The truth about Industry 4.0

In the manufacturing and software industry, this name is a huge hit. “Industry 4.0” has basically become a spell whose value and bearing strength can work wonders. For the moment, let us consider what it means for the management as well as what benefits it brings for companies.
Who coined the phrase ‘the Fourth Industrial Revolution’? A renowned professor of IT studies who just woke up with some hare-brained idea? Was it a marketing ploy? Or maybe it is just a fad that will eventually go away?

In fact, no. The phrase ‘Industry 4.0’ was first used during the Hanover Fair in 2011. A year later, a working group led by Siegfried Dais from Robert Bosch GmbH prepared an implementation concept of digitalizing the industry for the German government. And in April 2013, a report on the Fourth Industrial Revolution came to light.

Crash course on Industry 4.0

It is an intelligent software of different classes and from different manufacturers, having autonomous functions, connecting individual machines and workstations into a shared data exchange network. The basic tool of Industry 4.0 is the Internet which allows working in a network as well as the free flow of information. Great significance lies in full and accurate reporting of each stage of production as technological operations are becoming more complicated and supply chains more expanded.

Industry 4.0 is – paradoxically to the previous theory – for streamlining. Streamlining planning of even multi-stage operations, communication between individual workstations or departments of the plant, faster response to unplanned situations, elimination of plant downtime, effective gathering and storage of knowledge.

Industry 4.0 in business

From a theoretical standpoint, Industry 4.0 reaps numerous benefits: greater performance, higher profits, precise real-time data, flexible management, and openness to a number of business development opportunities. On the other hand, to implement the latest systems, you need to prepare a detailed breakdown of your capabilities and needs. A multitude of solutions and options can make the implementation expensive as well as time-consuming.

Introducing advanced software should be seen as an investment. For example, the implementation of Aplixcom SCADA-MES 2.0 makes production planning and execution processes much faster thanks to the Planer 2.0 module, while Traceability 2.0, with its product history option, significantly reduces losses caused by defective items, also facilitating optimization of the entire production process which saves money on many of its levels. The huge potentials of configuring reports in Aplixcom BI 2.0 enables reporting data on all production processes in real time, giving a comprehensive view of all processes related to the production execution.

It is important to know the above features are but a fraction of the possibilities of what INDUSTRY 4.0 tools such as Aplixcom SCADA-MES 2.0 can do

Inevitable change

You cannot stop the implementation of intelligent software capable of processing data from various sources and two-way communication with manufacturing machinery. The progressing complexity of production processes, the higher speed of production and exchange of information as well as the constant push to optimize various aspects of the business’s operations – these are the main factors to bear in mind. Avoid situations where it is too late to implement anything. This is the moment when problems stack up and ineffective procedures begin to limit the business.

This is not a decision of whether or when to implement the system. It is better to think about implementing Industry 4.0 IT solutions as soon as possible so that their implementation is quick and effective. Then you should contact us.

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