Some auto manufacturers are reluctant to make the switch to Industry 4.0, but they are missing out! For those that are skeptical, there is another way to look at making that change. It doesn't have to happen all at once! "This focuses on short-term gains, as opposed to root and branch change. It involves using digital control systems to improve the performance of a specific stage within a larger manufacturing process, as opposed to the total production line." The auto industry has everything to gain by jumping on board. Benefits could include higher efficiency, high quality, and even the possibility of increasing customization of products!
While most automotive manufacturers and their key suppliers are actively evangelising the benefits of Industry 4.0, many businesses further down the supply chain are in danger of being left behind. Understandably, a lot of automotive production engineers are sceptical about the fundamental change in manufacturing culture heralded by digital manufacturing. Having spent their 30-year careers focusing on tangibles such as measurable outputs, microns and oil pressures, switching to a digital future, where data is king, is big ask for many analogue engineers. Read More