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Understanding the building blocks of a smart factory

To improve operations and strengthen their bottom line, manufacturing firms are adopting digital technologies to make their shop floors smarter. COVID-19 has only accelerated this transformation. Building a smart factory requires firms to consider their operating model, current maturity state and business process architecture. Below are the different operational characteristics required for a smart factory:

  • Interconnected and autonomous operations
  • Homogenous ecosystem of original equipment manufacturers, suppliers and partners
  • Intelligence at the edge and cloud
  • Adaptive manufacturing
  • ‘Design and manufacture anywhere’ capabilities

These characteristics require flexible integration architecture built on an industrial internet of things platform, supported by a polyglot data fabric construct, an active intelligent services capability with self-service, model management and security features.

A think big-start small-scale rapidly approach can help firms implement a smart factory.

Babu Unnikrishnan

Chief Technology Officer, Manufacturing and Utilities, TCS

Sachin Bhavsar

Lead, Smart Factory Practice, Manufacturing, Europe, TCS

Prasad Medepalli

Lead, Research and Innovation, Manufacturing, TCS

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