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'Digital Thread' Collects Data From Product Design to Obsolescence

Let's say you're about to design a brand new product. You have a lot of work ahead of you. You need to define the specs, create the design, source suppliers, check in with experts in legal and in safety, set up a testing procedure, do trial runs. Then the product will go into mass production, require a warranty, be put into actual use.

But one thing you can't do in design is use the information that has been gathered in the real world, by the manufacturers making a similar or previous product and users using it. Because that information isn't available, or not readily so.

What if it were?

With the increasing use of systems that collect and analyze information from every process in a plant, we can digitally follow a product all the way from its inception to design to manufacture to use to re-design or obsolescence. That's the digital thread.

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But one thing you can't do in design is use the information that has been gathered in the real world, by the manufacturers making a similar or previous product and users using it. Because that information isn't available, or not readily so.

What if it were?

With the increasing use of systems that collect and analyze information from every process in a plant, we can digitally follow a product all the way from its inception to design to manufacture to use to re-design or obsolescence. That's the digital thread.

Read Full Article