Accelerating the Industrial Internet of Things
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Flextronic Case Studies Recording the Run

Recording the Run

Recording the Run
Logistics & Warehousing
Discrete Manufacturing
Product Development
Nike is looking for ways to reduce the amount of material and labor needed to make high-performance, customized footwear and speed the delivery of its products to all kinds of athletes. Laser-cutting could scale down the amount of equipment needed to create the 20 to 30 parts of a typical shoe. However, Laser-cutting always leaves burnt edges on soft fabrics.
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Nike is an American multinational corporation that is engaged in the design, development, manufacturing and worldwide marketing and sales of footwear, apparel, equipment, accessories and services.
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Engineers and chemists at Flex, a supply chain innovator specializing in manufacturing and computer hardware, invented a process whereby any material, soft or hard, can be neatly laser-cut into whatever pattern is needed, when it's needed, right on the factory floor.

Solution Assessment
- Type: IoT
- Maturity: Cutting Edge (technology has been on the market for <2 years)
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Sensor data embedded in the system
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Cutting Edge (technology has been on the market for < 2 years)
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Mass Customization - A new way to use a roboticized bolt holder is developed to automatically feeds the line based on a specific shoe model and size.
System Flexibility - Ongoing application development and improvements are relatively quick and inexpensive to implement due to the system's flexibility.
Products used by end users that contain IoT technologies. Examples include enabled equipment, wearables, hand-held scanners, and tracking devices.
Horizontal applications are standardized (e.g., asset tracking). Vertical applications are tailored to specific needs (e.g., delivery fleet management).
IoT analytics includes real-time or edge computing and batch analysis. Analytics can be behavioral, descriptive, predictive, or prescriptive.
Data management solutions capture, index and store data in traditional database, cloud platforms, and fog systems for future use.
System integrators link IoT component subsystems, customize solutions, and ensure that IoT systems communicate with existing operational systems.
IoT data management consultancies help to make sense of big data, decide which data to maintain and for how long, and troubleshoot IT issues.
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