If you're about to create a smart manufacturing business strategy, learn from those that have been in your shoes! "Too often, companies start a smart manufacturing initiative from a technology perspective (i.e., with a focus on installing the latest software or hardware." Start with how you actually build a product, and move from there. Remember, it isn't just about installing lots of new technology all at once. Make changes over time, training your staff, and assess your progress as you go. "Actively create a vision that is aligned with the business strategy and a roadmap that communicates how to achieve it."
It’s one thing to say that C-suite executives must lead their companies' smart manufacturing strategies. It’s quite another for them to know what to do and how to do it, especially when they’ve become accustomed to delegating those strategies to their manufacturing and IT people. The first step is to understand how smart manufacturing technologies are transforming manufacturing business strategy. The second is to fashion a vision and a plan to implement a smart manufacturing strategy. Before starting that second step, it’s critical to consider the lessons learned from those on the front lines of implementing these new technologies. Read More