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Advanced Manufacturing in the Digital Age

by: Oren Manor, Director of Business Development, Valor Division for Siemens Digital Industries Software

Industry 4.0 has the power to drive quantifiable change in the manufacturing industry and transform how companies work, collaborate, and serve their customers; it can also create a positive, cultural shift across an organization.

Written by Oren Manor of Mentor, A Siemens Business, this book explores the most important steps to consider when building a digital manufacturing company that transforms Industry 4.0 concepts into reality.

This is a must-read for anyone looking for a holistic, systematic approach to leverage new and emerging technologies. The benefits are clear: fewer machine failures, reduced scrap and downtime issues, and improved throughput and productivity.


Oren Manor serves as the director of business development for Siemen’s Valor division. His responsibilities include business ownership of Valor’s engineering and pre-production tools as well as partnerships and OEM engagements. Oren brings over 15 years of experience in sales and marketing of embedded and industry software. He was the global sales and marketing director for Jungo’s embedded connectivity business unit, which was later acquired by NDS and Cisco. Before joining Siemens, Oren was the VP of sales and marketing of Signature-IT, a SaaS cloud-based solution for configuring, pricing, and quoting (CPQ) of heavy-industry mechanical products.

Siemens' Opcenter Execution Electronics IoT Solution enables any existing factory to become a smart, Industry 4.0 operation without investment to replace machines, processes, or enterprise software systems. Opcenter Execution Electronics IoT Hardware provides a connection across the whole shop floor, normalized into a single simple “plug-and-play” standard based on the ODB++Manufacturing specification. The Valor point-solutions build on this platform to deliver Industry 4.0 functionality factory-wide, including Lean JIT material management, finite production planning, manufacturing control and dashboards, enterprise-grade business intelligence, active quality management, and full traceability to IPC-1782. Valor’s industry-leading engineering solutions also ensure the most rapid new product introduction (NPI) flow with seamless integration across multiple machine vendor platforms and standalone processes as well as full shop floor integration with enterprise solutions, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP).

Siemens Digital Industries Software. Formerly Siemens PLM Software, its new name reflects the depth of the software offerings across a broad spectrum of industry domains. The industrial world is in the midst of unprecedented change. The pace of innovation is moving rapidly. Digitalization is no longer tomorrow’s idea. Visit our website at

This book has been technically reviewed by the following experts:

Happy Holden

Consulting Technical Editor,

Farid Anani VP of Operations, Computrol Inc.

Chapter Summaries

  • Chapter 1

    Evolving Data Management and Analytics

    Chapter 1 explores how to analyze big data intelligently as well as AI systems and computing.
  • Chapter 2

    Evolving Data Management and Analytics

    Chapter 2 emphasizes the importance of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT).
  • Chapter 3

    Security for IIoT

    Chapter 3 covers approaches to developing and implementing IT and OT security systems.
  • Chapter 4

    Cloud and Edge Computing

    Chapter 4 considers various types of computing related to data storage and management.
  • Chapter 5

    The Foundation of Industry 4.0

    Chapter 5 focuses on building an IoT ecosystem, including three key considerations and four levels of data flow.
  • Chapter 6

    The Building Blocks for a Digital Thread

    Chapter 6 highlights communication languages and elements.
  • Chapter 7

    Gateways, Networks, and Platforms to Achieve Industry 4.0

    Chapter 7 addresses building the infrastructure needed to extract insights from big data in smart factories.
  • Chapter 8

    Holistic Manufacturing Management for Industry 4.0

    Chapter 8 outlines integrated manufacturing execution system (MES) solutions and much more.

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Happy Holden Happy Holden is the retired director of electronics and innovations for GENTEX Corporation. Formerly, he was the chief technical officer for the world’s largest PCB fabricator—Hon Hai Precision Industries (Foxconn). Prior to Foxconn, Holden was the senior PCB technologist for Mentor Graphics and advanced technology manager at Nan Ya/Westwood Associates and Merix. He previously worked at Hewlett-Packard for over 28 years as director of PCB R&D and manufacturing engineering manager. He has been involved in advanced PCB technologies for over 47 years.

Farid Anani Farid Anani currently serves as the vice president of operations at Computrol Inc. headquartered in Meridian, Idaho, where he leads engineering, production, procurement, and materials teams. He has held several positions in the CEM business throughout the past 28 years. Anani’s career started with Tandy Electronics Manufacturing Division in Salt Lake City, Utah, as a process engineer; he was promoted to engineering manager and went on to become the operations manager. Then, he became Circuit Technology's VP of manufacturing in 1993 and joined Computrol in 2000 as the manufacturing manager. Anani graduated from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a Master of Science in electrical engineering in 1989 and from Boise State University with an MBA in 2006.