Putting the 'smart' in manufacturing

By Silke Schmidt, University of Wisconsin-Madison, for Phys.org

Apr 09, 2018

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"Although smartphones and tablets are ubiquitous, many of the companies that make our everyday consumer products still rely on paper trails and manually updated spreadsheets to keep track of their production processes and delivery schedules," says Leyuan Shi, a professor of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

That's what she hopes to change with a research idea she first published almost two decades ago.

During the past 16 years, Shi has visited more than 400 manufacturing companies in the United States, China, Europe, and Japan to personally observe their production processes. Shi says she has used what she learned to develop digital-twin tools to "make these processes run much more smoothly."

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