Welding robot in motion. In the automotive parts industry

Digitalization in the manufacturing industry

How the Internet of Things is revolutionizing production with intelligent machine control

Production facilities must become more efficient

Industrial segments that are highly developed in terms of technology, such as mechanical and plant engineering, the automotive industry, and the electrical industry, are under great pressure to transform: They see themselves confronted with globalization and the associated tougher competition, increasing price pressure, and the megatrend towards individualization. In order to master the historical upheaval in the sector, greater efficiency is required from both man and machine. Development, production, and logistics processes in the economy must be further optimized and products and business models must be redefined in the context of digitalization.

Step by step to smarter production

Several robot arms in an otherwise empty factory

Many large manufacturing companies are already working with Industry 4.0 technologies or are starting pilot projects that are being implemented step by step. This can affect processes in the supply chain, production, or logistics.

Lean production processes are an important prerequisite for this. The long-term goal is the development of smart factories, in which production can be made as flexible as possible – right through to custom-made products, even in series production.

In transformation projects at manufacturing companies, however, application scenarios beyond the production area are also important. Only when a process chain has been consistently optimized can the smart factory fully exploit its manufacturing intelligence.

Digitalization in industry

83 %

of companies believe that smart factory initiatives will change production.¹

90 %

of industry customers believe that digitalization brings them more opportunities than risks.²

98 %

of industry customers expect to increase their efficiency with digital technologies.²

74 %

of industry companies expect digitalization to provide opportunities for expanding or entering new markets.³

Sources – ¹ Deloitte Development LCC: 2019 Deloitte and MAPI Smart Factory Study – ² PwC: Digital Factories 2020 – ³ Das E-3 Magazin, February 2019

Fast, secure data exchange 

The greatest dynamics in the manufacturing industry arise when automation, communications technology, software development, virtualization, data analysis, and electronics work closely together. The basis for this is laid by the IT, which must function reliably and adapt flexibly to the requirements of changing processes. This also includes fast, secure networks such as 5G campus networks, which enable real-time data exchange with minimum latency. Equally useful is the networking of machines, data management from the cloud, and real-time analysis of large amounts of data to enable predictive control.

T-Systems offers integrated solutions from highly secure data centers and a unique cloud ecosystem of standardized platforms and global partnerships.

Industry 4.0: The digital transformation into the intelligent factory

Working industrial robot in a digitized factory

T-Systems supports the processes along the value chain with an integrated approach from engineering to production and logistics, all the way to sales & after sales. As an experienced transformation partner that realizes approximately 4,000 digitalization projects annually with 4,800 digitalization experts, T-Systems, together with OT partners, has command of comprehensive technology and industry know-how. We support you with digital end-to-end solutions from our four main areas of focus: Connectivity, digitalization, cloud & infrastructure, and security.

Our services for your goals

We support you in

  • creating more transparency about machine and system conditions, product quality, and your supply chains 
  • increasing productivity through better capacity utilization and less downtime
  • reducing complexity for your production staff, thus minimizing errors and increasing employee satisfaction
  • developing new business models and improving your customer service.

We look forward to your project!

Do you have any questions concerning the planning, implementation or maintenance of your digitization project? Contact us and one of our experts will be in touch with you to answers all your questions.

Digitalization in the manufacturing industry

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