Smart factories could significantly lower environmental impacts. One of the greatest benefits of smart manufacturing is providing a more sustainable factory and ultimately a healthier environment. As the manufacturing process uses nearly one-quarter of the energy in the US, manufacturers must come to terms with improving their environmental footprint to save money and the planet.
The environmental benefits of smart factories are endless, from adjusting energy loads on machines, lowering heating requirements and cycle times, and minimal material waste through robot streamline operations. Industries such as automotive, agriculture, and aerospace are currently being environmentally transformed through these benefits.
The automation industry in particular is an area where energy efficiency can be heightened. Electric motors consume large amounts of power, but certain motors have higher reliability and performance – leading to lowered energy consumption. Manufacturers have begun using these motors in factories to increase mechanical capabilities.
Incorporating sustainability into the environmental strategy will ensure that the manufacturers’ investors and clients are kept satisfied, as the environment is becoming increasingly important on their agendas.