More and more industrial manufacturers and organisations are adopting the principles of Industry 4.0 to benefit from the interconnection and digitisation of products, business models and value chains. In this blog, we look at the benefits of Industry 4.0 in industrial production.
Smart Production Environment
The adoption of Industry 4.0 technology and practices, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), is instrumental in creating a smart production environment. Intelligent machines, systems and networks are now capable of independently exchanging and responding to information to manage industrial production processes.
Connected Process Control Systems
A smart production process enables a more connected process control system where data from flow measurement, temperature, pressure, pH and many other sensors can now be analysed and displayed graphically, with the potential to improve productivity significantly.
According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, an extensive survey of 200+ German-based industrial companies revealed productivity is expected to increase by 18% over the next five years, with more than 85% companies declaring to invest heavily in Industry 4.0 within the same period.
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Effective Data Communication
Within the industrial manufacturing environment, large amounts of data produced by machinery are transmitted further to a higher-level device for interpretation. An increased number of processes and controllers means more data to manage and more connectivity required.
It becomes imperative for organisations to employ standard and universal communications relevant to the production processes, enabling the free flow of data in the manufacturing process. Effective data communication also facilitates the improvement of automation processes.
Next-Gen Machinery Automation
Improved automation and device connectivity, upscaled by Industry 4.0, enable faster and more effective communication and team interaction in industrial production. Connected displays and user-friendly interfaces lead to processes easier to understand and analyse.
Industrial manufacturers who invest in new machinery, equipment and connected processes brought by Industry 4.0 technologies stand to optimise their production, increase operations productivity and performance, and gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
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