You may have heard the term Industry 4.0 bandied about in the media about factories and production lines like yours. You’re wondering how it affects your processes and whether you can take advantage of it to improve your productivity. At Bossard, we’re here to help.
What is Industry 4.0?
Industry 4.0 stands for the next trend in manufacturing. The first industrial revolution or Industry 1.0 happened in the 18th century when waterpower revolutionized mechanical production. Then came Industry 2.0, which relied on electrical machines and the division of labor. Industry 3.0, which is where we are today, automates production with IT and electronics.
We’re now heading into Industry 4.0, which focuses on smart factories with automated production and smart technologies that exchange data among devices. This trend includes the Internet of Things, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, sophisticated sensors, and advanced robotics. Like the ones before it, this latest industrial revolution promises to increase efficiency, lower cost, and improve productivity.
Businesses that are well-positioned for Industry 4.0 share four characteristics: interoperability, decentralized decision-making, technical help, and information transparency. Bossard’s Smart Factory Logistics can help your enterprise achieve these characteristics with the following solutions:
- ARIMS is an interactive platform that helps you manage your material flow. ARIMS consists of Analytics that gives you a summary of your entire process through graphs and reports, Interactive to submit change requests and Mobile that lets you use your device to control all ARIMS functions. The result is full transparency of B- and C-parts and interoperability through machine-to-machine communication.
- Hardware systems like SmartBin, SmartLabel, SmartLocker, and SmartCard that can instantly communicate inventory levels and product information and have replenishment orders delivered instantly to the point of use without having to go through a central decision-maker.
- Expert support from Bossard specialists who can design, maintain, and optimize your systems based on your goals. We can customize our solutions to fit your needs and offer more consulting services, as needed.
We also offer more services for implementing Industry 4.0 at your facility including Last Mile Management, ERP Integration, and the Supplier Consolidation Solution. Get more information by sending us an email at ProvenProductivity@bossard.com.You Should Be Taking Advantage of Industry 4.0: Here’s Why by Bossard