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The Future of Factories is Smart

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

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.