Smart manufacturing is often synonymous with Industry 4.0. The goal is to transition from traditional factories into intelligent ones (smart factories) characterized by adaptability, resource efficiency, and ergonomics, as well as the integration of customers and business partners in and value-adding processes.
Smart factories of the future will rely on combinations of new technologies including 5G, the Internet of Things, augmented reality, 3D printing, and others. This course focuses on blockchain or distributed ledger technology that allows for a trustless source of truth binding all internal and external stakeholders in smart factories. According to the UK Government Office of Science, the technology is also defined as “a consensus of replicated, shared, and synchronized digital data geographically spread across multiple sites, countries, or institutions with no central administrator or centralized data storage.”
The course will cover the following modules:
Module 1: Overview of Smart Manufacturing;
Module 2: Current Examples of Smart Manufacturing and Use Cases;
Module 3: Advanced Concepts of Blockchains;
Module 4: How Blockchains Work with Other Technologies;
Module 5: Potential and Possibilities of Blockchains in Smart
Module 6: Implications and Ethical Implementation of Blockchain Technology; and
Graded interim quizzes and final exam.
The objective of this course is to familiarize participants with advanced concepts of smart manufacturing using blockchain solutions. Starting with an overview of current digital transformations in manufacturing processes including blockchain-related technologies and a recap of the topics covered in the basic blockchain course, participants will be able to examine the evolution of blockchain infrastructure components from an end-user perspective and understand the relevance of blockchain technologies in data-driven manufacturing. In particular, this course is intended to help participants:
- Understand the key components of smart manufacturing and relevant methodology;
- Gain an overview of industry-specific use cases of smart manufacturing;
- Understand the fundamentals of blockchain technology such as its benefits, limitations, and potential;
- Appreciate applications of blockchain technology to smart manufacturing and how it coexists with other technologies to offer holistic solutions; and
Apply the knowledge from this course in their work to champion internal digital transformation efforts and apply blockchain technologies to help adopt smart manufacturing.