For OEMs, the major challenges with digitization are normally the existing factories and established structures that need optimization. Digital transformation of these sites and structures can realize the real-time control urgently needed to take control of the complexity. For example, the use of RFID technology can provide updates on inventory levels and part locations, helping control and optimize production planning.
Digitization projects start with a company-specific position analysis which records the processes and IT systems of relevant company divisions. The target vision (master plan) derived from this keeps track of the entire company and interrelationships with outside the company.
For automotive manufacturers, leveraging efficiency benefits through digitization means intelligently combining their manufacturing with their entire supply chain – in real time.
“Assembly/Production 4.0” and the “Internet of Things” are both approaches to digitization that make it feasible to supply data. The data is analyzed and evaluated, and made into KPIs, using IT systems that are integrated vertically and horizontally.
Ingenics AG views its role in this as being a digital architect that, together with the company, plans and embarks on an individual journey to digital solutions and makes digital transformation and Industry 4.0 a reality.