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As we sit here now on the far,
closing edge of the decade, I find
myself increasingly in awe of
what a wild, incredible time this
Ten years ago, as the economy
muscled its way out of the Great
Recession, the manufacturing
industry was still on the dark
side of an age of digital enlightenment. At the time, big
data was still measured in megabytes, analytics was just
some guy updating an Excel spreadsheet, Io T was M2M,
robots were scary monsters locked in cages, and 3D printing was a pretty neat way to make rough, gray prototypes.
Looking out on the factory floor then, all of the data and
insights we take for granted today were still locked up in
the machines, invisible and inaccessible to all those teams
out there desperately looking for ways to improve.
And that, I think, is the most important point—everyone
wanted this data, everyone needed the intelligence ana-
lytics it provides, but few yet realized it was even there (or
at least what value it presented).
Once we broke through that collective blind spot, the
entire industry shifted. Just flip through this issue for evidence—NED does not specialize in smart manufacturing
and we carefully curate every issue to include a healthy
mix of all products, smart or not, and yet every page here
is full of tools, equipment, and components intended to
gather data, to rationalize data, or to put data to work.
Seen through this lens, the “digital transformation” of
this decade is much more than a catchy industry buzz-word—it is a perfectly accurate description of the effect
data has had on manufacturing, engineering, and the
tools we use to get our jobs done.
And now, while we’re all still reeling from these chang-
es and as about half of manufacturers are still scrambling
to catch up with them, we’re on the edge of a whole new
decade and a whole new series of revolutions to explore.
We have before us the wild opportunities promised
from 5G, of the uncharted capabilities of full-scale artificial intelligence and machine learning, of the skills
gap-crushing potential of augmented reality and virtual
reality—and that’s only what we know to expect.
With all this momentum, these digitally-enhanced
roaring 20s promise to be an epic ride. There’s no telling
what it will bring, what improvement opportunities we’ll
discover hiding under our noses, or what amazing new
equipment will be launched as a result. But we here at
NED stand ready for all of
these adventures and all the
discoveries to come.