There is no doubt that, sooner or later, manufacturing environments will be digitalized. But where should a company start? And how far must digitalization go? Is paperless production enough, or should automatization come into play as well? These questions must be answered at a highly individual level.
Peter Topol, a product manager for machine tool controls at HEIDENHAIN, explains how a company can take its first steps toward digitalization with the help of Connected Machining – without overhauling entire systems. Topol sees Connected Machining as a bridging function that enables rapid and, above all, customized digital planning for the future while allowing manufacturers to stay in control of their data.
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