Industry 4.0

From the plants powered by steam engines of the 19th century, to the automation of the 1970s

The digitalisation of production processes

Technological advances have driven dramatic increases in industrial productivity since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. The steam engine powered factories in the nineteenth century, electrification leading to mass production in the early part of the twentieth century and industry becoming automated in the 1970s.

In the decades that followed, however, industrial technological advancements were only incremental, especially compared with the breakthroughs that transformed IT, mobile communications and e-commerce.

It’s not your father’s factory anymore. Manufacturing is in the early stages of a dynamic transformation, one that integrates machines with cyber systems to monitor physical processes and communicate in real time with other systems, machines and humans, both within the factory and across the supply chain.

The goal is to create highly sustainable and efficient “smart factories” combined with better working places that improve productivity and economic performance.

Digitization and intelligentization of manufacturing process are the needs for today’s industry.

The manufacturing industries are currently changing from mass production to customized production.

This new era has been christened “Industry 4.0” to reflect the next iteration of the industrial revolution. A new level of organization and control over the entire value chain of the life cycle of products is on the rise; it is geared towards increasingly individualized customer requirements.

Robots have been in factories for decades, but what if they could talk to one another and interact with products on the assembly line in real-time? What if they could communicate with a whole network of machines and internal and external computers, as well as with humans?

Integration and performance

Industry 4.0 is still to some extent visionary but a realistic concept which includes Robots, Internet of Things, Big Data, Smart Manufacturing and Cloud Technology, integration of “cyber-physical” systems that enable companies to converge their machines, procurement, production and warehousing into cohesive networks across their entire supply chain, product life cycle and ultimately customers.

 

As a result, here’s what production line of the future may look like:

Processes will govern themselves...

and individual parts will be automatically procured and replenished.

“Smart” products...

with embedded data sensors will take corrective action to overcome production malfunctions and avoid damages and down-time.

Production engineers...

will wear smart eyeglasses that supply logistics and manufacturing data in their field of vision.

Virtual production models...

and simulation, sometimes called “digital twins”, will be updated continuously with real-time production and performance data and parameters to improve and speed-up innovation, sales and marketing, services and the design of new products.

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Hereafter a quick overview of the 9 pillars which might be helpful in understanding Industry 4.0

  • Big Data
  • Robots
  • Simulation
  • Universal System Integration
  • Industrial IoT
  • Cybersecurity
  • Cloud Computing
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Augmented Reality

Hereafter a quick overview of the 9 pillars which might be helpful in understanding Industry 4.0

  • Big Data
  • Robots
  • Simulation
  • Universal System Integration
  • Industrial IoT
  • Cybersecurity
  • Cloud Computing
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Augmented Reality

Big Data

The ability to collect, store, and analyze massive amounts of data, which can then be used to identify inefficiencies and production bottlenecks.

Robots

The next generation of robots can do more on their own, including learn on the job and team up with other robots and humans.

Simulation

Operators and system designers can model and optimize machine settings in virtual reality, cutting actual set-up time to a fraction of what was previously thought possible.

Industrial IoT

Connecting embedded devices, plants, offices, and companies, the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) gains prominence as a way to enable real-time data sharing between all parts of the system, and all connected parties.

Universal System Integration

The long-standing barriers between the shop floor and top floor give way to a more cohesive, cross-company approach to using and sharing data. Also, horizontal integration with raw material suppliers and equipment vendors can benefit producers and suppliers alike.

Cybersecurity

With such expansion of industrial communications, security becomes a critical aspect that must not be overlooked. As the white paper says, “… secure, reliable communications as well as sophisticated identity and access management of machines and users are essential.”

Industrial IoT

Connecting embedded devices, plants, offices, and companies, the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) gains prominence as a way to enable real-time data sharing between all parts of the system, and all connected parties.

Universal System Integration

The long-standing barriers between the shop floor and top floor give way to a more cohesive, cross-company approach to using and sharing data. Also, horizontal integration with raw material suppliers and equipment vendors can benefit producers and suppliers alike.

Cybersecurity

With such expansion of industrial communications, security becomes a critical aspect that must not be overlooked. As the white paper says, “… secure, reliable communications as well as sophisticated identity and access management of machines and users are essential.”

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Cloud Computing

Much of the IoT and Big Data capacity will be provided through the cloud. Again, here is where security plays a vital role.

Additive Manufacturing

3D printing allows for small batches and quick design changes, as well as reduced stockpiles of raw materials and lower transportation costs through on-site manufacturing.

Augmented Reality

Presenting useful task background and context for production and maintenance staff right when they need it will make their work easier and more successful.

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