In manufacturing circles we see a number of different perspectives on Industry 4.0. Why? Because different organizations and managers see different levels of risk, value and return in it. Because we don’t have to use new technologies and capabilities simply because they’re available. And maybe because, although we’ve described a better manufacturing future, we’ve glossed over how to get there. What’s the path to Industry 4.0?
For manufacturers, the capabilities offered by the 4th Industrial Revolution, particularly the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), automation and connected machines, are enabling greater operational efficiency, higher product quality and improved maintenance processes – and are driving changes to long-established business models.
A manufacturing execution system (MES) offers different things to different manufacturers – and different things to manufacturers in different industries. To reduce the confusion, and to provide insight into the value of MES solutions in the IEM and industrial products verticals, we asked a longtime consultant to share his insight.
Ultra Consultants CEO Jeff Carr spoke at the recent Vision33 Customer Event 2020, and his topic – “Tech Outlook for the New Normal” – covered a lot of ground, including how manufacturing companies are coping with current business difficulties, the significant disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing economic downturn.