Across industries, the global pandemic has altered both consumer demand behaviors and the capabilities of manufacturers to deliver goods to the market. In order to adapt, many enterprises are rethinking the potential role of Mine Digitization and smart machines in helping them to redesign operations to be more agile. Manufacturing flexibility is key as it improves a firm’s ability to conduct faster manufacturing line setups and production changeovers to accommodate frequent and rapid market shifts. The challenge is to introduce these new capabilities without generating excessive costs and without investing in additional human resources.
To support this change, both the OEMs–who design, commission, and support the machines that serve as the backbone of digitized industrial operations– and the end users–who operate these machines– will need to reassess how they apply digitization technologies to a less predictable “new normal”.