Limit search to:
reset

Manufacturing

Manufacturing Industries

In addition to technological leadership, digital transformation is becoming increasingly important for the economic success of industrial companies. A successful digital transformation provides the basis for distinguishing oneself from the competition in further dimensions than just technological leadership and thus for increasing earnings and profit in the long term. Clear beneficiaries are topics such as Supply Chain Management, Product Life Cycle Management or Smart Factory.


The digital transformation also opens up new opportunities in the service business, for example. For example, the automation of service processes, new digital interfaces to the customer and new service products and business models are only made possible by digitalization. Compared to traditional product business, services offer many advantages:


  • On average, services generate higher revenue growth than the product business
  • Profitability in service is generally higher than in product business
  • While products have to be sold new each time, service contracts are long-term and generate continuous and stable income flows
  • Frequent interaction in the service generates a high level of customer proximity and increases customer loyalty
  • Via services, companies collect valuable information on product usage


In order for the digital transformation to succeed, silos must be broken down and new, more permeable structures (organizational, functional and technical) and processes must be created that allow for comprehensive, digital and optimized collaboration. This not only within the boundaries of the company, but throughout the entire supply and value-added chain up to the end customer and also throughout the entire life cycle of a product up to its disposal. Only then can initiatives such as Lean, Asset Performance, Value Chain, Customer Centricity, Service or digital business models, which focus on the customer and his expectations, be effectively implemented to their full value.

Manufacturing
Boris Ricken
Head of Manufacturing
+41 58 411 96 22

Digital transformation as a success driver for industrial companies.

In order for the digital transformation to progress effectively and in a targeted manner, it is advisable to develop a digital strategy and to create a clear roadmap with directions and concrete projects. Since IT plays a central role in the implementation of the digital strategy, IT needs a corresponding IT strategy as well as clarity regarding IT governance and data management, for example.


The technologies, tools, architectures, concepts and models such as Industry 4.0, IIoT, platforms, MES and PLM systems, digital twins or data analytics for predictive or even prescriptive analytics are essentially widely available. The subsequent networking of production infrastructures and machines still poses a challenge. Existing and emerging standards, as well as edge devices and edge computing, are increasingly offering a helping hand here. On the IT side, the necessary technologies and applications are also generally available. Although large system manufacturers and suppliers are working on integrating more and more components on their platforms, a clear IT strategy, IT and data architecture and IT governance are needed to build up the overall system and operate the system effectively in the long term. Experience shows that the life cycle time of digital infrastructures is much shorter than in the physical world.


The available resources for this are few and far between on the market, so industrial companies would do well to address these issues in detail as soon as possible. Otherwise, there is a danger that the overarching benefits of digital interlinking will not materialize.

How we can assist you:

Our consultants have many years of expertise and practical experience with innovative solutions for industry. Each approach is based on a clear IT strategy and data architecture that takes into account the current and future requirements of Big Data Management as well as the highest levels of security, availability and flexibility. In addition, our experts will help you with suggestions for technologies, processes and structures to tackle upcoming challenges in daily operations in a goal-oriented and efficient way.

PDF | 7.47 MB |

Security in the IoT - A topic on the move

E-Paper (2021/01)


In this publication, the first section highlights typical use cases of IoT. The second part then explains the most important points to consider for a secure use of the IoT.

Download
PDF | 266.77 KB |

Trends and fields of action in industrial service

Published
SMM Swiss Machinery Market Annual Main Issue (2020/12)
Download
PDF | 206.84 KB |

Digital innovations in the industry: higher margins, more stable business

Published

Handelszeitung (2020/11)


Innovations In industry, it makes sense to add services to product sales with digital technologies. The acid test came with the lockdowns.

Download
PDF | 4.91 MB |

How service trends in the Swiss industrial sector are strengthened by COVID-19

E-Paper (2020/11)


Sharp declines in demand, supply chain disruptions, travel restrictions and hygiene regulations affect all key functions of value creation.

Download
PDF | 32.97 KB |

Digitalisation by Covid-19

Published

Computerworld (2020/11)


The Covid 19 pandemic is involuntarily driving Switzerland's digitalisation forward. Companies must now define the right medium and long-term measures.

Download
PDF | 1.45 MB |

Customer reference - Kardex

Customer reference (2020/10)


Kardex is a global industrial partner for intralogistics solutions and a leading supplier of automated storage solutions and material flow systems. Kardex sees considerable opportunities in digitalisation to further expand its existing market position and achieve operational improvements. AWK has created the practical basis for this on behalf of Kardex: Together with the customer, a digital strategy was developed for various core processes. On the basis of the foundation created by AWK, Kardex has now independently launched the digitisation planning for its other processes.
Download
PDF | 2.45 MB |

Corona crisis and M&A in the Swiss MEM industries

E-Paper (2020/06)


The Swiss MEM industry is facing major challenges as a result of the Corona crisis. This article shows which long-term M&A trends are emerging in the Swiss MEM industry and what companies should bear in mind in order to be successful in such acquisitions.

