Nobody thinks that preparing for Industry 4.0 is easy. Building a smart manufacturing system requires sensors, networks, computing and above all a software system to bring all the disparate elements together.
At Smart Factory Expo, The Manufacturer had the opportunity to catch up with James Nightingale of Columbus and took the chance to discuss what it is that makes manufacturing such an exciting place to be.
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.