The business proposition for the connected machine and new aftermarket services has merit when considering an isolated machine and a single machine builder. However, factories comprised of a heterogeneous array of machines integrated as a singular production line pose a whole new set of challenges – and potentially an even bigger opportunity. When trying to visualize how IIoT or connected machines can play a role in solving real manufacturing problems, one has to consider that the root cause can be hidden in operational setup data, machine performance characteristics, tooling variations, or even environmental characteristics. more