The fourth industrial revolution
We’re in the midst of an industrial revolution. Industry 4.0 is an umbrella term to cover a fusion of technological advances that are transforming the world’s manufacturing and production industries. This paper will summarise what Industry 4.0 is and the benefits it will bring, identify technologies at its core and present how Domino is helping to shape the revolution.
Let’s look at what Industry 4.0 actually means beyond the buzzwords. It means that every individual machine, system and set of processes across the factory and throughout the enterprise will be integrated, and connected to the internet. It’s as much an evolution of existing automated systems (like assembly line robots or packaging equipment) as it is a revolution. In some areas it’s easy to blur the lines between 3.0 and 4.0, in other areas new technologies, such as 3D printing and augmented reality, will radically change the way we do things.
This unprecedented level of connectivity allows information to be captured at every point on the production process and throughout the supply chain. The resulting OEE data can then be analysed and managed to make every manufacturing sequence as fast and accurate as possible.
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