Industry 4.0 trends continue to be adopted by companies in the automotive industry, according to Luis Geraldo Eboli, Director General of CIMATIC de México, but there is a misconception of what the process of digital transformation really is. “Having machines that generate data in a production line is only a part of digitalization,” he told the audience at Mexico Automotive Summlit 2018 on Wednesday in Mexico City.
Eboli said that as a company in charge of developing software solutions, CIMATIC’s goal is to offer a different proposal aimed at developing software solutions that cater to the different levels of automation with the technology available today. “Clients have a significant amount of data but need to take advantage of this information to make their operations more feasible,” he said during the event held at the Hotel Sheraton María Isabel.
According to Eboli, the Mexican automotive industry has a history of process innovation and the adoption of new practices such as the customization of vehicles. It now faces the challenge of creating a supply chain that can integrate suppliers and allow them to offer greater product visibility. He added that the adoption of automation at various levels enables companies to improve their processes greatly. “Companies need a greater vision of what is going on within and without them,” he said.
Eboli pointed out that the first layer of automation consists of having an ERP in place that controls areas such as stocks, transactions and the like. He said that while most companies already have such solutions, there are many processes that exist today that cannot be covered by ERPs because such processes did not exist a decade ago. This second layer of automation focuses on areas such as the calculation of commissions, costs and employee KPIs.
The next level of automation consists of the automation of business to government (B2G), business to business (B2B) and other forms of services, according to Eboli. He said that in these cases the company focuses on providing solutions with added-value capabilities such as asset management.
Editor’s Note: This post, originally published September 12, corrects Luis Geraldo Eboli’s name in the first paragraph.