Industry 4.0 is a shorthand term for ‘the fourth industrial revolution’. Most of us are familiar with the first industrial revolution, that took place in the 1700s and 1800s, where manufacturing of common products such as textiles moved from being predominantly cottage industries to mechanised processes involving water and steam power and efficiencies were gained through mechanisation and the grouping of people and processes together in factories and mills.
The second industrial revolution has been described as mass production, the introduction of electricity to processes and assembly lines.
The third industrial revolution involved the adoption of computers and automation.
Now we have the fourth industrial revolution. We hear terms like M2M ‘Machine to Machine’ the IIoT ‘Industrial Internet of Things’, cloud computing, machine learning, AI ‘Artificial Intelligence’ and cyber-physical systems.
At its simplest, Industry 4.0 is about connecting machines, devices, sensors and people so that meaningful data is available to the right parties, at the right time and in the right place to improve business processes. That may be to predict failures and trigger maintenance processes, to improve efficiencies in production processes, to organise deliveries more logically or to improve safety.
Whilst the term is increasingly common, some people have commented that technological innovation is continuous, so the irreversible trend towards ever greater connectivity is more of an ‘evolution’ that a ‘revolution’. Either way, industry authorities agree that understanding and embracing these amazing technologies will be increasingly essential to business survival.
We can make your factory SMARTER, bringing you the Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 production. By monitoring the state of machines and moving parts, as well automating processes, then factories are able to become more efficient with less down time. Manufacturer Industry 4.0 enables you to keep ahead of your competitors and we have proven technology meaning you can start beneftting immediately.
There are many terms for the process of connecting sensor data to the people and processes who need it via the internet. These include Remote Monitoring, the Internet of Things, M2M, Machine2Machine, Machine2Man and even Man2Machine. Powelectrics telemetry solutions can connect thousands of different types of sensors to the internet, giving you secure web based data access through a simple web browser, visible on a computer, tablet or smartphone. They can be used to alert you, when a defined threshold has been crossed or a state has changed. Businesses are increasingly using remote monitoring to achieve efficiencies, drive down costs, improve the safety of people and property, enhance customer service and protect the environment. Powelectrics have been part of this data revolution from the early days of wireless telemetry and we have used our industry knowledge to continuously develop a range of robust, flexible and affordable, off the shelf radio and GSM solutions. We strive to remain at the forefront of this evolving sector and we offer the expertise to develop solutions for an increasing range of applications.