Just Like Being There: Productronica 2017& Layers of Software

Deploying the next generation of enterprise applications and platforms needed to underpin Industry 4.0 initiatives is complex, with many decisions to be made. Organizations need to choose to deploy op down, bottom up, or middle out.  They need a keen understanding of how all the software layers interact. If we’re not talking about standards for machine to machine communication we’re exploring how all the different software offerings fit together and how they make the most of the huge amount of data being generated every minute of every day on every machine. So, what is the right approach? 

For smart factory initiatives to work, we need good ‘actionable’ data. Some believe islands of intelligence are the way forward, other that AI will provide all the answers, and others that one of the software suites must take ultimate control. At Productronica, one of the largest electronic manufacturing events in the world, I gathered a panel of experts to explore the pros and cons of the various approaches. Held last month, in Munich, Germany, the show attracted more than 2,000 exhibiting companies and 55,000 visitors.

In this debate, I am joined by François Monette, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Cogiscan and Kevin Decker-Weiss, owner of Router Solutions to explore the deployment of Smart Factory software solutions and how they can be deployed to create the greatest value.

One of the clear messages delivered in this debate is that collaborative solution offer the best outcomes, rather than a single vendor enforcing a protocol that might not suit the whole line. We also explore the need to consider legacy solution, software and machine and how they fit into the software ecosystem. Click on the video below to hear the conversation and then let us know what you think in the comments section below. 

Filmed on location in the SCOOPstudio  under the sponsorship of Aegis, Cogiscan, Jabil, KIC, Koh Young, and Radius Innovation.

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