NIST R. Candell, testbed NIST photo ©Earl Zubkoff
NIST engineer Rick Candell works with a testbed to evaluate how different plant layouts will affect wireless radio frequencies, and thereby influence the performance of a Smart factory.

How Do We Get So Smart?

NIST is defining how to select, implement, and optimize plant-wide wireless communication

No plant manager or operator is immune to the nagging influence of customers, stakeholders and technology developers goading them to increase performance levels, improve productivity, enhance reliability, etc. “Smart” manufacturing sounds terrific in seminars and sales pitches, but how can we know that “factory of the future” systems will perform as predicted in the here and now? Industry 4.0 may be emerging, but how can the operator be sure that existing technologies

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