factory include no connected machines, sensors, or mobile devices, some data being captured, no connection to systems or staff, data captured from multiple sources, remains in sources, and fully connected data to production, supply chain and workers. There are many barriers to Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) adoption such as complexity of technology, security concerns, IT resources and budget. Manufacturers expect technology and automation will continue to transform the plant floor and deliver quality improvements across all stages of production. Some of the Just-in-time (JIT) shipments expected in the year 2022 are automotive, high tech, food/beverage/alcohol and pharmaceutical.
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