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The Smart Student's Guide to Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0

The Smart Student's Guide to Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0

by Mike Nager
The Smart Student's Guide to Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0

The Smart Student's Guide to Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0

by Mike Nager

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Overview

What if I told you millions of kids are missing out on rewarding careers - because they aren't aware of the fantastic opportunities Smart Manufacturing offers?

 

When many people think about manufacturing, they imagine noisy factories with hundreds of workers standing shoulder-to-shoulder doing repetitive work. Or of dirty, dark, and dangerous workplaces that rely more on muscle than on brains to get the job done. But a new industrial revolution called Industry 4.0 is changing everything you think you know about manufacturing!

 

Smart Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 are modern ways of producing products. The hundred-year-old mass-production paradigm is giving way to mass-customization powered by Augmented Reality, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and other exciting technologies. This change requires creative professionals to embrace various forms of automation to produce more personalized products in environmentally friendly factories.

 

This book gives students, parents, workforce development committees, and counselors a fresh perspective on manufacturing as a career path that offers a wealth of exciting business opportunities in a changing world. For workers looking to reskill or upskill, this book provides explanations of terminology, discussion topics, even examples of the technologies featured in popular films and movies. If you're looking for a career that builds the future, a job in Smart Manufacturing may be right for you!

 

CONTENTS

PREFACE: A FRESH LOOK AT MANUFACTURING.. 6

SECTION I: CURRENT STATE OF MANUFACTURING IN USA. 10

Chapter 1: The Elephant in the Room – Manufacturing Job Losses. 11

Chapter 2: Manufacturing Today. 15

SECTION II: TWO REASONS MANUFACTURING IS IMPORTANT. 17

Chapter 3: Manufacturing and National Defense. 18

Chapter 4: Manufacturing for Wealth Creation and Distribution. 21

SECTION III: ABOUT MANUFACTURING AND BUSINESS. 23

Chapter 5: Manufacturing Industries and Processes. 24

Chapter 6: Internet of Things, Industrial Internet of Things, Industry 4.0 – I'm So Confused. 27

Chapter 7: What Xactly is XaaS?. 32

SECTION IV: ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES: THE HARDWARE GADGETS AND GIZMOS. 35

Chapter 8: Industrial Networks and Cybersecurity. 36

Chapter 9: The Rise of the Robots. 41

Chapter 10: A Little Bit Here, A Little Bit There: Additive Manufacturing Matures. 45

Chapter 11: Sensor Prices Are Falling Down, Falling Down, Falling Down. 49

SECTION V: ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES: STODGY SOFTWARE AND COOL APPS. 53

Chapter 12: Big Data and Visualization of Information. 54

Chapter 13: Skip the Drugs, Alternative Realities Are Already Here. 57

Chapter 14: Artificial Intelligences Begin Their Ascent 60

Chapter 15: Digital Twins Mirror Reality. 65

Chapter 16: Blockchain: Applied Mathematics to Keep Us Honest 68

Chapter 17: Software Rules. 70

SECTION VI: FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE HUMAN ELEMENT. 75

Chapter 18: Soft Skills Never Go out of Fashion, But You Have to Keep Up. 76

Chapter 19: Getting into Manufacturing. 79

CONCLUSION. 83



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Product Details

BN ID: 2940165204951
Publisher: Industrial Insights LLC
Publication date: 01/23/2021
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: eBook
File size: 763 KB

About the Author

Mike Nager has an electronics engineering degree and more than twenty years of experience working for leading German and American manufacturers of industrial automation and connection device technologies. He’s consulted with hundreds of manufacturers and utilities to design more efficient, environmentally friendly, responsive plants and factories.

He was named a 2020 Top 10 IIoT Influencer by Onalytica and has published dozens of trade publications. Among his many projects, he has installed sensors inside the massive machine tools used in making automotive engines, tested industrial radio technology deep underground in the New York subways, and wore a cleanroom suit to work with clients onsite in both the pharmaceutical and semiconductor industries.

Mike was the keynote speaker in 2018 at the Nevada Economic Development Conference and in 2019 at the Réseau Innovation 4.0 Network in Quebec. He has presented at numerous conferences hosted by organizations and conferences,  including the following:

IoT Emerge Conference
Connecting Electronics Industries Association
International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering
International Institute of Electrical Engineers
Information and Communications Technology Conference
Material Handling Industry Association
International Society of Automation
Association of Career and Technical Education

Mike is a volunteer with the IEEE Mini-Engineering Academy that provides high school students opportunities to work with engineers on hands-on projects in many areas. He is an advisory board member to several educational institutions, including the Monmouth County Vocational School District and the Metropolitan Education District.

He lives at the Jersey Shore with his fantastic wife, two daughters, and one ugly rescue dog.

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