How to become an Industry 4.0 factory?

date: 18 April 2017
reading time: 2 min

Introduction of the Industry 4.0 approach has shaken the tech world. Even though most of us are familiar with IoT, sensors and smart solutions, the advancements that follow, are even more impressive.

So, how to become a part of this movement? How to transform into an Industry 4.0 enterprise?

Converting into a smart factory isn’t that simple and it involves some planning beforehand. Smart manufacturing is about intelligent, interconnected cyber-physical systems that autonomously control physical processes that communicate and cooperate both with each other and with humans, thanks to the IoT solutions, sensors and other technologies. The way these factories are supposed to work is substituting some human actions with robotic management and automated processes.

The result will be smoother working of production lines and increased effectiveness of the entire enterprise. And, because most of the processes are to be automated, they will be able to self-optimise with the use of Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence.

What should you consider, to be one step closer to becoming a smart factory?

  • Systematically introduce increasingly more IoT devices to your factory – thanks to sensors which IoT devices are packed with, the processes would be able to run undisturbed, collecting data and improving efficiency.
  • Invest in Research and Development – there is a variety of technologies that can be used, but the crucial point is to integrate them into the existing processes in your company. This will improve efficiency and help transform ideas into feasible projects.
  • Implement Security from the very start – we dare to say the IT security is important throughout the entire project since damage done by hackers to enterprises relying on cyber-physical systems could be much greater than to the traditional digital-only systems.

Industry 4.0’s growth is exponential and will influence the industry that we know now. The changes are imminent. As we mentioned in the previous post, the nature of human jobs will change, however, it doesn’t mean they will be any less important or completely substituted.

The fusion of computers and industrialisation will surely bring vast changes to our enterprises in the years to come. We can expect higher levels of digitalisation and automation. Is there a way back? We don’t think so.

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