Factors leading to adoption of Industry 4.0 especially Post Covid -19 ?
Limited Human Interaction:
Managing human interaction and touchpoints in a factory setting had become an issue for the Manufacturer. During the crisis, Manufacturers had no option, but to adopt digital manufacturing technologies. Smart Manufacturing technologies enabled organizations to monitor human activities and manage a safer and more comfortable factory environment.
Large Scale Remote Work:
Due to the nationwide lockdown, a large number of the workforce had to work from home which made Monitoring and controlling the production difficult. IIoT allowed large groups to access and share information, it makes it easier for staff to get the job done outside of the office.
For example, Machine parts per minute can be tracked with the job number for production; that same information can be processed to the tooling department to tell when a tool needs to be sharpened or serviced.
This also applies to maintenance departments, which schedule services based on machines strokes or rpm. Each department now can access the data remotely.
Supply chain improvements:
It became very important for manufacturing companies to make their products available in the market without any delay during the lockdown period. Then there are issues like Inventory levels, production planning, and transport utilization. IIoT allowed manufacturers to maintain the flow of data with the help of Risk analysis AI tools.
Reducing the cost of AI tools:
The plummeting cost of sensors (e.g., inexpensive cameras), coupled with the latest developments in AI and deep learning, allow manufacturers to automate the collection and analysis of production line data. This allows manufacturers to reduce the production cost and increase the efficiency of the plant.
Strategies to adopt Industry 4.0 & turn your Factory to Digital
Today most production managers are participating in a race, whether they know it or not. It’s the race to adopt and implement new manufacturing systems and technologies.
6 Steps to Implement Industry 4.0
Curious how you can adopt Industry 4.0 for your industry? Here are some tips to get you started:
1. Understand Your Starting Position
Before you can move forward into Industry 4.0 adoption, you must understand your starting position.
This means reviewing your present state of maturity and identifying areas where your team can improve maturity efforts. This lays the foundation for successful adoption throughout your organization and will make it easier for the implementation to flow.
2. Focus on Industry 3.0 First
Adopting Industry 3.0 principles is a great place to begin. While it may seem counterintuitive to adopt new technologies by focusing on older ones, this is important to get ready for Industry 4.0. The reason is simple: Most companies aren’t prepared to implement Industry 4.0 just yet because they have yet to implement Industry 3.0, which is a prerequisite to Industry 4.0.
That doesn’t mean companies can’t start moving towards it. Adopting Industry 3.0 principles is a great place to begin.
Here are a few of the things your team should be focusing on as you determine industry 3.0 gaps:
- Management Buy-In
- Connect OT and IT
- Start Small.
3. Create a Strategy
You wouldn’t set out on a long road trip without a map, and you shouldn’t move to adopt Industry 4.0 without a defined strategy. This is a critical part of the process. Once you’ve defined your level of target maturity, it’s essential to lay out a detailed implementation plan that will help you achieve your objectives.
4. Start Small
Avoid rushing into Industry 4.0. Since some challenges are much more significant than others, it is best to progress one challenge at a time. With this in mind, pick a challenge, solve it, and then show the organization how you resolved it.
5. Create a Friendly Ecosystem
If your organization isn’t ready for Industry 4.0, it’ll reject it. With this in mind, your organization must create a manufacturing ecosystem wherein the physical and the digital elements of your business communicate.
6. Focus on Improving Processes
The ultimate goal of Industry 4.0 is to improve manufacturing processes. With that in mind, it is smart to focus on end-to-end process improvement and anything else that will promote collaboration, from hardware to systems to personnel issues.
The manufacturing industry has seen many new developments in recent years. Industry 4.0 merely represents the most recent inception of these developments. A comprehensive and cohesive suite of technologies, Industry 4.0 has the potential to change the entire tide of the manufacturing industry. It also stands to develop a reality wherein automation is standard, and factories are smarter than ever before.