RS Components is the world’s largest distributor of electronic, electrical and industrial components. Freestyle’s Oliver Forrester sat down with its President of EMEA, Mike England to hear how he turns theory into practice and inspires digital transformation on a global scale.
Industry commentators believe that, over time, every machine on every factory floor will have its own digital twin. Some have even been so brazen as to suggest that at least half of large industrial companies will adopt this self-learning technology by 2021.
From entrepreneurial ventures through to multinationals, intellectual property is key for capturing the value of innovation, and a good IP strategy needs to be tied to, and will help deliver, business objectives.
It is becoming increasingly obvious that the process of adopting digital manufacturing technologies – a must-have for improved productivity and output – needs top floor to shop floor buy-in, and delivering that requires deep culture change.
Despite debating the merits of paperless for the past two decades, very few manufacturing firms have actually adopted an entirely paperless operation. Mark Hughes says it is time to stop talking about it – and start adopting.