We are living in the world of modern manufacturing.  Walk in to a manufacturing facility on any given day and you will see state-of-the-art technology seamlessly integrated with manufacturing products and processes.  Much of this is being driven by the proliferation of connected devices—known as the Internet of Things (IoT)—which is increasing efficiency and product quality across the supply chain.

The IoT and other advanced technologies with the help of powerful cloud computing are now leveraging previously unused data to create a competitive differentiator for manufacturers. It is making products safer. It is getting users more real-time information on performance.

All of this is leading to increased growth across all industries. This is not just happening in the United States—this technology is having a tremendous impact on our facilities and our customers around the world. Manufacturing is global. It is digital. It is a data-driven industry.

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Shopfloor is the blog of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).