A recent paper published in the prestigious journal Sustainability found that industries which have implemented Industry 4.0 technologies: “have been evaluated as having a higher level of logistic service, more efficient processes with their partners, improved cooperation between certain logistic functions, and higher market and financial performance and competitiveness”.
To stay competitive, manufacturers all over the world are making the transition to Industry 4.0, and several countries in the EU are instituting programs to implement it nationwide. Industry 4.0 has potential to increase productivity in factories and boost national economies.
What is Industry 4.0?
Industry 4.0, is all about data-driven manufacturing: The integration of physical machines with internet connectivity to create the Internet of Things (IOT), forming and advanced communication networks. Industry 4.0 technology allows manufacturers to link machines and systems from multiple venues, convert physical data to digital data, share it, analyze it, and use it to their advantage, resulting in fully connected factories in which every aspect of the supply chain is visible to decision makers. Manufacturers who have implemented Industry 4.0 have a huge advantage over those who haven’t.
Why You Can No Longer Afford to Ignore Industry 4.0
With today’s technology, midsize manufacturers can quickly and easily join the Industry 4.0 revolution with customized, enterprise-grade solutions and without replacing existing legacy systems. In fact, a recent PwC report predicted that by 2020 over 80% of industries in Europe will have digitized their value chain.
To quote DD Mishra, senior director at Gartner: “The boundaries between business, engineering and technology are being dismantled. There is a great opportunity for organizations in this, and if you are not doing it then there is a risk you will get left behind”.
How Industry 4.0 Works:
Industry 4.0 starts with connecting machines and mission-critical systems like CRM, ERP, SCM, PLM, and MES facilitate automatic, real-time data collection. Advanced and predictive analytics mine and analyze this data to recognize patterns and predict possible outcomes, and even to predict possible events (such as machine breakdowns) and the probability of their occurrence. Using these analytics, which can be clearly read from a tablet or other mobile platform, manufacturers can reduce downtime, optimize existing processes and gain flexibility to implement new processes, such as the manufacturing of a one-time batch of a customized product.
Some Ways Your Competitors are Using Industry 4.0 to Stay Ahead:
- Improving machines’ availability and yield: Advanced and predictive analytics allow for predictive maintenance: Machines monitor themselves, alerting operators to problems before they occur. Parts can be ordered and replaced before they wear out and cause a serious breakdown, problems with production processes can be detected and traced to their roots before actual products are produced. Machines have more uptime and less downtime, and processes can be tweaked before production starts. With Industry 4.0 technology in place, your competitors are seeing higher yield of consistently high-quality products and improved ROI and OEE.
- Eliminating silos and increasing visibility into the production floor: If you haven’t introduced Industry 4.0 into your factory, then chances are that data from your mission-critical systems is stored in hard-to-access, offline repositories. That data is hidden from the eyes of decision-makers who need it most, reducing their ability to monitor processes, forestall problems or notify others of disruptive events as they occur. Meanwhile, your competitors, with real-time data and advanced analytics, have instant access to accurate, real-time data, from multiple sources. They know what’s happening and what’s going to happen in their factory, and they can resolve problems or modify processes easily, any time, from anywhere.
- Controlling all aspects of the factory: If your competitors can access and analyze data from all machines and processes in their operation, then they have total control of their factory and their supply chain—from the ordering of inventory to the shipping of product. Industry 4.0 technology gives your competitors “actionable information”, laying a solid foundation for short-term and long-term decision making. With Industry 4.0, competitors can implement just-in-time inventory, synchronize production and delivery schedules, and even let customers program orders into their systems.
With Industry 4.0 technology, your competitors can do all this and more. If you haven’t introduced Industry 4.0 in your factory, you’re at a serious disadvantage. Fortunately, you can close the gap quickly and effortlessly.
Close the Gap with FactoryEye
Magic Software’s FactoryEye is designed for manufacturers who want to make the digital transformation required for Industry 4.0, without disrupting operations and without replacing existing infrastructure.
FactoryEye gives you real-time insights into your business, letting you make proactive decisions based on real-time data. With FactoryEye you can implement predictive maintenance and lean manufacturing, and focus on improving and expanding your business.
Making the transition to Industry 4.0 with FactoryEye is a seamless and highly customized process. Our manufacturing consultants work with you to formulate a step-by-step implementation plan, with priorities decided together with you.
To find out more about how you can use Industry 4.0 to close the gap and overtake your competitors, download our whitepaper.