Industry 4.0, what is it exactly?
The industry 4.0 refers to industrial processes and technologies, which allow interaction and communication with all stakeholders in a production process. The 4.0 term is full of meaning: we are in the middle of the fourth industrial revolution, similar to the emergence of the steam engine, the electricity and the electronic in the industry.
Acting as a catalyst for innovation and a new market dynamics, one can observe the emergence of smart factories in which machines, production sites and production processes exchange information continuously. To what purpose? To improve competitiveness, productivity, precision and communication while keeping operational people at the heart of the decision process.
Wireless data acquisition systems & sensor networks: a revolution for industrial production
Production machines are configured and controlled in interconnection thanks to autonomous and wireless data acquisition systems as well as wireless sensors networks. Thanks to these systems, a sharp knowledge throughout the entire life cycle on the health status of machines is the guarantee to maintain optimal operation conditions (condition monitoring), deliver just in time maintenance interventions (condition based maintenance) and allows substantial savings.
With such systems, operators control, anticipate and monitor machines remotely. Shocks, vibrations, tilts, as well as environmental parameters (temperature, pressure…) are strategic information that needs to be collected in real-time at the heart of production tools in complex and harsh environments.
Predictive maintenance: a strategic challenge for the smart factory
Data acquisition systems and smart and easy to deploy wireless sensor networks ensure continuous monitoring of the health status of machines. Manufacturers thus maximize their reliability of their production tools while avoiding installation constraints inherent to traditional wired systems.
The deployed systems are ultra-low power, less bulky, less costly, easier to install and to configure. They can be deployed in large number to ensure an unprecedented quantity and accuracy of information. They also include an advanced cloud infrastructure to store and visualize collected data.
For a more competitive industry
Smarter industrial maintenance is one of the key points of the factory mutation towards the industry 4.0. The use of smart sensors and wireless data acquisition systems bring to the production tool auto diagnostic and remote monitoring capabilities. As a conclusion, a strategic system is necessary to maintain the competitiveness of the traditional industry dealing with the emergence of industrial newcomers who have still well integrated the challenges of this new industrial revolution.
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By Mélodie Plaschy