IoT – Optimise and Future-Proof Your Business (Industry 4.0)

IoT – The Internet of Things

Machine to machine communication, connected devices, sensors and systems are paving the path to more efficient and effective businesses. Last week we continued our IoT discussion by analysing what Smart Cities have to offer. This week we finish our trilogy with an introduction to Industry 4.0 optimisation.


Focus Area III: Industry 4.0 optimisation

The term Industry 4.0 was created and introduced by the German government, to develop the manufacturing industry into a Smart Industry. Its targets and elements are valid for many industries globally and go hand in hand with the concept of ‘Smart Factory’ or ‘Smart Industry’, for the traditional manufacturing industry and also for medical devices or other industries. Optimizing processes and resource efficiency are the core elements for changing the traditional way of manufacturing, allowing the inclusion of new contributors and consumers to the manufacturing process and the operation of industrial machines, such as customers, partners or on-site supporters.

The connection of industrial machines makes it possible for the manufacturer to constantly receive operational and sensor data, thus allowing a remote supervision, detecting abnormal behaviours or usages and giving the possibility of investigating problems before an outage happens. On-site personnel and customer specific needs can be included into the operation process and machine configurations can be adapted accordingly. Not only is the way machines are operated drastically changed, but also the perspective on their usage. Detecting problem areas and changing customer needs lets the manufacturer influence new generations of machines during the development cycle.

IoT Industry 4.0

The key element of connected machines is that they collect the necessary data and transfer it through a communication device to a central server, which then uses its analytics capabilities to detect patterns, act and react to the data and visualize it for different stakeholders and consumers. In order to be able to collect data, the interface of the communication device to the machine has to support it, meaning that sensors have to be embedded and their data has to be accessible, and machines have to be capable of supporting reconfigurations based on server initiatives.

iQuest supports the entire range of technological integration of communication devices and on-machine tools with sensors, data transmission for data collection and server side processing (details here). Detecting outages before they happen requires our Data Analytic Capabilities, as well as our expertise in user centric processes. Every stakeholder needs their respective view on processed data, either directly from the data collection, or via their own systems, which iQuest integrates with the data collection specifically for this reason. In order to provide different stakeholders and integrated systems with the right data, iQuest helps you analyse your current system and processes, helping you design correct and future-proof concepts and allowing you to transform your business and processes.

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