Industry 4.0 is exciting; it promises greater automation, reliability and techniques like prognostics being integrated into the production environment.
The “Smart Factory” is coming but people rarely like change, it attracts naysayers and Industry 4.0 is no exception to this. Here are some of the worst things we’ve heard about the forth industrial revolution:
“It’s just M2M”
We overhear this occasionally, going along the lines of “we do this already, using machines that can talk to each other is nothing new. We can switch them on and off remotely with no problems”.
But this doesn’t capture the fact that Industry 4.0 is beyond simply enabling remote command & control – it’s enabling those machines to become autonomous and respond to operational data in realtime, removing the need for continuously checking and keeping things from falling over.
“I have no use for it”
The old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is something we wouldn’t take a stance against but unless your operations are hitting at least 85% Overall Equipment Effectiveness, we’d suggest there could for improvement somehow. Embracing Industry 4.0 doesn’t mean that you need to hand over the keys of your livelihood to a computer but it does mean that you can leave the repetitive, frustrating tasks that you do every day to ‘keep things going’ to a machine that was built for dealing with repetitive, frustrating tasks and concentrate on growing your business.
“It won’t affect me”
Said the hatmakers.
Change is happening and it’s important not to get left out in the cold. If you’re not going to be embracing Industry 4.0 and the benefits that automation, interoperability, prognostics and enhanced reliability can bring to your business, you can bet that your competitors will be. Don’t let that happen!
We’re working with world-leading companies to help them embrace some of the technologies of the forth industrial revolution. Right now, we’re running a pilot scheme which could give you the chance to get early access to our prognostic & condition monitoring software, PROGNOSYS and start predicting when your machines are likely to fail, without the cost or complexity of traditional solutions. Please get in touch to find out more!