There are quite a few definitions around Industry 4.0 that are used, such as Smart Industry, Smart Factory, Autonomous Factories, Smart Healthcare, etc. Most concepts overlap, but the essence is that together they offer the possibility of a digital transformation within companies.
Digital transformation stands for far-reaching digitisation, connecting (work) processes, technologies and human factors. The data acquired in this way offers organisations insight and the ability to respond more quickly to changes and developments.
By optimising production with the use of ICT and new technologies, production becomes more efficient, cheaper and of higher quality. Smarter machines, robots and other parts of the production process communicate with each other and work together optimally. This optimisation not only takes place within companies but also through cooperation between different companies in the value chain.
The fourth industrial revolution now underway is mainly due to the exponential further development of a number of technologies. That is why it is becoming more and more interesting and easier to connect devices and processes and allow them to ‘talk to each other’ independently.
One of the biggest threats for industry is the shortage on the labour market. The concept of a smart factory or parts of a digital transformation is an answer to this challenge. The continuity of a company is safeguarded by automating not only actions but also analysis and decisions. In addition, there are other areas where the factory of the future offers an improvement:
- Process safety
- Personal security
- Performance of processes or assets
- Quality of processes
- Cost reduction
- Reduction of energy consumption in line with ISO50000
- Reduction of CO2 or other emissions.
To know what is realistic and possible, we advise to start with our available Perfact Industry 4.0 scan. From this scan follows a suitable, practical and realistic roadmap for digitisation.
The next steps are taken during the scan:
Depending on the maturity of your company and ambitions on this subject, an appropriate roadmap will be drawn up. It is often useful to start with small clear pilots with a clear goal and business case. In addition, we advise you to look ahead to opportunities for upscaling and integration of technologies. This also gives direction to future replacement projects in which digital elements are part of the scope.
Sectors where we apply Industry 4.0
Our consultants scan for the following components:
The transition to Industry 4.0 starts with the ambition, leadership style, vision and goals of the organization. Our consultants assist in determining the added value of the process.
Are people open to new technology? Are people already used to data-driven action? Can mistakes be made and does the organization learn from this? These are some of the aspects we look at in depth during this scan. The right culture is essential for a successful transition.
From the beginning we pay attention to ‘change management’. Is everyone on board at all levels? What does it deliver for the employees? What is the risk and urgency? What is the business case? We also look at available capacity in relation to ambitions.
In order to maintain or improve the knowledge of your employees, our Perfact Academy also has a curriculum available for ‘Industry 4.0’.
In addition to automating numerous production or work processes, it is becoming increasingly easy to align processes and machines (connected machines). Artificial Intelligence is added to make autonomous action possible. During this scan we check how far the structure and work processes connect to innovative solutions. Are the systems both vertically and horizontally aligned with each other? Through which process is innovation or change managed? A professional project management approach is required to implement the ideas.
Technological developments are moving faster and faster and are becoming accessible to everyone. This also makes it financially interesting to accelerate the digital transformation.
Perfact applies the following technologies, among others:
- Industrial Internet of Things (IioT)
- Smart sensors, Edge & Cloud computing
- Connectivity (mostly wireless)
- Artificial Intelligence, including machine learning
- Predictive analytics
- Digital Twins
- Augmented, Virtual, Mixed reality
- Robotics, drones
- Block Chain.
Via apps, dashboards and systems, information is made available in various ways. Does everyone get the same information? Is it possible to decide independently on the basis of information about certain tasks? An important aspect of digitisation is the right ‘user interfaces’. These need to match the needs and be recognizable in the roles within the organization.
A Perfact Industry 4.0 Scan provides insight into the areas where there are opportunities, including a roadmap with concrete project proposals. Perfact Digital supports and guides your organisation through all phases of the digital transition, from advice and courses to the implementation of hardware and software. We are and will remain your partner and point of contact throughout the entire process. This is how we make the difference for you.
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