Powered by Smart machines, the new industrial revolution is changing how machine builders design and manufactures operate today and in the future. To remain competitive and profitable, plants and machines will have to be smarter- better connected, more efficient, more flexible and safe. This paper explains the impact of smart machines on the industrial automation and controls businesses and provides guidance for adapting to a changing industrial landscape.
Schneider Electric surveyed over 400 worldwide machine builders and factory end users in 2015. The questions they answered all centered around what their machines and plants would need to look like in 2020 if their businesses were to sustain growth and boost productivity. Their feedback has shaped (and will continue to shape) Schneider Electric digitized solution investments.
Key requirements identified included:
• Tools that could accommodate a younger, less skilled, and less experienced workforce
• A need for simpler integration through open software connectivity and more open field buses
• A need for whole lifecycle support of the products they purchase
Read this eBook to see answers to some of these identified key points from those surveyed.
In a climate of digital disruption and global market pressures, many manufacturers want to differentiate with new service-oriented revenue models, especially those that rely on connected machines and machineas-a-service. In a Cisco survey of more than 600 senior executives in 13 countries—from both industrial machine builders and end-user manufacturers—86 percent said the transition from product-centric to service-oriented revenue models is a core part of their growth strategies.
Job shops often specialize in a particular metal fabrication, or a specialization around certain types of products, like fasteners or machined bar stock. They provide unique services for larger manufacturing operations such as working with unique materials, incredibly tight tolerances, the ability to generate quickly manufactured prototypes, design and CAD assistance, reverse engineering, quick-turn parts, in-house tooling, amongst other services. Some typical job shop operations include:
• Machine Builders
• Tool and Mold Shops
• Plastic Processors
• Stamping Houses
• Contract Cutters and Engravers
• Vehicle and Boat Converters
• Niche Product Manufacturers
• Furniture, Cabinet, and Display Makers