2. Am I challenging the status quo within my own organization?
You may discover that meeting tier suppliers’ expectations begins with challenging the status quo within your own company.
Technology is evolving rapidly. At the same time, machine builders must strive for maximum value from existing designs – and adopt new innovations prudently.
But are you incorporating new technology quickly enough to achieve innovative and differentiation?
You’re the only one who can answer that question, and an internal assessment of your capabilities is a good place to begin.
Take a close look at design decisions you’ve made regarding your network architecture, control platform, and use of embedded intelligence devices and other technologies.
Can your architecture support connectivity to disparate systems?
Is your control system scalable from captive machine control to line supervisory applications? Are you designing your equipment for information availability?
Keep in mind, a smarter machine does not necessarily mean a more expensive machine.
And implementing smarter technology can be done incrementally or through pilot programs.
Know that taking the first steps to smart machine development rapidly pays dividends from design efficiencies on your shop floor to improved equipment diagnostics and maintenance in your customer’s plant.
Make small investments up front, then use the value realized from those investments to fund the next project.
To learn more about key considerations for developing smart machines and equipment, take a look at this eBook (PDF).