Leading companies in discrete manufacturing are data-driven companies  

What does it take to be an industry leader?  Companies that integrate innovative technology and ICT in the whole process of design, manufacturing and distribution are showing the way. Smart industry, or industry 4.0 is what it’s all about. Data analysis and intelligence provide real-time and sometimes predictive information, so you can adapt and innovate faster and make more accurate decisions.

4 trends in discrete manufacturing


Internet of things

Thanks to widely available internet access, better and smaller sensors and cloud computing that connects sensors and IT-infrastructure, manufacturers are increasingly adopting the Internet of Things (IoT). By connecting machines and products to the internet infrastructure and gathering valuable data, IoT makes it possible to deliver better customer and worker experiences, increase efficiency and safety and produce ever improving and more innovative products.


Predictive maintenance

Through automated data collection, such as via IoT sensors, manufacturers can not only develop a better understanding of how systems work but also when they are (about to) fail. Smart companies can save valuable time, money and resources when they are able to predict the best moment to perform maintenance and reduce production downtime events.


Supply chain optimization

Modern supply chain technology solutions, such as Dynamics 365 Operations, help companies to deliver more value and stay ahead of the competition. Solutions include tooling for better and more efficient logistics and planning, sales and operations, product lifecycle management, integrated BI solutions, inventory optimization and the integration of IoT.


Virtual- & augmented reality

Virtual Reality (VR) tools support product developers to quickly innovate in the product design stage, before commencing expensive manufacturing processes. AR and VR are also very helpful by shortening inspection time and helping to detect errors. By using AR devices, (service) engineers can team up with remote experts and have real-time help at hand when performing a task or repair. AR technology also adds huge value in helping onboard, train and support new employees.

A process of change called servitization

Industry 4.0 involves robotization, cloud computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), 3D printing and more and more use of big data. It also means a shift for manufactures from production to service. We call this process of change, servitization. Today, cloud applications are up and running 24/7 and data and technology together enable services such as remote maintenance and repair and in advanced cases even predictive maintenance.

In a market where people are our most valuable and scarce asset, smart technology, such as Augmented Reality (AR), and smart Apps (e.g. Power Apps) that we can build quickly to help improve the mobile user experience, help us to train and empower our employees to do more. Are you ready for the next step in digitization?