As manufacturers seek to become more customer-centric, a digitally integrated and intelligent value chain offers almost limitless possibilities. In addition, implementing Industry 4.0 provides numerous benefits including improving operations efficiency, productivity, product quality, inventory management, asset utilization, time to market, agility, workplace safety and environmental sustainability. In fact, the 2019 CGI Client Global Insights reveal that digitization, data integration, Industry 4.0 and customer centricity are some of the key focus areas for the manufacturing executives interviewed.

However, implementing a smart industry-graded infrastructure integrated with a plug-and-play service environment to securely collect and distribute data, which is foundational to Industry 4.0, remains a challenge. Moreover, tracking people and valuable assets over a large industrial environment comprising of a diverse set of networks across multiple facilities is an even bigger challenge.

The complexity and investments required for the setup and implementation of such an infrastructure is still preventing many organizations from achieving this milestone in their digital transformation journey. In addition, today, no single vendor can deliver all the capabilities needed to implement Industry 4.0 solutions effectively, as these are based on multiple technologies and devices that run on different networks.

At Chemelot in Geleen, the Netherlands, CGI is working in close collaboration with PSPL, a professional and sustainable lighting solutions provider and Sitech Services, a high-tech engineering services company to collectively demonstrate how these barriers can be overcome. CGI is providing the Smart Manufacturing Infrastructure Services for PSPL’s industrial scale smart lighting implementation at Chemlot helping to seamlessly and securely connect operational and information technology (OT/IT) systems, leveraging our strong digitization, innovation and service integration experience and capabilities.