For many organisations wanting to work towards an Industry 4.0 based solution or a “Smart Factory” the benefits are clear, however the path to get to a connected and smart production facility can often be expensive, time consuming and less than straight forward.  

Production facilities today commonly comprise of a number of machines that have varying ages of service, which come from different manufacturers, have different communication languages and different levels of ability to process data. By using a digital retrofit methodology, organisations can overcome these problems and create an integrated, smart factory without the requirement to invest in new machinery, adapt machine communication languages and go through extensive training systems to gain real time, data based insights.

HARTING has created a useful guide that explains the Digital Retrofit path to industry 4.0 success. You can request your copy by following this link or emailing