Changing the Game with Industry 4.0 in the Intelligent Enterprise

Changing the Game with Industry 4.0 in the Intelligent Enterprise

Industry 4.0 changes everything. Automation and built-in intelligence make a difference at every step of your business, helping you deliver individualized products and services with the efficiency of mass production.The digitization of the industrial production environment in factories, plants, and warehouses is driven by technology innovations which appeared in the aftermath of the Internet and cloud revolution: Internet of Things (IoT) connecting devices, machine-to-machine communication, distributed computing, new edge and cloud technologies, times series and big data lakes, machine learning and artificial intelligence, new mobile user experiences (e.g. augmented or virtual reality) to enable digital workers, autonomous systems and vehicles.

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September 24, 2020 60 min
The buzz: “Next Gen Mobility: Some people say it’s all about the journey…Anyone who can successfully implement a change in the way we use our automobiles will transform our society, and will likely reap considerable rewards…” (journal.businesstoday.org). “By 2030, the automotive landscape will be defined by more sustainable, safer and convenient ways of moving around…” (www.te.com) The next generation of mobility is for riders, le...
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The buzz: “While optimism prevails, companies have achieved varying degrees of success in implementing Industry 4.0” (mckinsey.com, 2016). You want to deliver on the Industry 4.0 vision. Great! You’ll need digital transformation, especially in an existing facility, including automation, integration, and optimization of processes and manufacturing lines. Straightforward? Not! Transformation can span multiple solutions, plus onboar...
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The buzz: “Sawyer the Robot will work for the equivalent of $4 per day. And he's never in a bad mood. Can you compete with that?” Sawyer is the brainchild of Rodney Brooks, the inventor of robotic vacuum Roomba and PackBot, the robot used to clear bunkers in Iraq and Afghanistan and at the World Trade Center after 9/11. (newsweek.com) No matter how far Industry 4.0 automation goes, manufacturers will ALWAYS need humans to fil...
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The Buzz: “85% of manufacturers consider the ‘connected workforce’…robots and humans working together being routine in manufacturing by 2020…an essential element in their business strategy” (blog.universal-robots.com). While a replicator à la Star Trek is speculative fiction, 3D printing is not, and the 4th Industrial Revolution is happening now. Industry 4.0 started with the concept of an Intelligent Factory. Now it’s about design...
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The buzz: ‘The digital thread refers to the communication framework that allows a connected data flow and integrated view of an asset’s data throughout its lifecycle across traditionally siloed functional perspectives. The concept raises the bar for delivering “the right information to the right place at the right time’ …spearheaded by the military aircraft industry, it is converging with the goals of Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufac...
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The buzz: “In the past 50 years, organizations have gone from thinking about a sequential, linear series of steps—design, plan, source, make, deliver—to networks of dynamic, interconnected processes and systems.” www2.deloitte.com. With sensor technology prices dropping, manufacturers are designing and delivering more IoT-enabled smart products and assets, and with it, the adoption of Industry 4.0. Unparalleled amounts of data are ...
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The buzz: The evolution toward Industry 4.0…presents some key challenges that automotive manufacturers must overcome if they wish to remain competitive” (blog.flexis.com). Industrial and automotive manufacturers have been investing in Industry 4.0 technologies for about ten years, seeking to boost productivity, quality, personalization and flexibility. Yet many have yet to realize its full potential. Are they stuck on small projec...
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The Buzz: “85% of manufacturers consider the ‘connected workforce’…robots and humans working together being routine in manufacturing by 2020…an essential element in their business strategy” (blog.universal-robots.com). While a replicator à la Star Trek is speculative fiction, 3D printing is not, and the 4th Industrial Revolution is happening now. Industry 4.0 started with the concept of an Intelligent Factory. Now it’s about design...
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The buzz: “The benefits of Industry 4.0 for aerospace and defense (A&D) manufacturers are enormous, but involve critical decisions on digital investments and an increasingly cyber-aware ecosystem” (aircraftinteriorsinternational.com). As COVID-19 has brought many businesses to a standstill and motivated some to re-prioritize to serve communities’ greater good, Industry 4.0 now plays an even bigger role in delivering the agilit...
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The buzz: “The benefits of Industry 4.0 for aerospace and defense (A&D) manufacturers are enormous, but involve critical decisions on digital investments and an increasingly cyber-aware ecosystem” (aircraftinteriorsinternational.com). As COVID-19 has brought many businesses to a standstill and motivated some to re-prioritize to serve communities’ greater good, Industry 4.0 now plays an even bigger role in delivering the agilit...
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The buzz: “While optimism prevails, companies have achieved varying degrees of success in implementing Industry 4.0” (mckinsey.com, 2016). You want to deliver on the Industry 4.0 vision. Great! You’ll need digital transformation, especially in an existing facility, including automation, integration, and optimization of processes and manufacturing lines. Straightforward? Not! Transformation can span multiple solutions, plus onboardi...
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The buzz: “Real-Time Data Is The Future Of Smart Manufacturing” (www.forbes.com, Dec. 2019). Businesses, including factories and across the supply chain, can now capture unparalleled amounts of data to create a digital twin of assets, facilities and “things” – known as ‘intelligent assets’ – as the cost of Internet of Things sensors decreases. The impact? Leading companies are leveraging these intelligent assets to drive new busine...
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The buzz: “The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment” (Warren Bennis). Today’s manufacturing facilities are capturing unparalleled amounts of data. After they determine if it’s the right data, how can they then leverage it to automate production, improve productivity and profitability, and enable p...
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The buzz: “In this 4th revolution, we are facing a range of new technologies that combine the physical, digital and biological worlds… [.These new technologies], and will impact all disciplines, economies and industries, and even challenge our ideas about what it means to be human.” [Bernard Marr, Forbes.com] What are the drivers, challenges and opportunities of Industry 4.0? Where is it today and where is it headed? And why does ...
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