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Answering 4 Key Questions About Smart Manufacturing

Over the past couple of years, smart manufacturing has been the trending topic of discussion amongst manufacturing experts, strategists, and industry thought leaders. Despite smart manufacturing garnering increasing popularity, many in the manufacturing industry aren’t quite sure of what it entails, its benefits, and how it is relevant in their organization. Smart manufacturing is a powerful force with the potential to restructure the existing competitive landscape and produce a new set of market leaders. Companies that are slow to adopt such advanced technologies and processes could be left behind.  In this blog, experts at Infiniti answer four key questions relating to smart manufacturing and how it is transforming the manufacturing landscape as we know it.

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What is smart manufacturing?

Smart manufacturing involves the use of fully-integrated and collaborative manufacturing systems that respond in real-time for catering to the rapidly changing demands and conditions in the factory, the supply network, and customer needs. It is a broad concept that cannot be implemented directly in the production concept. It employs computer controls, modeling, big data, and other automation to enhance manufacturing efficiencies.

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What are the benefits of smart manufacturing?

Smart manufacturing opens up new avenues of innovation that will optimize the creation of higher quality products, improve productivity, sustain safer plant floors, and improve energy efficiency. Furthermore, it will give manufacturers the opportunity to boost employment rates over the current national manufacturing workforce. With the adoption of smart manufacturing techniques, more technology based manufacturing job positions will be available, creating direct manufacturing as well as non-manufacturing positions.

What does smart manufacturing mean for manufacturers?

For small manufacturing companies leveraging any type of business intelligence solution from legacy systems has been extremely limited.  Generally, these systems are not interoperable. As business models are increasingly becoming non-scalable, non-replicable, overly complex, and costly, it is increasing the difficulties for small manufacturing firms. Using smart manufacturing technology, small and medium companies in the manufacturing industry will gain access to new and growing forms of business intelligence. It can also be used to analyze data and test simulations that play a significant role in improving products, design, and performance.

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How does data drive smart manufacturing?

Smart manufacturing primarily revolves around harnessing data. Since smart factories are built on the foundation of data, cybersecurity will play a key role in the entire manufacturing ecosystem. While enabling advanced techniques such as smart manufacturing, data security is imperative. Machines, smart sensors and robotic platforms on the shop floor generate data that is necessary for monitoring, maintenance, and the basic management of the production line. However, much of this data remains in information silos within the factory. Greater integration of context data coming from several different data sources can enhance efficiency and increase the speed of production processes.

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5 Basic Organic Farming Methods You Might Not Have Known

Irrespective of how modern or urbanized we become, agriculture is always going to be one of the key industries on which our survival depends. So, there have been numerous technological innovations introduced in this industry in order to ensure better agricultural production to meet the rising population’s demand for food. Today, organic farming methods are becoming highly popular in the agricultural sector. Organic farming methods are primarily aimed at cultivating crops in such a way that it keeps the soil alive. This system mainly makes use of organic wastes which comes from the crop, animal, farm, and aquatic wastes and other biological materials along with useful microbes (biofertilizers) to release nutrients to crops. It results in an increased sustainable production in an eco-friendly pollution free environment. Organic farming methods largely avoid the use of synthetic inputs such as pesticides and fertilizers. They rely on organic inputs like animal manures and off-farm organic waste. 

Basic Organic Farming Methods 

Crop rotation

This is one of the organic farming methods where farmers do not grow the same crops on the same piece of land year after year. If you are wondering why there are several benefits associated with this practice, this technique naturally replenishes the soil as different plants contribute nutrients to the soil.  Moreover, disrupting the habitat of insect pests and weeds helps control them.

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Traditional farming practices follow a monoculture in which only one type of crop is cultivated in a particular piece of land. Now, different crops are cultivated simultaneously on the same plot of land. This is a type of organic farming method which is also called polyculture and is a great way to meet the growing demand for crops. This technique also aids in producing the required soil microorganisms.

Biological pest control

The agricultural field consists of a mixture of the organism, some of which are useful for cultivation and some are harmful. The growth of these organisms must be under control to ensure the protection of the field and the crops. Herbicides and pesticides that contain fewer chemicals or are natural can be used for pest control.

Weed management

Weed refers to the unwanted plant that grows on agricultural fields. Organic farming methods attempt to suppress the growth of weed rather than completely eliminating them. Mulching and mowing and cutting are two of the main techniques used for weed management in the organic farming sector.

Genetic modification

Organic farming methods emphasize the use of natural ways to enhance the farm, crops, and soil. So, genetic farming is kept out of organic agriculture. However, it should be noted that the pollen present in such modified crops are present in the stock of seeds that are used for organic farming, making it impossible to keep this completely out of organic farming methods.


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Market Entry Strategy Enables A Renowned Farm Equipment Manufacturing Client to Enhance Brand Awareness and Improve Business Stability

According to the latest research reports, the farm equipment manufacturing industry is expected to revenues of over $243 billion by 2022.

Farm equipment comprises of a wide range of equipment such as plows, tractors, cultivation equipment, and harvesters. Today, primitive tools are being replaced with new agricultural equipment, which mainly includes crop processing and drip irrigation equipment. Major factors that are expected to drive the growth of the farm equipment manufacturing industry are the increasing adoption of technology-driven farm equipment and the rising demand for food due to growing population. Additionally, strong economic growth in the developing nations such as India, China, and the Middle Eastern countries will further boost the growth of this industry.

However, several factors are expected to influence the growth of the farm equipment manufacturing industry in the coming years. A few factors include:

  • Deficiencies in telecommunications set-up in rural areas: The agricultural sector, like all other sectors of the economy, relies on up-to-date telecommunications set-ups. However, in rural areas, there is only a partial amount mobile signal or internet connection. This typically makes it impossible to make the optimum use of digital applications and increase the utilization of resources.
  • Insufficiency of media skills: Today, digital applications need to be a part of farmers’ everyday routines, regardless of their prior knowledge. Additionally, formal education and training on digital media are necessary as these applications deliver added value to the farmers and help them categorize the risks involved in the

Many such factors are compelling farm equipment manufacturers to leverage the use of market entry strategy solutions. Market entry strategy solutions help firms gain insights into the IR_RFPpotential bottlenecks in terms of the barriers to entry and improve business competence in areas such as marketing, sales, and delivery.

The Business Challenge

  • The client: A renowned farm equipment manufacturing

The client, a leading equipment manufacturer with manufacturing units spread across the globe, wanted to identify the niche markets and judiciously allocate the resources to target the price-sensitive customers. Additionally, the client wanted to devise a one-size-fits-all approach to improve the capability and quality of their offerings.

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Our Journey

Infiniti’s market entry strategy experts carried out extensive research with leading stakeholders in the farm equipment manufacturing space to help the client gain insights into ways to penetrate niche market segments. The experts also compiled information from various proprietary sources including paid industry databases, company presentations, and industry forums to help the client enhance their brand awareness.

The Solution Benefit and the Business Impact

The market entry strategy engagement helped the farm equipment manufacturing client to identify, enter new markets, and improve business operations across the industry. The engagement also helped the client to improve their production capabilities and achieve better economies of scale and quality control measures. This helped them achieve better returns on their marketing investment in the farm equipment space.

The Future

Rising adoption of highly mechanized and modern farming practices is expected to enhance the overall farm productivity. Additionally, smart farming practices through precision equipment will be a major trend across markets in North America and Europe in the coming years.


A must-read case study for strategy specialists and decision makers looking to develop an understanding of the farm equipment manufacturing industry

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