The world stands on the brink of another potentially transformative and disruptive industrial revolution. Professor Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, postulates that it will be “a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another. In its scale, scope and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before.” Considering the impact of previous industrial revolutions, that is a bold statement. Steve Sands, head of product management & marketing, Festo GB reports.
The discussion around Industry 4.0 has tended to concentrate on the collection of data and its potential to generate greater production efficiencies. However, little time has been given to how vital information can be communicated around an organisation, particularly to the factory floor. Smart Machines & Factories visited the Bosch Rexroth factory in Homburg in Germany to see first-hand how Industry 4.0 is being visualised at all levels of the organisation.
At the PPMA Total show in Birmingham, Omron unveiled the company’s Industry 4.0 philosophy, and provided an insight to how the concept could look in reality by demonstrating a fully operational simulated Smart Factory. Smart Machines & Factories reports.
David Hannaby explores how smart sensors are the “unsung heroes” that enables the smart factory.