For the purposes of this report, we will pay particular attention to those use cases for the digital factory which are enabled by new digital technologies, such as the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), analytics, robotics, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), cloud computing, wearables and also new production concepts such as 3D printing technologies.

We will give an overview of use cases that we have been discussing recently with plant managers, managers of shop-floor operations, process engineers or production-related IT managers and which are either in an evaluation stage, a proof-of-concept mode or which already have been implemented or rolled-out. There are certainly many more potential use cases out there and, therefore, our list of use cases does not claim to be complete.



Management Summary

Digital Factory: Definition and Segmentation

  • Definition
  • Segmentation of use cases

Use Cases by Manufacturing Value Chain: Description and Benefits

  • Sourcing
  • Production planning
  • Production
  • Service and support
  • Logistics

Use Cases by Manufacturing Value Chain: Maturity Level and Adoption Speed

teknowlogy’s Recommendations