What types of manufacturing challenges does the OMP address?

The OMP prioritizes challenges that stall innovation across the manufacturing ecosystem.

One example is the complexity of connecting manufacturing systems to a commercial cloud. Industrial IoT can enable

  • predictive maintenance,
  • better quality control,
  • automation,

and other essential scenarios that enhance operational efficiency and output.

However, some systems use proprietary protocols that don’t allow manufacturers to share data with other systems and gain holistic insights from the shopfloor to the rest of the supply chain.

OMP is helping manufacturers gain complete ownership and control of their data and intellectual property (IP).

We implement

  • new industry standards,
  • evolve existing standards,
  • develop open-source reference architectures,
  • common data models,
  • etc.

What keeps manufacturers up at night, and what are the obstacles to smart manufacturing?

As manufacturers, we face increasing trade and regulation uncertainties, ever-changing market opportunities and customer demands, and tremendous competitive pressures from companies embracing new technologies and disrupting the sector.

Data shows the majority of manufacturers get stuck in proof-of-concept (POC) purgatory and developments rarely go into production. When projects encounter deeper complexities and challenges, companies lose sight of the value they originally aimed to deliver. The group championing the POC has a small voice in keeping it alive.

Data, product lines, and business groups are disconnected, causing widespread fragmentation and ultimately slowing the pace of innovation. Opportunities for cost synergies and shared resources are lost. Operational technologies (OT) remain disconnected and miss out on the opportunity to create new efficiencies by applying the intelligence of information technologies (IT).

Solutions that are effective, secure, and scalable take time to design and build. They require skills and experience that are often difficult to obtain in-house. And despite the long-term benefits, companies need internal alignment on the up-front investment.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought to light the need for agility in responding to crises quickly. From keeping up with changes in demand to ensuring worker safety and supply chain resilience, we need solutions that enable us to quickly adjust processes and practices.

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