Industry 4.0 describes the impending fourth industrial revolution. The first industrial revolution was borne out of the opportunities created by harnessing water and steam power.
The second industrial revolution spawned the age of mass production, made possible by the electrification of manufacturing equipment and production processes. The third revolution delivered higher levels of automation and productivity through the application of electronics and IT. Industry 4.0 takes this a significant step further – using internet connectivity to create a cohesive and co-ordinated manufacturing environment, improving productivity and driving down costs.
Industry 4.0 offers a broad platform for application of the Internet of Things (IoT) and pulls together disparate equipment, providing operators with a clear and instant view of operational status and efficiency. By embedding comprehensive sensor networks, manufacturing equipment can support more sophisticated self-checking and fault diagnosis capabilities.
TDI is currently working on elements that will form key electronic building blocks for the Smart Factory. Contact us to discuss how we can help with new developments in this field.