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Advances in factory digitization include collaborative robotics, predictive maintenance and simulation, but some manufacturers don't yet have a basic understanding of Industry 4.0, Sean Lyngaas writes. "Right now, I think what we need to do is make a call to action for manufacturers to at least get their assets connected," said Memex CEO David McPhail.
Industrial control systems grow more vulnerable as they become more sophisticated, writes Hamid Karimi. Pre-implementation assessment is far preferable to post-incident reaction because it protects data and reduces cost, he writes.
Remote capabilities are helping to minimize downtime for manufacturing; they are also changing purchasing models to incorporate product-as-a-service and predictive maintenance, writes Ralph Rio of ARC Advisory Group. Manufacturers should assess their business management software's compatibility with industrial internet of things needs, he writes.
Retiring workers' years of knowledge don't have to leave with them; they can be retained through the use of asset performance management, writes David Ovadia of GE Digital. Collecting workforce data through APM is more effective and reliable than relying solely on interviews with departing workers, he writes.