The transformation of industry into digitally connected factories of the future is already upon us as manufacturers look for new ways to operate more collaboratively with their supply chains to identify and improve customer value, increase productivity and ultimately yield higher revenues.
There’s no doubt that the role of technology, and cyber-physical systems, has never been more important to manufacturing, as the sector embraces the digital revolution known as Industry 4.0. But as business leaders are faced daily with new trends such as robotisation, servitisation, and the internet of things, it can be difficult to know where to start to understand the needs of the digital customer. The good news is that many manufacturers already have the tools at their disposal required to digitise operations, they just need to think about how these tools will help them achieve their individual goals.
The biggest challenge holding manufacturers back from their strive towards Industry 4.0 is integration.