Friday, August 4, 2017

Manufacturing System Digital Transformation and Reengineering

Information technology was applied with significant effect in business processes and during that phase of progress Business Process Reengineering (BPR) emerged as an important method. In manufacturing CNC, CAD-CAM, and CIM appeared. But the current development Internet of Things (IoT) seems to having a major impact on the manufacturing systems. It is getting the description of Industrial Revolution 4.0.

In Industrial engineering also, we can see IE 1.0 - Science of Man - Machine Systems (From Taylor to Taiichi Ohno), IE 2.0 - Low Inventory Manufacturing (Taiichi Ohno, Shigeo Shingo to Womack et al.) and IE 3.0 - Imaginative Use of New Technology by Understanding the Power of the Technology First (Michael Hammer, Thomas Davenport to current days).

Will IE 4.0 be driven by innovations by Industrial Engineers in the age of Digital Transformation of Manufacturing Processes?

Presently number of papers are being published by leading consultants to make digital transformation a big movement.  Their references are being collection in this post

March 2017

By 2018, 60 percent of the large manufacturers will bring in new revenue from information based products and services.

By 2020, manufacturers will claim 20% more after market revenue by offering more services through information (IoT) based support.


October 2016
IDC - Dassault Research Paper on Status of Industry 4.0 in Germany

April 2016

The Digital Transformation Playbook: Rethink Your Business for the Digital Age

By David Rogers
Columbia University

February 2016
Industry 4.0.
European Parliament

This study, prepared by Policy Department A at the request of the ITRE
committee, analyses the Industry 4.0 Initiative which encompasses the
digitalisation of production processes based on devices autonomously
communicating with each other along the value chain. It considers the potential of
the initiative and business paradigm changes and impacts of this transformation.
The study assesses the rationale for public intervention and outlines measures
that could be adopted to increase the gains and limit the threats from Industry

January 2016


Good number of examples (21) with source indicated for more information

Digital Futures, Digital Transformation - From Lean Production to Acceluction

Authors: Bounfour, Ahmed
Copyright - 2016, Publisher: Springer International Publishing
This book provides an integrated overview of key trends in digital transformation, taking into consideration five interrelated dimensions: strategy and business models, society, organization, technology and regulation. As such, it provides a framework for the analysis of digital business transformation and its emerging factors, analyzing twenty-five key trends in terms of their future impact. On that basis, the book then delineates a new approach centered on the mutually accelerating links between multiple value creation spaces. It proposes a new mode of production – accelerated production of links (acceluction) – and analyzes it with respect to the still-dominant concept of lean production. Based on the results of the international CIGREF research program ISD, the book presents a valuable perspective of the expected impact of the abundance of networks and data as critical resources for enterprises beyond 2020.

Digital Transformation of the Firm: New Strategies, New Structures

Jan 2016


Boosting Visibility, Agility and Profits with Digital Manufacturing

Digital Transformation: What It Means to Manufacturers

Cisco white Paper



CSC - Computer Sciences Corporation

Industry 4.0

Challenges and Solutions for the Digital Transformation and the Use of Exponential Technologies


Survey of more than 50 companies in Switzerland

How to Become a Digital Leader

Arthur D Little

67 Pages Report

September 2015

Mercedes-Benz as pioneer of the digital transformation: From Car Manufacturer to Networked Mobility Service Provider

Daimler AG Media Release

Detailed the initiatives at various stages in the manufacturing system and product

How Five Companies Launched Digital Transformations

SEPTEMBER 01, 2015 by Lars F├Žste, Thomas Gumsheimer, and Matthias Scherer


Man and Machine in Industry 4.0

How Will Technology Transform the Industrial Workforce Through 2025?


SEPTEMBER 28, 2015

June 2015

Manufacturing’s next act

By Cornelius Baur and Dominik Wee
Industry 4.0 is more than just a flashy catchphrase. A confluence of trends and technologies promises to reshape the way things are made.


We define Industry 4.0 as the next phase in the digitization of the manufacturing sector, driven by four disruptions:
- the astonishing rise in data volumes, computational power, and connectivity, especially new low-power wide-area networks;
- the emergence of analytics and business-intelligence capabilities;
- new forms of human-machine interaction such as touch interfaces and augmented-reality systems;  and
- improvements in transferring digital instructions to the physical world, such as advanced robotics and 3-D printing.

May 2015

Industry 4.0: It's all about information technology this time
The so-called Industry 4.0 concept now being embraced in Europe predicts the Internet of Things will change manufacturing as we know it.

Industry 4.0: The Future of Productivity and Growth in Manufacturing Industries


The Nine Pillars of Technological Advancement

Big Data and Analytics
Autonomous Robots
Horizontal and Vertical System Integration
The Industrial Internet of Things
The Cloud
Additive Manufacturing
Augmented Reality


Revamping Your Business Through Digital Transformation
MIT Sloan Management Review, Magazine: Spring 2015, Research Highlight February 18, 2015  Reading Time: 11 min
George Westerman and Didier Bonnet

First iOS Apps from Apple-IBM venture
January 5th, 2015

Updated 5 August 2017,  12 March 2017, 18 April 2016.