Sustainable Industrial Production with Automation

Logistics Tech Outlook | Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Due to today’s short deadlines and an increase in product complexity, manufacturing companies find it increasingly difficult to maintain high standards of quality and to comply with quality regulations and standards. One of the main features of smart, connected production is to increase the human role in decision-making processes and enable machines to make more decisions where machines are more capable and faster.

The use of AI algorithms to report emerging production failures to manufacturing teams which are likely to cause product quality problems. The defects can include deviations like subtle machine behavior abnormalities and changes in raw materials. In addition, industry 4.0 helps manufacturers to collect data on their products use and performance of this data in the field. This information may be useful for product development teams in strategic and tactical engineering decisions.

Manufacturers now use radio frequency identification (RFID) tags throughout the supply chain traceability process. These tags help warehouse managers and consumers to budge through automated warehouse management systems with greater visibility.

The Internet of things has a greater potential to make production much smarter and operate as efficiently as possible. However, manufacturers can’t adopt it in industries because they don't know which processes are more advantageous and which can lead to a loss. The company must install sensors and actuators throughout its factory to detect humidity, temperature, vibration, noise, and light, in order to use IoT in production. These sensors collect and transmit data via a wired or wireless connection in real time. These data are stored directly in the cloud and are available to the company’s employees. These things can also be checked by means of smartphones or tablets. Many progressing developments in the field of IoT have made the use of blockchain technology even more thought-provoking.

More devices connect with the IoT solutions that influence the industry and work together seamlessly to improve the manufacturing process. Data is available anywhere, at any time, and controlling has become the focus so that the decision-making process is fast and happens in real-time.

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