Digital manufacturing utilizes a centralized computer system to optimize an overall manufacturing process. As manufacturing becomes more automated, digital manufacturing can maximize scheduling, planning, and decision making by analyzing current processes, identifying problems, and providing solutions.
Because of the capabilities provided by digital manufacturing, it is now possible to visualize the entire manufacturing process virtually prior to implementation. This allows those involved in the design process the opportunity to see the results prior to any investment of time or money in production, leading to a better prepared, more streamlined approach to manufacturing. Additionally, any changes to current operating systems can be simulated in real time, saving both time and money as issues can be identified within a process, rather than after the fact.
As a part of the MEP National Network, the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) has partnered with the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) to answer questions and help manufacturers across the nation consider implementing digital manufacturing processes. From consultation to implementation and beyond, IMEC and DMDII are ready to walk manufacturing companies through the process of digitizing their operations.
If your organization is preparing to implement a digital manufacturing process, visit IMEC to start the conversation.
Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center
The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) is comprised of a team of technicians who are committed to working, hands-on, with the manufacturing industry in order to assist in the implementation of tools and techniques to increase efficiency and productivity. The work of IMEC is not only to help companies plan for technological advances, but also to assist with implementation and even evaluation of the tools once implemented.
Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute
The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII) is an organization whose goal is to increase productivity and efficiency within the manufacturing industry by providing the tools, technology, and training needed to propel the industry forward, and upward, in the global economy. Two passions of DMDII are collaboration and innovation leveraging world-class capabilities in partnership with manufacturing companies.