Benefits of the Digital Transformation
The digital transformation is being driven by Industry 4.0 and the IIoT. Both have the power to drive true quantifiable change in the manufacturing industry. The immediate bottom-line production benefits are clear: fewer machine failures, reduced scrap and downtime issues, and improved throughput are just a few. There are plenty more less quantifiable benefits of implementing this technology and diving headfirst into the digital transformation.
One trend that is developing from the Industry 4.0 is a cultural shift across organizations. Information is becoming more easily accessible and in a faster manner, creating a more positive work environment. Production workers now have a more important role as problem solvers striving for continuous improvement. Industry 4.0 is also transforming how factory employees work, collaborate, and serve their customers.
The best-in-class Industry 4.0 solutions aggregate data not only from machines but from other systems such as MES and ERP’s. The Industry 4.0 platform becomes a single source of data for all manufacturing operations. Decision makers across the entire organization gain access to the same unified data set, rather than relying on disparate systems or manual data-collection. By creating one central point for data, you are eliminating silos that are created departmentally. The availability of connected data means that plant managers, engineers, and management can now work together to solve production problems. It also results in improved customer satisfaction, increased supply chain transparency, and enhanced employee engagement.
Many Manufacturers have embraced the digital transformation and the benefits that it can bring to their business. The digital transformation can only have a positive impact on your business if you are implementing the technologies properly and in the correct environment. Many of the trends such as Industry 4.0 and IIoT can open you up to vulnerabilities if you are not careful. The best approach to the digital transformation is to have a plan before attempting to implement any new technologies or trends. 2W Tech is a full-service IT Consulting firm that specializes in solutions for the manufacturing industry and can assist you with your digital transformation. Give us a call today.
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