Industry 4.0 is changing in numerous ways, some of which are still being defined or understood in full. Due to the ongoing development of technology, further elements might be added. The potential outcomes of Smart Manufacturing solutions will undoubtedly be amplified by these new technologies.
Both the early sales encounters and the actual installations have taught us a lot. Providers of Smart Manufacturing components or integrators of full 4.0 systems have run into difficulties during the sales cycles.
Some of the resistance is brought on by worries about production disruption, financial loss, or unsatisfied customers. Others worry that they won’t get the “anticipated” ROI. However, one of the main sources of opposition relates to the workers and potential effects on corporate culture.
What’s Included in Today’s Industry 4.0 Solutions
As of today, Industry 4.0, or Smart Manufacturing systems deploy some or all of the following: Internet of Things (IoT), Automation/Robotics, AM (Additive Manufacturing), AI (Artificial Intelligence), and now, AR (Augmented Reality).
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The Internet of Things (IoT) is the deployment of various types of sensors that are integrated into the manufacturing process and allow for the data collecting. To put this into perspective, all data gathered that may reside and be handled locally, on your premises, or on your private network is referred to as being in the “Fog”. Data transmitted, stored, and/or processed via public networks dwells in the “Cloud”. The ability and infrastructure to process, store, analyse, and report on a large number of complex data sets are referred to as “Big Data”.
Automation / Robotics
Robotics and automation have been around for a long time. Automation is commonplace in high volume production lines for consumer goods, medications, and other industries. Large robots that can move bulky finished goods or heavy subassemblies are also typical in settings like auto manufacturing. The distinction is that analytics and digital control are being used to improve automation even more.
Applications for additive manufacturing (AM) are expanding. Every day, new materials, enhanced devices, and shorter cycle times are developed. The post production processes are being improved, which is one of the most significant advancements. This offers new surface texturing options and improved surface quality.
Applications of artificial intelligence (AI) in the initial installations are largely concerned with “predictive” maintenance. More “predictive” analytics applications are beginning to appear. This has a great deal of potential for maximising the advantages of AI. Applications for “predictive” maintenance aid in predicting how and when industrial equipment may degrade or break down.
The entire potential of blockchain in Industry 4.0 is still being explored. However, there are several cases where blockchain might be advantageous. Many of us have already heard of ways that blockchain technology can be used to build trust in financial transactions. Issues with fiat currencies and foreign currencies are eliminated, and supply transactions involving several tiers of the supply base can be monitored continuously.
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