Manufacturing Ecosystem


SMART Connected Manufacturing – Integration of Advanced Manufacturing Techniques, Embedded System Production Technologies and Production Processes

Manufacturing innovation combines information technology and operations technology to drive advanced manufacturing.  Advanced manufacturing incorporates additive manufacturing, advanced materials, SMART/automated machines and other technologies that are igniting intelligent physical production and connected supply chains.  The Internet of  Things (IoT) have integrated increased connectivity and sophisticated data gathering and analytics.  Manufacturers must decide how and where to invest in new technologies and identify which ones will drive the most benefit for their organization – both physical and digital technologies within their organizations and their supply chains, all of which must be cyber resilient.

Manufacturing Value Chain – Design and Development to Manufacture, Sale, and Service

The manufacturing value chain is comprised of the series and sequence of activities through which an organization transforms inputs into outputs, and ultimately sells, delivers, and continues to support those outputs for customers.   The value chain is generally focused on the production of physical objects, but with the integration of information technologies, the value chain is incredibly more dynamic.

The flow of information plays a crucial role supporting physical aspects of advanced manufacturing.  Digital information from multiple sources drive the physical act of manufacturing.  SMART manufacturing is recognized when the shift toward a physical-to-digital-to-physical connection is achieved.

Cyber Physical Systems (CPS)

Cyber-physical systems represent the technologies that marry the digital and physical systems, typically via sensors affixed to physical devices and networking technologies collecting the resulting data.  Manufacturing leaders must understand how both control systems in the factory and manufacturing execution systems (Operations Technologies (OT)) incorporate function and capability that synchronizes across functional systems (Information Technologies (IT)), all of which are co-evolving bringing incredible opportunities, manufacturing industry innovation.


  • Talent, Workforce, Continuing Education  – To plan, execute and maintain systems.
  • Standards and Interoperability – Working with partners to stay current on evolving standards in order to maximize value delivered by investments.
  • Stakeholder (Internal/External) Data Ownership and Control – Suppliers, Manufacturings, Vendors, Retailers, Customers.  Who owns the data generated?  How can appropriate privacy, control and security be ensured?
  • Cyber Resilience – To manage security risks, manufacturers must take a proactive approach to become cyber resilient.  Manufacturers must secure their systems, remain vigilant to avoid new risks, and be resilient to limit the damage and restore operations.

Moving to a Proactive Cybersecurity Stance

Manage cybersecurity risks that could adversely affect product goals. Cybersecurity risk on manufacturing systems could potentially adversely affect production goals. Personnel must be trained to understand cybersecurity and production goal interdependencies.


Asset Management
Controls Management
Configuration and Change Management
Situational Awareness, Information Sharing, Response
Vulnerability Management
Incident Management
Service Continuity Management
Risk Management
External Dependency Management
Training and Awareness

Physical to Digital

Sensors and Controls


Augmented Reality


Signal Aggregation

Optimization and Prediction

Visualization and POU Delivery

Cognitive and High-Performance Computing

Digital to Physical

Additive Manufacturing

Advanced Materials

Autonomous Robotics

Digital Design and Simulation