The digitization of manufacturing is pervasive and unstoppable. Analyst group Gartner predicts that by 2020, seventy percent of all customer touch points will be digital. Emerging drivers also include the growing pressure for product quality, traceability and transparency and demands for increasing levels of service. And, it’s estimated that in the region of thirty billion digital devices will be ‘talking to each other’ by 2020.
Companies already on their Smart Connected Manufacturing journey are seeking to exploit abundant opportunities to simplify the design, production and delivery of products to market through the means of enhanced data insights. OEMs have the power to understand — even anticipate — what the consumer wants, to sell into new and emerging markets and to bring innovative products and services to market faster than ever before.
Industry 4.0 is often perceived as being all about next-gen technology, but Smart Connected Manufacturing goes far beyond by also focusing on people: promoting collaboration between employees (e.g. equipping them with digital tools and compute performance on demand) speeds up development cycles and raises quality. Connecting suppliers, engineers, production teams and customers boosts innovation through shared insights.
The acid test, of course, is how Smart Connected Manufacturing works in practice and there is plenty of feedback in the pipeline as more manufacturers adopt this approach. I’d like to share a great example where we partnered with a globally renowned car manufacturer National Electric Vehicles Sweden (NEVS) to build an end-to-end, automated manufacturing chain for the production of next-generation electrical vehicles in Sweden and China.
NEVS integrated end-to-end process coverage rolls up all data points into the financial system and gives instantaneous control of business performance, making it easier to keep up with the shifting landscape. If there‘s a regulatory change, for example on electric vehicle subsidies from central or local government in China, NEVS can determine the direct impact to operations and profitability right away and take appropriate action.
Another manufacturing giant currently reaping the dividends of connected manufacturing is UK defence player, BAE Systems, which turned to DXC for help in integrating a newly acquired company. A common ERP system with consistent and optimized processes has enabled respective UK and Swedish organizations to improve user satisfaction and customer service while creating a collaborative foundation for future projects.
Both these examples show that standing still isn’t an option in our digital economy, and those who get going on their smart connected manufacturing journey have a head start in growing their businesses. There’s always a way of advancing your manufacturing capabilities, whether at the beginning, the end, or at any point in between, and DXC is on hand to guide the way.
To learn more about DXC’s point of view on digital transformation in manufacturing:
- Read about the role of Partner Ecosystems in the Connected Manufacturing World by DXC Industry 4.0 expert Johannes Diemer
- Find out why We Rank Among the Industry 4.0 Pioneers in Germany
- Watch Martin’s talk about how Small Digital Steps on Road to Integrated Ecosystems Yield Big Returns for Connected Manufacturers
Author: Martin Rainer
Martin Rainer is DXC Technology’s Manufacturing Industry Leader and General Manager for the North & Central Europe Region. A visionary pioneer in industrial digitalization, Martin leads DXC’s regional organisation that helps manufacturing clients address the deep transformation needs required in today’s digital economy. Martin’s expertise comes from many years of experience in the business and technology transformation areas working with the largest global companies in several countries in Europe.
Martin and his team are leading Smart Connected Manufacturing, DXC’s powerful vision for the future of manufacturing in the era of the Fourth Industrial revolution.