How to succeed at every stage of your company’s Smart Manufacturing journey

By | November 14, 2022

The ongoing wave of global disruptions has highlighted the importance of digital transformation (DX) in manufacturing organizations. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, it became clear that digitally mature companies responded better to disruptions than their less digitized peers.

As the manufacturing sector faces global uncertainty – with rising inflation, energy crises, raw material and component shortages, skills shortages and other supply chain disruptions – scaling the smart manufacturing maturity ladder is critical to ensuring business continuity and making manufacturing more sustainable. a long time.

Similarly, the dynamic business environment is providing opportunities for manufacturers to digitally transform their production. For example, the drive towards environmental sustainability and flexible/remote manufacturing is an important catalyst for organizations to accelerate smart manufacturing initiatives.

Smart manufacturing is defined as a continuous process in which businesses use cyber-physical convergence and digital skills to develop manufacturing capabilities to compete in the modern economy. It includes intelligent machines, from machines and tools to collaborative robots, a new set of business applications enabled by the cloud and the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), technology such as digital twins and AI, and other rapidly evolving technologies and standards that support smart manufacturing.

Assess your factory’s digital maturity with the IDC Smart Manufacturing MaturityScape

The IDC Smart Manufacturing MaturityScape provides a framework for executive leadership, IT, and manufacturing managers to identify the milestones, critical measures, outcomes, and actions necessary for organizations to evaluate and develop their digital factory strategies. It offers a model that helps companies know where they stand and take steps to drive their progress.

The IDC MaturityScape has 5 stages from the least mature and capable Ad Hoc stage to the most mature and capable Optimized stage. At a high level of maturity, smart manufacturing is a strategic company initiative and a key driver of competitiveness and innovation.

At this optimized stage, companies realize that mastering their factory processes enables them to proactively disrupt their market segments while delivering leading-edge products and using transformative business models that include demand-driven manufacturing and flexible manufacturing processes.

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