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Multiple disciplines are rapidly adopting digitalization in the public and private sectors. It is ongoing in mature disciplines such as education, healthcare, energy, utility management, transportation, and infrastructure development. Digitalization in manufacturing is the competitor you cannot ignore, and machine monitoring and optimization drive its success.

In a recent survey from Tech-Clarity, over one-half of companies reported that machine monitoring and optimization is part of a broader digital transformation strategy (58%) and/or their smart manufacturing strategy (56%).

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Manufacturers are moving to advanced technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), increasing their focus and digital transformation efforts. Monitoring equipment via the industrial IoT is the foundation for these efforts and many more in the overall corporate initiative.

Here are some of the potential advantages of monitoring and optimizing your machines in manufacturing.

Reduce downtime

It is no secret that downtime hinders productivity and consumes valuable resources. Manufacturers need operations to be as lean and efficient as possible. Machine monitoring and optimizing enable reliable updates that can help you plan and prioritize maintenance accordingly.

Make informed decisions

Monitoring data from machines and developing useful insights from them is key to making informed decisions about your business. Based on Tech-Clarity’s recent survey, Top Performers are 75% more likely to have the ability to act in near real-time; although, only about one-third report that ability.

Gain more value from current approaches 

Machine monitoring and optimization provide a bottom-line impact. Its benefits translate into real business results. The vast majority of those surveyed, 86%, say that their company’s profitability has increased by monitoring and optimizing machines using the industrial IoT. Over one-third, 35%, say it has increased significantly. Larger companies were even more likely to report significant revenue growth; 44% of companies with revenues greater than $1 billion reported significant profitability increases.

Monitoring and optimizing machines is a needed step to digitalization in manufacturing. However, the real challenge is that the industry is still in the learning phase regarding these initiatives.

Based on Tech-Clarity’s survey of over 200 industrial manufacturing companies, read our latest ebook to learn the 5 pillars of machine monitoring and optimization that can serve as best practices for getting the industrial IoT started profitably.

Disclaimer: I am the author at PLM ECOSYSTEM, focusing on developing digital-thread platforms with capabilities across CAD, CAM, CAE, PLM, ERP, and IT systems to manage the product data lifecycle and connect various industry networks. My opinions may be biased. Articles and thoughts on PLMES represent solely the author's views and not necessarily those of the company. Reviews and mentions do not imply endorsement or recommendations for purchase.

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