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If Machines Could Talk

For today’s complex industrial equipment companies, communication - between machines, systems, departments, facilities, everyone - is vital. The more communication there is now, the less wasted time, money and effort there will be later. And communication depends on connections. For a brief look at the future of manufacturing we’re moving toward, watch this video.

Connections are the lifeblood of success

Our world is more connected than ever, and that includes the sophisticated and complex machines our society depends on. For these machines to work to the best of their capabilities, they have to be linked to other machines, systems, and people.

“Building more intelligent machines is a collective effort of multiple disciplines that must work together and the sooner the better” 

Industrial equipment companies support practically every other industry in one way or another. So in our era of digital transformation, how can these companies take advantage of the disruptive technologies available today to work faster, smarter, more efficiently, and to a higher quality standard? It all comes down to connections between machines, systems, and people that allow manufacturers to provide the things our society wants and needs while maximizing their own levels of innovation and profitability.

Machines designed to communicate - and learn

In an intelligent connected environment, machines not only talk to each other, they become smarter over time, too, allowing manufacturers to respond quickly and accurately to market demands. In our ARC Intelligent Connect Systems whitepaper How to Operate as an Intelligent Connected Enterprise, you’ll see how industrial equipment companies can gain an advantage over their competitors with an intelligent connected environment.

Creating connections between things that weren’t previously connected

Digital experience platforms have transformed retail (Amazon and Alibaba), transportation (Uber) and tourism (Airbnb). They are having just as profound an effect on industry, too, where they are enabling you to produce precisely what your customers want, when they want it, at an appealing price point. This is the promise and nearly limitless potential of Industry 4.0. When the machines you rely on to design and manufacture these products are all connected by the right software - when they’re all talking to each other - you can make these products more quickly, more efficiently, and with higher quality - a significant competitive advantage in the marketplace. In fact, the fourth industrial revolution may be the most revolutionary one of all.

Digitalization creates entirely new possibilities

Digital experience platforms are transforming how industrial equipment companies do business. Existing ways of working can be optimized while entirely new and better ways open up as well. In our article The Value of Digital Transformation, top executives discuss how technology is introducing new ways of collaborating, inventing, learning, producing, trading…and succeeding.

For industrial equipment companies, offering new products and services presents two distinct challenges. First, you have to design complex machinery along with the associated systems, data collection, maintenance, and customer experience requirements. And second, you must include all the necessary disciplines, departments, and stakeholders from every phase of the product’s lifecycle.

“The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it.” 

Implementing an intelligently connected system is not as challenging as you might think. Industrial Equipment companies of any size can adopt new, disruptive technologies for the digital continuity needed to provide what today's customers expect. In the following whitepaper and webinar, you’ll discover how systems engineering can put all the necessary pieces into place.

Imagine, engineer and experience smart products and systems
A connected approach and a holistic system

An intelligently connected system is a proven catalyst for Industrial Equipment companies that want to successfully bring smart products to the market. Systems engineers rely upon a universal single source of information to streamline multiple disciplines, manage complexity, optimize performance and ensure product safety.

Read our free whitepaper and watch our webinar to learn that an intelligently connected system is not as complex as it may seem.