Digital transformation (DT), including the internet of things (IoT) and Smart Manufacturing revolves around the use of intelligent systems, sensors and actuators to measure and control processes and environments. This falls squarely into the interest area of InstMC, and a Special Interest Group in digital transformation has been set up to accommodate this ubiquitous and disruptive technological development.
As the term implies, digital transformation uses digital technology through interoperable systems, modelling and simulation, intelligent automation and networked sensors to analyse data and disseminate information throughout the entire manufacturing lifecycle. This allows companies to proactively manage manufacturing operations with informed and timely decision-making. But more than that, DT requires new business models and encourages innovative approaches.
From an InstMC perspective, sensors and actuators are the eyes, ears and hands of digital transformation, while automation and data analysis are the brains.
The digital transformation SIG was set up in early 2018, and its goals are to service the needs of members seeking information and support about the application of DT and Smart Manufacturing to their own sector, and also to provide general information to a wider audience about the economic and social potential of digital transformation.
In recent years several InstMC prizes and awards have been presented to pioneers in digital transformation, whose awards lectures have reflected this interest. These include Prof Paul Newman (2016) on technology for driverless vehicles and Prof Danielle George (2017) on the square kilometre array astronomy programme.
For more information on the digital transformation SIG please contact the chair, Maurice Wilkins at firstname.lastname@example.org