Industry 4.0, Industrie 4.0, i4.0 or the fourth industrial revolution is term that compiles many different technologies and concepts within industrial automation, information technology and manufacturing technology.
There is for sure a connection to “Internet of Things” and it is much about connecting machine equipment and the production processes to each other in the same way as computers and mobile phones where connected to Internet in the 1990’s.
When connecting machines, material, products and operators you get a digital representation of units and entities. This concept is called digital twin.
Industry 4 automate the integration between machines and work processes
By automating actions and activities, you will
be less depending on correct human actions at the right time
see less human errors
get reduced changeover times
and much more …
The unplanned will always happen
No matter how automized and digitized a factory is, unplanned things and deviations will always occur.
Digital twin representation of the production processes and its units enables real time visualization of the factory’s state vs plan and is an extremely useful tool for efficient operations and management
Everyone shares a common picture
Same data used in different applications
Act based on facts
Feed data back to planning systems for continuous improvement
Reduced manual administration
And much more …