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University at Buffalo

Digital Thread: Components

University at Buffalo and State University of New York via Coursera


This course will help you recognize how the "digital thread" is the backbone of the digital manufacturing and design (DM&D) transformation, turning manufacturing processes from paper-based to digital-based. You will have a working understanding of the digital thread – the stream that starts at product concept and continues to accumulate information and data throughout the product’s life cycle – and identify opportunities to leverage it. Gain an understanding of how "the right information, in the right place, at the right time" should flow. This is one of the keys to unlocking the potential of a digital design process. Acknowledging this will enable you to be more involved in a product’s development cycle, and to help a company become more flexible. Main concepts of this course will be delivered through lectures, readings, discussions and various videos. This is the second course in the Digital Manufacturing & Design Technology specialization that explores the many facets of manufacturing’s “Fourth Revolution,” aka Industry 4.0, and features a culminating project involving creation of a roadmap to achieve a self-established DMD-related professional goal. To learn more about the Digital Manufacturing and Design Technology specialization, please watch the overview video by copying and pasting the following link into your web browser:


  • Digital Thread Defined
    • The purpose of this module is to introduce learners to the context and definition of the digital thread. Details of individual lessons in this module are provided below.
  • Data Storage in the Digital Thread
    • The purpose of this module is to explore the different strategies and components affecting data storage in the enterprise. Building on effective information technology practices, the module will develop learners' knowledge of well developed data storage strategies. Upon completion, students will be able to analyze an organization’s data storage strategy and make recommendations for improvement in performance and robustness. Details of individual lessons in this module are provided below.
  • Data Sharing and The Digital Thread
    • The purpose of this module is to explain factors impacting the ability of organizations to share data (internally and externally). Upon completion of the module, learners will be able to evaluate data sharing strategies and point out potential strengths and weaknesses of different approaches. Details of individual lessons in this module are provided below

Taught by

Ken English


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  • It is a course about organizations 4.0. It sescribes differents components of this new paradigm. It deals with data security, data storage and to shara data.

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