Thomas listed four critical components to implementing Industry 4.0. There are different schools of thought, but Thomas says to start at the top with executive level sponsorship. They said, "This process is a lot easier than people attempting to push an initiative up the corporate ladder, and it helps get everyone moving in the right direction." Also, focus on collaboration and inclusion while maintaining a realistic budget. Then, make sure everyone is comfortable, on the same page, and ready to keep moving forward throughout the process.
Fueled by new technology like the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Big Data, Industry 4.0 offers tremendous potential for improving operational efficiency and spurring growth. However, many manufacturers perceive Industry 4.0 adoption as more of an obligation than an opportunity, something to be relegated to an IT department rather than presented as a strategic, company-wide initiative. Unfortunately, this fragmented approach to Industry 4.0 will severely hamper the success of your initiatives while limiting the potential benefits. On the other hand, manufacturing companies that embrace Industry 4.0 from the top down and take a more strategic approach to implementation are able to optimize their technology, and their workforces, for this new era. Read More