We’re in the midst of a significant transformation regarding the way we produce products thanks to the digitization of manufacturing. This transition is so compelling that it is being called Industry 4.0 to represent the fourth revolution that has occurred in manufacturing.
What is Industry 4.0?
From the first industrial revolution (mechanization through water and steam power) to the mass production and assembly lines using electricity in the second, the fourth industrial revolution will take what was started in the third with the adoption of computers and automation and enhance it with smart and autonomous systems fueled by data and machine learning.
Even though some dismiss Industry 4.0 as merely a marketing buzzword, shifts are happening in manufacturing that deserves our attention.
Industry 4.0 optimizes the computerization of Industry 3.0
When computers were introduced in Industry 3.0, it was disruptive thanks to the addition of an entirely new technology. Now, and into the future as Industry 4.0 unfolds, computers are connected and communicate with one another to ultimately make decisions without human involvement. A combination of cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things and the Internet of Systems make Industry 4.0 possible and the smart factory a reality. As a result of the support of smart machines that keep getting smarter as they get access to more data, our factories will become more efficient and productive and less wasteful. Ultimately, it’s the network of these machines that are digitally connected with one another and create and share information that results in the true power of Industry 4.0.
Industry 4.0 applications today
While many organizations might still be in denial about how Industry 4.0 could impact their business or struggling to find the talent or knowledge to know how to best adopt it for their unique use cases, several others are implementing changes today and preparing for a future where smart machines improve their business. So how can Motion Tronic help your business integrate seamlessly into Industry 4.0?
We’ve recently developed and deployed an MT-4.0-NODE, which is a clever little box (MT-4.0-NODE) that replaces clipboards, manual hand timers, guess work and so on not to mention the unknown. It also turns losses into profits! WOW!
Motion Tronic MT-4.0-NODE
It does this by empowering you, the Production Manager or business owner, with information.
This information consists of and not limited to, Product count, Cycle times, Machine run time, Machine error time, electrical stats and costs, as well as machine health such as panel or motor temperature, and many more all delivered from this little box (MT-4.0-NODE) to the cloud and then to any computer or mobile phone anywhere in the world.
Does this mean you need to sit and watch the system all the time? NO, you can set events such as emails, SMS and others, which are triggered by settings you configure for each and every field. So, the system looks after itself and only lets you know when something is not right! That’s amazing!
Imagine if the little box (MT-4.0-NODE) could even send your maintenance department an email stating that the panel temperature is outside of range and it does this automatically.
What does all the above mean to you?
Well it means, lower running costs, less maintenance costs, less down time, more production time, more product throughput, higher profits.