[BLOG] Industry 4.0 + Smart Manufacturing Overview : Is your manufacturing process ready to push new boundaries of safety & reliability?

Does your manufacturing process fail to hit daily production requirements without any real sense of where it fails? Do you have a hard time finding resources to be able to keep up with dirt, dangerous and dull tasks?

Are you slogging through the nightmare scenario that the fourth Industrial revolution has predicted?

You’re not alone… The Rise of the Robots is a real movement that’s happening today in all industries.  This isn’t the Terminator-policed future from the movies or the studious integrated lifestyle units from iRobot.  What we’re seeing is real business owners, foreman & production staff dealing with real problems: Transient resources, rising wage costs, higher production requirements and lower profit margins.

The industrial robotic installed market will reach out 1.3 million units globally by the end of 2019. While automated robotic solutions were once only reserved for big automotive OEMs & their Tier 1 suppliers, we’re now seeing robots deployed across all markets & industry segments.  From heavy, menial tasks like loading bags of flour on skids to high precision, sub-one-second assembly processes there is almost a robot for every application.  The properly selected robot and automation partner will be aware of your needs, your manufacturing woes, and your future growth.  These two facets will yield great results to gear your business up to meet your needs while driving improved quality & safety.   Many large global companies, like Amazon & Google, have already adapted automated equipment made by expertized robotics programming and project management.

Don’t be afraid to incorporate automation with your manufacturing as the world is rapidly changing with the adoption robotics, advanced perception technologies and the utilization of “Big Data”

Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing

While in the past, low cost manufacturing nations like China or India, experienced a boon of new business as North American operations were trying to drive down the cost of manufacturing while improving profitability.  Now, low-cost centers are bringing labour costs back in line with some of our domestic outfits. Reshoring is a reality and it will only be sustainable if we use new technologies to its fullest capability and embrace Smart Manufacturing processes.

For developed countries to be successful in with higher labour cost and lower flexibility, Smart Manufacturing will be the pivot of the revolution of “Industry 4.0” by expanding the automation systems capabilities and real-time data management.

Source: http://www.siemens.com/innovation/en/home/pictures-of-the-future/industry-and-automation/digtial-factory-trends-industry-4-0.html

Advantages of industrial robots

The reality is, the fourth Industrial Revolution is already here.  We need to embrace what the current offering of technology can provide to improve our manufacturing processes:

– Create efficiencies from vision machine systems to pack, palletize or kit products

– Highly flexible controls platforms that allow continuous running, real-time data  and autonomous manufacturing

– Can be customized to any size for any products regardless of the industry

– Increased safety by allowing the workforce to be removed from dirty, dull and dangerous tasks

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Still, we need to overcome some challenges when we adopt new technology. To operate industrial robots more precisely and safely, companies should calculate ROI(Return on Investment) to understand where to best deploy advanced automation in their process. You also have to invest in training your employees to supervise automated robotics, which will drive your manufacturing into a faster and smarter environment.

Automation is not a choice anymore, but rather a necessity for faster and safer production.