The Importance of Contextual Data for Smart Manufacturing


During Smart Manufacturing, large amounts of data can be collected from automation equipment during process execution: “The Digital Exhaust.” In common practice, automation equipment exhausts low-level time-stamped data that is difficult to correlate to machine and process behavior. This results in a “Digital Swamp”, where the data is stored, but never utilized.

To avoid the Digital Swamp, data collected from automation processes must be rich with contextual information about the manufacturing process definition and execution so that it can be added to the Digital Thread, and become part of a “Data Lake” where it can be utilized for process improvements.

This presentation will discuss the challenges associated with collecting and mining useful data from automation equipment, along with emerging solutions to this challenge.

(CAMSC) Computer Aided Manufacturing & Supply Chain