We are pleased to invite you to read our series of 10 articles on the cutting-edge technologies that make up the Intelligent Factory.
In life, there are two types of people who denounce the aberrations that surround us: the crying and the solvers. On the one hand, critics criticize everything and nothing without ever finding a solution. The solvers, on the other hand, not only denounce… they also offer their help to improve the situation. I humbly believe that I belong to the second category.
During my previous post, “Smart factory is more than just counting boxes !”, I denounced the companies that offer manufacturers from here and elsewhere a reductionist vision of the Intelligent Factory. I pointed to those who present simple cycle counters (boxes) as the ultimate in Industry 4.0. Please forgive the brutality of my words at that time ; -)
But since I’m a solutionner and not a critic, I’ve given myself a mission: as part of the new series of blogs to which this post belongs, I’ll make a point of presenting the true nature of the Intelligent Factory. All its potential, of course, but also the points to which you will have to pay attention to avoid unpleasant surprises.
So, over the next few weeks, with the invaluable help of my colleague Emilie’s pen, I will accompany you through the different technologies linked to Intelligent Factory 4.0.
1. Human: not only is human a key success factor in the process leading to the smart plant, but it will benefit far more than one might think at first glance. We will see how the workforce will be better used (to its full potential) to perform tasks in which it really excels. In addition, the shift to industry 4.0 will ensure the sustainability of existing businesses.
2. Industrial Object Internet: the central element of Factory 4.0, the IIOT links machines, online management applications, artificial intelligence and people, and provides better security than the standard IOT.
3. Applied artificial intelligence: In industry 4.0, artificial intelligence is used to make predictions (for example, predictive maintenance). It is also focused on learning, and intelligent artificial vision.
4. Machine learning: This branch of artificial intelligence allows computers to perform various tasks for which they are not explicitly programmed by learning with data algorithms. This enables predictions to be made, among other things.
5. 3D Printing: This technology makes it possible to quickly adjust production to the specific needs of a particular customer. Plastics remains the most widely used material until now, but printers for other materials are emerging
6. Augmented reality and virtual reality: distinction between the two “realities” and their particularities. Augmented reality allows the superimposition of real-world images and computer-generated images. Virtual reality is useful for employee training purposes (assistance with complex tasks, virtual tours) and only allows synthetic scenes to be displayed.
7. Mobile forms: we will see how paper (especially paperwork!) can be said to be goodbye using mobile forms technology. These enhance your productivity, simplify your data collection and reduce your management costs.
8. Integrated management software packages: ERP (ERP for our English-speaking friends) also known as ERP software packages allow for quality and time savings that are essential to survive in today’s business environment.
9. Remote maintenance: the plant has become intelligent enough to monitor itself with 4.0 computer systems and predictive alerts.
10. Image analysis: how this practical application of artificial intelligence can help you recognize defects in your finished products and classify them by grade of quality without the fatigue of the human eye!
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