Download
PDF | 1.65 MB |

7th Industry Forum 2025: Development of a digital strategy at Reishauer

Presentation (2020/05)


Presentation «Development of a digital strategy at Reishauer» at the 7th Industry Forum 2025

Download
PDF | 2.49 MB |

Action plan for CIOs, CTOs and CDOs of Swiss industrial companies

E-Paper (2020/03)


CIOs, CTOs and CDOs are faced with major technical challenges. In our publication "Action Plan" we describe first steps how CIOs, CTOs and CDOs can tackle this challenge.

Download
PDF | 3.21 MB |

Digital platforms - Are Swiss industrial companies oversleeping the business model of the future?

E-Paper (2020/03)


Swiss industrialfirms should lose no time and proactively put the topic of the platform economy on the management agenda. The opportunities offered by digital platforms cannot only be exploited by setting up one's own platform. Rather, industrialfirms should also consider how they can use other platform business models for themselves.

Download
PDF | 1.84 MB |

The smart factory becomes a competitive factor

Published

Schweizer Maschinenmarkt, Ausgabe 4 (2020/02)


Smart Factory - Why the project must go hand in hand with a change in corporate culture.

Download
PDF | 5.62 MB |

Customer centricity as an opportunity for the industry

E-Paper (2020/02)


Digitalisation and Industry 4.0 confront Swiss industrial companies with new opportunities and challenges. New technological possibilities, innovative business models, changing customer

changing customer expectations and the entry of new competitors are among the drivers of this transformation. However, approaching these changes from a purely technical perspective is dangerous. Instead, industrial companies should consistently put the customer at the centre.

Download
PDF | 339.80 KB |

Industry 4.0 as a strategic project

Swiss machinery market (2019/10)

This article has been published in German.

Download
PDF | 2.10 MB |

Resilience

AWK Focus (2019/10)


The buzzword "resilience" is omnipresent in the entrepreneurial context for one simple reason: the future is becoming increasingly difficult to predict in concrete terms. Resilience increases the resistance of companies to unknown and often negative events.

Download
PDF | 6.77 MB |

Do Swiss industrial companies need their own digital strategy for Industry 4.0?

E-Paper (2019/10)


A lot of time has passed since the term Industry 4.0 was introduced to the public at the Hanover Fair in 2011. The constant exposure to these topics is beginning to show signs of fatigue among managers.

Download
PDF | 1.04 MB |

Agile strategy development in industrial companies

Published

Maschinenbau - The Swiss industry magazine (2019/07)


Many Swiss industrial companies still follow a cumbersome, linear process in their strategic planning. Given the radical change in the environment of Swiss industry, this is astonishing.

Download
PDF | 928.78 KB |

The Customer at the Centre

AWK Focus (2019/04)


The twelfth edition of the renowned IT security conference Troopers took place in Heidelberg from 18 to 22 March 2019.

Download
PDF | 1.40 MB |

Smart Society - Curse or blessing?

AWK FOCUS (2018/10)


While digitisation projects in past years were mainly about digitising processes, constantly improving the customer experience.

Download
PDF | 1.67 MB |

Data, data, data - Take advantage of the full potential

AWK Focus (2016/10)


Never before have organisations had more extensive and insightful data assets than today - and never before have the opportunities been better to exploit this potential to the full.

Download
PDF | 550.89 KB |

Make Omni-Channel & Co. possible

Published

GS1 network (2016/09)


While e-commerce dominated the market just a few years ago, today the real world is merging with the digital world.

Download
PDF | 1.23 MB |

Project Portfolio Management - From Strategy to the Right Projects

AWK Focus (2015/10)


AWK has an even more comprehensive range of consulting and training services in the field of project management.

Download
PDF | 1.45 MB |

Swisscom will switch off existing telephony in 2017 - what next?

Published

Erfolg (2015/03)


The uniform transmission of voice, video and data via the Internet Protocol (IP) has become established worldwide.

Download
PDF | 2.61 MB |

Change successfully

Published

Computerweek (2015/03)


Change management has contributed significantly to stabilising IT operations in recent years. In times of digital transformation, new challenges and opportunities now await.  

