With Industry 4.0 going mainstream, production teams are assessing various products and solutions to drive shop floor efficiencies. The challenge in such a selection and deployment process is that IT either drives the adoption from an IT perspective or IT is invited into the deployment phase after OT and production have selected a product, sometimes in a vacuum. Either of these scenarios is less than optimum and, in many cases, unacceptable.
A selection process must support requirements from IT, OT and production regardless of who drives or manages the process.
The typical manufacturing floor is made up of assets. Machines are assets and personnel are assets. The latter do a lot of communicating, the former do not. Even in it’s simplest implementation, the ability to have the shop floor visible means “knowing” what assets are producing and which assets are not.
An industry 4.0 floor is a monitored, managed, dynamic environment where resources are leveraged and utilized to their maximum potential. As the old guard changes to the new breed of manufacturing technologists, digital transformation is the requirement to be profitable.
Your company is engaged in a proof of concept project where a single system is connected to the network and enrolled into a manufacturing operations management system. The steps to deployment and commissioning of the machine along with a framework of objectives is critical to a successful POC
The playing field of applications, packages and systems appearing with mind boggling speed into the new Industry 4.0 universe produces a daunting task of comparison and identification of the tools that will make the cut. The ability of assessing strengths and weaknesses, identifying, and exploiting the weaknesses is critical to both the short term and long-term success