Manufacturing is increasingly combining high-tech tools and high-tech workers and welcoming the industrial Internet into smart factories, such as the Siemens Electronic Works facility in Germany. The Siemens plant integrates product lifecycle management, manufacturing execution systems and industrial automation. "By leveraging [these] systems, successful companies can focus on aspects like shortening their innovation cycles, getting transparency into their operations, raising individual productivity through knowledge sharing across their organizations and minimizing risk by building in more predictability into dynamic environments," said Helmuth Ludwig, CEO of Siemens Industry Sector North America and MAPI board member.

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