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Smart Manufacturing and OT/IT Convergence Drive Optimum Utilization

August 23, 2023
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Integrating OT and IT provides an unparalleled opportunity for increased efficiency. Learn how the process is done in this detailed write up by Siemens.

In a Machine Design article by Rahul Garg, VP for Industrial Machinery & SMB Programs at Siemens Digital Industries Software, he addresses how smart manufacturing enables industrial companies to tackle the challenges associated with global competition, sustainability, supply chain mishaps and labor shortages.

The objective is efficiency – driving optimum factory utilization. Digitalization is the equalizer to achieving innovative levels of smart manufacturing. Previously, automation was used to reduce costs; however, now digitalization takes the manufacturing process to a new level.

“The foundation for achieving higher operation efficiencies is the convergence of OT and IT to uncover actionable insights,” says Rahul. “Using the wealth of data generated by factory operations technology (OT) from edge sensors and smart equipment, information technology (IT) can then store, retrieve, process, analyze and recommend action based on that digital data.”

And this data leads to a closed-loop manufacturing process that is continually optimized via closed-loop product quality, thus supporting a comprehensive digital twin of the manufacturing environment to maximize throughput.

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Siemens is a technology company focused on industry, infrastructure, transport, and healthcare. From more resource-efficient factories, resilient supply chains, and smarter buildings and grids, to cleaner and more comfortable transportation as well as advanced healthcare, the company creates technology with purpose adding real value for customers. By combining the real and the digital worlds, Siemens empowers its customers to transform their industries and markets, helping them to transform the everyday for billions of people.

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