Customization is Driving Innovation in Manufacturing

Customization is Driving Innovation in Manufacturing

Demand for smarter, customized products, Products-as-a-Service and “servitization”—the selling of a solution versus a single product—is forcing manufacturers to find new ways to incorporate product and customer data, and automation across the product life cycle... PDF Download.

Industry trends

Manufacturing is undergoing a fourth Industrial Revolution. Increasing demand for innovation, personalization and servitization is forcing manufacturers to focus on performance andcustomization. This requires collaboration and information sharing with consumers, suppliers and even products via Internet of Things (IoT) platforms.

Key industry trends include:

  • Demand for fast product turns and handling of change management on the supply lineis forcing rapid supply chain and manufacturing process transformation
  • Automation, 3D, artificial intelligence, robotics, and machine-to-machine and human-to-machine interactions dictate product development and maintenance
  • Product and customer data from social media, servitization and IoT platforms arebecoming increasingly valuable assets
  • The integration of complex physical machinery with networked sensors and software has created a new industry segment—the industrial internet

Equinix (Nasdaq: EQIX) is the world's digital infrastructure company, enabling digital leaders to harness a trusted platform to bring together and interconnect the foundational infrastructure that powers their success. Equinix operates a global interconnection platform of more than 200 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers in 63 metros across 26 countries.
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