You’re probably hearing the term Internet of Things (IoT) more and more in the manufacturing space, but what does it mean? Should you be paying attention? If you want to gain information previously unavailable from the machines you interact with every day—the answer is yes. IoT provides extra data that offers unique insights into your business and allows you to make decisions and take actions to grow. It’s a piece of a larger conversation around digital transformation and can increase efficiency in your business.

 

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.


Four key technologies promise to drive digital transformation over the next five years. They are expected to shape small- and medium-sized business investment strategies and priorities across industry sectors.

Technology is driving digital transformation and creating a futurescape where artificial intelligence (AI), the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), automation, and blockchain are converging in what some futurists call the fourth industrial revolution or Industry 4.0.

Digital transformation marks a radical rethinking of how organizations use technology, people, and processes to fundamentally change business performance. In the next five years, key technologies— including AI, IoT, automation, and blockchain—promise to better enable how companies use data-driven insights to improve operations and boost ROI.

 

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.


The Automotive Supply Chain for manufacturing cars, trucks, and other vehicles is one of the most complex and demanding in the world. While COVID-19 has disrupted the automotive supply chain, it has created new opportunities to establish a stronger North American footprint, utilizing automation and other new technologies. Going forward, the automotive industry may have to focus on building flexible and resilient supply chains that allow manufacturers to rapidly reorient and respond to disruptions. Risk mitigation, cost, and quality will be key factors moving forward.

With the rise of electric vehicles, new technologies, and tougher fuel standards, the demand for plastics in the automotive space is booming. High-performance plastics will be critical as automobile Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) seek to reduce the overall weight of vehicles to reduce emissions and increase fuel efficiency. In the Automotive Supply Chain, a rising preference for high-performance plastics as a substitute for conventional metals is expected to fuel market growth. Attention to improved ergonomics, interior finishes, convenience features, smart technology, driver assist, minimal vibration, and reduced cabin noise are all target areas for OEMs wanting to appeal to discerning consumers. Molded, high-performance plastic parts play a critical role in achieving these goals.

 

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.


The Automotive Supply Chain for manufacturing cars, trucks, and other vehicles is one of the most complex and demanding in the world. Automotive parts suppliers have consistently needed to adapt to changes in the automotive manufacturing landscape. While COVID-19 has disrupted the automotive supply chain, it has created new opportunities to establish a stronger North American footprint, utilizing automation and other new technologies. Going forward, the automotive industry may have to focus on building flexible and resilient supply chains that allow manufacturers to rapidly reorient and respond to disruptions. Risk mitigation, cost, and quality will be key factors moving forward. In the metals segment of the Automotive Supply Chain parts are becoming more complex, accuracy requirements are becoming stricter, and visibility and efficiency have never been more important.

 

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, or renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of the Industry.