The Industry 4.0 revolution brings rapid changes; in particular, companies are moving more and more in the digital world. This is why it is essential to understand today what the digital trends of the manufacturing industry of the future will be.
With the advent of digital devices and platforms that allow us to be hyper-connected, the expectations of customers and consumers rise and drive digitization in the production space.
Most manufacturers are aware of the importance of this transformation, but only 5% are satisfied with the current strategies they use. The sector continues to evolve, but companies often lag behind.
When trends change, challenges rise. According to a recent survey done from Intel Corporation, here are the biggest concerns among manufacturing leaders when it comes to investments for digital transformation:
benefiting from the investments made by the company;
concerns for privacy, ownership and management of IP data;
between protocols, components, products and systems;
both in quality than in speed, as well as in the ability to interpret the data.
Now, let's discover the top 4 digital trends in manufacturing.
To response to increasing needs, companies are equipping their industries with increasingly advanced tools. Let's find out the 4 top digital trends in the manufacturing industry:
At the heart of industrial transformation is IoT (Internet of Things), which is now become essential to provide companies with a competitive advantage.
The manufacturing sector is leading the IoT transformation, due to the fact that these connection technologies have simplified the various production processes.
For example, IoT can provide real-time feedback and alert companies of potential problems. Or it guarantees the possibility of providing remote assistance, without having to be physically near the machine. This obviously reduces costs and time.
Despite the advantages that technology brings, these systems are not always simple to manage and not having a technical figure who manages this within the company can be a disadvantage for industries.
To overcome this problem, we at IO Industry have created IOconTM, a system that makes access to machines/systems simple. A Plug & Play solution with an intuitive interface that works with any type of connection without changing the existing network configuration. Discover IOconTM.
The ability of a machine to learn and adopt intelligent behaviors is not new, and today, these advanced algorithms are changing the way the manufacturing industry collects information and predicts the behavior of the machines.
Smart industries with integrated IT systems have more and more data available and can predict problems ahead of time. In this way, it is possible to reduce the downtime of machines or plants and thus improve production efficiency.
The problem often associated with these systems, is the difficulty of collecting data and storing it in a system that is easily readable by humans.
To solve this problem, we are working on IOhubTM, a data collection system that will collect data on a single dashboard. This will improve human activity and make production more efficient, thereby minimizing the downtime costs of the Industry.
IOhubTM is here!
Traditionally, robots were used to perform boring and repetitive tasks on the assembly line. Today, however, robots are able to imitate human behavior, which makes them more useful in areas such as manufacturing.
Highly programable, robots also provide safer working environments for humans. For example, dump trucks used in mining sites can be remotely controlled by operators, eliminating the need for human drivers.
In addition, sensor-equipped robots provide valuable feedback and data. The sensors "dialogue" with the control board, quickly identifying and solving mechanical and technical problems, allowing companies to make the necessary adjustments more accurately.
Ultimately, robots increase efficiency and minimize delays.
Robots and other automated technologies are essential in improving speed and efficiency, allowing companies to optimize workflows, production and inventory.
By integrating their IT systems with advanced technologies such as IOconTM, teams can access relevant data and connect to machines simultaneously from various geographic locations, making communication faster, more collaborative and more transparent.
All this improves the efficiency of the Industry, and the support service offered to its customers becomes simpler, reducing time and maintenance costs by manufacturers.
Innovations linked to industry 4.0 are now on the agenda, but it is often difficult for companies to keep up with technology. Poorly adaptable or extremely cumbersome connection systems are still widespread in the manufacturing industry.
Fortunately, there are systems that can overcome these problems.