The essence of the digital revolution? Data that creates value.
News of 03.02.2018
The concept of Industry 4.0 has now been assimilated by all company levels, but what does the digital revolution really mean? What is the focus of change, the key to being truly competitive and taking advantage of the opportunities available?
The answer is very simple, but not trivial: knowing how to read the data.
In addition to providing the right technological tools, what implies and generates real change is the collection and interpretation of data, starting from the interconnection of business processes.
And what are the data for? It’s all about creating value. It’s this value that makes the difference. Specifically, if a company is able to make machines interact with each other, the data that emerge can be used in real time to optimize production activities, solving any machine shutdowns, reducing waste, increasing speed but above all improving the quality of the product’s processing.
And what is the tool that allows you to achieve all this? The Manufacturing Execution System. It is a software that fills one of the main limitations of ERP systems, ie the inability to interact with the departments at any time, with consequent loss of reactivity in both directions.The MES intervene proactively, through signals sent and received by the machines and starting a series of actions based on pre-established events. In this way every activity becomes transparent and fully controllable.MES are used in both continuous production and discrete manufacturing industries to optimize processes and maintain competitiveness.Thanks to them we can move from an organization that starts with planning (and then moves on to execution), to an organization that is based on planning in progress, parallel to execution. A strategy that guarantees maximum efficiency, in a context where time is a fundamental critical factor.
So we see that it is not just a technological fact, but a real review of the process that affects organizational models.
It is therefore important to adopt a different cultural approach towards digitization, making innovation a structural factor for companies. "