Published on April 5th, 2019 | by Emergent Enterprise0
Top 5 Stumbling Blocks When Introducing IIoT
It shouldn’t be a surprise that you need a strong business case in order to adopt IIoT. Andrew Minturn writes at technative.io about the common mistakes of heading down the IIoT path without a plan in place. These are sound words that are mostly true for any technology adoption. It should never be about the technology. It should be about the business problem you are trying to solve and then using the tech if it is applicable.
Avoiding the traps of digitalization
Global competition, shifting customer demands and a surge in digitalisation are just some of the trends changing the face of modern manufacturing. To keep up with this change of pace, many manufacturers are now starting out on their own Industry 4.0 journeys. But while there is no magic formula to this transformation, there are some common stumbling blocks which can be avoided.
With more than five years’ experience in the introduction of Industry 4.0 – gained both through its own operations and in supporting other companies – Bosch Rexroth’s automation specialists are now sharing their advice on adopting a digitalisation strategy. By avoiding these common stumbling blocks which often complicate the job of introducing IoT, manufacturers can take a strategic approach to digital transformation which perfectly complements their business.
Too much too soon
With Industry 4.0 being the buzzword on the industry’s lips right now, it’s easy for manufacturers to fall into the trap of believing that digitalisation requires a complete overhaul. In practice, however, that approach would be unreasonable for most manufacturers, requring a considerable period of system shutdown and typically over-investment as existing machinery is replaced and the complexity of technology increases virtually overnight. Not only does this make it difficult to manage, but almost impossible to see where upgrades have contributed to ROI.
In contrast, taking small and strategic steps to digitalisation can prove more beneficial for most manufacturers. Remember, this is evolution, not revolution.
Upgrading to Industry 4.0 in manageable steps not only allows businesses enough time to make well-researched and considered decisions, but also gradually introduces employees to the new technology around them. This step-by-step approach also enables manufacturers to see precisely how digitalisation is adding value to their processes, and by reducing complexity, makes it possible to easily connect other machinery down the line – saving time and money.