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Firstronic Plant Tour Shows that M4.0 Is About More than Digitization

Posted By Roger Thomas, October 12, 2017

IMG_0464.JPGOctober 12, 2017 – We at the Manufacturing Leadership Council are of the belief that the journey to a next-generation manufacturing model isn’t just about aggressively adopting emerging digital technologies. Yes, IIoT, advanced analytics, modeling, smart products, and machine learning technologies are emerging as important components of M4.0 transformation, giving manufacturers unprecedented power to optimize operations in response to or even in advance of market and other changes.

But M4.0 transformation isn’t just about digitization and technology. It’s also about making dramatic cultural, workforce, and organizational changes which, in combination with digitization, are helping manufacturers become more efficient and responsive and to grow by innovating new business models.

The need for this multidisciplinary approach to M4.0 transformation was on display recently when members of the ML Council toured the Grand Rapids, MI, plant of electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider Firstronic and engaged in a lively conversation with members of the Firstronic leadership team.

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