We cannot solve all the manufacturing world’s problems at one time, but what we can do is make use of an excellent tool by making sure that the tool selected can help mitigate stoppages by assisting in determining root causes.
Integrating data from machines, OT systems and enterprise systems on the Factory Floor is a big topic within Industry 4.0. There is a philosophy that intelligent integrations with logic, including machine learning, can be done on the shop floor.
A week ago, I posed a question to the LinkedIn community, my network and several related manufacturing groups. I have a question to ask. What is your greatest impediment to implementing Industry 4.0?
The challenge is to find a manufacturing operations management system which does not repeat the failures of its predecessors in an over complicated, super flexible implementation. A system with proven structure, because all manufacturing falls into certain categories and processes, and the adaptive flexibility to mimic your process without limiting the ability to further adapt. Yet it also must be designed to scale, adapt, and evolve, without a huge direct development penalty.
When a company is considering how to engage in Industry 4.0 and IIoT to facilitate manufacturing they are faced with several aspects to such an endeavor. Every software system has areas in their feature-set and functionality which do not necessarily meet all the expectations of the end-users, hence a Gap.