Our Digital Work in the Machinery & Industrial Automation Industry

Over the past five years, BCG’s Center for Digital in Machinery has collaborated with more than 100 clients worldwide to define their desired digital future, elevate their core processes and the portfolio to attain their digital goals, and transform the entire organization into a fully digital business system.

Our experts tap BCG’s leading-edge knowledge and research to deliver immediate impact and value creation for our clients.

BCG’s Innovation Center for Operations Delivers Practical Experience

BCG’s Innovation Center for Operations (ICO) is a network of capabilities and offerings—including model factories in France, Germany, Singapore, and the US—that provide immersion, experimentation, and training on all topics related to Industry 4.0.

BCG’S proven proprietary tools and methodologies focus on this fourth industrial revolution—a topic that affects every manufacturing domain and comprises advanced manufacturing technologies empowered by data progression, storage, and optimization.

 We apply and test the latest digital production technologies in our own test-and-trial fields, working in close cooperation with leading equipment suppliers. In this way, we bring superior know-how to our clients and teams and enable case-specific trials as needed.

Focus topic: Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning

Artificial intelligence (AI) is among today’s hottest business technology topics, and industrial companies have taken notice. By deploying the right combination of AI technologies, producers can boost efficiency, improve flexibility, accelerate processes, and even enable self-optimizing operations. A BCG analysis found that producers can use AI to reduce conversion costs by up to 20%. Up to 70% of the cost reduction relates to higher workforce productivity. Producers can also generate additional sales by using AI to develop and produce innovative products tailored to specific customers and deliver these with a much shorter lead-time.

Explore BCG’s Latest Thinking on Digital in Machinery & Industrial Automation


The Factory of the Future

Manufacturers are selectively implementing elements of the factory of the future. Those that transition to full-scale adoption will usher in a new era of industrial operations.


Acting on the Digital Imperative

To successfully navigate a digital transformation—and fend off digital attackers—companies must focus on three objectives: gaining speed, scaling rapidly, and delivering superior value.

The Self-Tuning Enterprise

Internet natives pioneered the use of self-tuning algorithms, but the lessons are relevant for a broad array of companies trying to keep up with unpredictable markets.

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