Report reveals the need for smart
manufacturing technology to address current supply chain and
workforce challenges, especially those created or heightened by the
March 16, 2022
/PRNewswire/ -- Plex Systems, a Rockwell Automation company and the
leader in cloud-delivered smart manufacturing solutions, today
announced the results of its 7th annual study, "The
State of Smart Manufacturing." The global study surveyed more than
300 manufacturers in a variety of industries including automotive,
aerospace, food and beverage, electronics, consumer goods, plastics
and rubber, precision metal forming, and more. This year's report,
conducted in collaboration with Hanover Research, offers valuable
insights into trends, challenges, and future plans for global
manufacturers. Building on Plex's previous research, the data
reaffirms that smart manufacturing technology adoption continues to
accelerate, and these new technologies are now solving the
industry's critical challenges.
The report's findings show the COVID-19 pandemic both exposed
and exacerbated pre-existing conditions in manufacturing.
Additionally, the shortage of skilled workers and security concerns
jumped significantly over the prior year. With that in mind, more
than 83% of respondents believe smart manufacturing is key to their
organization's future success.
"The impact of COVID-19 underscores the necessity for more
pervasive access and control, and the benefits of cloud-based
solutions in not only enabling the new 'work from anywhere'
paradigm, but as a fundamental next-generation technology enabler,"
commented Rick Franzosa, Senior
Director, Analyst - Supply Chain at Gartner Research.
Additional key findings include:
- Smart manufacturing adoption accelerated by 50%.
Technology and automation are driving the next generation of
manufacturing, and smart manufacturing adoption will continue to
accelerate in 2022.
- The pandemic exposed three evolving business challenges.
Supply chain management, skilled worker shortages, and risk
mitigation, all require a new approach. In fact, 61% of respondents
stated that they do not have a risk mitigation plan in place.
- Once over-hyped technologies are now solving today's
problems. Cloud, industrial hardened devices, and
process automation are helping companies overcome challenges with
the skilled worker shortage, supply chain management, and risk
mitigation. Specifically, 64% of organizations agree that
technology can reduce hiring challenges and fuel growth in the next
"The trends surfaced by 'The State of Smart Manufacturing'
report provide real and important insights for manufacturers. These
insights help us plan and stay ahead of the curve in moving our
business forward," stated Tim
Marsell, IT/IS division manager at Sanoh America, Inc.
"This report aims to help manufacturers benchmark their
technology strategy and incorporate smart manufacturing best
practices to stay competitive and thrive," said Jerry Foster, Chief Technology Officer, Plex
Systems. "A scalable technology strategy makes it possible to
incrementally adopt solutions and achieve value quickly. As
manufacturers look to streamline processes and solve today's
challenges, they are placing significant value on using smart
technology to address and improve actual business outcomes."
For full results, download the 7th Annual Plex State of Smart
Manufacturing Report at plex.com/sosm.
Additionally, register today for a feature webinar
on April 20th hosted by the Precision
Metalforming Association, "The State of Smart
Manufacturing: Respond to Market Adversity with Agility, Improved
Processes and Technology Adaptation", to learn more.
About Plex Systems
Plex Systems, Inc., a Rockwell Automation company, is the leader
in cloud-delivered smart manufacturing solutions, empowering the
world's manufacturers to make awesome products. Our platform gives
manufacturers the ability to connect, automate, track, and analyze
every aspect of their business to drive transformation. The Plex
Smart Manufacturing Platform includes solutions for manufacturing
execution (MES), ERP, quality, supply chain planning and
management, asset performance management, production monitoring,
process automation, and analytics to connect people, systems,
machines, and supply chains, enabling them to lead with precision,
efficiency, and agility.
About Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), is a global leader in
industrial automation and digital transformation. We connect the
imaginations of people with the potential of technology to expand
what is humanly possible, making the world more productive and more
sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, Rockwell Automation employs approximately 24,500
problem solvers dedicated to our customers in more than 100
countries. To learn more about how we are bringing the Connected
Enterprise to life across industrial enterprises, visit
Plex Systems, Inc., a Rockwell Automation company
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