The solutions that drive innovation in manufacturing are increasingly datacentric. In this age of digital transformation, value is established by creating and capturing data, deriving insights from data, or executing complex automated tasks based on data.
The engineering and business groups within many manufacturing enterprises are well along in their respective digital transformation journeys. But on the factory floor, manual manufacturing operations still typically rely on legacy tools and methods to capture information and share knowledge. As a result, most workers on the factory floor remain disconnected from the rich information ecosystem on which other functions in the enterprise have come to rely. By properly connecting these workers, organizations reduce manufacturing and maintenance errors while promoting efficiency and democratizing internal expertise. Furthermore, the risk of ignoring this information discontinuity grows as products become more complex and the workforce less experienced.