The product manufacturing industry as a whole is going through some amazing transformations.
Big data is reshaping the landscape as we know it, and delivering a more connected and data driven mentality.
There are a multitude of factors shaping the future of US Manufacturing.
According to a report from Cognizant titled “A Framework to Speed Manufacturing’s Digital Business Transformations” there are 6 big trends that are helping to transform the manufacturing industry.
The biggest trends were identified as:
- Social Media
- Internet of Things
Product Manufacturing: Using Data and Digital To Build Stronger Supply Chains
65% of manufacturers use data and digital to build better businesses.
Digitally driven supply chains deliver better business results!
How Do Manufacturers Use the Data They Collect?
60% of manufacturers use data to develop new products.
It’s one thing to collect data.
It’s another thing to create new products with it.
How do Manufacturers Use and Collect Digital Data?
80% of manufacturers use RFID and barcodes to pull product data.
Digital streamlines a supply chain to deliver bottom-line results.
40% of manufacturers track-and-trace supply chain operations with digital.
RFID and barcode data can turn lost assets into found profit.
Product Manufacturing: The Social Media Connection
70% of manufacturers use social media for research and planning.
Listening to end users is a great way to begin to plan for the future.
The Future Of Manufacturing
This manufacturing info-graphic was produced by Siemens corporation and studies the future of manufacturing.
Strengths are covered such as manufacturing being a healthy contributor to the GNP and accounting for 70% of all exports.
Challenges to the industry are also explored including a need to increase efficiency as well as time to market and enhancing overall flexibility.
Digitization Plays Vital Role in Manufacturing Renaissance
Digitization is changing everything.
Digitization through smart technology and connected devices is increasing productivity, efficiency and accuracy in the manufacturing enterprise.
In the future, virtually all manufacturing operations will be converted into a digital format.
This infographic delves into some of the specifics of the digitalization revolution occurring right now in manufacturing.
Manufacturing Cyber Attacks On the Rise According To Homeland Security
A report was released by the Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Emergency Response Team, or ICS-CERT.
They are apparently the agency responsible for investigating claims of cyber attacks on corporations and large businesses.
The ICS-CERT report states they investigated 97 incidents located at critical manufacturers, including vehicle production as well as metal manufacturing, machinery and electrical equipment.
Cyber Attacks on Manufacturing Spiked Last Year: Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security investigations of cyber attacks on the nation’s critical product manufacturing sector nearly doubled in the year ended Sept. 30, according to the agency.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Emergency Response Team, or ICS-CERT, said in a report distributed this week that it investigated 97 incidents at critical manufacturers during its most-recent fiscal year.
That category includes makers of vehicles and other types of transportation equipment as well as metals, machinery and electrical equipment producers.
ICS-CERT said that altogether it responded to a total of 295 cyber incidents, up 20 percent from the previous fiscal year. After critical manufacturing, the next most active sectors were energy, with 46 incidents, water, with 25, and transportation systems, with 23, according to the report. The document did not say whether any of the incidents caused outages or say who was behind them. A DHS spokesman declined to elaborate.
Those cyber-security fears have recently come to light.
A computer breach at a large network company (Juniper Networks) may have exposed the encrypted communications of many U.S. government and private company communications.
First on CNN: Newly discovered hack has U.S. fearing foreign infiltration
By Evan Perez and Shimon Prokupecz, CNN
A major breach at computer network company Juniper Networks has U.S. officials worried that hackers working for a foreign government were able to spy on the encrypted communications of the U.S. government and private companies for the past three years.
The FBI is investigating the breach, which involved hackers installing a back door on computer equipment, U.S. officials told CNN. Juniper disclosed the issue Thursday along with an emergency security patch that it urged customers to use to update their systems “with the highest priority.”
The concern, U.S. officials said, is that sophisticated hackers who compromised the equipment could use their access to get into any company or government agency that used it.
One U.S. official described it as akin to “stealing a master key to get into any government building.”
The breach is believed to be the work of a foreign government, U.S. officials said, because of the sophistication involved. The U.S. officials said they are certain U.S. spy agencies themselves aren’t behind the back door. China and Russia are among the top suspected governments, though officials cautioned the investigation hasn’t reached conclusions.
Cyber Attacks Infographic: Blackhats and Cyber Attacks