“For example, Athulan Vijayaraghavan, CTO of System Insights, Inc., noted that manufacturing has a particularly urgent need for intelligent conductivity. Manufacturing represents millions of devices, generating immense amounts of data—most of which “falls on the floor,” he said. Not being able to transform this data into information usable for decision-making is a huge loss—and a huge opportunity. MTConnect is helping meet the challenge of gathering, analyzing and presenting this data as developers tackle applications for real-time decision-making (at the process control level), “near-time” decision making (at the process improvement phase) and anytime/anywhere decision-making (at the management level). He stressed that keeping humans in the loop was both necessary and feasible because “people are sources of critical know-how. Developers must invite their feedback and involvement. Systems must provide transparency and knowledge sharing,” he said.”
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