For the past few years, Industry 4.0 has been the talk of the town and has mobilized all entrepreneurs who want to improve the productivity of their industry with the help of the new tools available. The breakthrough of robotics, digital technologies, information interaction through the use of connected devices or the use of 3D printing offer new possibilities to the production system in Industry 4.0 which has the promise of better manufacturing while controlling costs.
Industry 4.0 leads to an adaptation of information systems
There are many technologies that manufacturers can now use to increase production automation. The challenges of technologies such as augmented reality, the use of digital mock-ups and the use of Big Data consist in improving the manufacturing cycle by guaranteeing the excellence of the result.
Acting faster and better, to meet consumer demand, requires adapting the company’s information systems. Providing operators with interconnected tools that profoundly change the way they work and communicate with each other contributes to this.
To achieve this, the solution is to train managers and staff in new technologies. Training involves the use, but also the management of the human upheavals that it may entail. Industry 4.0 is not a negation of the human being, but a reallocation of his role in a production line. It is built around it by calling on new and more rewarding skills.
The Internet of Things and the interconnection of computer systems
The Internet of Things (IoT) enables the interconnection between machines, computing devices, objects and operators equipped with unique identifiers, in order to transfer data over a common network. Connected devices linked to IoT are used in Industry 4.0 at the production process level to enable real-time analysis of customer data, in order to offer ever more appropriate services and prevent any hardware failure.
In this Industry 4.0, connected devices are prompting companies and industries to rethink their production and market analysis methods. It also provides an opportunity to improve trade policy.
The Internet of Things allows many devices to be connected. Its uses range from a recognition chip implanted in an animal to identify it, to a probe integrated in a machine to detect the origin of a breakdown. In return for these benefits, it is essential to secure the data to avoid any malicious intrusion.