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With constantly new products being launched in the market and bridging the need of the customers, it becomes important for the manufacturers to provide quality products hence. The audience is in no position to accept any fluff from the manufacturers. One defect or mistake in the product and there is no second chance.
Therefore whether you are in the filter and cartridges industry, automobile or plastic industry this era demands the manufacturers getting smarter and have smart factories. 21st century is the time to embrace Industry 4.0 with open arms for quality production and optimization in the productivity.
Industry 4.0 in simple words-
The trend of using automation and data exchange in the manufacturing technologies that include CPS, IoT, cloud computing and cognitive computing is the core of Industry 4.0. In a common man’s language, it is called the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Why Industry 4.0 should be embraced with open arms?
With automation of manufacturing processes, a manufacturer will be able to introduce customized and flexible mass production technology. This will benefit in operations of the machine independently, this involves data collection, analyzing it and suggestions too. With all the principles of the fourth industrial revolution being put forth, it is going to aid in self-optimization, self-cognition, self-customization, and communication into the industry.
The basic component of Industrial 4.0
The main tool of this industrial revolution is bringing in the changes in the ICT (Information and Communication Technologies). The entire machines and human will be in touch with IoT (Internet of Things) Machines communicating with human and vice versa with the help of IoT and IoP (internet of People)
- The other components that a manufacturer must dwell on to-
With the ongoing debate on what principles to put forth and how to go about incorporating all the principles of Industrial 4.0, here is what a manufacturer is expected to do-
- Get into cyber-physical systems (CPS)
Under this system, the networks will be able to monitor on the physical process of manufacturing. It aids in smart manufacturing. The process undertakes unique identification to communicate. Very commonly Radio-frequency identification, an electromagnetic field is used. The Integration of sensors and actuator benefits the operation and control of the machines. With sensors and actuators, any change in the environment is revealed in no time. Industries such as filter, power plants, cartridges, automobile etc. are going to benefit with the CPS as it help yielding higher rate of productivity.
- IOT and communication
Internet of Things, an intelligent system allows manufacturing new products in real-time optimization with apt networking machinery, sensors and control systems. It is the interoperability where the machines, devices, sensors and people are connected in a way so that it is easy to communicate with each other with the aid of IoT and IoP. Internet of Things is going to automate the entire manufacturing process to a large extent.
Let us now have a look at how the Industry 4.0 quality principles works towards the betterment of making smart factories and manufacturers
Principles of Industry 4.0
As discussed above with IoT and IoP are the core elements in making the communication between the objects, machines and people easily. It is one of the core principles that every smart manufacturing factory must inculcate.
With CPS being strong and able to stimulate and create the virtual copy of the real world, it becomes convenient to monitor the objects that exist in the surrounding environment. It will help to study further the product.
Problem of customization ends with decentralization and internet of Services
Many a time due to conflicting goals, many customized projects go out of hand. It is essentially due to the centralized working pattern. But with the CPS’ ability to work independently has given enough reasons for smart manufacturing factories to offer customized products. It gives flexibility in the working environment with no compromise on the quality part.
Thus, production must be consumer-oriented by connecting efficiently with people and smart devices. This is known as the Internet of Services. This system helps to create products and goods as per the requirements of the customers.
Smart factories facilitate the real-time capability
Not only does market research about customers is essential, but about the product, its machinery, operating procedure, failure of the machines etc. It is the smart factory that must be able to collect real-time data, store it and analyze it for decision making purpose. It helps in optimization of the productivity.
Attuning with newer markets
Unlike normal factory scene, adapting to a newer market can be difficult. But with smart factory ability, adaption is fast and according to the seasonal changes and market trends.
In a nutshell: The manufacturing units are still gearing up for the all-new concept. While there are many challenges to combat from security to training employees and workers, but once implemented it promises to serve the increase in generation of revenue, higher return on investment, technological advancement etc.
Contributor: Gaurav Patel (Marketing Head, Filter Concept Private Limited)
Author Bio: Gaurav Patel, the contributor of this piece, is Marketing Head for Filter Concept Pvt. Ltd. We providing filtration solution by manufacturing Filter and Cartridges for different industries. E-mail ID: firstname.lastname@example.org ; Website: http://www.filter-concept.com/