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62 JULY 2015 S I T E S E L E C T I O N he Internet of Things (IoT) is old news. What do you know about the IoMT? That would be the Internet of Making Things. Early this year, Plex, a Troy, Mich.– based company that works with manufacturers to deploy cloud solutions, surveyed more than 130 of its more than 400 customers. What they learned could have implications for space utilization, logistics, innovation and location decision-making by global companies. Among their fndings: » Manufacturers are leveraging consumer tech for the shop foor: 93 percent of respondents use consumer tablets in their manufacturing operations. » Seventy-four percent say they achieved improvements in their processes with the cloud. » Ninety percent of survey respondents said data security either wasn't impacted or actually improved with the adoption of cloud solutions. » Seventy-seven percent expect to increase plant or enterprise integration and 73 percent plan to enhance quality programs as a result of cloud technologies. » Fifteen percent say cloud technologies will allow them to expand into new geographical markets. How does cloud technology shape location and investment decision-making down the road? We put the question Perfect Match Put analytics and the assembly line together, and watch the sparks fy. A D V A N C E D M A N U F A C T U R I N G T S I T E S E L E C - b y A D A M B R U N S a d a m . b r u n s @ s i t e s e l e c t i o n . c o m Between April 1932 and March 1933, Diego Rivera created one of his most accomplished murals — Detroit Industry — on the walls of the Detroit Institute of Arts. Image courtesy of Detroit Institute of Arts

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