Matthew Wells took to the main stage at Manufacturing Leaders’ Summit 2019 to discuss how manufacturers are already optimising their activities using industrial data – delivering productivity gains that support their sustainability, financial and operational goals.
Manufacturing supply chains are at a pivot point. Optimisation is moving from node to network, planning and decision frequency is changing from periodic to real-time and the supply chain itself is evolving from ‘one-size-fits-all’ to a market segment size of one.
Upcoming developments such as AI and deep learning, internet of things-enabled equipment and augmented/virtual reality might be revolutionary - but the high cost of entry means they are off limits to most medium manufacturers for now.
How do organisations achieve digital transformation and high levels of automation without neglecting the need to deliver instant profitability? How is it possible to keep employees fully engaged and on-side through the transition to smart technologies?
Digital twins enable organisations to develop an overarching digital model of their production process, from initial developmental stages through to the subsequent manufacturing and distribution stages.
New research from ORM and Acquia has identified customer experience as a “top priority” for the manufacturing sector in 2019. But how will changing focus from products to customers actually improve your manufacturing business?
The world has drastically changed for discrete manufacturing, and only now are many organisations realising that they haven’t driven sufficient innovation in their supply chains to respond to these challenges.
Darren Hardman, president of Avanade Europe, explores a trio of still-developing technologies with the most potential to help manufacturing operations achieve greater operational efficiency, and then considers how to boost their individual power even more by integrating them into a truly intelligent enterprise.
The UK manufacturing sector continues to grow, even in uncertain times around Brexit. It is currently the ninth largest globally and contributes to a huge 44% of the UK exports. Rapid growth has resulted in successes and struggles, bringing about concerns faced by few other industries as a whole.