Smart Industry, optimize your production processes thanks to the new technologies of industry 4.0

The fourth industrial revolution is the continuous automation of production and industrial processes that were previously mostly manual, based on intelligent technologies. The aim is to improve processes and operational productivity through better management of available resources, known as Industry 4.0.
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Imagine being able to improve your factory’s productivity thanks to connected objects and having perfect control over your production tool’s data. Industry 4.0 is the continuation of previously manual production automation and industrial procedures, using modern smart technologies like IoT. The overall objective of this new industrial revolution is to achieve greater organizational flexibility through the efficient use of available technological, human and financial resources.

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What are the 4 industrial revolutions?

The 1st industrial revolution, linked to mechanization, appeared in 18th century Great Britain with the invention of the steam engine.

At the end of the 19th century, the 2nd industrial revolution was brought about by the emergence of mass production and electrification.

During the 20th century, the arrival of electronics and information technology (internet) gave rise to the 3rd industrial revolution.

Today the 4th industrial revolution is based on digital technologies, of which the Internet of Things is a part. The very concept ofIndustry 4.0 and its definition was born in 2011 in Hanover (Germany), at the Industrial Technology Show.

What are the challenges of Industry 4.0?

Industry 4.0 refers to the “intelligent” factory or the so-called factory of the future using new digital technologies. These include the Internet of Things, collaborative robots, augmented reality, 3D printing, big data and artificial intelligence. These various digital technologies facilitate human work by automating repetitive tasks.

Industry 4.0 allows the implementation of a flexible production system with intelligent equipment that communicates with each other constantly, which generates a large volume of data available for exploitation (notion of big data). One of the challenges is to increase production flexibility and efficiency while reducing production costs, such as energy consumption and labour costs.

Is Industry 4.0 suitable for all industrial sectors?

Transforming the industry through digital technologies contributes to rethinking its economic model, while offering new sources of growth.

Indeed, digital technologies are generating new opportunities for value creation, giving the factories of the future in Industry 4. 0 the chance to not only optimize their production systems, but also review their positioning in the value chain.

In 1990, industry represented 22% of French GDP. Today it represents only 11%.

Whatever their size or sector of activity, all traditional industries are or will be impacted by these innovative digital technologies. They can count, beyond the change management, on numerous advantages such as the improvement of internal processes, the improvement of productivity, the reduction of costs, an acceleration of the time-to-market,…

According to Accenture’s 2014 study, 97% of large companies believe that digital innovation is critical or important to their future performance.

What is the role of 3D printing for industrial companies?

The 3D printer is entering the factory of the future. It allows to manufacture an object in 3D by adding successive layers of material, such as plastic, metal, … The object is virtually manufactured with a specific software and then transmitted to the machine to be manufactured in 3D.

This also refers to so-called additive manufacturing. These productions concern in priority sectors where the traditional processes have shown their limits and where the added value is real for the industrialist.

According to the 2019 study published by Smartech, the global additive manufacturing market is expected to grow by 21% per year by 2027, from $14 billion to $41 billion.

Additive manufacturing is of great interest for small, customized and specific production runs.

In the factory of the future, the 3D printer can be used to manufacture spare parts for machines, for example. The printer is then assigned to a type of material and not to a product line.

Today its applications extend to other sectors such as medicine, to produce for example dental prostheses or hearing aids. Many other applications are currently being explored.

How are connected objects and automation impacting the industry?

With Industry 4.0, the production system is being transformed with the contribution of new intelligent digital technologies and processes to no longer depend solely on traditional production methods. This new interconnected production mode contributes to making the organization more agile, flexible and versatile.

Industry 4.0 thus favours the adaptation of production systems to changes in consumer habits, which tend towards more choice, more speed and at optimised cost. All this, thanks in particular to predictive maintenance.

Is Industry 4.0 changing the way work is organized?

The industrial revolution 4.0 is not only technological but also organizational.

The factory of the future sets up a new organization of work by freeing the human being from low added value and repetitive tasks. The factory of the future, more agile and intelligent, will generate new jobs. Artificial intelligence, robotics and automation will lead to job losses, but will also create new jobs requiring new skills.

This marks the end of the Taylorist model of organization and the beginning of more agile and autonomous organizations. Management is also evolving to accompany this cultural and organizational change in industrial companies.

According to the World Economic Forum, machine production will account for 50% of world production by 2025.

To meet the challenges of tomorrow, the organization is being redefined with the appearance of new jobs and the evolution of existing jobs such as team manager or plant manager. More than ever, people are at the heart of industrial transformation.

Related to the emergence of the concept of Big Data:

  • Data Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Data Engineer

In connection with the arrival of new tools with high technological value:

  • Industrial Maintenance Operator
  • Industrial Maintenance Technician
  • Industrial Maintenance Manager
  • Operator Numerical control
  • Line operator
  • Methods engineer

What are the differences between IoT and IIoT?

Islands or IoTs are made up of the same building blocks in the value chain: sensors, connectivity, the cloud with data storage, and software interfaces for data analysis and retrieval.

IoT (internet of things) or IoT for Internet of Things, concerns communicating objects in the sectors of agriculture, health, intelligent buildings, retail etc.

IloT stands for Industrial Internet of Things. Equipped with sensors, equipment and machines interact continuously and in real time through communication networks, gateways and data exchange interfaces. Among the use cases, the optimization of preventive and predictive maintenance (see data models using artificial intelligence algorithms) is recurrent. When a critical threshold is detected by a sensor, an alert is automatically generated to trigger a human intervention, whether it is for repair, troubleshooting or replacement. This communicating device enables action to be taken before the machine breaks down, bringing a production line, for example, to a sudden halt.

The mass of data generated in real time by the continuous operation of industrial equipment, robots and other digital tools facilitates the remote operation of production systems. This is just one of the many opportunities offered by IloT.

All collected data is analyzed and exploited through IoT platforms. The industrialist is then in a position to manage his activity with reliable indicators, and make decisions with full knowledge of the facts.

How to implement IoT solutions in your Factory 4.0?

Launching a large-scale IoT project is never easy, you need to be helped by experts with proven know-how in the deployment of an end-to-end IoT project.

You are not alone. Indeed, Synox is well-know for its expertise on the entire IoT value chain: from data capture to its restitution on web and mobile interfaces, including storage.

Synox supports you at every stage of the project to ensure the success of your IoT project.

Road to Industry 4.0!

Choose your devices

Choose your devices

Speed, temperature, force, location, power, volume… According to your needs, Synox advises you in the choice of the sensor and facilitates its implementation on site.
Connect your devices

Connect your devices

In order to carry and secure the data, Synox recommends the networks and transmitters most adapted to your project.
Securing your data

Securing your data

We provide you with an open and interoperable data collection and analysis platform that safely aggregates all your data with third-party data.
Host your data

Host your data

A TIER IV type hosting and storage solution, based in France, which combines density, environmental awareness, availability and security.
Leverage your data

Leverage your data

We offer an open data visualization platform that joins all of your third-party flows and allows you to manage them in a simplified, secure and customizable turnkey interface.

Why work with Synox?

Through our positioning on the IoT value chain and our expertise in Smart Industry use cases, we are convinced that the technological answer is not the only element to bring to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s IoT projects. The success of an Industry 4.0 project also lies in the fact that the solutions proposed must be equal to the business, ethical and environmental challenges they address.

From the POC to large-scale deployment, Synox supports you throughout your Smart Industry project in accordance with our values: fun, agility and humanism.

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