Using digitization to profitably increase productivity requires a vast amount of data, which is continuously provided by measuring points (sensors), actuators and other machinery. This data is collected, stored and analyzed in e.g. a big data solution. For example, they provide information on machine utilization and condition, product quality and predictive maintenance.
We recommend using future-proof technologies that do not require a radical separation from existing legacy systems but allow for a smart and manufacturer-specific transition.