How Off-the-Shelf Tech Can Make Factories More Profitable


As consultants Abhinav Agrawal and Rob Sterner explain in the September–October 2023 Harvard Business Review , it’s possible to turn a factory into a smart factory much faster and cheaply than most executives think.

When many people imagine a smart factory, they envision something complicated and expensive — the kind of massive “manufacturing execution system,” or MES, that can take more than a .....

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