Industry 4.0: What does that have to do with me?
Even though the Smart Factory has been mentioned in many publications, it remains a vague concept for many people and its implementation seems to be more than complex. Maybe you’re asking yourself: “What does all this have to do with me? Isn’t that only something for the big players?” Not at all! We are sure that manufacturing networked for efficiency will secure your competitive position in the future. This might be through optimizing your indirect processes before, during and after production so that you can continue to work profitably, even as batch sizes are shrinking and variations for specific parts are increasing. That’s just as important for small and medium-sized companies as it is for large companies.
Let’s make one thing perfectly clear from the start: Developments in the direction of digital production are already moving along and many of the required components are available even now. Thus TruServices, for instance, already offers functions to lend efficiency to manufacturing orders and to avoid machinery downtime. Software solutions like TruTops Boost reduce programming times and offer maximum flexibility. Now it is a question of networking all the people, machines and processes involved in value addition. This is essential not only within a company, but beyond it, as well. Although no one will be implementing a Smart Factory overnight, this process will certainly take place over the coming years. This means that now is the right time to devote a lot of attention to the subject. With TruConnect, the TRUMPF technology for connected manufacturing, we support you in your efforts to comprehensively optimize your business processes right now.
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This article was first published in spring 2016.