What is Industry 4.0?
Honestly if you're still asking this question you're a bit behind, but that's OK!
Spotlight Metal said it is, "The fusion of digitalization with traditional industrial processes. This results in intelligent value chains and product lifecycles that start with development, go through manufacturing, assembly, product delivery and maintenance, and end with recycling."
This means anyone in the manufacturing industry should be paying attention. Industry 4.0 is very quickly changing the way manufacturers operate.
Platform Industry 4.0, a joint project of the German trade associations BITKOM, VDMA and ZVEI, attributes the fourth industrial revolution the potential to increase the economic efficiency of production, strengthen the competitiveness of industry in Germany and increase the flexibility of production.The so-called layer structure of the reference architecture model Industry 4.0 contains: Business (organization and business processes) Functional (The functions of an asset, i.e. built-in components or other assets) Information (The required data) Communication (Accessing information) Integration (transition from the physical world to the digital world) Asset (The real object in the physical world) OPC UA as a Communication Standard A central challenge of industry 4.0 is to enable secure, standardized data and information exchange between devices, machines and services from different industries.Read More