Plex’s 2016 State of Manufacturing Technology Report aimed to explain just that, with a focus on cloud computing and its effectiveness on the shopfloor. Here are some of the most significant results from their survey of nearly 200 manufacturers who are using IIoT in some capacity.
Cloud computing increases the ability to manage fluctuating business needs. With cloud computing, manufacturers are able to connect the plant floor with the C-Suite, giving everyone access to either identical versions or tailored versions of real-time data.
Of the respondents who use cloud technology,
- 98% reported that connectivity of machines, systems, suppliers, and clients delivers value to their business today
- 64% found they were better equipped to handle changing customer needs
- 55% reported overall increase in the strength of global supply chain management