MERIT is a network of business leaders that are opportunistic about improving the competitive landscape for small to medium sized manufacturers and industrial businesses through collective learning, advocacy, and association.
Identify and engage business leaders that are facing similar challenges.
Promote the importance and relevancy of manufacturing and industrial business at local levels - cities, schools, local agencies, etc. - to ensure skill sets are developed for the ever-changing needs in these types of businesses.
Provide learning opportunities, and connect resources, that are pertinent to manufacturers and industrial businesses.
Leverage influence with national associations and engage in strategic alliances to impact change.
Monitor legislative changes at various levels, with national support groups.
Provide a forum for business leaders to share insights, challenges, opportunities with like-minded individuals.
Industrial automation is enhanced by the application of Artificial Intelligence with uses ranging from initial design, comprehensive preventive maintenance systems and artificial vision. The application of Artificial Intelligence allows important improvements in many fields of industrial automation, from the initial design to more precise preventive maintenance systems and application to artificial vision systems.
Digital twins allow companies to create digital replicas of their products and productive ecosystems in such a way that they can predict virtually everything that will happen in the physical world. Using real-time information on the plant, the history of operations and maintenance, and the application of Machine Learning techniques, a model is achieved that perfectly represents a real system. This disruptive technology maximizes the benefits of the digital transformation that is expected to continue for several years.
The Covid-19 pandemic forced companies to transform and adapt the way they work to avoid incurring health risks. Consequently, this led to the implementation of social distancing measures in production plants, measures for the hygiene of the workplace and the monitoring of the traceability of people. In addition, this included controlling the entry and exit of people and interaction with equipment. To this end, advanced biometric recognition systems were developed, which are capable of identifying people by better controlling their movements. This trend couples with current trends in outfitting employees with AI and safety devices to reduce fatigue, enhance efficiency, and work smarter.
The well-known Connected or Intelligent Factory aims at intelligent working models of people that allow them to carry out their tasks from remote areas by using advanced technology that keeps users connected to each project. In conclusion, it could be expressed as the ultimate goal of production digitalization. Many also know it as a highly digitized workshop that collects and distributes data with the help of connected machines, devices and production systems. In this field the Internet of Things, AI, and other forms of digital automation will have a lot to say to us as part of the industry 4.0 trends in 2021.
Talking about connected industry is talking about IoT as this technology has positioned itself at the forefront of the sector. It involves the union between Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things and brings enormous benefits to companies. Moreover, the ability to obtain accurate data on all processes, machinery and products provides valuable information that can be used to optimize the various activities and processes involved under a prescriptive analytical framework. Its main advantages are: cost reduction with consequent savings in costs, greater productivity, quality optimization and acceleration of production due to the speed of data. Some experts expect this to become a trillion dollar market within the next few years.
Consumers are switching to 5G on their personal electronic devices and factories are doing the same with their production. With this move to 5G technology the systems will increase their speed in production thanks to a fast internet connection. Workers will be connected to the tools they need to complete jobs, and the machines will be able to take advantage of increased bandwidth. The use of the cloud will also be positively affected as more and more factories use it.