Industry 4.0 has made the smart factory a reality, thanks in part to the widespread use of digital technologies into processes that were previously done manually. Connectivity, automation and optimisation are driving the digital transformation of Industry 4.0. However, many technologies must work together To fully realise the potential of the Manufacturing 4.0 movement, multiple technologies need to work together.
IIoT is the connectivity and collaboration of data, machines and people in the manufacturing world. It basically takes the IoT - sensors, machines and data that are connected and collaborate seamlessly - and applies it to manufacturing. Every aspect of a manufacturing operation can be connected to the IIoT, and the data they create can be used to optimise performance across the manufacturing operation.
The ultimate goal of the combined factory is to maximise productivity and thus maximising profits. To achieve this, automation must be adapted to some or all of the production processes production processes. Automation through robotics or artificial intelligence is possible through connectivity and communication, that are present in a facility optimised for Industry 4.0.
The new generation of ERP systems acts as a centralised system, providing and providing data to external or peripheral systems in the enterprise, such as Business Intelligence, MES, accounting systems, sales systems or supply chain management systems.
Artificial intelligence and its subset of machine learning are practically a requirement for an intelligent factory The whole premise behind this new industrial revolution is to eliminating manual processing, and artificial intelligence is the main tool to be used in its place. Artificial intelligence can use the data generated from a connected factory to optimise machines, reprogram workflows and identify general improvements that can be made in order to increase productivity and ultimately revenue.
Because every function of a manufacturing operation is monitored and generates data, there is a lot of data to sift through. However, big data analytics systems can use machine learning and technologies artificial intelligence to quickly process data and provide decision makers with information that they need to make improvements across the manufacturing operation
Manufacturers do not have or do not want to use the huge amount of space required for physical to store the vast amounts of data created by Industry 4.0 operations. is what makes cloud storage and computing is an absolute necessity and a key mode in connected factory. The use of the cloud also allows a single source of truth and data across the entire company at lightning speed. Finally, cloud storage also enables remote access and monitoring of of all machine data and operating systems, providing great insight into operations and performance.
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