Industry 4.0 – this is what the fourth industrial revolution is changing!
Today, every growing company is familiar with the term Industry 4.0. Manufacturers not only admire modern solutions, but also want the Industry 4.0 system to become a permanent feature of their production lines. What exactly is Industry 4.0 and what solutions does it offer? Can every company implement Industry 4.0 technologies at home? And is the next industrial revolution coming (or rather, when is it coming)?
What does Industry 4.0 mean?
The Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0), that is the concept of Industry 4.0, suggests that we are in one of the next phases of industrial development. So let us go back in time for a moment and see what the first revolutions were like.
- Industry 1.0 – human labour is replaced by steam-powered machines.
- Industry 2.0 – mankind starts mass production using electricity.
- Industry 3.0 – the first automation based on computer systems takes place.
How far have we got? What is Industry 4.0? Industry 4.0 solutions are based on maximum automation of all activities carried out during the manufacturing process. Industry 4.0 technologies are advanced manufacturing management systems such as MES, WMS, EMS or ERP. IR 4.0 means that not only do we no longer need so much human labour, but also we do not need to be close to the shop floor to efficiently supervise the operations taking place there. Industrial Revolution 4.0 means that we can fully control the production process remotely, from anywhere in the world. The Industrial Internet of Things is not only available for viewing. You can make changes to it, generate reports and carry out analyses based on them. However, this is not necessary because Industry 4.0 technologies will do it for you!
Why should you consider as soon as possible whether you can already implement Industry 4.0 in your plant? The manufacturing sector is now increasingly adopting modern solutions, and we already have the confidence that it will depend on them in the future. Manufacturing 4.0 is another of many future stages of automation. It pays to be ready for change.
Industry 4.0 – which companies can implement it?
Which companies are affected by industrial revolution 4.0? Is there anything that limits them? The answer to the question is: imagination. Industry 4.0 technologies are changing the face of manufacturing in all industry sectors. They are used by the aviation, automotive, food and cosmetics industries. They can be tested by anyone who wants to see for themselves what Industry 4.0 is. Manufacturing 4.0, incorporating cutting-edge Industry 4.0 technologies, guarantees an uninterrupted supply chain and a number of new customers satisfied with products of impeccable quality.
Industrial Revolution 4.0 is changing the face of every manufacturing company, whether global giants or smaller manufacturing players who wish to grow.
Industry 4.0 solutions
Industry 4.0 solutions such as ANT are completely changing the face of manufacturing operations. Some of the most widespread and irreplaceable options are internal management systems. They are combined into a network of interconnections. They collect, store and process data. The artificial intelligence responsible for the actions they take learns in real time. MES is responsible for carrying out efficient manufacturing processes, WMS allows effective management of warehouse resources, the connection of EMS ensures continuous control of energy consumption, ERP allows resource planning, and RCP controls working time and movement of people around the building. Industrial Revolution 4.0 has led to the situation where computers took over all our work!
Manufacturing 4.0 does not mean getting rid of the human being from the production floor. However, it moves people to creative work and eliminates the need for carrying out repetitive, time-consuming tasks. An Industry 4.0 system uses advanced computing capabilities of computers to enable decision-making by systems, thus allowing manufacturing plants to achieve ever higher productivity rates.
Industry 4.0 technologies
What Industry 4.0 technologies are currently transforming manufacturing plant operations?
The three most well-known concepts are the Internet of Services, Industrial Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS).
- The Internet of Services offers the possibility to make them available in cloud computing. This includes services such as servers, mass storage, data storage, virtualisation, development environments or service applications.
- Internet of Things means supporting human activities with items that work in a way that we almost do not notice. Applications running in the background, biometric sensors or RFID identification mean that data is collected automatically.
- Cyber physical systems are any objects that have been equipped with autonomous systems and are capable of making decisions on their own or in coordination with humans.
ANT supports Industry 4.0 system by providing users with direct machine connectivity and mutual collaboration. It enables modern plants to achieve performance indicators that previously seemed impossible.