The use of technology is growing in the manufacturing industry, with digital capabilities and automation playing key roles in material handling, cutting, shaping, inspecting, packaging, and palletizing. Despite this, manual methods persist — especially in traditional sectors.

But to mitigate rising labor and material costs and meet market demands for increased production and quality, some manufacturers are embracing digital transformation. This shift has led to Industry 4.0, the fourth revolution of manufacturing. It is helping manufacturers make better decisions, achieve greater efficiency, and reduce long-term costs.

In a recent A3 article, TECH B2B contributor John Butler discussed digital transformation and how adapting to Industry 4.0 is table stakes for manufacturers and the future of the industry. While many manufacturers consider digital transformation daunting, these advanced technologies — which can minimize downtime while ensuring operational resilience — are now imperative for them to compete.

With defined objectives, digital transformation doesn’t have to be painful. Manufacturers may confront challenges along the way, but there’s plenty to learn from their peers that digitally transformed before them — such as careful planning, consulting with stakeholders, adapting to recent changes in the industry, and remaining agile on their digital transformation journey.

Read the full article on A3’s website to learn more.

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