To successfully run a smart factory, enterprises rely on their suppliers. Only with them can they make a breakthrough in the digital age. Their intelligent components and materials are vital to Industrie 4.0.show more
The Foundation for the Smart Factory
To successfully run a smart factory, enterprises rely on their suppliers. Only with them can they make a breakthrough in the digital age. Their intelligent components and materials are vital to Industrie 4.0.
Customer demands are becoming increasingly specific, prompting many manufacturers to adopt flexible, batch-of-one production. The aim is to produce one-off products as simply and cost-efficiently as in mass production. This trend is accelerating digital transformation. Indeed, more and more companies are turning to the smart factory as it represents the foundation for intelligent manufacturing processes. Those that make the switch need to upgrade their digital infrastructure, software, hardware, and production facilities – and adapt to meet new challenges.
Suppliers Enable Industrie 4.0
Companies that specialize in the necessary components and materials will become key enablers for intelligent production processes. They will thereby play an important role in driving Industrie 4.0 and making the Internet of Things (IoT) a reality. Communication between manufacturing and digital processes – for example, exchanging data and passing on instructions – is an essential element in this.
For Industrie 4.0 to succeed, it requires a common language and standardized interfaces to facilitate communication. Suppliers of sensors and cables must work with developers of software, machines, and factory systems. Before production can begin, companies have to bring together a variety of components, with the right fit depending on the production type and the factory itself. Many plant manufacturers opt for modular systems, where they can integrate or detach individual modules based on the number of orders. This saves time in converting the facility.
RFID Chips and Sensors for the Smart Factory
Industrial suppliers mass produce individual modules or components. RFID chips, which allow developers to locate and service their products, are becoming vital to smart industry. Materials communicate to machines how they should be processed. Part of the smart supply chain is the ability to monitor goods around the clock and in real time.
Smart sensors are essential to collecting the information needed for data exchange between machines. They capture data on usage and the condition of systems. Certain types of sensors can process this information instantly and share it with one other. This enables constant system monitoring, increasing efficiency and productivity.
Benefits of the Connected Smart Factory
RFID chips and sensors enable the smart factory to use resources more efficiently and simply monitor the lifecycle of devices. If a machine or system requires maintenance, the chip or sensor will issue a timely alert. This kind of predictive maintenance means technicians can react before defects can occur. Moreover, it makes it possible to offer new services.
Tomorrow’s connected factory comprises smart workpieces, components, and systems that fit seamlessly into an intelligent production line. This calls for innovative supplier solutions. See for yourself what is possible today – and what the future holds. At the Industrial Supply trade fair at HANNOVER MESSE.
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