Advanced Industry: the factory of the future

Industry 4.0  is a name for the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies which motivates enterprise in the woodworking industry to move forward. INNERGY, the company who specialized in sustainable installations with generating energy from biomass, shares their view on Industry 4.0 with us. 

In the current market, the phrase Advanced Industry or Industry 4.0 can be heard everywhere. Manufacturers of machinery, components, integrators, consultants, continue adding this phrase to all their catalogues, websites and presentations.

But the question is what it is really. Where did this concept come from? How does it become tangible? And perhaps most importantly, how does it become an opportunity and a competitive advantage?

The term Industry 4.0 was coined by the German government to describe the intelligent factory, a vision of computerized manufacturing with all processes interconnected by Internet of Things (IOT). It is what we know as the Industrial Internet of Things, I2OT.

Why 4.0? The 4 refers to the fourth industrial revolution and it is expected to come with the interconnection of all elements.

In the end, Industry 4.0, advanced industry and digital factory are all completely the same.

Value creation in the industry is increasingly focused on pre-production (design and R & D) and post-production (sales and marketing). It is for all this that we must be able to generate and manage the necessary information that allows us to create that value. There is a worldwide trend towards total customization of products, which forces us to be flexible and agile, both in decision making and manufacturing execution.

The advanced industry must allow the company to be able to change the business model to make 1000 units of one thing, or to make 1 unit of a thousand things.

Therefore, we must ask the question: How is this done?

Usually the company can group 6 technologies that bring them closer to that future:

1.Internet of Things

2.Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing

3.Big Data

4.Artificial Intelligence

5.Collaborative Robotics

6.Virtual or Augmented Reality

It is almost an obligation to understand them and apply them with criteria and incorporate them into our day to day. We must have a clear vision and a plan of action.

IOT: (Internet of Things) The company can provide connectivity to the control panels, boilers and elements installed in plant, in order to gather as much information as possible, and that, remotely or locally, together with the analysis software, which allows them to interact, improve efficiency, plan better, and ultimately provide flexibility in the processes of our customers.

Big Data: The servers and services allow workers to process large amounts of data. The company can be specialized in integrations with ERP's and ultimately in data storage both in the cloud as well as locally and its subsequent exploitation.

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