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Specific Manufacturing Industries

Table 5: Value drivers for specific manufacturing industries. viii VALUE DRIVERS OF i4.0 ASPECTS

Integrated product data model from engineering to commissioning Digital enablement of workers

Efficient on-site production throughout a global footprint and supply chain; efficient path to manage increasing product complexity driven by the demand for customized system solutions Ability to rapidly train employees or compartmentalize tasks into easier steps Reduced production cost from lower machine hourly rates through productivity increases and shorter lead times Improved productivity in final and pre-assembly enabled by integrated IT infrastructure and advanced data analytics Minimization of rework through early recognition of process deviations Using lower-cost robots with increased capabilities to reduce labor costs Automation and closed-loop control of key production steps to reduce waste and counteract decreasing availability of skilled labor Sensor-based, in-line quality inspection to reduce waste and increase yield through early process deviation detection, root cause analysis, and automatic correction Component/product traceability throughout supply chain: from basic material processing and refinement to the on-the-shelf product to recycling Enables circular economy, transparency, and supports anti-counterfeit measures of OEMs Improving labor efficiencies and managing costs and schedule accuracies; maximizing asset utilization and minimizing downtime; managing supply network costs and synchronization Mitigating vendor, warranty, data, and geographic risks. Ensuring availability of supplies and raw materials Finding new efficiencies in the core business Using customer data to deepen customer understanding and integration Using data from connected systems to create new products/services Using demand data and digital technologies to expand more easily into new markets

Data-driven OEE optimization


Flexible routing, scheduling, and load balancing Closed control loops through sensor-based in- line quality inspection Extension of automation to final and pre-assembly Conquering remaining domains of manual labor through automation Closed quality loops through sensor-based in-line quality inspection Traceability of products, components


The Organizational Level (non-sector-specific)

Table 6: Non-sector-specific value drivers at the organizational level. ix

VALUE DRIVERS OF i4.0 ASPECTS Productivity improvement

Risk reductions

Incremental revenue

New revenue

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