The Future of Manufacturing: Industry 4.0
The future of manufacturing revolves around automation, real-time data, artificial intelligence, IoT, etc. Manufacturers are leveraging these advanced technologies to build an ecosystem that accommodates customer needs holistically and seamlessly.
Connecting processes, products, and people in real-time will drive the next stage in the Industrial Revolution - Industry 4.0!
Manufacturing facilities are changing the way they operate, and we are on our way to an age where Smart Factories will be commonplace.
Digitalize the factories today to foster the connected future work industry, which contributes to industrial performance on many levels.
Journey of Industrial Revolution
Manufacturing plant culture arose in this age worldwide, as mechanized factories began to spring up all over. Between the late 1700s and the early 1800s, manufacturing chores were performed manually or by using animals. Motors fueled by water or steam were more complicated to use for the same tasks. When water and steam became the main power source, mass commodity manufacturing became a reality.
The introduction of steel and electricity brought about a second industrial revolution in the early 20th century. Increased production and efficiency were the results of the revolution caused by electricity-powered equipment. A growing number of factory machines have become mobile. In addition, the items were mass manufactured more efficiently. With the advent of powered engines, a turning point was reached in the manufacturing industry.
Electricity spawned advances in the electronics industry, which led to the electronics industry revolution. With the introduction of programmable logic controllers, transistors, and integrated circuits, electronic machinery could be automated, and goods produced were improved in accuracy and speed. It became increasingly necessary to control manufacturing devices with software as hardware increased in manufacturing plants, which created the IT boom. As a result of the revolution created by electronics and IT, the way goods are manufactured has once again changed.
By transforming the way goods are produced and redefining the customer experience, the fourth industrial revolution was triggered. Introducing the internet and telecommunications changed the way information was exchanged.
By combining the physical and virtual worlds, factories were able to put into place cyber-physical systems connecting the physical and virtual sides of their operations. Systems combining computing, networking, and physical components constitute Cyber-Physical Systems.
The boundaries between the virtual and physical worlds began to blur further with the growing discussion of seamless connectivity. The number of devices connected to the Internet is no longer one or two, but potentially dozens. IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) was born when machines connected to the internet started generating data.
The insights gained from applying artificial intelligence and deep neural networks to these data sets are used to guide businesses to make better decisions. To meet the ever-increasing needs of customers, manufacturers must connect systems and make information available in real-time. This is leading to a new age of smart manufacturing.
Technologies that are part of Industry 4.0
A digital transformation driven by Industry 4.0 will be powered by connectivity, automation, and optimization. Utilizing several technologies simultaneously allows Industry 4.0 to realize its full impact.
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