Industrial revolution has just begun – Let’s be in it together
After the 3.0 revolution in the 40s, we have been dealing with Industry 4.0 since 2011. The development of automation, electronics, and computers has been replaced by new technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, digitization, and cloud computing. It all started with the digitization of industry in Germany, where the title “Die Industrie 4.0” was first used.
Today, technologies such as advanced network solutions, robotization, 3D printing, big data, or already mentioned IoT and machine learning – are the elements without which modern industry and today’s factories could not function and develop.
Design principles are driving Industry 4.0, and it is crucial to know them and use them!
1. Interconnection: IoT helps to collect information from manufacturers and access it through a database.
2. Information transparency: to collect significant amounts of data from the whole production cycle. Thanks to it, problems and opportunities are visible.
3. Technical assistance: provides alerts and notifications in the production cycle. Technology like augmented reality (AR) and cloud computing also allows predicting issues before they happen.
4. Industrial technology: supports and makes human work safer and more accessible.
Industry 4.0 needs Cloud Computing
Edge computing could not be enough while on-demand data storage and computing power availability are needed. Cloud computing scale a whole IT infrastructure by paying just when using it.
That’s why cloud service providers use such models:
1. Software as A Service (SaaS)
2. Platform as a Service (PaaS)
3. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
Only what Smart Factories need is to make data-driven decisions.