If you’re not yet ready for how Industry 4.0 will shape the future of your coding and marking operations, now is the time to start preparing. Here’s an introduction.
This article is taken from our latest eGuide: Coding innovations for an Industry 4.0 environment. The eGuide reveals how engineers and production managers in FMCG sectors can prepare for the future and drive maximum benefit from the coding and marking landscape of tomorrow. The complete eGuide is currently free to download on our website.
Where are Industry 4.0 Practices in Place today?
The dawn of a new way of working is not only upon us - thanks to the Pandemic and the incredible amount of innovation that it spawned, it's already in action right now.
As you may have heard before, Industry 4.0 will enable increased automation and improved machine-to-machine (M2M) communication as well as enhanced monitoring and diagnostics through the introduction of the latest Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology. These processes, many of which you already have in your factory today, will reduce costly downtime, errors, and the need for human intervention - drastically boosting your output and lowering waste.
This connected way of working has transformed the performance and operational efficiency of coding and marking processes - not to mention a slew of other manufacturing processes. In our industry, IIoT technology and cloud-connected systems facilitate automated manufacturing operations, error-free coding, late-stage customization and improved OEE.
It truly is a game-changer.
But what does Industry 4.0 actually mean for busy engineers and production managers in FMCG sectors like food and beverage or pharmaceutical? Let’s take a look at the tangible cost-saving benefits a connected site could bring to your coding and marking operations.
What has IIoT done for the FMCG industry?
In FMCG sectors, volume and throughput is the name of the game. As a result, the impact of unpredictable downtime, stoppages and maintenance costs can truly bring a business to its knees.
That's why any sort of efficiency gains are a necessity. That’s where Industry 4.0, wherever adopted, has had a transformative impact, providing a level of simplicity and insight that will enable radical gains in efficiency, productivity and OEE, while reducing downtime and TCO.
Let’s take a closer look at how your operations can benefit.
Remote control and coding automation
With a connected coding and marking setup, coding can become truly automated. You can access your printers remotely, populating code data directly from a connected database and controlling changeovers from your ERP or MES system. That means seamlessly applying codes to packaging as part of one intelligent and interconnected factory operation.
Prevent faults from occurring
When your coding and marking machines are connected to the cloud, maintaining peak performance no longer requires the physical intervention of an engineer. Thanks to remote diagnostics, minor faults can be identified and resolved by off-site service teams – before they become major faults that cause downtime.
Gather crucial OEE information to drive continual line efficiency
Industry 4.0 gives you around-the-clock access to web-based performance metrics for every printer on your network. And it’s not just printer status that you can monitor, but metrics like service history, uptime and downtime, throughput and consumables levels.
Drill down to the level of an individual printer or get a broad view of your entire printer estate, across every production facility and every region in your group. The ability to assimilate global performance data on one screen can have a game-changing impact on your business, empowering intelligent production and procurement decisions based on real-world data.
“Cloud computing makes operational data and information highly accessible, facilitating the collection of big data. That creates a platform for breakthroughs in proactive service and advanced service solutions.”
- Paul Clarke, Inkjet Product Director, Domino UK
Why it’s best to be ready
Thanks to the transformative impact on efficiency, early adopters of Industry 4.0 technology can leverage significant competitive advantage. Within a few short years, the adoption of Industry 4.0 technology will become a necessity to meet your production targets and avoid being left behind.
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