We have a generational conflict going on in MRO and sustainment operations. Veteran personnel, many of whom are nearing retirement age, have learned invaluable, hands-on skills. The new crop of arrivals have quite a different orientation, growing up in a digital world.
The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) has released new standards for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) designed to provide a connectivity framework that can be held in common by IT companies, manufactures and providers of operational technology (OT).
Industry 4.0, then, is changing the face of manufacturing. But technologies such as AI, analytics, machine learning and IIoT fall largely into the IT camp. This requires a Manufacturing Execution System (MES) designed and built for the complex discrete manufacturing while also providing a pathway towards digital transformation.
The most advanced know that a powerful ecosystem of alliance partners, including market leader Accenture working with software technology innovators like iBASEt, can team together to provide an operational architecture capable of supporting the most demanding complex manufacturing enterprise.