A very popular trend in the industrial world in Europe is Industry 4.0, which includes machine connectivity, data collection and analysis for productivity enhancements and customized interfaces and software for digitizing the manufacturing world leading to smart factories.
Industry 4.0 offers various possibilities for monitoring and management of manufacturing processes. The primary purpose of this technology is to optimize production processes, improving efficiency, reducing costs and predictive maintenance.
Another important aspect of industry 4.0 to be considered is the collection of large amounts of information on the materials, production processes and logistics used. And if we add quality connectivity to all of this, we achieve unit TRACEABILITY that will enable us to easily reach customers or end users.
Industry 4.0 enables us to unite products and service, and with it, expand our service offering: equipment maintenance, product improvements or evolutions and field equipment quality management. All of this can even be done remotely, which results in easy access and reduced times and costs.
But in order to make the implementation of these technologies possible, it is essential to have cutting-edge equipment in terms of digitalization possibilities, connectivity, specific software and performance. The implementation of these technologies will enable manufacturers and end users to work together to develop and apply Industry 4.0 and make the most of the advantages that this technology offers.
Fagor Automation products are on the cutting edge of technology and can serve a double purpose within a production process: recording large amounts of information with an infinite number of parameters, and at the same time, enable connectivity and bidirectional remote access between the supplier and the customer. This will facilitate the transmission of the information needed to achieve such objectives as:
- Integrating an infinite number of sensors and measurement devices.
- Integrating reader systems for traceability.
- Recording continuous information on production and the status of the equipment itself.
- Managing the information gathered locally or in the cloud.
- Managing equipment efficiency indicators.
- Implementing a MES platform or even integrating it in an ERP.
- Monitoring your machine/factory in real time, either locally or remotely, from anywhere with an Internet or 3G/4G connection, etc.
- Implementing unit traceability from the supplier to the end customer.
- Implementing predictive maintenance, with early detection of malfunctions through the identification of fault patterns.
- Implementing quality and maintenance management at our customer’s own facilities.