PTC successfully conducted an industry oriented webinar titled ‘Future Factory Now' on January 28, 2021 on The Machinist platform. The webinar was organised with the objective of enabling manufacturing companies to look at 'Digital Transformation' as a means for surviving, sustaining and succeeding in the #NewNormal.
The webinar featured two expert speakers: Graham Cox, Business Transformation Manager, PTC UK., and Rajkiran C, Senior Director, PTC India. It was hosted by Editor Niranjan Mudholkar.
In the first session of the Webinar, Cox shared useful and insightful case studies from different secgemnets through his presentation. In the second session, Cox was joined by Raj and together they engaged in an interesting fireside chat with Editor Niranjan.
The webinar, which covered subjects like Industry 4.0, Connected Factory & Augmented Reality (AR), gave an insightful overview of Digitalisation. Today, digitalisation has become all the more important. Take the simple example of ‘work from home’. People already knew about remote working in the pre-Covid era. But the pandemic has transformed it into a norm today. Similarly, other aspects of Industry 4.0 or digitalisation have been adopted by many enterprises to survive, to sustain and to succeed in this period.
(Link to the webinar video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/zRv9RYndbws)
Whether it is for front-end processes or for back-end support, technology can make manufacturing organisations more efficient, more agile and more relevant while adding value to all the stakeholders. Enterprises now understand that technology is a ‘must’ to ensure that their shopfloors and their people keep running in the right direction and at the right pace. It is in this light that the ‘Future Factory Now’ webinar deliberated on the winning strategies for manufacturing in the new normal.
Some of the questions answered by the experts
1. Do you think the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digitisation and Industry 4.0 in the Indian manufacturing industry?
2. What do you think are the key challenges in this journey towards digitalisation?
3. Disruption has become the new normal today. And while technology obviously has a role to play in it, it still remains just the tool (albeit a very powerful one). But, would you agree that disruptions and digital transformations are more about mindsets first and then about their physical manifestations?
4. Supply chain disruption was one of the major impacts of the pandemic. How can manufacturing organisations deal with the same through digitalisation?
5. Can manufacturing companies use augmented reality to increase organisational efficiency and resilience?
6. What role will ‘Smart Factories’ play in the success of the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ campaign?