Whether you know it as Industry 4.0, the 4th Industrial Revolution, or Smart Industry, Manufacturing is going through a deep transformation, with changes that are centered around digitalization. While most industries are already on this digitalization path, the disruption is more visible and pronounced in manufacturing because it is expanding virtual data and processes into environments that have been fundamentally about physical products. This transformation has already started, and its impact is expected to be massive. Technical, economic, and social changes are expected across the whole manufacturing ecosystem, with jobs shifting from offshoring back to nearshoring. Strong technology elements driving this digital revolution include 3D printing, robotizing and automation, smart factory with IoT and machine learning, and supply chain digitization. Their impact is profound.
Published By: FusionOps
Published Date: Jun 27, 2016
The term Industry 4.0 presupposes the passing of three major shifts in how businesses approached manufacturing throughout modern history, tracing its roots as far back as the 19th century:
Industry 1.0: The Industrial Revolution redefines human limitations by harnessing the power of water and steam.
Industry 2.0: Electricity pushes people and machines even further as manufacturing grows in scale and scope.
Industry 3.0: The modern computer opens the door for automation
Leveraging IIoT advancements, learn how to break traditional barriers between your power and process control systems to solve challenges across the full lifecycle of the plant. Download the white paper to learn more.
Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies and concepts can transform and enhance process safety practices if appropriately applied. Download the white paper for guidance on leveraging IIoT tools and techniques to deliver industrial safety in a profitable manner.
Industrial process safety management has evolved beyond simple functional safety. Some companies are at risk because management and business process aspects are not integrated into the overall safety plan. Such gaps can impact both operational integrity and profitable performance.
Explore the change drivers affecting plant process safety management and learn how operators can find, measure, and manage gaps to maintain safe conditions and improve profitability.
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The safety of operations can have a direct, positive impact on the operational profitability of the plant. Environmental health and safety (EH&S) can now be viewed not just as a cost center, but as a profit center, and new levels of both safety and profitability can result. Real-time safe profitability is no longer a dream—it is a reality!
New trends in life cycle management of automation assets are paving the way for the “continuously current enterprise”, to improve both availability and utilization of automation assets. Download the white paper today to learn more.
The fourth industrial revolution is well underway. It focuses on digital transformation and creation of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). A key part of this revolution is technology that enables new realities—including virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR).
These new realities are already being applied in industrial settings and are poised to grow exponentially in the next few years. This storyscape dives into use cases for each type of reality and presents the benefits of each in relation to industrial automation.
The manufacturing industry has entered a completely new technological realm that did not even exist five years ago. Three industrial revolutions forever changed manufacturing—and the world—and the fourth is now underway. Factories have had to adapt rapidly with the advent of advanced automation and robotics as well as software to manage processes and control. The onset of digital manufacturing accelerates the need for new approaches. While consumers typically embrace disruptive technology with enthusiasm, manufacturers inevitably approach new technology with caution, carefully evaluating how it can improve their businesses. Eventually, however, caution must be replaced with innovation to ensure survival. Those organizations that find themselves on the wrong side of the technology curve today will face increasing challenges to remain competitive as time marches forward.
Before creating new technologies, we must think about how to create the right values to be also able to sell it. All the technology that is required for “Industry 4.0” is available today already, so in fact Industry 4.0 can be seen more than an innovation driver for new businesses that are not exploited today, than an innovation driver for technology. If these existing technologies are assembled properly together and combined with the right business models, there is really good chance to profit from Industry 4.0.
This white paper looks into the ways one can profit from Industry 4.0 by differentiating through new business models.
While many OEMs are aware of new technologies to make machines more energy-efficient, they are reluctant to make changes due to the perception that it will make their machines more expensive to sell. The constraints of cost reduction, usage of resources and energy reduction are becoming key drivers in the industry as consumers require manufacturers to be more “green”. This paper demonstrates how incorporating sustainable design can add value to their machines and differentiate OEMs from the competition.
Wireless technology is increasingly used in machine safety applications. New solutions introduce mobility and offer higher levels of flexibility and safety for plant floor operators. This eBook explores how modern wireless implementations can increase user safety and mobility, reduce installation costs, and boost productivity.
The industry of tomorrow will be different. More volatile markets, new technology capabilities, and increased pressure on performance will precipitate the change. But with change comes opportunity…the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has unleashed huge potential for industrial customers. There is a reported $14 trillion of new business growth up for grabs – and your goal of better business performance can help you earn your fair share of that growth. How can you make the most of this potential?
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Growing concern for the environment is driving increased regulatory and consumer focus on energy and water efficiency – and pump manufacturers are on the front line. To succeed in this demanding new market, pump manufacturers must build smarter pumping systems.
Learn how new PLC and VSD technologies are helping to support smart pumping systems.
The challenges facing industrial companies grow more daunting by the day. Globalization, energy markets that change in real time, variations in materials and prices, aging of the industrial workforce, inability to attract the next generation of Talent, and difficult regulatory pressures have all contributed to an extremely stressful industrial business environment. Fortunately, the right automation system can now offer cutting-edge packaging solutions for meeting at least three of these challenges.
Many Industrial IoT operations look at energy reduction and efficiency to save money, but Schneider Electric looks at the looming challenge of energy demand outstripping production. Learn what the analysts think in the 451 Research report.
he pursuits to reduce costs and avoid unplanned downtime remain primary operational goals in industrial plants. A convergence of factors has created an opportunity for industrial organizations such as manufacturing, oil and gas, chemicals and water treatment companies to aggressively pursue both. Although the pace of investment can be relatively slow in industrial automation (IA), technological advances, economic trends and market pressures have created an environment in which plants are compelled to modernize operational technology (OT) in order to ensure maximum efficiency and minimum process interruptions.
Simply put, OT is getting old. The industrial sector is heavily capital-intensive and traditionally utilizes equipment with long lifecycles.
Organizations with such outdated automation systems are in dire need of OT modernization to keep up with the pace of change, customer demands and business priorities, and reduce the risk of critical failures and costly downtime. Download th
Industrial enterprises around the world are retooling their factories with advanced technologies to boost manufacturing flexibility and speed, achieving new levels of overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), supply chain responsiveness, and customer satisfaction in the process. This renaissance reflects very real pressures industry players face today. For years, traditional factories have been operating at a disadvantage, impeded by production environments that are “disconnected”—at the very least strictly gated—to corporate business systems, to supply chains, and to customers and partners.
Managers of these traditional factories say the feeling is akin to flying blind. These are operations where plant floors, front offices, and suppliers operate in independent silos, where managers have only hazy visibility into downtime and quality problems, and where the root causes of inefficiencies are rarely understood or addressed.