With the addition of sensors to your existing machines, you can receive real-time, continuous feedback throughout your factory and through your entire supply chain. Some of your tasks can be automated (machine to machine communication) while other data feeds into Business Intelligence (BI) tools and dashboards for further improvement analysis.
The foundation of digital changes is data. Digitally collecting and managing your data is an inexpensive way to gain leverage over your machine usage, productivity, and more.
Eventually, automation and AI will be able to optimize existing designs in response to real-world circumstances continuously. This shift will allow engineers to spend less time on engineering change orders, and allow for more time for innovation.