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Defining the Fundamental Minimum Investments for Smart Manufacturing

The concept of smart manufacturing is nothing new; for years, manufacturers have tried to use computer automation to improve elements of operations, such as productivity, quality, cost, safety and delivery. But the idea of running a holistic smart manufacturing operation is new. 

A lot of progress has been made in manufacturing over recent years with initiatives around digital transformation, smart manufacturing, and Industry 4.0. While definitions vary, most agree their organization is (or will be) in a better place once they make progress towards smart manufacturing. 

Manufacturing clients often ask about the specific steps or investments they need to make to “complete” their journey to smart manufacturing. The journey is continuous and there is no endpoint. The next response is always the same: specific steps depend on what you want to achieve and what elements of smart manufacturing make sense to your operations. 

It’s a journey, not a destination, and no one but you can decide when you’ve arrived. That said, there are some minimum capabilities needed to be on the road to the digital transformation journey, with this transformation enabling smart manufacturing. Download our guide for some fundamental minimum investments to consider.

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Strategy and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

What does your company look like after digital transformation? How do you define “smart manufacturing”? What capabilities do you need to stay competitive? How can you make sure control systems are augmented with IIoT to fill in the data gaps? This guide will address how you build a strategy to address those questions in mind.

 

 

Data Integration and Analytics

Manufacturers must consider integration of information and operational technology. To be a smart manufacturing organization, you need to know what is happening outside the factory and understand how it impacts day-to-day operations. And once you have your data from the entire organization, we’ll detail howto begin reviewing and analyzing that data.

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Leveraging the Cloud

The most important component of digital transformation and smart manufacturing is data. Data from the factory floor, along with other IT systems create an incredible repository to be analyzed, mined, visualized, and investigated. We’ll explain why cloud platforms provide the ideal environment for storing, integrating, and analyzing data.

“Your strategy should contain a view of where you are today, a blueprint of where you want to be tomorrow, and a phased implementation or roadmap of how you will get there.”