Throughout this series, we’ve discussed the development of Industry 4.0 and the key components that support this integrated approach.
Recap: Today, we have optimized many individual systems within our manufacturing processes. While efficiencies can be gained in each of these processes, it is only through a cohesive approach that utilizes system integration, IoT, analytics, and data that the entire value chain can be configured for optimal performance.
So, how do we achieve such high levels of output and operational excellence?
Face the Facts
As our industry continues to embrace the transition from a highly skilled craft-based approach to a fully automated manufacturing operation, the ability to adapt to client requirements and expectations will be essential to a business’s success. Fact-based decision making, peak productivity, clear understanding of commercial impacts and pre-defining investment cycles are just a few of the central factors that will differentiate those who leverage this integrated approach against those who remain in a traditional workflow. This is why software will be the foundation of any successful print related business moving forward.
Although software is certainly not new to the industry, its role is changing significantly. Rather than focusing on one area, its scope covers the entire business as well as technical aspects of the lifecycle of a job. Decisions are then made with the collected data and managed to generate the most effective and profitable solutions for customers. Identifying the quickest, most cost-effective route to achieving maximum output at optimal cost is derived from understanding the impacts in all areas of production. The approach focuses on the four metrics below, which strengthen the customer relationship while providing ideal commercial positioning:
Drive Productivity and Uptime
Optimize Consistency and Repeatability
Reduce Waste and Inventory
In order for customers to distinguish themselves in the market, they must understand their market positioning, accelerate customer engagement and enhance their level of service — all of which can be generated by building a production platform that understands the internal and external improvements that software delivers.
From Start to Finish
Coming off of an exciting drupa, Heidelberg is at the forefront of many new, key product developments in the industry. As a trailblazer in print related sectors, Heidelberg is driving the message and realization of Industry 4.0 into the market. At the core of this is Prinect, which received great recognition at drupa as the leading end-to-end workflow system, streamlining the entire production process from start to finish. By transitioning from a range of individual systems to a fully digitized platform, customers have the ability to elevate their overall business intelligence while maximizing plant utilization.