For companies that accept they need to weave all their loose threads together into a digital cloth, here is a blueprint on how to begin that process as part of their journey towards an Industry 4.0 future.
Both OT and IT are being transformed to create a digital infrastructure that is greater than the sum of its parts. As a far-reaching, critical component of how manufacturers operate, this synergy is heralding in a new era of manufacturing execution systems operating as an enterprise application.
A Digital Thread provides the data framework, and the reality is that multiple threads are coexisting, which sometimes resemble a tangled ball of virtual string. The solution to untangling these multiple threads and providing true cross-silo and multi-enterprise data flows is to weave the digital threads into a Digital Cloth.
Given the complexity of manufacturing operations, different solutions will work better depending upon your needs. However, and out of the box solution offers a compelling option that can get your problem solved much faster and offer a far lower Total Cost of Ownership than any toolkit can promise.