Digital and connected manufacturing has taken the industry by storm, however not all parts of manufacturing businesses have been caught up in the tide of tech. Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) is here to help turn the tide.
As markets continually shift and competition continues to rise, the role of a manufacturer has changed drastically in the past few years. With a growing number of businesses stepping into the services field, manufacturing is clearly in the midst of an industry-wide servitization transformation.
Dr Andy Levers, technical director at the Virtual Engineering Centre (University of Liverpool) and technical lead for LCR4.0 discusses why digital innovation is the key to unlocking manufacturing capabilities.
EEF's Terry Scuoler calls for a Budget that is clearly aligned with an ambitious industrial strategy and which boosts manufacturing investment in technology, thereby enhancing productivity and helping to secure long-term sustainable growth.
Information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) have long histories, with many failed attempts at integration in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Historically, OT and IT functions didn’t overlap and were managed by separate departments. However, as factories become smart and evolve into the IoT arena, overlap becomes inevitable.