Continuing to drive operational efficiencies through traditional cost-cutting measures now provides only marginal gains. Industry 4.0 is about the significant transformation taking place in the way goods are produced and delivered – moving toward industrial automation and the flexible factory. To stay competitive, factories and warehouses must leverage the industrial internet of things (IIoT) and digitalization to become much more agile and efficient.
While industries have automated many processes, secure wireless connectivity empowers factory automation, making industrial automation possible on a much larger scale. By creating a digital foundation, industrial automation will increase productivity and performance.
Huge gains await industries that cut the cord and go wireless. Wireless cellular connectivity supports the business outcomes that industry expects from Industry 4.0. For instance, in manufacturing, it enables flexible production by allowing smart factories to rapidly changeover production lines to shorten lead times.