Four Key Steps to Digital Factory Transformation Success

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Evolving legacy manufacturing operations into agile, leading-edge digital factories is urgently occupying the agendas of industrial manufacturing executives and boards of directors seeking greater profitability in increasingly volatile marketplaces. To avoid encountering common stumbling blocks and pitfalls, planning for the digital transformation to a state-of-the-art smart factory requires careful navigation along the way,

To help you understand the overall process, here are four key steps for ensuring your digital factory transformation is successful:

  1. Build a foundation of leadership support, defined goals, and enterprise-wide alignment of digital initiatives.
  2. Identify additional potential use cases to multiply benefits and return on investment (ROI).
  3. Boost organizational readiness by promoting enterprise-wide adoption of digital transformation initiatives.
  4. Upgrade proactively by rolling future ROI gains into additional measures against marketplace disruption.

Keep reading to learn more about these four key steps for evolving legacy manufacturing operations into world-class digital manufacturing enterprises. We'll also highlight the critical differences and requirements for transforming manufacturing operations in potentially explosive Zone 1 environments.

The Key Steps to Digital Factory Transformation Success

Transforming your manufacturing operation into a successful digital factory requires highly specialized knowledge and experience, especially since many operations take place in locations with combustible atmospheres. Leveraging the power of a digital technology partner's expertise is essential for profitable outcomes with the internet of things (IoT) sensors, real-time data collection and analytics, automation, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and business intelligence technologies.

Because gaining a broad, macro view of the process is also crucial, the following sections offer greater insight into the four key steps business leaders should take to ensure digital factory transformation success.

1. Build a Fully Supportive Foundation

Start off by enlisting executive leadership support to build a strong foundation. Empower a leadership team to define and drive digital factory initiatives with goals that are measurable through your organization's key performance indicators (KPIs). Additionally, ensure enterprise-wide implementation of all initiatives through horizontal alignment within identical functions for every facility in each region.

2. Identify Multiple Use Cases to Multiply ROI

Identifying additional potential use cases for digital factory transformation helps multiply organizational benefits that impact your financial ROI. For example, predictive maintenance use cases provide direct opportunities and support for simultaneously implementing measurable safety, quality assurance, and traceability use cases.

3. Boost Organizational Readiness

Promoting enterprise-wide adoption of digital manufacturing initiatives helps boost organizational readiness all the way from the boardroom to the frontline. Delivering smart factory success relies on your executive leadership team to identify workers' skill gaps and promptly supply the necessary resources and training.

4. Roll Future ROI Gains into Proactive Upgrades

Start strategizing early to roll future ROI gains into additional smart factory upgrades and proactive measures against marketplace disruption. With a financial model newly transformed to define and support measurably bankable use cases, business leaders can easily visualize and support future ROI gains from implementing additional initiatives and upgrades.

Visualize Your ROI Gains With World-Class Aegex Technologies

Visualize your ROI gains with world-class Aegex Technologies. As a recognized industry authority on digital transformation, we offer globally certified intrinsically safe (IS) digital factory solutions for combustible (Zone 1) locations, where standard smartphones and electronics could potentially spark and create a devastating explosion.

Leveraging a fully integrated, enterprise-scale IoT-based platform for Hazloc operations, Aegex digital solutions cover a full spectrum of customizable NexVu IoT sensors, aegex10 mobile devices, and world-class applications powered by machine learning, artificial intelligence, and advanced analytics. Our digital manufacturing expertise is empowering manufacturing organizations with real-time data-driven, decision-making solutions for improving business intelligence and visualizing exciting ROI gains.

If upgrading to a state-of-the-art digital factory is on your organization's agenda, Aegex Technologies can help. We deliver smart factory success for all Zone 1 environments. Get in touch with us for more information.