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Contextual intelligence and automation will drive the factory of the future

Manufacturing plants have evolved from paper-based systems to fully digital and automated entities. While factories still require human intervention, most routine and repetitive tasks have been automated thanks to technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and more. The next step in the evolution of manufacturing digital plants is embedding self-learning capabilities in operations and asset management. Such capabilities lay the foundation for neural plants, in which factories are enabled with contextual intelligence and automation.

Drawing inspiration from the human nervous system, neural plants connect the physical and digital worlds through wearable and handheld devices. Such connectedness creates data, which is then processed by edge computing devices and relayed to executional systems, such as robots and drones, for decision-making.

Read more to explore the functional architecture of the neural plant and why it will take manufacturers more than just implementing new technologies to realize the neural model of manufacturing.

Varad Govindarajan

Head, Innovation and Transformation Group, Manufacturing Europe, TCS

Subodh Joshi

Senior Consultant, Operations Management, Manufacturing, TCS

Vamsi Krishna

Business Consultant, Innovation and Transformation Group, Manufacturing, TCS


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