Posted By Jeff Moad, February 02, 2017
It’s one thing to take on a small, well-defined project aimed at proving the potential of digitizing a process such as maintenance on a single line or in an individual plant. It’s quite another to take the experiences gathered from such small projects and build them into a Manufacturing 4.0 roadmap that aligns with the strategy defined by the company’s senior leadership team.
How manufacturers can design and execute small digitization projects in such a way that they can be expanded and form the foundation for a coherent M4.0 strategy was the topic of a recent presentation to the Manufacturing Leadership Council by Beth Parkinson, Director of Market Development, The Connected Enterprise, at Rockwell Automation. The presentation was part of the ML Council’s year-long series of “Critical Issues” webinars for Council members.
Parkinson said that, even if initial M4.0 proof-of-concept projects start out small, it is essential that they address an important business challenge, one that has resisted solution previously and that can be clearly communicated to enterprise leaders.
It’s one thing to take on a small, well-defined project aimed at proving the potential of digitizing a process such as maintenance on a single line or in an individual plant. It’s quite another to take the experiences gathered from such small projects and build them into a Manufacturing 4.0 roadmap that aligns with the strategy defined by the company’s senior leadership team. Read More →
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