Steps for a connected factory

Introduzione allo Smart Manufacturing

Today the real question that many entrepreneurs and managers ask themselves is: What will be the response of companies to the gradual return to normality?

In most cases the answer is only one: increase the "flexibility" of the organization.

But how? There are certainly several factors to consider but the trends show that the main objectives are:

  • The construction of a digital center: a flexible structure able to concentrate organizational and leadership skills, collect data and test new approaches quickly and leanly.
  • Real-time data collection to respond to changes immediately to accelerate operational processes always more data-driven.
  • A strong priority for cultural change and training.
  • A significant investment in the reinforcement of multidisciplinary teams to obtain the best performances.


In a landscape like this it is evident that smart manufacturing finds its best application, and all this shows how the pandemic is leading towards an urgent digital transformation.

Smart manufacturing is the revolution of the industrial context, of times and ways of production that introduces technologies and strategies of Industry 4.0 in the factory.

Contributes to improving the flexibility and efficiency of the entire manufacturing industry: from factory activities to back-end and front-end processes.


The National Institute of Standards and Technology  (NIST) defines smart manufacturing as "fully-integrated, collaborative manufacturing systems that respond in real time to meet changing demands and conditions in the factory, in the supply network, and in customer needs."

In even simpler terms, we can say that smart manufacturing responds to the need to make all information about the production process accessible at any time;  the interconnection of machines and systems is more than ever the prerogative of the development of the entire industrial sector and the economy.

Smart manufacturing leads to a re-design of production process with smart perspective and to do this we use the support of technologies such as IIoT and Big Data, able to realize the dialoge between machines and IT systems. This enable to build an efficient and effective data management infrastructure able to guarantee accessibility and visibility of bigger data volume.

In fact, the possibility to acquire, organize, process and share in a structured and logical way all the information, allows to transform data into a heritage incredible added value that realizes data governance as a key process of smart manufacturing.


Industry 4.0 enabling technologies enable processes to become more and more advanced; they promote integration between interconnected systems that enhance the operation and agility of the entire supply chain.

Digital twins make the entire engineering and technical area faster and more efficient, helping to reduce waste as much as possible by effectively eliminating the margins of error.

One of the biggest advantages of smart manufacturing is a smarter management of products, processes and people, thanks to the use of technologies.


Another significant added value that a connected factory produces has repercussions in relational and communication.

Digitalize all data and information from different sources allows all participants at the various organizational levels a strong transparency and more generally new working method; It increases cooperation and a spirit of collaboration in the organization which inevitably also produces benefits in terms of better resource performance and therefore a competitive advantage that can be spent on the market.

The quantity and quality of data shared on platforms, in fact, allow to work aligned, as well as punctual and efficient, ensuring in this way optimization of time and costs "fluidifying" the achievement of business results.

Digibelt, an innovative startup of Bonfiglioli Consulting, is creating with Exor International the first 5G smart factory.

But now you'll wonder where we recommend starting a digital transformation and making the factory connected??


First of all, it is essential to understand the level of Lean and Digital maturity of the company. Understand what is meant by lean digital transformation path (interesting insights on this on the book written by Michele Bonfiglioli and Umberto Mirani "Lean Digital; La via italiana alla fabbrica 5G") and what are the steps needed to be sure that this path is effective and leads to significant results.

  1. 2.      GO TO THE NEXT 4 STEPS:  Sense, Store, Analyze and Display

We invite you to continue to follow us to go deeper into the contents of our intervention model and in the meantime we take advantage of it to suggest you an initiative to better know each other:

Next 12/03/2020 from 5.00 pm (for further information), Michele Bonfiglioli, CEO of Bonfiglioli Consulting andGiuseppe Pace, CEO of Exor International, during the press conference to present the book "Lean Digital - La via italiana alla fabbrica 5G", will focus the theme of Digitalization with the direct experience of Exor International that by 2020 will complete the experimentation of 5G in its digital factory 4.0


Let's keep in touch. For any further information contact us and we will be happy to tell you about our approach and our intervention model.


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