Canadian Manufacturing

Across the enterprise: Tackle Industry 4.0 with edge, fog and cloud computing [Manufacturing AUTOMATION]

The pressure is on to join industry heavyweights who have already begun their digital transformation. Jonathan Gross offers advice on building a responsive Industry 4.0 strategy

November 19, 2019  by CMStaff

PHOTO: Industry 4.0/ICAPlants

As Canadian manufacturing companies learn to put digital transformation at the heart of their strategies, they’re challenged to seek better, smarter and more efficient ways to achieve their goals.

According to PwC’s 2016 Global Industry 4.0 Survey, industrial companies’ average level of digitization is expected to rise from 33% to 72% within five years. The frenetic pace of digitalization continues unabated.

Jonathan Gross, a columnist on Manufacturing AUTOMATION, advocates for a deliberate approach to digital transformation. His method: “First, build a strong digital twin base that’s adaptable to an unknown future state. Second, implement a proof-of-concept for an easy win. Third, take a bigger leap – one that’s capable of delivering significant value. Fourth, continuously enhance, optimize and improve.”

His column, published on Manufacturing AUTOMATION, includes a case study on how a manufacturer that extrudes resins for a variety of applications and sectors was able to use end-to-end digitization to achieve ROI with Industry 4.0.

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