The aerospace industry is an early adopter of smart manufacturing as the transition to what has become known as Industry 4.0, or the “fourth industrial revolution,” takes place. According to research by Capgemini, 62% of aerospace and defense companies had a smart manufacturing initiative as of March 2017, putting aerospace ahead of not only the automotive sector (50%) but also energy and utilities (42%), consumer goods (40%) and life sciences and pharmaceuticals (37%) in ...

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