One such example is the removal of information silos between disparate manufacturing systems, including enterprise resource planning (ERP), electronic manufacturing services (EMS), manufacturing execution systems (MES), manufacturing operations management (MOM), and other software systems and tools.
By interconnecting functions within their business for digital improvement--including product and machine design, production engineering, plant operations or supply chain--organizations are able to fully optimize their tech investments. As such, the digital thread is a strategic framework that optimizes the lifecycle of a product, asset, system, or process by connecting critical business functions.
The digital thread connects assets, systems, and processes across an organization to present a detailed, virtual perspective of information flow. It is a critical accelerant of the smart factory journey.
A holistic digital strategy, powered by digital thread, helps manufacturers move faster by removing friction and data loss between disparate teams and systems. By connecting data from ERP, EMS, MES, and MOM systems via digital thread, information can now flow between systems to inform and optimize business-driving processes for manufacturers.
Although the digital thread is not a new concept, it is quickly becoming a necessity for organizations looking to digitize more effectively and accelerate time to value.
Digital thread enables these benefits and opportunities:
For example, Norbord embraced the digital thread to increase visibility of upstream and downstream workflows.
That let the world’s largest producer of OSB (oriented strand board) better utilize operational data and improve productivity.
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