Our world is evolving more rapidly than ever before. Like many other industries, manufacturing is convinced that digitization will provide a major leap forward. A digitally integrated and intelligent value chain offers almost limitless possibilities. Benefits from Industry 4.0 include improving operations efficiency, productivity, product quality, inventory management, asset utilization, time to market, agility, workplace safety and environmental sustainability.

Foundational to Industry 4.0, a smart industry-graded infrastructure integrated with a plug-and-play service environment, for the secure collection and distribution of data, is lacking. 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 setup and implementation of such an infrastructure is still preventing many organizations from taking this leap forward. At Chemelot in Geleen, the Netherlands, partners PSPL, CGI and Sitech Services are collectively proving these barriers can be overcome.

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. The critical success factor is close collaboration between relevant business partners, IT and OT. Working with Sitech Services on the Smart Manufacturing Infrastructure, PSPL provides professional and sustainable lighting solutions, with a strong base in the industry and a first industrial-scale smart lighting implementation at Chemelot. CGI is providing the Smart Manufacturing Infrastructure Services as one of the world’s largest IT and business services companies at the forefront of digitization in a number of industries. As an experienced system and service integrator, CGI seamlessly and securely connects Operational and Information Technology (OT / IT). Innovation, service integration and connecting parties within ecosystems is part of CGI’s nature.