Revolution is by its nature disruptive, and Industry 4.0 is no different from its predecessors
The introduction of steam and water power replaced traditional sources such as human and animal with mechanical machines.
This process began the industrialisation and provided the foundations for the second Industrial Revolution.
The introduction of electrical energy created the foundations for mass production.
The implementation of this technology created the division between higher performing machined production and human labor.
Through the use of electronic and IT systems the 3rd Industrial Revolution pathed the way for automation in the production process.
The 4th industrial revolution is the coming together of cyber and physical networks with the goal to create truly autonomous systems.
Factors influencing the rise of Industry 4.0
Manufacturing transformation was enabled by the strong advancement in technology, more data, faster processing, and better analytics
Data is collected everywhere, from systems and sensors to mobile devices. This collection of data from traditional and digital sources inside and outside your company represents a source for discovery and analysis.
Improve processes through advanced self-optimization
The concept of Smart Factory is the seamless connection of individual
production steps, from planning stages to actuators in the field.
IoT is the connection of all devices to the internet and each other
This interconnection will enable “smart factories” to take shape as equipment will use data to manufacture, move, report and learn.
Advanced flexibility required
Increased efficiency and higher quality requirements from customers for production processes and products.
The Factory of Tomorrow
Important questions need to be resolved before factories become truly smart.
IT security and Standardisation Roadmap on Industry 4.0
The biggest challenge and obstacles we face before complete factory integration is standardisation and security protocols within Industry 4.0. It is estimated that only 37% of companies protect their network infrastructure by encryption or authentication software.
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