I-NL-3: Industry 4.0 Business case methodology
SMEs and manufacturing companies face the challenge to start digitalizing their production and apply AI technologies in practice. Manufacturing companies are generally aware of the high-level benefits of digitalization but (1) are not aware how to start digitizing, and (2) find it challenging to quantify the (short-term) benefits of digitalization and AI technologies. Therefore, companies might postpone investment in these technologies, a trend which is being strengthen by increasingly growing order portfolio, shortage of materials, and shortage of human capacity. This experiment aimed to enhance the willingness by SMEs to digitalize their supply chain by providing more insights in the advantages, return on investments, and supporting SMEs to take the first digitalization step.
The impact of creating an integrated toolkit for SMEs in South Netherlands was to facilitate their understanding and implementation of digital supply chain solutions. This comprehensive resource aims to guide SMEs through the complexities of digitization, helping them to evaluate the business benefits and strategize their digital transformation. As a result, the toolkit is anticipated to significantly boost the network of digitized manufacturers in the region. This increase in digital adoption among SMEs is expected to enhance their operational efficiency and competitiveness, fostering a collaborative and innovative manufacturing ecosystem. The ripple effect of this transformation will not only benefit individual SMEs but also contribute to the economic growth and technological advancement of the South Netherlands region. The initiative is set to create a more resilient and sustainable manufacturing sector, marked by improved productivity and resource management.