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The role of AI and IIoT in reaching new standards of sustainability


Title: The role of AI and IIoT in reaching new standards of sustainability

Authors: Avner Ben-Bassat

DOI: 10.33599/nasampe/c.23.0113

Abstract: Manufacturers are under global pressure to emphasize environmental sustainability and achieve net zero emissions. New regulations and public opinion are forcing industry to respond and be proactive more than ever before. Supply chain is a sustainability driver as well, especially when the industry is experiencing global challenges. It is important to know that their internal manufacturing processes and resulting products are within regulations and whether their suppliers comply. Naturally, AI and IIoT are leveraged in the composite manufacturing industry in order to enhance material savings, reduce waste and increase throughput while minimizing energy consumption, but additionally, they enhance sustainability. Recent advancements in the Industry 4.0 field, offer some interesting solutions that leverage AI and IIoT to digitize the production process, eliminate paperwork and human errors and achieve higher sustainability. How does it work? It automatically gathers data from IIoT sensors embedded not only into the machines and raw materials but also in parts and the finished product. Software solutions that manage time sensitive materials help prevent usage of expired material or material likely to expire by the time a work order is completed. Digital Assistants provide alerts and actionable insights for end users, such as predictive alerts and actionable recommendations regarding the quality and utilization status of raw materials, parts, and tools being used in the production process, while avoiding material waste and leading to increased sustainability. A scheduling approach that takes into consideration work orders, materials, tools and human resources, saves energy and supports sustainability during the layup and curing. Digital Assistants intelligently provide recommendations on how to achieve optimal scheduling, maximize throughput, and save on energy costs. This ensures that the autoclaves are coordinated ahead to work when they are full. Increasing autoclave utilization is extremely critical for energy saving and plant sustainability. Smart software solutions also support recycling of expired materials - they instantly know about expired material and can provoke alerts for a fast response: sending the material to the lab to expand its expiration, repurposing material for non-Aerospace products or sending it to be recycled instead of being thrown away by mistake.

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Conference: CAMX 2023

Publication Date: 2023/10/30

SKU: TP23-0000000113

Pages: 8

Price: $16.00

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