Productivity through networked companies
The networking of machinery, products and people
Industrial production is facing a major change due to factory digitalization which provides the ongoing automation of traditional manufacturing and industrial processes using modern smart technology. Large-scale machine-to-machine communication (M2M) increases automation and improves communication and monitoring. In a smart factory machinery can analyze data and diagnose issues without the need for human intervention. This digital transformation process is known as Industry 4.0.
The fourth industrial revolution
Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century there have been extensive changes in production methods and manufacturing processes through the introduction of new technologies. Their implementation is known as the first, second and third industrial revolution. We are currently experiencing the fourth industrial revolution – also known as Industry 4.0. This process leads to a connected enterprise and will bring extensive innovations with it.
The fourth industrial revolution will focus on the Industrial Internet of Things (Industrial IoT or IIoT). This is about the intelligent networking of all work processes and the machinery involved throughout your manufacturing facilities. The exchange of data plays a crucial role in this. The programs that control the processes collect all of the data that occurs in the production cycle. These are available to all other machines and devices via the cloud. In this way, they can coordinate their activities and optimize all manufacturing operations.
This shows that machine-to-machine communication (M2M) plays an important role in Industrial IoT. The machines that are used in intelligent production processes have digital control systems and embedded software. They can be reached by all other network participants by their IP address. The human workers can control the machines and sensors via PC or smartphone. In addition, the devices communicate directly with each other in a networked operation and without human intervention.
Realize the potential of modern industry
With IIoT you optimize your production processes thereby fully exploiting the potential of modern industry. This makes production faster, more efficient and reduces cost.
One of the main advantages of Industrial IoT is that, within the framework of intelligent manufacturing processes, it is possible to perfectly coordinate all production stages. For example, if a machine needs new production materials, it can communicate this directly to the devices that feeds it. These then calculate the optimal route for delivery. This also makes it possible to perfectly adapt the delivery times. All of these processes take place in real-time so that the materials arrive exactly when they are needed. This leads to an improved utilization of machinery which in turn, increases production and lowers costs.
The process is autonomous. For example, sensors determine the finished products and the materials used. Cloud computing makes it possible to make this data accessible to the ERP system. Here, too, you can use an intelligent system that makes all decisions independently through the analysis of big data and the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning. This leads to an autonomous control for which hardly any human intervention is required. This also contributes to a significant reduction in production costs.
Industry 4.0 also allows more individual product design. While classic production lines are intended for mass production, smart manufacturing is characterized by a modular structure. The work orders for the individual modules can be adjusted with little effort. This allows production in smaller quantities and even a completely individual design for „one-offs“ is possible. For example, it is conceivable that the customers specify the details of the desired product using an on-line configurator and then transmits this information directly to the corresponding machines.
Industry 4.0 supports you to manage and optimize all aspects of your manufacturing processes and supply chain. Industry 4.0 provides you access to almost real-time data and insights you need to make smarter and quicker decisions about your business. This can ultimately boost the efficiency and profitability of your entire operation.
An important part of Industry 4.0
The first step in implementing IIoT is device provisioning. This involves integrating the individual machinary and sensors into the system. Of course, this requires a network connection, which can be set up quickly and easily via wireless connectivity. In addition, it is necessary to integrate the activities of the individual devices into a higher-level software system. This coordinates the interaction between machinary and sensors. It transmits the data between the individual devices and specifies the rules for the control. Authentication of all participants is also required for a high level of cybersecurity.
CoreWillSoft: Your partner for the development of IIoT systems
Excellence in industry 4.0
CoreWillSoft is your partner in implementing Industry 4.0 into your manufacturing business. We have the technical expertise and are experienced in the implementation of projects in the fields of automation and industrial cybersecurity. We ensure perfectly configured systems and thus smooth interaction of all machinary, sensors and software products.