External circumstances such as planning effort and maintenance also play a significant role. This means that the optimization of processes holds great potential. For this purpose, the mechanical engineering company DESMA developed a new range of digital solutions that intelligently networks hardware components and software systems. Preventative maintenance and the use of remote services for optimum responses in case of failure are as much focussed on as downstream analysis and process optimization. DESMA additionally offers Smart Apps that enable the retrieval of all basic machine data, regardless of location. The networking of machinery, the use of open standards in the connection of injection moulding machines and the analysis of ongoing and past manufacturing processes are development milestones on a route towards self-controlling, self-teaching and self-optimizing machines. Continuously increasing demands must be met and the opportunities and possibilities offered by digitization must be recognized and seized.