According to a study by PwC, 91 percent of European industrial companies are investing in creating digital factories.¹ They should be focusing on software-defined manufacturing, said Adel Al-Saleh in his keynote address at the Hannover Messe. Because it combines intelligent software with the cloud, AI and machine learning or robotics. Result: a higher degree of automation and fast response to changes and new customer requirements.
Machines are as intelligent as the software they contain. According to Adel Al-Saleh, software-defined manufacturing scores points in several ways thanks to
Software is the foundation of digitization. It determines how we develop and manufacture products. It makes our factories more efficient, flexible and resilient. As a result, software-defined manufacturing is becoming a key success factor in the manufacturing industry.
Software-defined production means software-defined automation: software-defined manufacturing owes its success to innovative technologies. Artificial intelligence is helping entire production facilities transform to become smart. Based on predictive analytics, they can respond autonomously to changes in production. Machine learning allows robots to be used in quality control. In addition, systems, processes and products can be mapped virtually as digital twins. According to Al-Saleh, this helps industrial companies to improve their processes along the value chain.
Digitization requires new thinking. According to the CEO of T-Systems, those who are ready for partnerships can find their way around the digitized world more easily and benefit from additional resources and a broader body of knowledge. Telekom and T-Systems are looking to third parties for assistance and inspiration: For example, the Group is participating in Catena-X, the network for cross-company data exchange in the automotive industry. The partners want to accelerate business processes along the entire value chain and increase the competitiveness of European companies.