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Industrie 4.0 modernises manufacturing processes

Posted: 06 Feb 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Industrie 4.0? industrial manufacturing? Internet of Things? ICT?

Editor's Note: Deepak Achuthashankar, industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan, shared his opinion on the convergence of digital worlds with industrial manufacturing, or more commonly known today as Industrie 4.0.

A recent joint study by Industrial IP Advantage indicated that when industrial productivity and manufactured exports slow down with most economies in the region, it has found out that the integration of Internet of Things (IoT) into the Operational Technology (OT) of manufacturing industries will have a very significant global economic impactto the tune of $3.88 trillion over the next decade.

Regional economies with strong manufacturing traditions are planning to implement automation-friendly strategies to specifically address manpower shortage, increase production quality and volume, as well as enhance specialised manufacturing and standardisation. Manufacturers must be able to accept and embrace Industrie 4.0 (The 4th Industrial Revolution) to stay competitive and succeed in the future.

The Future Factories & Manufacturing Asia conference will analyse this trend and its impact on manufacturing industries. A panel moderator at the conference, he offers MTA2015 a sneak preview of his views on the current and future of the regional manufacturing landscape, and the impact technology has and will have on today's manufacturing processes.


Achuthashankar: I firmly believe Industrie 4.0 is not just a mere new industrial paradigm with regard to technology.

Industrie 4.0The Concept

The primary goals of any manufacturing or production plant are and will be to enhance productivity, reduce time-to-market and decrease overall costs. Today, manufacturers face unprecedented challenges as global economic forces drive competition. These challenges can be overcome when the real time production systems converge with the cyber world and this convergence will be driven by information and communication technologies (ICT). This grand collaboration is expected to forge innovative automation technologies as well as advanced services. Such innovations would reduce time to market, make production more efficient and flexible, and help manufacturers retain their competitive edge in the global market.

We are at the brink of witnessing a new instalment of industrial revolution. Industrie 4.0, though a novel concept that has originated in Germany, is an all-encompassing one that has currently achieved global resonance. Big Data, Internet of Things, Internet of Services and Cyber Security are the four functional pillars of Industrie 4.0.

Industrie 4.0 is a platform that enables the unification of information amongst participants in the entire value chainfrom product inception to design, manufacturing, services and even refurbishment. The result will be a system in which all processes are completely integrated and would exchange information in real time. This revolution will transform the manufacturing processes in synchronisation with the speed of change in customer needs, which implies making the production process flexible without taking excess time.

Twenty years ago, Asian manufacturers sat at the far end of the supply chain spectrum. Products were designed and prototyped in the Europe or USA and later shipped to Asia for cheap, volume manufacturing. Now, Asian manufacturing companies, with China leading the way, manage design and manufacturing indigenously. Today, China is striving hard to revamp its manufacturing industry. The country's 12th Five Year Plan (2011-2015) sets out the objective of reducing dependency on foreign technology and to assume global technology leadership, particularly in high-end equipment manufacturing and next-generation ICT.

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