Industry 4.0: Using Technology to Improve Manufacturing

The Roadmap to Industry 4.0

Digitization has found its way into daily life and has heralded a new era in manufacturing. It has created opportunities for improved efficiency, higher revenues and increased innovation.

Often referred to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or “Industry 4.0,” this shift is transforming U.S. manufacturing by allowing manufacturers to design, model and validate products in a virtual world. 

Nine technology trends form the building blocks of Industry 4.0. They include: 

BENEFITS OF INDUSTRY 4.0

  • Enhances computational power and connectivity 
  • Promotes human-machine interaction 
  • Focuses on analytics and intelligence 
  • Encourages advanced production methods 

LISTEN TO YOUR BUSINESS

It is easy to become overwhelmed when considering adopting new technologies. The first step to implementing technology is to understand the voices of both the business and the customer to identify how the organization could benefit from innovations. Proper prioritization using a needs-based assessment can result in an adoption that is both strategically sound and capable of generating savings to support further investments going forward.

BEGIN THE PROCESS WITH AN OPPORTUNITY ASSESSMENT

Our experts help manufacturers understand and implement technology which could aid in their business growth. This process begins with the completion of The Center's Opportunity Assessment. This assessment tool identifies areas in the organization that can be improved through the implementation of technology. Focusing on the company’s strategy, operations, use of technology, leadership and workforce, this analysis helps the organization identify opportunities for improvement and the potential financial benefits of adopting Industry 4.0 applications into their facility. The Center can help establish an organizational Industry 4.0 Adoption Roadmap to assist in creating a strategy, scoping the project, finding suppliers and managing the implementation to ensure the results meet the needs of the business and customer. 

SEE INDUSTRY 4.0 IN ACTION AT THE CENTER

To demonstrate some of the applications, The Center has implemented various Industry 4.0 technologies to create our "Real Factory 4.0". This technology-driven environment provides clients with the opportunity to not only observe and learn about technology, but to gain a truly hands-on experience with it as well. This simulated factory involves examples of sensors and IIoT, data and analysis, assistive reality, cobotics, 3D design, simulation and additive manufacturing, all in a cyber-secure environment. 

To learn more about how The Center can assist in your technological implementations, contact us at inquiry@the-center.org or 888.414.6682.