Every manufacturing company has probably already dealt with ‘Industry 4.0’. Unquestionably, ‘Industry 4.0’ or ‘IoT’ (Internet of Things) offers incredible potential and numerous possibilities for improvement, such as process improvement or the fostering of new business models. The latter are the result of data that emerges through new technical possibilities – either on site or at the client. However, total interconnectivity also holds challenges. Industrial companies from the DACH region – especially SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) – usually face one or more of these. Usually companies comprise heterogeneous machine parks that further complicate uniform digitalisation. Machines from different generations and with different control systems exist. The machine manufacturers’ analytical systems often only take machines of one generation into account and ignore machines of other manufacturers or generations.
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