In our recent article, we touched on the basics of Smart Factory concept, its benefits and challenges that come with implementation. In a word, it’s all about the Internet of things, machine learning and advanced analytics that transform factories into dynamic, interconnected infrastructure. The “smartness” of the system generally refers to two things:
- meaningful real-time communication across the factory;
- dynamic transfer of data into business and operational intelligence.
That said, Smart factory goes beyond the traditional automation of processes and uses constant data stream to create fully connected and flexible system with the minimal amount of resources, allows systems to learn and adapt to changing requirements.
64% of CxOs from outperforming industrial products companies are reported by IBM to have already been investing in artificial intelligence and cognitive technologies for their factories. However, this stats don’t include mediocre manufacturing companies not mentioning small businesses who are reluctant to bring innovative technologies to their organization because of the high cost, security and operations efficiency concerns.
This article gives insight on how to make a path to smart and interconnected factory step by step.
The first question to ask is “Where to start?” You need a secure, comprehensive and well-designed solution that allows for being upgraded with new elements and third-party services and keeps the high level of performance all the way through. It will be a foundation for your Smart Factory. What does it consist of?