OPS: the missing link

ISMR, September 2020

For the past few years, process efficiency has been one of the hottest industrial topics, and is one of the founding pillars of the Industry 4.0 paradigm: systems with advanced performance, interconnected and able to communicate, and partial or total automation solutions for minimizing low added-value activities are now an integral part of the strategies of many businesses, not only the most advanced. But today, to understand what process efficiency really means in the sheet metal industry, we have to identify the individual activities that make up the production process, the environments in which these activities take place and the stakeholders involved in each of them.