Manufacturing and chemical industries benefit from digitalization

Following the development of computer and automation in the manufacturing industry, a new industrial revolution has come: “industry 4.0”, commonly known as “intelligent industry”. Internet of things, cloud computing and cognitive computing are the focus of attention in the new era. Smart enterprises pursue speed and efficiency.

Manufacturing enterprises are at the beginning of an exciting new era: they integrate digital technology into workflow. Compared with the past, systems are taking over our thinking processes, so (technical) failures are easier to predict and information flows are becoming digital.

What’s holding you back?

The benefits of digital innovation in the industry are the same, and the industry is slowly but surely recognizing this: 90% of companies are implementing digital initiatives (although they are at different stages of the transformation process), and 62% are implementing digital pilots and projects. However, only 36% are actively exploring digital initiatives.

Compared with other industries, manufacturing and chemical enterprises are often lack of risk-taking spirit and slow in the process of digital innovation. There are two reasons: on the one hand, core manufacturing and workshop environments often lack wireless infrastructure because they were historically unnecessary in the (simple) era of automation. On the other hand, the whole industry has doubts about the security of wireless network.

These concerns are part of a vicious circle: when it comes to cybercrime, manufacturers are one of the least protected sectors. “Nearly half of the manufacturers are victims of cybercrime, and a quarter suffer some economic losses or business interruption as a result.” EEF reports. We believe that this should encourage enterprises to take network security to a new level, rather than frighten them to doubt digital innovation.

However, as enterprises all over the world are more and more aware of technological evolution and its possibility, manufacturing and chemical industries are also more and more aware of technological evolution and its possibility. With the rise of global mobile office, the number of mobile connections in factories is expected to almost double by 2020. So it should be! The benefits of technology investment include increased worker productivity, better real-time decision-making, increased employee satisfaction and reduced litigation. In order for their bottom line to fully benefit from these advantages, they have to face these new challenges.

A Wengu in manufacturing and chemical industry

A large part of the transformation process starts with looking at existing applications and integrating industry-specific software into a consistent, accessible platform without replacing or rewriting them. Those looking for a more digital and real-time workspace in a limited budget and complex traditional IT environment find answers to these challenges in ewingu. Our unified workspace can help your company to provide a safe, economical and easy-to-use workspace, so that all your files and applications can be accessed on the browser, on any device and anywhere through one workspace.

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