Bringing digital transformation to the plant floor

Nov. 15, 2021

Digital transformation means a new kind of machinery with the ability to share data to the edge and the cloud. But change comes slowly and usually in waves. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are literally bringing transformation to the plant floor in the machines they build.

Three OEMs from different industries shared their organizations’ progress with industrial transformation during the OEM Forum at Automation Fair 2021 this week in Houston. “The wood-processing industries in North America have traditionally been slow adopters of new technologies,” said Steven Hofer, executive vice president of strategy and business development at BID Group, which provides integrated, automated equipment and solutions for sawmill customers. “We have 14 manufacturing locations around North America with 1,615 highly trained and motivated employees, including 183 engineers and technical staff. We’re booking equipment into late 2024 and 2025, so we know what that equipment looks like and what the materials look like.”

BID Group has developed Oper8, a purpose-built IIoT solution that gathers and analyzes data to monitor the health and operation of its machines.


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Mike Bacidore | Editor in Chief

Mike Bacidore is chief editor of Control Design and has been an integral part of the Endeavor Business Media editorial team since 2007. Previously, he was editorial director at Hughes Communications and a portfolio manager of the human resources and labor law areas at Wolters Kluwer. Bacidore holds a BA from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He is an award-winning columnist, earning multiple regional and national awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He may be reached at [email protected]