Every new revolution needs its catalysts and enablers. Liverpool helped to create the infrastructure for the first industrial revolution, with its port, roads and railways at the epicentre of international trade.
Every manufacturer that performs aftermarket service has one goal in mind: to prevent asset downtime and maximise equipment usage for their customers. So, what do the top 20% of firms do differently to the other 80%?
Whether they call it Industry 4.0 or “smart” manufacturing, experts worldwide are focused on how to extract data from intelligent machines and then analyse it to improve both their products and the processes used to create them.
Following last month's stand-out Hannover Messe, Microsoft rounds up the exciting innovations showcasing Industrial IoT, AI, cobotics, digital twins and mixed reality being leveraged by its customers and partners.
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.