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 objective of this new industrial revolution is to improve processes and operational productivity through better management of available resources.
The development of the Smart Industry as close as possible to your industry
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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Your questions about Industry 4.0
What are the 4 industrial revolutions?
The first industrial revolution, the one linked to mechanization, appeared in the 18th century in 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.
The Internet of Things is a part of the 4th industrial revolution, which is based on digial technologies. The very concept of Industry 4.0 was born in 2011 in Hannover, Germany, at the Industrial Technology Exhibition.
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 generate new opportunities for value creation by giving industrial companies the possibility to optimize their production system but also to 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 for factories. 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% annually by 2027, from $14 billion to $41 billion.
Additive manufacturing is of great interest for small series, produced on demand and specific.
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 material type 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 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, optimised cost and productivity.
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?
The IoT is made up of the same bricks 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 allows action to be taken before the machine breaks down and causes a sudden stop to a production line, for example.
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 one of the many opportunities offered by IloT.
All collected data is analyzed and exploited through IoT platforms. The industrialist is then able to manage his activity with reliable indicators and make decisions with full knowledge of the facts.
How to implement an IoT solution in your factory?
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-known 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.
Choose your objects
Speed, temperature, force, location, power, volume… According to your needs, Synox advises you in the choice of the sensor and facilitates its installation on site.
Connect your objects
In order to transport and secure the data, Synox recommends the networks and transmitters most suited to your project.
Securing your data
We provide you with an open and interoperable data collection and analysis platform that securely aggregates all your data with third-party data.
Host your data
A TIER IV type hosting and storage solution, based in France, which combines density, respect for the planet, availability and security.
Leverage your data
We offer an open data visualization platform that aggregates all of your third-party flows and allows you to manage them in a simplified, secure and customizable turnkey interface.
Is Synox the right choice for you?
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 way to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s IoT projects. The success of a Smart Industry project also lies in the fact that the proposed solutions 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.
They trust us
In our sector, good communication is a critical point since our service is linked to people. We chose Synox because when we need technical support, we get a diagnosis and a solution very quickly.
We were looking for a mature solution for rapid deployment, which is what Synox offered us. From decision making, to the purchase of hardware and deployment (connectivity, dashboards ...) thanks to the end-to-end support by Synox, the 1st Proof of Concept was completed in less than a month!
We wanted to give ourselves the means to avoid breakdowns and reduce the stress of our customers regarding production stops. After some research, IoT quickly appeared to be the answer to this need. Synox's collaborative approach seemed the right one and convinced me. The ability to listen to the teams and the hyper reactivity of the support service allowed us to successfully move this project forward.
What is interesting about the Synox solution is that it can be adapted independently to the needs of our customers, and perhaps even later to other sectors of activity. With a very simple implementation and a modest cost, we were able to deploy the solution to twenty customers within 6 months.
It was possible to test the proper functioning of the solution proposed by Synox before the market was set up, and we were able to get quick feedback from the sanitation department, which proved to be very positive. The responsiveness of Synox support in the event of a problem is greatly appreciated. It promotes our collaboration in an environment of trust.
Before the installation of connected objects, it was sometimes our customers who informed us of a malfunction of the heating system... Now we can be proactive about this type of incident. We had already carried out several unsuccessful - and expensive - POCs before testing SoDATA#Viz, but when we saw the real-time curves of our 50 objects, only one week after signing the POC, we were quickly convinced!
"In our industry, smooth communication is a critical point since our service is tied to people. So we chose Synox because when we need technical support, we get a diagnosis and a solution very quickly."
Computer & telecom engineer
"We were looking for a mature solution for rapid deployment, which is what Synox offered us. From decision making, to hardware purchase and deployment (connectivity, dashboards...) thanks to Synox's end-to-end support, the 1st Proof of Concept was completed in less than a month!"
"We wanted to give ourselves the means to avoid breakdowns and reduce our customers' stress regarding production downtime. After some research, IoT quickly appeared to be the answer to this need. Synox's collaborative approach seemed to me to be the right one and convinced me. The ability to listen to the teams and the hyper responsiveness of the support department allowed us to successfully move this project forward."
"What is interesting about the Synox solution is that it can be adapted independently to the needs of our customers, and perhaps even later to other sectors of activity. With a very simple implementation and a modest cost, we were able to deploy the solution to about 20 customers within 6 months."
Technical Project Manager
"Before the installation of connected objects, sometimes it was our customers who informed us of a malfunction in the heating system... Now we can be proactive about this type of incident. We had already carried out several unsuccessful - and expensive - POCs before testing SoDATA#Viz but when we saw the real-time curves of our 50 objects, only a week after signing the POC, it quickly convinced us!"
"It was possible to test the proper functioning of the solution proposed by Synox before the market was set up, and we were able to get quick feedback from the sanitation department, which proved to be very positive. The responsiveness of Synox support in the event of a problem is greatly appreciated. It promotes our collaboration in an environment of trust."