Flex was looking for ways to make its production lines more efficient. The goal was to prevent line breakdowns, not fix them after the fact. Flex use sensors to gather data about the machines that run on the production lines. These sensors generate massive amounts of information.
Flex is working with IBM that layers Watson IoT on top of the sensor network in one of its plants. This gives visibility into a huge data set that can be used to drill down to specific details that tells about the health of the manufacturing lines. It spots issues before they become line-stopping problems.