NAEM Provides Insight into Emerging Tech Trends for Environment, Health, Safety, and Sustainability

According to technology thought leaders, we are now in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In this scenario, the mechanized manufacturing of the First Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth-century, the mass production of industry in the Second Industrial Revolution in the early twentieth-century, and the computerized processes of the middle of the twentieth-century have given way to the smart, data-driven automation of the twenty-first-century. Manual processes have been replaced by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Natural Language Processing (NLP). Processes that used to require significant personal attention and maintenance can now be fully automated with minimal human interaction and can generate vast amounts of data that can be analyzed to produce information for critical, real-time decision making across the organization.

Leaders in environment, health, safety, and sustainability (EHS&S) are justified in being excited for these developments. Greater automation means machines and … Read more...

Digital Twins Accelerate Sustainability

Does your organization care about sustainability? If so, leveraging digital twin technology can help you surge ahead to meet your future goals.
A digital twin is a software-based replica of a physical asset. Although the concept is now associated with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), the earliest digital twins were designed to make product lifecycle management easier. Instead of investing time and effort into the laborious process of building and evaluating new product features, you can explore the impacts of product features, characteristics, and material selection virtually. (Tao et al., 2018)

These new digital capabilities can have huge impacts on sustainability. Exploring new aspects of products without building prototypes directly reduces material waste, and it’s faster, easier and cheaper to test out more options in software as well. For example, modern Computer Aided Design (CAD) software provides what-if analysis that lets you determine full lifecycle costs, from creation to … Read more...