Most manufacturers see investments in factory connectivity not just as a means of cutting costs, but as a way to increase revenue. In fact, respondents to the Annual Manufacturing Report 2017 anticipate additional revenues of £775,000 over the next 12 months because of their investments in connectivity.
In the much-publicised march towards the digitalisation of manufacturing, one very important element is routinely ignored, namely how to integrate the digital sharp end with back office systems that traditionally have relied on paper.
Manufacturing has a great deal to gain from increased connectivity and the data such an ecosystem produces, but what are the risks regarding data ownership and security? The Manufactuer explores the issue.