By John Clemons, International Board Member at Large, Americas Board Member, and Marketing Committee Chair of MESA International
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By the end of last century, we thought we had lost manufacturing. It was old, smelly, and looked like a dinosaur just waiting to die. But Industrie 4.0 holds the potential to transform manufacturing back into an economic powerhouse.
Unlike earlier technology, Industrie 4.0 is fundamentally transforming how manufacturing companies compete. These new connected technologies increase speed, agility, and flexibility throughout a company’s value chain.
With Industrie 4.0 strategies, companies gain powerful capabilities to drive competitive advantage. Factories cut costs, reduce time-to-delivery, and increase order accuracy. With the right leadership, businesses will capture market share, enter new markets, and boost margins.
The Industrie 4.0 Roadmap from MESA International provides manufacturing companies with a guide for their Industrie 4.0 journey and a framework for building detailed plans to achieve their Industrie 4.0 goals:
- Business Strategy
- Empowered Teams
- Steamlined Processes
- Connective Technologies
- Connected Things (IIoT)
- Providing significant new capabilities and processes
- Reducing capital costs and reducing operating costs
- Empowering teams and improving decision-making
- Creating new and better ways of doing business
- Measuring metrics both tangible and intangible for payback