Where to start?
As the first step along the journey to converting your manufacturing facility into a digital one, you'll need a holistic view of the factory floor. That includes taking a look at key KPIs as they relate to both connected and non-connected devices.
Smart manufacturing offers so many possibilities – condition-based monitoring, predictive maintenance, spare part optimization, track-and-trace visibility, and so on – that deciding where to start can be daunting. That's especially so because there are unique advantages to each solution. But with a full picture of operations, you can narrow your focus and prioritize the operations and phases that will deliver the quickest benefits.
Once you've determined what comes first, the next step should involve establishing strong links between your operational technology and your information technology. Doing so will give you the data you need for advanced analytics.
Then, with clear priorities and the valuable insights you derive from analytics, you can take the final step – setting up best-in-class benchmarks.
The brilliant factory – the future of manufacturing – is already changing the competitive landscape. If you want to keep your edge, the status quo won't do. Now is the time to get going.