Call it a revolution. Call it a renaissance. Call it a reimagination. Call it whatever you’d like, but it’s undeniable how digitization has truly overhauled nearly every aspect of the automotive value chain. From planning to distribution, sales to reporting, digital technology has streamlined and made more efficient the way manufacturers receive and process orders, plan production programs for those orders, and deliver the final product to customers. And this enhanced efficiency has resulted in more cost-effective and productive business models across a company’s entire value stream.
But until now, there has been one touch point that’s been slow to adopt digitization: manufacturing.
However, with the proliferation of digital technology and advancements as to how it can be applied to the manufacturing link of the supply chain, OEMs now have the tools to implement digital elements into their production processes and facilities in order to reap the same benefits other portions of the value chain have been experiencing for years.