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Scaling Digitization Projects into an M4.0 Strategy

Posted By Jeff Moad, February 02, 2017

wm_ebb71bf5f02c8ede457576927a9f1fe8.jpgIt’s one thing to take on a small, well-defined project aimed at proving the potential of digitizing a process such as maintenance on a single line or in an individual plant. It’s quite another to take the experiences gathered from such small projects and build them into a Manufacturing 4.0 roadmap that aligns with the strategy defined by the company’s senior leadership team.

How manufacturers can design and execute small digitization projects in such a way that they can be expanded and form the foundation for a coherent M4.0 strategy was the topic of a recent presentation to the Manufacturing Leadership Council by Beth Parkinson, Director of Market Development, The Connected Enterprise, at Rockwell Automation. The presentation was part of the ML Council’s year-long series of “Critical Issues” webinars for Council members.

Parkinson said that, even if initial M4.0 proof-of-concept projects start out small, it is essential that they address an important business challenge, one that has resisted solution previously and that can be clearly communicated to enterprise leaders.

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