Improving an existing plant isn’t the whole story though; there are also times when customers are creating a whole new plant. In any such greenfield project, it’s vital to keep productivity in sharp focus.
That may sound obvious, but productivity in the age of The Connected Enterprise is about being flexible and future-proof – not just in the equipment and systems that you install – but also in the way the plant uses data to make the most of its workforce and supply chain.
Unquestionably, when it comes to greenfield projects, the age of IIoT is very much here. I know that I speak for the Rockwell Automation team working with Jaguar Land Rover, when I say that we’re very proud to play a part in delivering new, flexible and productive plant solutions for such a marquee brand.
We were also delighted to have had an exquisite Jaguar F-Pace car at Hannover Messe to help us explain our vision of The Connected Enterprise.
As I say, it might sound a bit obvious to want a plant to be as productive as possible, but what’s changed in recent years is how many ways productivity can be designed-in and how flexible technologies can deliver improved productivity and future-proofing.
For example, iTRAK and MagneMotion technologies help move parts and products around the plant more efficiently and with less maintenance than traditional methods.