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The IIoT and digitalization are no longer buzzwords – they’re important technologies that, if implemented correctly, will allow your plant to position itself as a leader for decades to come. It’s an exciting time to be in the manufacturing industry, so “grab the bull by the horns” and harness this wealth of technology!
As I mentioned in our last newsletter, when navigating your automation roadmap to Industry 4.0 it’s important to have a partner who understands the implementation process and has a track record to prove it. Partnering creates automated solutions that combine all facets of automation, delivering solutions with reduced risk versus traditional build-to-spec methodology.
We pride ourselves in our win/win partnership philosophy. Project risk can be greatly reduced when you consider and understand the complexity and variety of options with automation. We simplify the automation design and implementation process by helping create a robust spec that takes into account both the process and automation options available.
More manufacturers are moving from condition-based maintenance to predictive maintenance by embracing Industry 4.0 and all the benefits that come with it such as the IIoT. This shift significantly minimizes unplanned downtime, quality issues, maintenance costs, and risks.
Whether you have just begun your automation journey, or are well-established, we will help you see to it that your plant continues to run at peak performance.
Lyle Rusanowski, CEO
6 Key Factors to Consider When Planning an Industry 4.0 Roadmap
When a layman hears the term smart factory, they may picture a shiny new manufacturing building with end-to-end, “latest and greatest” connected technology.
While it’s great to envision the best and brightest, tearing down an existing plant and rebuilding it into a state-of-the-art facility is both unrealistic and unnecessary.
With strategic planning and a steady/calculated approach, a plant can see the many benefits industry 4.0 has to offer. We all know the story of the Tortoise and the Hare: while the hare was sleek and fast, in the end, it was the tortoise’s slow and steady pace that won the race.
As robots make their way further and further into our everyday lives, their capabilities are also evolving to match the needs of our ever-changing society. One of the biggest challenges of using robots is learning to fix them when they break, but what if they could fix themselves?
According to an article published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the European Commission is currently funding a project titled SHERO, otherwise known as Self-Healing Soft Robotics. The SHERO project plans to create a new technology that will allow robots to use a soft structural polymer coating that can autonomously heal itself over and over again.
This healing process can occur in as little as a few seconds or up to a week depending on the severity of the cut and can do so in room temperature, without the assistance of external heat.
Typical robotic damage would need human assistance to fix, but these robots can recognize and heal their injuries, making them even more independent and more beneficial than ever before.
While this is not yet a widely used technology, with continued research, it may become one soon, and could prove to be revolutionary for the future of the manufacturing industry.
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