Sam Russem is director of the smart manufacturing practice at Grantek and serves as the leader of the ISA SMIIoT’s Digital Twin and Simulation committee. Russem has been working in automation and Smart Manufacturing for more than a decade and focuses on the strategic and practical application of Industry 4.0 technologies for manufacturers.
Manufacturing operations are constantly changing, and engineers can stay ahead of the curve by volunteering and learning as much as possible.
Calculating financial benefits and proving the return on investment (ROI) is critical when developing a smart manufacturing project.
Digital thread is an operational concept that describes how a profile of data is defined, created, populated and modified throughout the product lifecycle. See three digital thread benefits.