Machine manufacturers are characterised by standardised customisation and machine integration. Our challenge is to improve the client's production process. Rather than machines, we sell uptime. Servitization, therefore, is primarily visible in the mechanical engineering for all of the industries.
And this drives innovation because machine manufacturers install more reliable and higher quality machines for their clients. Partially due to this, machines are becoming increasingly complex. Placing sensors in machines enables predictive maintenance, so technicians knows what and when they will need to perform a task.
While many industries focus on chain integration, the mechanical engineering sector focuses more on machine integration. Chain partners collaboration more on the machines, thereby promoting cost efficiencies. Modular product design makes it possible for parties in the chain, such as suppliers, to think more with the OEM, consequently, the supplier can shift his/her role to that of an OMM (Original Module Manufacturer). Because the machine manufacturer remains the machine owner, refurbishing old machines is not only made possible, but it becomes much easier (circularity).
In short, developments in mechanical engineering are driven by (cost) efficiency.