According to a recent survey of IT and OT decision-makers from 204 European industrial companies with more than 500 employees, 63% of the respondents have already embarked on smart factory initiatives. This percentage is expected to rise sharply over the next 5 years. 37% of them say they are in the planning phase.
- Indeed, 45% of the companies surveyed said they made a return on investment in less than a year.
- For 66% of them, the factory of the future is at least 7th (out of 10) of their priorities. Expected improvements include unparalleled levels of efficiency and profitability, better results and reduced costs.
- However, as with any new technology, the greatest difficulties with the projects lie in their deployment: the cost of investment is an obstacle to the adoption of intelligent technologies for more than half of the respondents (58%).
- 47% admit that the lack of skills prevents their projects from succeeding.
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