The third annual ‘Transforming Manufacturing, Embracing Digital’ roundtable event, hosted by Atos and The Manufacturer, brought together leaders from across the sector to discuss and debate four key topics impacting industry and hear the thoughts of special guest, Dr Sam Turner - CTO of the High-Value Manufacturing Catapult.
The Industry 4.0 conversation
In breakout sessions, the attendees offered their thoughts and opinions on the four key topics, one of which was Industry 4.0. The attendees quickly began to discuss the closing gap between ‘product’ and ‘service’.
One group honed in on the idea of a manufacturer spanning across the whole supply chain – for example in the printing industry, delivering printing on bottles, their labels and boxes for shipping.
These opportunities for collaboration across the supply chain were widely recognised across various industries.
The issue of ownership over data arose across all the groups, particularly around the protection of data once the products leave the factory – who is in control? One attendee pointed out the growing moral issues surrounding this, asking the question: Where does data sharing stop?
It was also noted that the opportunities Industry 4.0 can create for an organisation, once it is understood what Industry 4.0 looks like, will strongly rely on people’s attitudes towards it.
Getting the full story
These are just a snapshot of the discussions that took place and you can read all the attendees’ thoughts, opinions, and conclusions around Industry 4.0 from the event here.
You can also download the full ‘Directive on Digital Transformation’ report from the event that contains insight on all the topics discussed, including: Industry 4.0, Digital Business Transformation, Data Security, Trust & Compliance, and STEM brain-drain – as well as offering some key directives for consideration when approaching your own digital transformation journey.
Unique thought leadership
This is the third edition of the ‘Directive on Digital Transformation’ report and presents another unique opportunity to understand the thoughts and insight of many key decision makers within the manufacturing sector.
The first, second and third editions of the full co-branded report, as well as the topic specific sub-reports can be downloaded here.