Digital Transformation is already in your industry vertical. To survive, you must adapt. For Industry 4.0 to be successful, users must be highly engaged and collaborative on continuous improvement initiatives using new technology. Either a manufacturer must engage technologically astute shop personnel such as operators or select a system that abstracts the complexity away from the operators, providing simple interactive tools that do not threaten nor burden the operators with non-productive work.
All the talk in manufacturing circles is around technology adoption. Whether it is AI, Machine Learning, Industry 4.0. IIoT, OEE, and other topics, it is all about applying technology to the shop floor to enhance the operations and reap the benefits, and profits. The most important aspect of any adoption plan, regardless of the technology you are pursuing, is to appoint a Champion. Thousands of POCs and projects have failed because of this one critical component, a dedicated person to take ownership of the technology.
Two challenges a company would face is the ability to connect machines and the ability to present valuable collected information in an intelligent and responsive manner. Both challenges are fraught with issues. Companies are seeing delays in connecting machines due to shortages of competent technical personnel, unacceptable interruptions to production as critical assets are shut down for days or even weeks during this process. MEMEX’s MERLIN Tempus EE can rapidly connect your existing machines using not only your existing thingworx approach but even better with OPC, MTConnect and FOCAS protocols. Many machines can be connected and configured in 3 hours or less.
MEMEX, with its visionary attitude, has been on the leading-edge of the convergence of the industry trends in Computing Power, Connectivity of Machines, Industry Standards, Advanced Software Technology, and Manufacturing Domain Expertise. MEMEX is the developer of MERLIN, an award winning IIoT technology platform that delivers tangible increases in manufacturing productivity in real-time.
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