Assembling a Smart Factory?

Factory RobotSmart factories are smart business. According to a 2019 joint study by Deloitte and the Manufacturer’s Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), early adopters of smart-factory technology have seen average performance gains of 10%–12% within three years.

Manufacturers looking to transform their factories—and capture these gains—must commit to the long haul: Selecting and applying advanced technologies to existing processes, as well as refining the implementations, can take years.

Although choosing the right set of use cases is key, even more important is choosing the right person to lead the smart-factory strategy. So where should you start to find the right person? The boardroom.

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