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IIOT SURVEY 2018


IMPLEMENTING INDUSTRY 4.0 & BUILDING THE DIGITAL FACTORY

COMPLETED BY 400 C-LEVEL EXECUTIVES IN MANUFACTURING


TRENDS IN DIGITAL MANUFACTURING 2018

Manufacturers are now facing unprecedented challenges of complexity and growth while connected technology, often known as Industry 4.0 or Industrial IoT, brings the possibility of building the ‘Digital Factory’: an industrial facility where all products, personnel, raw materials, machines and processes are connected. 

In this Digital era, where managers are expected to use real-time data to continually optimize production operations and achieve higher levels of efficiency, factory executives are exposed to extraordinary levels of complexity and competitive pressures. 

This unique industry survey, completed by 400 C-level, reveals how the manufacturing industry responds to these pressures, looking at the digital initiatives and business plans faced across a variety of verticals: from aerospace to automotive and from furniture to chemicals.

SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Manufacturing leaders – what is their secret? 
    This survey reveals what industry leaders do differently
  • What are the latest trends in IIoT & Industry 4.0?
  • What are the key Digital Factory initiatives mostly implemented today?
     
  • Is your organization digital? 
    This survey covers the current level of digitization among manufacturers, from ‘paper intensive’ to ‘fully digital & automated’.

IMPLEMENTING INDUSTRY 4.0

While it’s clear from the survey that optimism amongst manufacturers is high, with 93% reporting they expect double or single-digit growth over the next three years, this survey also reveals that manufacturers recognize the expected challenges they will face as a result of adopting IIoT technology.

The potential complexity of integration is one of the main hurdles C-level executives have indicated, while 45% percent of manufacturers reported putting an Industry 4.0/Digital Factory strategy in place to meet these expected challenges, as well as taking issues of quality and performance measurement very seriously.

ABOUT THIS SURVEY

Conducted jointly by SME.org, a Manufacturing Community that promotes advanced manufacturing technology, and Plataine, an Industrial IoT and AI software solution provider, this survey report is designed to enable manufacturing decision-makers to best prepare for and embark on their journey into digital manufacturing.

Plataine is the leading provider of Industrial IoT and AI-based manufacturing optimization 
software solutions. Plataine’s solutions are used by leading manufacturers worldwide, including Airbus, GE, IAI, Triumph, General Atomics, TPI Composites and more.

SME has been supporting the manufacturing industry for the last 85 years. Working closely with manufacturing professionals, companies, educators, schools and communities, SME shares knowledge and resources that generate solutions to manufacturing industry challenges.