The promise of Industry 4.0 is this: to put a lot more technology into the processes to change the way we do business. And that can be done through more intelligent, more connected manufacturing. Let’s then discuss where technology, connected devices, and data come into all of this.
Nothing makes sense without context
So, let’s look back at the three great industrial revolutions. The first came with changes in the production process and mechanization. The work, previously done manually, is now carried out using machines. Of course, this accelerated (a lot) all means of production.
Then, with the second Industrial Revolution, mass production and assembly lines were already using electricity. It was during this period that automation took over industrial production. The Third Revolution, in turn, was the one that popularized the internet. Factories and offices started to use technology to transform the way activities were performed.
And here comes Digital Transformation
Industry 4.0 has as its main characteristic the use of technologies such as cloud computing, analytics, Big Data, machine learning, Artificial Intelligence… And so on. We could list a lot of trends, but here we want to focus (of course) on the Internet of Things.
IoT is the real driver of Industry 4.0 as it allows companies to put the “smart manufacturing” concept into practice. From the moment we add devices to collect data inside factories, we can collect and analyze information to optimize production. Of course, these IoT projects also have an efficient side: automated machines have lower costs and much more agility in operations.
How it can be applied across different sectors
Internet of Things projects in Industry 4.0 can be developed for the most diverse sectors – way beyond manufacturing. Would you like some examples?
- Transportation: one of the main examples in this sector is connected cars. Sensors in vehicles enable communication with other cars, people, and services. Once we have all that data, the use of the car is optimized as it is possible to predict maintenance processes, for example.
- Agriculture: is one sector that uses technology the most, especially when it comes to the Internet of Things. This industry takes advantage of connected and intelligent devices to follow important KPIs at the planting process, such as temperature, soil acidity levels, etc. With IoT, it is even possible to predict unforeseen events and problems in plantations and, thus, avoid them or mitigate the impacts.
- Energy: energy control with IoT projects is very precise. Through devices, it is possible to reduce or control consumption in factories, offices, and houses. And all this in a very agile and efficient way.
Technology capable of supporting (and leveraging) all of this
To support projects in Industry 4.0, it is essential to have robust platforms capable of helping at all stages of development, as is the case with EUGENIO – our platform!
EUGENIO is what we call an end-to-end IoT platform; that is, it offers a ready and complete framework for your Internet of Things project. This is the best option to get your company’s IoT projects off the ground!
If you want to know more, Vivian Heinrichs, IoT-focused product manager at Logicalis, talked more about Industry 4.0 and how EUGENIO can helphere.Check it out and find out how to be part of this revolution that is Industry 4.0.