Manufacturers are presented with a convergence of technologies offering unprecedented efficiencies and profitability, while improving demand response, quality, and flexibility to serve changing market demands.
Smart operations are investing in collaborative technologies, including analytics, robotics, cloud, and mobile technologies. Leveraging the intelligence contained within smart machines and smart controls provides operations with insight to production variables that provide improved consumer response, while driving hidden costs from production to supply chain. The rise of intelligence as a service provided by control systems has made plant upgrades an imperative.
Public/private coalitions such as Industry 4.0 have provided a unique opportunity to invest in automation and robotics while mining information, analyzing critical performance indicators, and improving reliability, safety, and responsiveness.