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What’s a manufacturing ecosystem – and why you need one

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Is your company ready to join a community of knowledge sharing and technological development in the manufacturing industry?

The answer might not come easy for everyone but the new reality is that the future of manufacturing is collaborative – and staying competitive depends on working with complementary partners with shared values.

Why work together?

The evolution of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in manufacturing hasn’t (and likely never will) come from a single vendor or company working in isolation. The development of AI and machine learning applications for manufacturing, and the adoption of these solutions, is happening rapidly – but no single player can do it alone. The successful integration of AI and machine learning depends on manufacturing leaders working with a wider ecosystem of technologies, data and vendor partnerships.

Rather than trying to build the supporting technology, most companies will need to work in well-planned collaborations within the industrial equipment sector, with integrators, industry software vendors, and other partners.

Ecosystem collaboration ensures that the data is integrated and hardware is connected so that machine learning can take place. It also sets the stage for the core algorithm development which is crucial in AI applications.

Building an AI-ready manufacturing ecosystem for the Factory of the Future requires companies like yours, thought-leaders, governments, and regulatory bodies to work together to advance Industry 4.0 toward a sustainable future. READ MORE >

Key partnerships to build in your ecosystems

Lineview envision a manufacturing industry where shared knowledge drives forward new ideas and sustainable technologies that also benefit the well-being of the planet.

Partnerships can be established between all industry stakeholders, including:

Factors for Success:

How can you find and nurture valuable partnerships? How can you ensure developments in state-of-the-art IIoT technologies occur collaboratively across industries and not in isolated silos?

Their approach to ecosystems is using best-of-breed software and systems that are open and flexible. Constantly evolving, this method reduces risk – moving toward a low-code, no-code ecosystem that’s plug and play.

Collaborative, fruitful manufacturing ecosystems are built with 3 key factors in mind:

1. Security Considerations

Of course, working with external partners poses potential security risks, so look for trusted partners who share your company’s vision. Vetting partners should include security checks that meet rigorous end-to-end security and confidentiality protocols.

2. Best in Class

Seek collaborations built on quality of work, not necessarily name recognition. This approach can enable businesses to combine specific, niche competencies. For instance, selecting a boutique supplier instead of the largest in the industry might enable a more agile process while contributing to a wider push forward for AI ecosystems in general.

Start-ups with focus on specific production processes or software offer great collaborative value as they’re committed to finding targeted solutions in their unique area of competence and expertise.

Have you thought about where your company can contribute and prosper in this mix?

3. Plug and Play

Quick set-ups, easy installation, and intuitive product integrations facilitate data exchange and data architecture across an AI ecosystem. Integrations are critical to interconnect, upgrade, and work together. LV Connector, for example, uses APIs, OPC and PLC Direct Drivers to connect with third party MES, maintenance and alert systems to better monitor events. It allows for easy configuration of how and when messages are relayed to your desired endpoint API.

Ready to get started? The best time to begin developing value-added partnerships is today. Lineview want to keep building their ecosystem and help other manufacturers form lasting partnerships. Their cross-functional team of professionals can help bridge your company’s expertise with suitable, like-minded partners.

Equipped with LineView’s end-to-end software, including LV Connector, they can work together to establish a future-proof ecosystem that’s built to innovate and succeed.

Lineview enable manufacturers to work together safely while ensuring complete confidentiality and professionalism. READ MORE >

Predict failures more frequently, predict forecasts more accurately, even predict behavioural elements like the profile of shift teams that perform best – or which changeovers can be improved. Take the first steps towards your factory of the future.

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