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In this issue of SMT007 Magazine, we set out to explore implementation details for smart factory concepts. Our expectation, based on what we heard in conversations with people in the industry, was that we would be talking all about the gadgets: PLCs, sensors, computing hardware, augmented reality, etc.
It became clear that the real value is in the skills, not the sensors and controllers that make the factory smart. In the end, the smart factory is about your business practices. It’s not the facility that needs to be greenfield; it’s the executive staff’s thinking that needs to start over from scratch.