Every manufacturing organization has taken one or more steps toward MFG 4.0. One of the keys to successfully moving forward is understanding where you are in the process. Your readiness can range for being ready at one machine to machining cells, production lines, entire plants and multiple plants.
What is happening with your manufacturing data lies at the core of your readiness. Are your machines capable of producing data, is the data being stored at the machine or networked and compiled in databases. What happens with the data? Is it just stored, pulled out for analysis to determine what went wrong in production, or used to predict and prevent problems? Is data availability and utilization adding to cost or reducing cost? Do people have to receive extensive training to use the data? How is data transferred from person to person and from the bottom to the top of the organization? Is the data received at the top of the organization overwhelming and unused or high-value, target? Is it real time?
Answers come from upfront Visioning, Assessment and Alignment that defines next steps and gains buy-in from the top to the bottom of the organization.