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Interview: Building a Data Foundation for Smart Manufacturing in the Cloud

Rethink! Smart Manufacturing Europe

The virtual Rethink! Smart Manufacturig Europe 2020 is the digital version of our strategy event for production executives and plant managers to discuss current projects, latest developments, emerging technologies and trends in the area of Smart Manufacturing, Lean Management and Operational Excellence.

In the run-up to the event, we.CONECT spoke with Jens Fache (Solution Architect) and Martina Weigl (Senior Data Architect) from ADASTRA, about the importance of data management for manufacturing and their online presentation at the virtual Rethink! Smart Manufacturing Europe summit.

we.CONECT: What are the major benefits of your solutions for the manufacturing industries?

Jens Fache: At Adastra, our mission is to manage, control and improve all the data that connects you to your customer, and your customer to the world.

Our Adastra IoT Analytics Factory solution consolidates your data in a secure and scalable location and will take over the heavy lifting of cataloging and classifying your IoT data. This enables you and your organization to monitor and enrich manufacturing data with further context about your business transactions. By using our strong experience in big data, we consult you in managing and analyzing your data assets and deliver insights by using machine learning for you to make data-driven business decisions.

we.CONECT: Why is an efficient data management crucial to manufacturing in the context of IIoT?

Martina Weigl: Your data is one of your most valuable assets and how it lives in your systems can significantly impact your business. We have seen companies experiment with their IoT strategy and successfully implementing first POCs and pilot studies. Difficulties arise when the project scales up and pilot architectures need to be shifted into production. Where streaming data from a few connected devices was manageable before, now the infrastructure must handle large volumes of data potentially growing on an exponential scale.

IoT data management addresses the questions of how to control the large volume of data and designs robust infrastructure for this purpose. Data management experts help you implement security layers to allow fine-grained access to your data collections. Adding governance policies and data quality procedures will enable you to use your data productively and securely to experiment and evolve based on a solid data foundation.

we.CONECT: How does the use of AI and machine leaning based technologies affect manufacturing?

Jens Fache: In the area of Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0, advanced analytics and machine learning (ML) have become a prerequisite for handling the data volume that sensors produce. At Adastra, we agree with the words of Richard Soley, executive director of the Industrial Internet Consortium, who stated once: “Anything that’s generating large amounts of data is going to use AI because that’s the only way that you can possibly do it”.

Artificial intelligence plays a central role in the Industry 4.0 revolution and can be leveraged to solve a variety of use cases outside the production floor. AI algorithms can be applied to optimize manufacturing supply chains to help companies anticipate market changes and react to them. This allows managers to move from a response mindset, to a proactive, strategic mentality.

we.CONECT: What can the participants expect from your session at the event?

Martina Weigl: As an award-winning leader in the field of Data and Artificial Intelligence, we want to present in our session our core principles to help you implement powerful innovations of Industry 4.0. The Adastra IoT Analytics Factory is a customizable, flexible solution which includes all best practices of data management and machine learning for your IoT use case. We want to show you how you can break down data silos, digitize your business processes and explain the value of data stewardship for your data assets.

we.CONECT:Thank You for the interview!

Join ADASTRA’s online solution study at the upcoming virtual summit Rethink! Smart Manufacturing Europe from Home.


Building a Data Foundation for Smart Manufacturing in the Cloud


Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 10:15 AM (CET)


Adastra Corporation transforms businesses into digital leaders. Since 2000, Adastra has been helping global organizations accelerate innovation, improve operational excellence, and create unforgettable customer experiences, all with the power of their data. By providing cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Cloud, Digital and Governance services and solutions, Adastra helps enterprises leverage data that they can control and trust, connecting them to their customers – and their customers to the world.