What is manufacturing

analytics, and why so… meh?

· 3AG blog,manufacturing

Why does manufacturing analytics not live up to expectations?

 

We think there are two driving forces here. 

 

The first is lowered expectations. The granddaddy of manufacturing analytics was SCADA, and SCADA is ancient. 

 

The second factor is that getting insights from complex systems is hard. Really hard, like self-driving car hard. Your job as a plant supervisor is not an easy one, and completely automating that process with all your know-how is not something easily done. 

Many analytics companies work around this complication by limiting the scope of the problem to such a narrow one that the benefitis either marginal or only specific to the use case and not the overall system.