What are the Advantages of Using Cloud in Smart Manufacturing?

What are the Advantages of Using Cloud in Smart Manufacturing?

Manufacturing Technology Insights | Thursday, September 23, 2021

Cloud computing can provide considerable benefits when it comes to the computational power necessary for AI and other smart manufacturing technologies.

FREMONT, CA: Modern Industry 4.0 automation solutions rely heavily on cloud computing. Similarly, Industry 4.0, known as the automation of manufacturing with smart technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), is critical for manufacturers.

When it comes to the computational power needed for AI and other smart manufacturing technologies, cloud computing can provide considerable benefits. But there is still doubt about cloud computing's applicability in several businesses, particularly manufacturing.

A Cloud Service Provider (CSP), such as Amazon, Microsoft, or SAP, lends massive server farms to cloud customers that want to develop and operate their apps. Here are a few benefits of incorporating cloud in manufacturing.

Scalability and Flexibility

Top 10 Smart Factory Solution Companies - 2020One of the most crucial benefits of using virtual infrastructure maintained by a service provider is the increased flexibility. At the touch of a button, cloud services can be created, configured, and terminated on demand. If the server reaches a performance limit, companies can adjust the virtual machine by expanding its RAM or CPU abilities instead of purchasing and installing new hardware.

Engineering Velocity

Another significant benefit of the cloud is the speed and ease with which sophisticated setups may be created. Engineers may concentrate on the functional aspect of an application instead of dealing with the entire environment, such as runtime installation, network configuration, or database setup because the CSP maintains everything behind the scenes. Essential capability is offered in SaaS services such as Microsoft Azure IoT Hub.

Cost Flexibility

Costs are also flexible with cloud services. Several services offer consumption-based billing, which means clients are only charged for the services they use. In an on-premises situation, static infrastructure configured for the maximum expected workload must be purchased and maintained. This inflexibility can be overcome with the help of the cloud.

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