Download
PDF | 316.47 KB |

"All IP" - Communication in upheaval

AWK KNOWLEDGE (2014/12)


By the end of 2017, the existing public switched telephone network (PSTN) throughout Switzerland will be converted to IP technology (Voice over IP, VoIP). Until then, most of the existing subscriber switching systems in companies will either have to be adapted or replaced.

Download
PDF | 95.27 KB |

A modern business IT organization

Web week (2014/09)


After years of increasing centralisation, decentralised IT functions are increasingly needed in the specialised departments due to the crucial importance of IT for the value chain. This requires a new holistic management approach for IT in the company.

Download
PDF | 230.12 KB |

Successful ICT procurement is not witchcraft

AWK FOCUS (2014/06)


Among other things, procurement involves a lot of money. Individual cases of corruption scandals in the media distract from the actual purpose of procurement: First, the required service or the desired system must be specified and then a partner must be found for its realisation. This is a difficult starting position considering that often only rough ideas exist regarding the object of delivery.


Dr Roger Mosimann, Bernhard Rösli, Michael Graf

Download
PDF | 422.49 KB |

ICT - the key to a successful strategy and its implementation

AWK KNOWLEDGE (2014/03)


Many companies only get as far as formulating the strategy. How can implementation be ensured?

Download
PDF | 229.37 KB |

Successful process optimization in practice

AWK KNOWLEDGE (2013/12)


Companies today are subject to constant change. Examples of change triggers are changes in the market, mergers, outsourcing or even new laws and industry standards. Therefore, the management of business processes is part of the everyday life of companies today.

Download
PDF | 355.43 KB |

Mine your data - A way to a better understanding of the company

AWK KNOWLEDGE (2013/03)


The amount of data in companies increases on average by 40% annually. This data is mostly only used within dedicated business applications. In addition to classic application data and unstructured document collections, machine-generated data from devices and systems has also increased significantly. In the context of social media and e-business, new types of tools for data analysis and interpretation have come onto the market in recent years that do not require a data warehouse.

Download
PDF | 1.12 MB |

The leverage effect of optimized data management

Published

ICT Communication (2013/02)


The optimal management and use of data plays an important role because it is a prerequisite for efficient business processes. The professional management of master data is therefore at the top of the agenda of many IT organisations.

Download
We use cookies to provide you with an optimal user experience. By continuing to use our website, you consent to the use of cookies. Please consult our privacy policy if you wish to learn more about this.

AWK World

AWK World

Downloads

PDF | 339.80 KB |

Industry 4.0 as a strategic project

Swiss machinery market (2019/10)

This article has been published in German.

Download
PDF | 4.68 MB |

Brauchen Schweizer In­dus­trie­un­ter­neh­men eine eigene Di­gi­tal­stra­te­gie für Industrie 4.0?

Download
PDF | 1.97 MB |

Resilience

AWK Focus (2019/10)


The buzzword "resilience" is omnipresent in the entrepreneurial context for one simple reason: the future is becoming increasingly difficult to predict in concrete terms. Resilience increases the resistance of companies to unknown and often negative events.

Download

Insights

May 2020
  |  Studies
The impact of the corona crisis on the M&A activities of the Swiss MEM industries
MEM-Industrie
The Swiss MEM industries are facing major challenges due to the corona crisis.
Read more
June 2020
The Rowesys project of ETH Zurich with accompanying AWK expertise in practical tests
MEDIA RELEASE
AWK Group as gold sponsor of the ETH focus project Rowesys.
Read more
November 2020
  |  AWK Knowledge
How service trends in the Swiss industrial sector are strengthened by COVID-19
Manufacturing
Sharp declines in demand, interruptions in the supply chain, travel restrictions and hygiene regulations affect all key functions of value creation.
Read more
November 2020
Computerworld - Long-term measures: Digitisation by Covid-19
Information Centre and IT Services Managers Forum Switzerland
The Covid 19 pandemic drives the digitisation of Switzerland involuntarily further forward. Companies must now find the right medium and long-term Define measures.
Read more
December 2020
SMM Swiss Machine Market Annual Main Issue
AUTOMATION AND DRIVE TECHNOLOGY
Trends and fields of action in industrial service
Read more

Our Events

AWK Webinar «Smart Factory using the example of Bossard»
01. July 2020
Virtuell
Industry 4.0 Use Cases
19. August 2020
Virtuell via Webcast - Webcast (virtual), please use the registration link
8. SMM Kongress 2020
18. November 2020
More information to follow
04. March 2021
Virtuell - Webinar
Industry 4.0 Insights | Digital Strategy
20. May 2021
tbd - www.industrie2025.ch
08. June 2021
Virtuell