For consumers, making a purchase online can be as simple as clicking a button and seeing a product arrive on their doorstep just a few days later. What many don't see, however, is what goes on behind the scenes – the people, processes, and systems that must work in harmony to deliver an excellent and seamless customer experience.
This nearly instant – and accurate – fulfillment of online orders that consumers have come to expect is made possible thanks to a process called connected manufacturing.
In the age of Industry 4.0, defined as the digital transformation of all industries, business leaders running large warehouses with intricate logistical needs, such as those in the metals industry, are faced with the choice to embrace this connected environment or get left behind. Metals businesses can implement and use connected manufacturing to accurately, swiftly, and efficiently manage everyday business operations, workforces, and distribution.