In an increasingly competitive manufacturing environment, businesses need flexibility, improved productivity and the capability to make gains in efficiency and reductions in downtime. Mitsubishi Electric showed how these requirements can be met with a focus on connected production systems, intelligent control systems, edge computing solutions and smart services at EMO 2017. The e-F@ctory concept from Mitsubishi Electric was used to provide a practical structure for delivering these solutions, enabling the process of digital transformation to happen at a manufacturing level. Key technologies include CNCs, PLCs and EDM machines, plus live demonstrations aligned with partners for the challenges of today’s machine tool industries. Live examples of human and machine connected production systems showed how machine builders can enable end users to gain major business benefits.