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27th April – The attainable vision of smart factories in the fourth industrial revolution

Since the Industrial Revolution and the development of mass production through machinery, factories have made steady progress in how they automate the production of goods to improve efficiency and potential revenue generation. But with the rapidly evolving technological capabilities of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the roll-out of 5G networks, factories have the potential to take a significant step forward. Organisations across the globe are starting to develop the first generation of truly ‘smart’ factories – moving from traditional automation to fully integrated and flexible systems. Industry 4.0 is merging operational, information and communication technologies with cyber-physical systems, enabled by advanced wireless communication and Industrial Internet of things (IIoT) services. the smart factory of the future is no longer a distant ideal. It is a very real, achievable vision that is available to all companies that are ready to embrace the technologies behind Industry 4.0.

Speakers

Sue Roche

General Manager

SolutionsPT

Paul Haimes

VP, Field Engineering

PTC

Benjamin Sheath

VP and Managing Director

Siemens Digital Industries Software UK

Agenda

The need for connectivity from edge to enterprise

Presenter: Sue Roche, General Manager, SolutionsPT

Achieving Digital Transformation and reaching the status of a Smart Factory enables industrial enterprises to empower workers, increase productivity, and future-proof their organisations. This presentation will explain the need for connectivity from edge to enterprise, bringing the worlds of IT and OT closer than ever and harnessing the always-growing mountain of data associated with more automation. But it isn’t all about technology; see why the building blocks of the Smart Factory will always be the talented human workforce and a cohesive digital transformation strategy that delivers a return on investment at every step.

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