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Dec. 12, 2022
Enhance OT data with environmental, utility, manufacturing, tracking and point-cloud data to optimize operations

A solid, structured and well-managed data strategy puts data at the center of an organization’s production system and creates a powerful reservoir that can be tapped for many new sources of value. By holistically harnessing the combined power of data, expertise and advanced technologies such as AI and ML, manufacturers can optimize their entire operations. This can power tangible benefits and business outcomes for the organization, with actionable insights, across the manufacturing lifecycle—from the design of new production system elements to shipping the finished product.

In this article from sister publication, IndustryWeek, Rockwell Automation's Brian Shepherd explains how to begin with the end in mind, creating a strategy that identifies key data to collect, aggregate and analyze for optimal production efforts.

Read Turning Data Into Dividends for a complete explanation of how to maximize digitalization.

About the Author

Brian Shepherd

Brian leads strategy, product management and product development for Rockwell Automation's portfolio of control and visualization software and hardware, information software and network and security infrastructure.

Brian has extensive experience in the industrial software space. Most recently, he was president of production software and smart factory solutions for Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. Before that, he was a long-time senior executive at PTC.

Brian has strong technical expertise in design, simulation, manufacturing planning and execution, process and quality data analytics. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, Dearborn.

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