What is Industry 4.0?
- Industrial Revolution 1: This is when steam power and the use of mechanisation truly revolutionised manufacturing capacity. By replacing manpower, production capacity could increase tenfold.
- Industrial Revolution 2: In the 19th century the use of electricity and assembly lines made processes faster and cheaper to do.
- Industrial Revolution 3: In the 1970s computing and automation have meant that entire processes can run with very little human intervention.
- Industrial Revolution 4: This is where we find ourselves now. Often known as Industry 4.0 it builds on the third industrial revolution with the digitisation of manufacturing and smart factories.
- The Internet of Things (IoT) – physical objects with software attached that are able to exchange real-time data with other connected devices and systems over networks
- Cyber-physical systems (CPS) – a computer system in which a mechanism is controlled or monitored by computer-based algorithms.
- Smart manufacture – employs computer-integrated manufacturing, high levels of adaptability and rapid design changes, digital information technology, and more flexible technical workforce training
- Smart factories – a highly digitised shop floor that continuously collects and shares data through connected machines, devices, and production systems.
- Cloud computing – allows remote access to data via the Internet, rather than having to log in to a specific device or server. This data is shared across the supply chain, from supplier to customer, for a more efficient end-to-end process.
- Mobile – Digitise paper-based processes and make required information and actions available on mobile devices at the point of action.
- Wearables – Make data capture transparent to the users and encourage easier adoption of the technology.
- Analytics – Predictive and prescriptive analytics to help decision making and optimise cost vs benefit.
- Artificial Intelligence (AI) – permeates the entire principle of Industry 4.0. AI algorithms can optimise the supply chain and manufacturing operations
- Digital Asset management including IoT. Watch this video below for a real example
- Paperless warehouse management
- Digital production and process orders
- Paper-free inspections and quality management
With Industry 4.0, businesses will:
Mobilise their workforce by using mobile apps on a range of devices.
Solve issues that arise in real-time, such as broken or missing equipment.
Improve reliability and cut down on any human error.
As experts in Enterprise Mobility, we have a range of services available for businesses. As well as out-of-the-box solutions such as myJobCard, myWarehouse, and myAsset, we are also able to create bespoke solutions.
Adapting to Industry 4.0 does not have to mean vast changes to your business but can mean vast improvements in your output, profitability, and productivity.